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Chengaloor Association UAE ANNUAL MEET 2009 as Appeared

in Malayala Manorama daily UAE edition

Mr. Sani Joseph delivering the Financial Scenario Speech

On the Chairs Mr. Varghese Antony (Patron CAU), Mr. Denny George

(Vice President CAU), Mr. Babu Joy Perekadan(President CAU)

Members attending the Meet 2009

Members attending the Meet 2009

Mr. Sani Joseph delivering the Financial Scenario Speech

Members attending the Meet 2009

Share Certificates Issued for Members

Members attending the CAU Annual Meet  2009

Members attending the CAU Annual Meet  2009

Mr. Babu Joy Perekadan(President CAU

Raffle Draw Prizes Waiting for the Winner, Mega Prize 29″ LCD TV

Attending the Meeting CAU

Members attending the Meet 2009

Mr. Relipse Paul, Joint Treasurer actively co-ordinating with members.

CAU Annual Meet 2009

Mr. Varghese Antony (Patron CAU) Delivering the Speech

Dance Masti by Paly Boys Team

Musical Programme

Musical Programme

Musical Programme

Musical Programme

CAU Anual Meet 2009

Dance Masti by Play Boys Team

We are enjoying the Party…………

Musical Programme

Musical Programme

Musical Programme

Dance Masti by Paly Boys Team

Dance Masti by Paly Boys Team

Raffle Draw Mega Prize  29″ LCD TV  won by Sani Joseph.

Raffle Draw Mega Prize  29″ LCD TV  won by Sani Joseph.

Speech by Christ College, Irinjalakuda School Pricipal

Speech by Christ College, Irinjalakuda School Pricipal

Dance Masti by Play Boys Team

Mary of Mount Carmel Church Chengaloor

Good Friday Programs 2009






















Mary of Mount Carmel Church Chengaloor
Good Friday Programs

Stations of the Cross
Tablo by Youth

Dubai Shopping Festival

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) started on February 151996 as a retail event intended to revitalise retail trade in DubaiUnited Arab Emirates. It has since been promoted as a tourist attraction. This yearly month long event is usually scheduled during the first quarter of the year, attracting about 3 million people to Dubai.[1]

During Dubai Shopping Festival, shops offer deep discounts on their merchandise, daily car raffles are drawn, and fireworks light Dubai’s night sky. Tourists from all around the world are lured not only for Dubai’s tax free shopping, but also for all of the events that take place during the festival. In 2005, the festival was cancelled due to the death of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. In addition to Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai also hosts Dubai Summer Surprises.

Pendants at Display – Dubai Shopping Festival 2009

Lord Ganesha in different styles

LORD BUDHA

Lord Ganesha

Lord Buddha

Lord Buddha

Lots of Bells

Lord Budha



Rajish with the Special Hat

Shells with special design.

Odissi Dancers at Shopping Festival

Dubai is sometimes called the ‘city of gold’.[2]. The city of gold concept was coined during one of the Dubai Shopping Festival awareness campaigns, In 1996, Dubai invited everyone from all around the world to a global annual festival which came to be named as the milestone “Dubai Shopping Festival” or DSF, they came up with the novel idea of a global village, a shopping village was conceived with all nations participating with their wares and styles in their traditional or cultural ways, the immigrant ex pat population and the fly in visitors rejoiced in the celebration that took place and the promise was given that from then on every year Dubai will host a festival for people from all around the world. The years that followed brought in more visitors more exhibitors and now the stage was set to build on the reputation of hospitality.

Rajish with Elephant

Masks at show

Bangles and Colors

Bangales and Colors

Pots and Decorations

Special Decorations at WALLS

Dubai shopping festival was segregated into many major attractions all with one purpose, to have as many ways of entertaining the guests to the city, and catering to each and every individual segment’s visiting from around the world, the loyalty of the local expatriate populations definitely finds a reason to become even more attached to the city that brings to them their own culture every year.

Dubai Shopping Festival plays a vital role in Dubai’s tourism industry. Apart from the direct impact it has on the tourism industry, Dubai Shopping Festival also contributes its share of importance into the nervous system of the emirate. With the rise of the number of visitors to Dubai for Dubai Shopping Festival, lots of potential immigrant talent and investment get to experience the luxury of Dubai.

Indian Pavilion at Festival City, Dubai.

Different Displays at Shopping Festival

Food Displays at Shopping Festival

Rajish with Friends


African Gallery







Near Pakistan Pavillion

Dolls at Display





It was on 25 JAN 09. The TEAM DOLBY was ready to Rock off to WAYANAD.

We 17 Boys where on a Trip which was scheduled for Two Nights and One Day, due to some constraints of time we have to make it short. We were only able to see some of the nice places at WAYANAD.

First we went to the Edakkal Caves, and in the Evening we were enjoying at Soochippaara Water Falls. When we were at Pookode Lake it was closing time and we could n’t go for the ride. Later in the Evening we enjoyed the FLOWER SHOW at Kalpetta and a Greta CAMP FIRE at the Base. Late Night We returned with the hope of coming back to WAYANAD once again to catch the all other beauties….. of Land.

A MAN CARRYING WATER IN THE METAL TINS Old( Style).

He was walking so fast that i have to adjust the Camera two times to take the shot.


We reached at Lakkidi around 5:30 AM still too early, I started search for getting rooms for us to get fresh, but as it was 3days off week, in which the Republic Day was part, all Hotels and Inns where full. Finally after getting down around 8-9 places we reached Kalpetta. We were able to check in at a Small Inn for getting fresh. They gave us 2 hrs time, which was ok for us to get a good start. Around 7:50 we were out to some Coffee shop nearby.

I took this at Kalpetta, after getting fresh, all were ready for the first spot.

KALPETTA TOWN, WAYANAD

Off we got to the Land of Beauty.

Fr. Roy (Prayer)

We reached the Edakkal Caves, around 9:30 AM and as we have n’t taken any breakfast, we started the preparation for the same.

We have carried the Gas stove and the pots for preperation and also the good cooks where always with US  🙂

Saji was on Anchor, while Shinto is asking when it will be ready..

All were helping the TEAM and was hungry as it was already 9:00 AM and we have to start the Ride up.

The big water storage.

While all were busy cooking some have side business, one Bunch of Banana was finished while talking and Freejo Carries the rest.

Talks in the middle of cooking. Majo.

“Breakfast ready aakumbozhekkum kurachu vellam kudikkam”

In thoughts….

As soon as we finished breakfast we started to move to the Entrance of the Edakkal caves.

Guys we have a long way to walk…….

“ee thoppi kollaamallo… “

EDAKKAL HERMITAGE – Navigation sign

EDAKKAL CAVES WAYANAD KERALA INDIA

Edakkal caves lies 12km from SulthanBathery Two caves are located at a height of 1000 m on Ambukutty Mala near Ambalavayal.The New Stone Age pictorical writings on the walls of these natural caves at Edakkal are evidence of the civilisation that existed in these regions in prehistorical times. The caves can be accessed only by a 1 km trekking trial from Edakkal.Morning hours are the best time to visit the caves.Entry is permitted only up to 1700 hrs.

“Edakkal” literally means “a stone in between”, and this describes how the cave is formed by a heavy boulder straddling a fissure in the rock. Inside the cave is on two levels, the lower chamber measures about 18 feet long by 12 feet wide and 10 feet high and can be entered through an opening of 5 x 4 feet .’Edakkal Caves’at Ambukuthy near Ambalavayal is belived to be the abode of Neolithic man. The Edakkal cave site is on an ancient route connecting the high rangs of Mysore to the ports of Malabar. A passage opposite the entrance leads upward to a small aperture in the roof through which one climbs up to the next storey whose interior is about 96 feet long, 22 feet wide, and 18 feet high. Light enters the cave through a big gap at the right-hand corner of the roof where the boulder does not touch the facing wall.

The writings and carving on the walls of Edakkal rocks are very rare and historians testify that it is the only one in its kind in all south india where there was the presence of stone age man.

Source :  http://www.naturemagics.com/kerala-art-tour/edakkal-caves-kerala.shtm

It was too crowded as on the 26 JAN 09 and we have to struggle to get to the top of the Caves. There are two sections in this route, First one people goes till the Caves where the stone age man lived and the carvings exists and the other one is beyond that upto a Mountain of height 5000Ft. which only can be climbed in good conditions and with great difficulty. Anyways we where determined to go to the Edges, and we went all the way up to 5000Ft.

While on climb – towards Edakkal Caves.

We have reached here ahead…

Boys for a pose.

Walking the 1.5 Km to the Caves Entrace

Edakkal Caves

EDAKKAL CAVES HISTORY  (from  http://www.edakkal.com/ )
Welcome to the neolithic cavesite of Edakkal
The fascinating prehistoric rock etchings found on the walls of these caves have drawn the serious attention of archeologists and historians worldwide. With at least three distinct sets of petroglyphs, the earliest thought to date back over 5000 years, it is assumed that the Edakkal caves had been inhabited at various stages in history. The name “Edakkal” literally means “a stone in between”, and this describes how the cave is formed by a heavy boulder straddling a fissure in the rock. Inside the cave is on two levels, the lower chamber measures about 18 feet long by 12 feet wide and 10 feet high and can be entered through an opening of 5 x 4 feet. A passage opposite the entrance leads upward to a small aperture in the roof through which one climbs up to the next storey whose interior is about 96 feet long, 22 feet wide, and 18 feet high. Light enters the cave through a big gap at the right-hand corner of the roof where the boulder does not touch the facing wall. Legends of the Caves The name Ambukuthimala is ascribed to the local legend which has it that the caves were formed by arrows fired by Lava and Kusha, the sons of Sri Rama, legendary hero of the Ramayana.Even today there are many who believe that Lord Rama killed Surpanakha, the sister of Ravana, in the narrow fissure at the southern end of Edakkal cave. A local legend associates Kutti Chatan (the little devil of Malabar) with the goddess Mudiampilli, and until recently local people undertook an annual pilgrimage to the peak of the hill to perform a puja (ritual offering) in her honour. The Colonial Discovery of the Caves On a hunting trip to Wayanad in 1890, Fred- Fawcett, the then superintendent of police of the Malabar District, happened to see a Neolithic Celt (stone axe or chisel) recovered from the coffee estate of Colin Mackenzie. An enthusiast in prehistory, Fawcett made local enquiries and went round exploring the Wayanad high ranges. In the course of his rambles he was shown the Edakkal rock-shelter situated on the western side of Edakkalmala. He identified the site as a habitat of Neolithic (i.e. late Stone Age, c4000BC to c1700BC) people on the basis of the nature of representations on the cave walls, which appeared to him as engravings made of Neolithic Celts. It was an exciting discovery, as these were the first specimens of abraded drawings found in India. Tribal Peoples & the Caves Fawcett suggested the possibility that the carvings might have been the handiwork of Kurumbars (a tribal people of the Wayanad). He writes, "The curious reluctance of the Kurumbars to approach the Cave, combined with the simultaneous want of reverence for it both on the part of the Paniyas and the local Hindus, who are very small in numbers and not Iong resident in the Wayanad, might tempt one to hazard the theory as to the carvings being the handiwork of Kurumbars of a bygone day". Nevertheless he utters a word of caution as follows. "It should, however, be remembered that the Paniya is a particularly fearless individual while the Kurumbar is the reverse. The mere existence of the mysterious carvings in the silent, unfrequented cave would suffice to inspire the Kurumbar with a kind of awe and make him terrified to have anything to do with it” .

Robin While Climbing up

Through the narrow gaps of the Cave

Rojan, Majo and Geo.

Climbing is very tough as most of the areas its a single way and one sides passage gets blocked when the other side are passing, so we need to adjust to go up and down.

While we energetic boys where using unconventional routes and paths, people where struggling even to go through some of the easiest ways.

This is one of the big rocks which is sitting in between the two.

This was shot reaching half the way to the caves.

We went straight to the top of the Mountain, Alwin going through a narrow passage to reach the other side of the Mountain.

We reached the base of the big mountain. Now we were 1200Ft from sea level and we have to go and reach the top at 5000Ft.

We started climbing while Alwin was almost exhausted.

Even girls has climbed this far. We were around 1700Ft on top.

It took some time to cover each rocks as it was steep and more people were on the climb.

While on the climb we can see people on the other side of the Mountain, I think most where local people.

There was some ropes and ladders put on to help the climb.

We were almost there on top, I can not believe it. Was Really Really Tough.

Some of the shots took from the TOP.

On top at 5000Ft.

Now I think he is thinking about how to get down this height…

Its really cool to sit here for some time and thoughts flashes through.

Hey thats me on TOP

5000 Ft high, the highest peak I have ever climbed in life….. Wow.

Rojan and Kutts accompanied me and helped me to get to the top as I was having all the things with me to carry.

Finally I was down to the base, which i don’t know how I came down.

It took 1 hr and 25mins for us to climb the 3700ft and more time to get down to the vehicle.

We took lunch after the Edakkal Caves and all very hungry, we continued the journey. This is taken in one of the TEA PLANTATION EN ROUTE


TEAM DOLBY – TEA PLANTATION EN ROUTE

TEAM DOLBY – TEA PLANTATION EN ROUTE

TEAM DOLBY – TEA PLANTATION EN ROUTE

BABU

A LOCAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT BUS

NATURAL


ME TOO…

ALWIN

ROBIN

VIBIN

BABU

We reached soochipaara around 3PM and the travel was little long around 22Km from Meppadi.

Though  there was less water in the Falls, it was good for a bath and it was ICE COLD and I can see the guys shivering.

Majo in front of the Falls.

Water Splash

Alwin

COOL WATER

Its me………………..

Martin

It was beautiful, the Dense forest and still not much explored places.

We took a coffee break at 4:10 PM

Around 4:40 we returned from Soochippara and we planned to go to Pookkode Lake, we reached the lake late as we got some block in between and as the Park will close at 6:00PM we were not able to enter inside. So we were checking the other options for the time. We planned to got o Kalpetta  as the Flower show was going on and also the CAMP FIRE Arranged.

We were impressed by the efforts done from the Tourism Promotion and WAYANAD District Official for the Show.

A Musical Night

Flowers all the way.

Later in the evening we arranged for a CAMP FIRE, and enjoyed with Party mood.

All were around the fire.

This is called the “KOLKALI” play with the stick.. ha ha

DANCE WITH ME…….







Finally we started the journey back around 12:20 am 27th Morning and was tired. All were sleeping and We reached home back by 5:50 am. It was blazing fast……

We loved the trip and was hoping that we should have taken more time for the trip. It takes at least 3days to roam around in WAYANAD and we were happy that at least we made to there. It was a 620KM Total Trip.

This Vacation I was able to attend so many functions and most of them was filled with cute babies, Baptism of my cousins babies.

Baby Lional  – Liga and Sony’s Baby Boy’s Baptism Photos 

Blessings to enter the church

Preparation for the Baptism 






Liga Sony Laniya and baby  with Babuchachan Ruby Aunty and Libin

Liga and Sony with Appachan and Ammachi

Jaison and Family with Baby






These are some of the Photos taken  before

GEO AND GENOS BABY GIRL



CUTEEEee…..

BABY JOSEPH  – ANU AND ROJINS BABY BOY BAPTISM

 






















Photos from Josuttans Holy Baptism on 28 DEC 2008


BABY JENI  – SHIBU AND YAMINI BABY DAUGHTER



 

IQ and EQ give way to spiritual intelligence, the ultimate intelligence that can add value and meaning to your life

For long, the world gave much importance to Intelligence Quotient. “My son has an IQ of 210!” the proud mother would gush. “He’s going to be a scientist.” This attitude is a legacy of the early 20th century when psychologists devised tests to measure intelligence. These tests primarily measured intellectual or rational intelligence (used to solve logical problems). The higher the figure, the belief went, the greater the intelligence.
In mid-1990s, Daniel Goleman revealed findings in neuroscience and psychology that stressed the importance of Emotional Quotient (EQ). This makes us aware of our feelings and that of others. It gives empathy, motivation, compassion and an ability to respond skillfully to pleasure and pain. Goleman argued that EQ was a basic requirement for the use of IQ. If the areas of our brain that feel are damaged, our ability to think effectively is diminished.

Last year, however, authors Dana Zohar and Ian Marshall introduced a new dimension to human intelligence. Spiritual Quotient (or SQ) is the ultimate intelligence, they claim. This is the intelligence used to solve problems of meaning and value. “Is my job giving me the fulfillment I seek?” “Am I relating to the people in my life in a way that contributes to their happiness and mine?” Answers to these questions determine whether we will find happiness or not. IQ and EQ are inadequate in such issues.

“Spiritual intelligence,” explains Ram Mohan, a Vedanta teacher, “is about the growth of a human being. It is about moving on in life. About having a direction in life and being able to heal ourselves of all the resentment we carry. It is thinking of ourselves as an expression of a higher reality. It is also about how we look at the resources available to us. We realize that nature is not meant to be exploited. Ultimately, we discover freedom from our sense of limitation as human beings and attain moksha.”

Anand Tendolkar, a workshop leader, says: “For me spiritual intelligence is about pondering over my life’s purpose. Just being in touch with that question is fulfilling. Finally I realize that there is an immensity to me. As I move along the path, deeper levels of myself get unfolded, leading to fulfillment.”

Humans are essentially spiritual beings, evolved to ask fundamental questions. “Who am I?” “Where am I going?” “What do others mean to me?” It is an ability to answer questions like these that lead people to personal growth workshops. Spiritual intelligence motivates people to balance their work schedules to spend time with the family. Or an executive with a high SQ might look beyond profit margins and devote time for voluntary work with orphans. Spiritual intelligence also addresses the need to place one’s life in a shared context of value.

The transformative power of SQ distinguishes it from IQ and EQ. IQ primarily solves logical problems. EQ allows us to judge the situation we are in and behave appropriately. SQ allows us to ask if we want to be in that situation in the first place. It might motivate us to create a new one. SQ has little connection to formal religion. Atheists and humanists may have high SQ while someone actively religious may not.

“The awakening of our spiritual intelligence may be a time of great joy and meaning,” says Anita Pandey, who frequents personal growth programs. “Suddenly I had a feeling of being in control. Earlier things happened to me. Now I am more aware. Also, I have actually started living those values I had heard about—like acceptance and unconditional love.”

In their book Spiritual Intelligence—The Ultimate Intelligence, Zohar and Marshall discuss the scientific evidence for SQ. In the 1990s, research by neuropsychologist Michael Persinger and neurologist V.S. Ramachandran at the University of California led to an identification of a ‘God-spot’ in the human brain. This area is located among neural connections in the temporal lobes of the brain. During scans with positron emission topography, these neural areas light up whenever research subjects are exposed to discussion of spiritual topics. Of course, this is culture specific, with Westerners responding to ideas of ‘God’ and Buddhists and Hindus responding to certain symbols. While the God-spot does not prove the existence of ‘God’, it does indicate that the brain is programmed to ask ultimate questions.

We use spiritual intelligence to transform ourselves and others, heal relationship, cope with grief, and move beyond conditioned habits of the past. To develop high SQ, each person needs to approach the task according to his/her personality.
J.L. Holland divided people into six personality types (take the test) and devised tests to determine one’s type, or the mix.

On each personality test we would have scored between zero and 12. This indicates the strength of our interest in that sector of life. An average adult will score 6 or more on perhaps three of the personality types. For example, we might score highest (say nine) on the artistic type, but score seven on the enterprising type and six on the investigative. Naturally, we must allow for some degree of overlap between the different types.

Once we know our personality type, we can better choose our particular path to higher SQ.

CONVENTIONAL TYPE: THE PATH OF DUTY
We follow this path by serving the community. This is done by realizing our life’s purpose and following it with full commitment. We have the interest of humanity in mind and pursue what we truly love for others’ sake. Many of us may want to associate ourselves with a specific organization to fulfill this ambition.

Whatever outlet we choose, we must avoid two common mistakes that people on this path make. Avoid becoming narcissistic. It is an easy trap to slip into. At one point we may withdraw completely from relationships and focus only on ourselves. Behaviors associated with such self-absorption include lying in bed late, heavy drinking and smoking and overindulgence in food and sex. A narcissist must address his problems adequately through therapy or spiritual practices before he can progress on the path of duty.

Avoid extreme identification with your group and its uncritical championing. We must realize that there is a place in the world for groups whose values differ from ours.

 

SOCIAL TYPE: THE PATH OF NURTURING
This path is about loving, nurturing and protecting. It corresponds to the Mother Goddess. People on this path include parents, teachers, nurses and therapists, who reach out to others with acceptance and compassion and provide them with the space to grow and find themselves.
To pursue this path, the right attitude is crucial. “How can I serve others when I myself need so much from others?” explains Ram Mohan. “For example, I live in a city where many of the things I consume—like food and medicines—are not produced. I need the efforts of so many people to make life possible. I realize that I am only making my talents available to people in return for things I am receiving. When I look at it this way, it helps me face the many disappointments I may encounter.”

It is important to be mindful of the way we help others. A distorted way is to succumb to the shadow aspect of love and nurturing, which is hatred and revenge. Love can be patient and kind but when we do not truly love ourselves, our love for others becomes bitter and destructive.

Another common failing is to suffocate the person we seek to love. We have to give the person space to grow. To pursue this path effectively, we must be receptive and listen to the other person. We must be willing to reveal ourselves to others. A risk-free approach is unlikely to succeed.

When we meet great teachers, one striking thing about them is their ability to truly be there for another person. Such attention and empathy is rare. To pursue this path, we must model ourselves on a teacher or mentor who has already clarified his life before reaching out to others.

 

INVESTIGATIVE TYPE: THE PATH OF KNOWLEDGE
The path of knowledge covers a broad range of experience. It could be something as simple as solving everyday problems. Or, as vast as pursuing a spiritual path. Most people on this path are scholars, scientists or those who have an intense love of learning.
How we pursue this path can have profound benefits for mankind. One can engage in research that solves problems plaguing mankind. For instance, a scientist could devise a cheap fuel that is eco-friendly.

While the potential of this path is limitless, we must clarify our intention in pursuing it.

We must realize that all things are interconnected and we cannot apply our knowledge to one area of experience without having profound effects on others.

Nandan Savnal, Mumbai-based NLP trainer, alerts us to another crucial aspect: “One of the most important challenges on this path,” he says, “is whether you are going to be honest with yourself and question things. When you investigate matters, your value system will be challenged. You will have to press on regardless. You cannot afford to operate from your comfort zone.”

Another spiritually unintelligent way to walk this path that must be avoided is using our talent to support morally reprehensible work. Like the historians who deny the Holocaust or those who devote themselves to spreading racist propaganda.

ARTISTIC TYPE: THE PATH OF PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION
Writers, artists, musicians and their like constitute only 10 to 15 percent of the population. But most of us walk this path to some extent. The task facing such people is personal and transpersonal integration. We must explore the depths of ourselves and weld the disparate fragments into a harmonious whole.
The path most closely associated with the brain’s God-spot activity, people here are most open to extreme emotions and eccentric behavior. For this reason, artists are most often thought of as society’s healers (or shamans). They journey into the unknown and return with a fragment that can heal us all. This is the process that has created some of the world’s greatest art.

Cultures throughout history have treated the artist as someone blessed with special vision. Indeed, their capacity to create societal awareness is profound. Consider the great saint-poets like Rumi and Kabir.

For Savnal, engaging with great stories from different traditions has been therapeutic. “When I was young,” he says, “I was fascinated by the story about Bhima in which he has a wrestling match and jumps up with the strength of ten elephants every time he is knocked down. With time, I realized that the suggestion is to bounce back with greater energy every time you face a setback.”

We must watch out for certain traps, however. One is becoming an aesthete—people concerned with form only who produce art purely for sensual gratification. Their goal is acquisition and display. Another common failing is to be a compulsive, permanent rebel. Such people will resist order and imagination in their art, fight committed relationships and even miss deadlines.

The extremes described above are a turning away from conflict. But when an artist embraces his conflict he can claim his spiritual intelligence and produce art of lasting value.

REALISTIC PERSON: THE PATH OF BROTHERHOOD
Priti Sen is a caring middle-aged mother and a devoted wife. Her husband is a rich, influential businessman. She loves socializing and also does charity work. Seemingly strong, cheerful and in charge of her life, the truth about her is not immediately obvious. Her teenage son lost both his legs in an accident. While her shattered husband and other children cry almost daily, Priti is quiet, sensible and calm. She busies herself caring for her son, building a new life for him. Her ability to accept adversity is a source of strength to her family.

Priti exemplifies the attributes of the realistic type. Practical, no-nonsense, uncomfortable with overt feelings, these people personify the virtues of the hero. Their mission in life is to pursue the path of brotherhood and justice. It is to see a connection between themselves and all other beings. A Buddhist sutra describes this: “In the heaven of Indra (the king of the gods in the Hindu pantheon) there is a network of pearls so arranged that if you look at one, you see all the others reflected in it. In the same way, each object in the world is not merely itself, but involves every other object and in fact is every other object.”

Those who have internalized this precept form organizations that bring justice into the world. They decide how rights and goods are distributed for the benefit of all. This involves respect for the other’s point of view. When such people work together in NGOs or spiritual organizations, they grow toward a deeper understanding that all people are players in a larger pattern.

ENTERPRISING TYPE: THE PATH OF SERVANT-LEADERSHIP
All human groupings, families, tribes and societies need leaders to impart vision, motivation and purpose. Effective leaders must be confident, outgoing and comfortable with power. Truly great leaders are servant-leaders-those who serve humanity by creating new ways for people to relate to each other. They put the good of society above their own good and take society in new directions. Buddha and Jesus were such leaders. In India, we had Emperor Ashoka who, after his brutal conquest of Kalinga, converted to Buddhism and embraced nonviolence. And environmentalists like Sunderlal Bahuguna and Medha Patkar have forced people to look afresh at ecological issues.
It must be stressed, however, that a servant-leader should have a great deal of inner clarity. A spiritually unintelligent way to walk this path is to use one’s power to exploit others. Another mistake is to focus purely on one’s petty needs and ignore the interests of the people we serve.

“The challenge is to have a vision,” says Ram Mohan. “After that, the task is to build trust and empower people to give their best.” It is essential to do this ethically. In a corrupt society, there will be pressures on us and we must know how to handle it. To retain his balance, a leader would do well to think about trusteeship. Gandhi declared that when an individual has more than his proportionate share of wealth, he should become a trustee of that portion on God’s behalf.

It is to this noble vision of leadership that one must aspire. In an increasingly fragmented world, we need leaders of vision who can bring hope and purpose into the lives of others, someone who sees all of humanity as God’s people. As Jesus said: “Not my will, Lord, but thine.”

The outline of the above paths is meant to help those who wish to develop their spiritual intelligence and gain a better awareness of themselves. To this awareness must be added the invaluable ingredient of hard work. But thinking of ourselves as spiritual beings is a useful start. Once we do this, we can enlarge our idea of intelligence to include this greater vision of ourselves.

When we commit ourselves to the chosen paths in this light, we begin to imbue greater meaning, value and fulfillment in our lives.

EIGHT SIGNS OF HIGH SQ
1. Flexibility
2. Self-awareness
3. An ability to face and use suffering
4. The ability to be inspired by a vision
5. An ability to see connections between diverse things (thinking holistically)
6. A desire and capacity to cause as little harm as possible
7. A tendency to probe and ask fundamental questions
8. An ability to work against convention

SEVEN TYPES OF INTELLIGENCE
With the popularity of EQ and SQ in recent years, it might be worth remembering an older way of conceiving intelligence, which helps cultivate individual aspects of ourselves. This is Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligence. In 1984, in his book Frames of Mind—The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, he offered a critique of IQ testing and suggested that what we possess is not one ‘intelligence’ but seven different intelligences. These are: logical-mathematical, linguistic, musical, bodily kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal and spatial.

Intelligence Type:
How To Develop It:

Logical-Mathematical Intelligence
This is what we use to manipulate concepts and arrange them into meaningful patterns. We develop this by constantly confronting objects, assessing them and reordering them.

Linguistic Intelligence
This is the intelligence that gives us sensitivity to language, an ability to absorb and manipulate it skillfully and to be aware of shades of meaning.

Musical Intelligence
This gives us our sensitivity to sound, our ability to arrange sounds into patterns pleasing to the human ear.

Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence
This is the intelligence that gives us the ability to perform tasks of great discipline and commitment with our bodies. Dancers, athletes and martial arts practitioners have this.

Interpersonal Intelligence
This gives us the ability to relate skillfully with others, to be aware of our feelings and the other person’s, to see where the other person is coming from.

Intrapersonal Intelligence
This is about becoming truly aware of ourselves and having the ability to constantly purify ourselves in order to access higher levels of joy and power.

Spatial Intelligence
This form of intelligence calls upon our ability to create a mental image. It gives us the capacity to perceive the visual world accurately and to perform transformations and modifications upon our initial perceptions. Artists, designers and architects have this intelligence.

1. Learn a computer language
2. Work on logic puzzles
3. Identify scientific principles around the house: pumps, bulbs etc.

1. Take a writing class
2. Record yourself speaking into a tape-recorder
3. Memorize passages of poetry

1. Sing in the shower
2. Memorize tunes
3. Spend time listening to music everyday

1. Take up martial arts like tai chi or karate
2. Take up a sport
3. Learn a craft such as woodworking or crochet

1. Decide to meet one new person a week and stay in touch.
2. Join an NGO
3. Spend 15 minutes a day listening actively to a friend.

1. Do a vipassana course and make it a part of your life
2. Spend time with yourself everyday, just being quiet
3. Read biographies of people with powerful personalities

1. Take classes in painting, sculpture or photography
2. Buy a graphics software program and create designs on the computer
3. Watch films with attention to lighting, camera angles, color and other aspects of cinema.

By Cherian P. Tekkeveettil

Source : Life Positive.com

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