—M N Raju

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

Life is not merely being alive, but being well.

It is a wonderful quote of Martial, and speaks the real truth. To be alive is not only the life’s ultimate purpose, but to be alive as a well being with good health, wealth, happiness and above all to be a being of “loved one” by all.

A healthy body means healthy mind and leads to a healthy and happy life. One may be very rich or may be having every thing that life needs, but with poor health. He is the poorest of the poor and every thing that he possesses remains as the riches in a Pyramid.

Dear readers, we have been talking about the wonderful body for the last fourteen months, but it still needs lot of explanation and understanding. Generally we hear, many people saying that “Health is wealth”. But it is not entirely correct. Health is much more valuable than wealth. It is the basic need for life, from the womb to tomb. One must be healthy, if not the journey ends early at the tomb, one dies without performing the purpose of life. The body is a machine for living and the machine should work perfectly for a ‘worthy living’. So, wealth is a component in the life, but health is not “a component”, it is “the component” for a successful life. Keep good health for all-round development.

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. All the task masters are early risers. They are the leaders of humanity. The early morning, before sunrise, is considered as “Holy Hours” by all great men and women. All holy scriptures say the same. Spend one holy-hour every day and it leads to success in life and the beneficent effects are more than a two billion rupees bank balance. Morning walk, little exercise and pranayam keep fit for the rest of the 23 hours of the day, mentally and physically.

• Walk with meditative mind
• Avoid talking at least during the morning “holy-hour”.
• Let the hour improve your physical health and let your mind be in a blissful mood.
• Gain mental power, by being silent and directing all your mental strength towards your life goal.
• Plan your day and your life, being the stress free mind.
• Pray (silently) your God, since God is within you.
• During this “holy-hour” don’t talk to the out-side world, but talk to your inner-world and see into yourself with your third eye.
• You will become more and more energetic day by day. You don’t get tired.
• Improve your passion for success and it is possible when you start thinking that your morning walk is not only for physical health but for mental health too.
• Select as far as possible natural surroundings for your “holy-hour” and that helps your mind to be blissful.
• Be like a child and keep your mind free from all problems.
• You begin your day with expectations and finish your day with contentment. Expecting something is part of life. However, whether you fulfill your expectation or not, your contentment must be that you have tried to fulfill your expectations.
• Start your day with a smile on your face and think that the day is great, that feasts you, nurses you, nurtures you.
• Have ‘wills’ like a great soul. Don’t have ‘wishes’ like a feeble soul.
• During morning walk develop contemplation (deep thinking) since it is the best form of activity thought process, and makes you more professional.
• To be aware of your potentiality and to develop it, direct it, dedicate it, you spare your thought process, instead of wasting it in unnecessary issues which will not be useful for your “life-goal”.

About the Author
Shri M N Raju, the Chairman of MNR Group of Institutions, is a prolific writer and critic. He has published several articles in literary magazines across the world. His book Two Billion Heartbeats that talks about his philosophy and his life, has been published by Jaico Books and is widely read and acclaimed by authors and critics alike. He has won several national and international awards for his contribution to Indian education and healthcare sectors.

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