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Winning Karma Radio Show details…

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2009 at 6:10 am

Hello all,

The first radio show can be heard on Saturday December 5 at 10.00 am EST.

It will be a 45 minute show. Please excuse any hitches as we settle into our new home. Lots of exciting things planned. Eventually, we will become our own entity, but for now let me get in some batting practice…ha!

Keep on winning…


Winning Karma On the air…

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2009 at 3:54 am

I am very excited to let you all know about an exciting development-Winning Karma is about to go on the air! We are just working out the details and all the other good technical stuff, but by December, Winning Karma will be launching  a weekly radio show.

It has always been a goal to expand this blog across a multitude of media platforms and this is a good start.

More information very soon..


Keep on listening-i mean winning…!

(black) Friday Funnies…

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Black Friday history time.

Some rib-tickling link…

Humorous cartoon…so true!!!



Upcoming post: The Friendly Enemy…

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Posting Saturday…

Guest writer: Karma that wins…

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2009 at 7:38 pm

As promised, a few posts back, it gives me great honor to introduce our guest writer Mr. Sanjay Patel. I have known him for many years and  find his writing both compelling and thought-provoking.

So, without rambling too much, Here is his invaluable contribution.  Enjoy! PS: his credentials are given at the end; his own modesty prevented him from doing this, but i have added it as it gives greater credibility and to show how lucky winning karma is to have him write for us! Thank you Sanjay.


Karma That Wins

‘Winning Karma,’ in my opinion, depends on what you call winning. For younger Americans it often means becoming a professional football or basketball player. For Indians it often means becoming a cricketer or Bollywood star. For young ‘NRI’ Indians it sometimes means becoming a doctor and buying a Mercedes. Often, the motivation of such ambitions is not to help and care for people. It is simply about self-adulation and making plenty of money. These individuals yearn for people’s respect. They have fantasies of others slapping their backs and congratulating them.

They dream of others looking up to them.

If attracting the praises of others is your picture of winning than your karma towards others may involve plenty of backslapping and possibly backstabbing. To your credit this may truly be done without malice – nothing personal you know – just an inescapable part of capitalism, an act of survival, an unfortunate part of winning. To live, someone else must die; to succeed, some one else must fail; to win, someone else must lose.

If however, you refuse to engage in such acts, you may be destined to lead a mediocre existence, in the shadows, a follower of orders. A soldier. A great soldier, but never a Colonel or General. Never a warrior. Least of all a leader. This is the quandary of those who wish to excel and contribute. To win, you may have to jettison the out-dated. And it is painful to replace the old with the new. The old you grew up with. The people you worked with. You will be seen as the enemy and a demolisher, not an architect. You will be seen as disloyal, selfish, and scheming rather than visionary and progressive.

And the idea of ‘win-win’ is a misnomer. Though you may be able to identify another winner along with your own success, someone somewhere has lost. If not a person in your own country, then a father or mother or child in another country. Or maybe a tree, a nesting sparrow, or a feeding whale. The wealth and resources of this world are limited. Where somewhere they are gained, elsewhere they are lost.

So what should be done? The social and financial success of your family, children and community is closely tied to your personal success. And it is often the case that when you are in dire difficulty, few stand by you, and many ‘friends’ render lip-service. Unfortunately, lip serving doesn’t feed your family or pay your bills. Possessing wealth and self-esteem are as fundamental as air and water.

Living a life of morals, standing by others, putting other people’s interests first, is hard. It requires self-sacrifice. But its rewards are profound. Looking in the mirror everyday after you have shaved or put on your make-up, it feels wonderful to know your great looks are not skin deep.

Winning Karma is about inner beauty, inner wealth, inner success, and a clear conscience. It isn’t about the transitory rewards of this world, but those that come eternally from God. They are as fundamental as life itself.

Sanjay Patel (coming soon)

About the Author

Sanjay Patel studied various subjects of spirituality at Degree and Doctorate Level for 5 intensive years at an Ashrama (monastery) in India. Subjects included Sanskrit, Theology, Yoga and Meditation, World Religions, Cosmogony, and Cosmology. He also learned the ancient art of Yoga and Meditation from a Master and practiced it fives times a day for two decades. Sanjay founded Inner Turning Point in response to his deeply touching spiritual experiences during this twenty-year practice. His dedicated practice led to an inner awakening that revealed the spiritual oneness of all people and all the great religions. He has traveled extensively throughout the world with his message of nurturing this oneness and experiencing pure bliss through Yoga. He has enlightened millions of people through his inspiring seminars and as a distinguished columnist for one of the largest circulating English newspapers in the world – The Sunday Times of India. In August 2004, Sanjay delivered a tantalizing talk with the best-selling author and New Age Guru Deepak Chopra, M.D., on Health, Spirituality, and Work-Life Balance to 600 doctors, in Chicago. Another of his distinguished achievements was the publication of his Doctorate Level research on ancient Yoga Literature in the peer-reviewed Indian Journal of the History of Science and the British Marine Scientist – an international journal for marine professionals. In July 2005, Sanjay presented his new findings at the international meet of the 22nd International Congress of History of Science at Beijing, China, attended by more than 2000 delegates worldwide.

Think of others…

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Hello friends,

I am not taking any prisoners today and shooting right from the hip…

The thought and action item for today is to help others. If  we are asked to help somebody, go and do the best that for them.  Don’t just  blurt out “sorry, busy!” Are we really or have we just become hardened by the world in which we live?

If  busy executives can take time out to help others so what makes us so special?  The reply “I am busy” has become so ingrained in each one of us that we say it without thinking.  Living inside this bubble of ideas created by our own unwillingness to bend, karmic flow is such that there will come a time when we too will need help as well.

Think of others before we think of ourselves and don’t become a victim of negative trends. You might be busy in the moment, but there are 24 hours in a day and you can always make some time to think of others. Let’s not becomes victim of our own self-created circumstances.

Straight-talking and keep on winning…




In Uncategorized on November 11, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Sadly, last Sunday (October 9 ) i witnessed  the passing of a great man- a member of our congregation.  When something happens in your presence you cannot help but be affected in some way. i knew this senior gentleman for a number of years now and he would always greet you with a cheerful disposition.

Mr. Babubhai Patel passed away from heart issues  in the place most closest to his heart. For me it is a poignant moment, because on the day I had given a speech and he was in attendance;i would make eye contact in his direction as he always listened intently with an endearing smile.

After his passing, I was told that he had spoken to my brother during my speech about  how I had made a transition from English into the mother language; he was very happy upon learning my love for culture and language, but then this was his style-a most noble soul-staunch in his beliefs and always very supportive. He may sometimes appear slightly reserved, but when he admired people, he went all out to tell them about it.

It didn’t really hit me until the day after that no more would we see his friendly face.  In time, we all must depart, but when we become accustomed to people being around us, it doesn’t make it any easier. We never feel that our friends, colleagues and relatives can actually die, but  then we are all mortal.

We can preserve the memory of the departed by recalling the things they did, humorous moments and touching memories.  It will be impossible to forget this individual.

Your legacy will always remain with the congregation. i end this with a fitting poem by Tagore.  God bless you.

At every turning of my life

At every turning of my life
I came across
Good friends,
Friends who stood by me
Even when the time raced me by.

Farewell, farewell
My friends
I smile and
Bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears
For I need them not
All I need is your smile.

If you feel sad
Do think of me
For that’s what I’ll like.
When you live in the hearts
Of those you love
Remember then
You never die.

Rabindranath Tagore

Cookies come in different shapes…

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2009 at 5:39 pm

The greatest strength we have is diversity. Many languages, many cultures, many languages and so on.  So, how does this apply to our quest for self-improvement? The answer is  found in our own individuality.

We often try to imitate others and although  imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, on its own it is not the best approach. Yes, we should be inspired, motivated by the right people, but we should also preserve our own identity.  Be YOU, celebrate YOU. Don’t take the cookie cutter route, be who YOU are. There are too many who ape others and are afraid to be themselves.

Consider this, imagine just how dull life would be if cookies only come in one size, clothes in one color, candy in one flavor, well you hopefully get the idea.

Be YOU, because only you can be YOU

so, keep on winning…

Next up…

In Uncategorized on November 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm

The next blog will depart from the series…just a change


“Cookies come in different shapes…”