June 13, 2010

Character Building

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 4:55 pm by randallbutisingh

CHARACTER BUILDING

Character building is the primary function of education.  This means a cultivation of moral values which will enable the individual to be fair and just and helpful in the society in which he is a member.

He must learn that his body is a temple of God and should not be abused.  He must eat to live and not live to eat.  He must exercise, rest, and cultivate good habits.  He must be able to look and wonder at God’s creations, love what is good and beautiful, and be prepared to make the final sacrifice for Truth.

from: “Flashes of Light” by Randall Butisingh

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June 2, 2009

Leave a legacy

Posted in Messages, Philosophy, Psychology tagged , , , , at 1:27 am by randallbutisingh

Leave a legacy for posterity.

We can all, if we will, leave a legacy for posterity.  We can plant a tree under whose shade we may not sit or whose fruit we may not eat; but when we are gone it will give shade to the weary traveller, food for the hungry and roost for the birds; or we can dig a well, the water of which we may not drink but which will refresh man and beast when we are no more; or we can leave a trail where we have passed to guide some lost brother.

These and much more we can do for posterity.  We can leave an inspiring poem or song.  For what we are today is, as I put it in my Booklet “Flashes of Light”; “Man is what he is today because of the endowments of  his Creator and the legacies of his ancestors.  He has a twofold responsibility, to God and his fellow man”.

All the progress in Science,  Technology, Medicine could not have been, if we had not built upon the achievements of our ancestors.  So leave a legacy; your progeny will bless you.

– Randall Butisingh.

March 11, 2009

LIFE’S PURPOSE

Posted in Philosophy, Thoughts tagged , , at 1:53 am by randallbutisingh

THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

LIFE’S  PURPOSE

Strange is our situation here upon earth.  Each of us comes  for a short visit, not knowing why for sure, but obviously for a Divine purpose.

From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know that man is here for the sake of other men – above all for those upon whose smiles and well being our happiness depends.

Many times during the day we realise how much our own inner and outer life is built upon the labour of our fellow men, both living and dead, and how we must sincerely try to give in return to our fellow man as much as we have received.

–  Author unknown

Man is what he is today because of the endowments of his Creator and the legacies of his ancestors

– Randall Butisingh

Taken from his book “Flashes of  Light”

November 10, 2008

Love versus Vanity

Posted in Environment, Philosophy, Psychology tagged , , , , , , , , , at 3:36 pm by randallbutisingh

Let me be the guest in a hovel where Love is the host and Contentment is  the daily dessert to a simple fare,  rather than be the guest in a palace in which Vanity presides and Surfeiting savours the rich repast.

This thought is taken from “Flashes of Light” by Randall Butisingh.

COMMENT:

This thought goes to show the salutary effect of the virtues of Love and Contentment rather than its  opposite of Vanity and Surfeiting. The simple fare eaten in a hut, in and atmosphere of Love and Contentment, is more palatable and more conducive to health than the rich repast of the multiple dishes of the mansion where there may not even be comradeship, and where the tendency would be to gorge until there is surfeiting.  Some view food as an end in itself and not a means.  Most of the illnesses today are caused by the abuse of food.  We eat to live and not live to eat; and the diet need not be spiced up to entice the appetite as “hunger is the best sauce.” It should also be noted that the corollary to hunger is hard  work where the physical being is utilized.  The tendency of civilized man is is to earn his bread and to acquire wealth and comfort without the physical activity which goes into working,   That is the reason why there is so much overweight and obesity. with their concomitant illnesses and so much need for the physician.

As an after thought, let me mention that a hut can be a home where a number of persons can huddle together, giving warmth to one another and sharing the little they have, while a mansion may be too small for the few where each wants more than the other of the abundance that it provides.

Randall Butisingh

 

May 6, 2008

SUFFERING IS THE CRUCIBLE …….

Posted in Education, Philosophy, Religion, Thoughts tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:21 am by randallbutisingh

THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

Suffering is the crucible in which the character is burnished.
Taken from “FLASHES OF LIGHT” by
Randall Butisingh

SUFFERING QUOTATIONS

ABRAHAM JOSHUA HESCHEL
A religious man is one who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love, and defiance of despair.
New York Journal American, April 5, 1963

ALBERT CAMUS
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that that there was within me an invincible summer.

ALDOUS HUXLEY
At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols..

CORITA KENT
Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each is to succeed

March 18, 2008

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

Posted in Philosophy, Thoughts tagged , , , , at 4:15 am by randallbutisingh

AS A MAN THINKETH, SO IS HE … Proverbs 23:7.
Taken from Flashes of Light
by Randall Butisingh.

The mind is the reins that control the senses like the charioteer who holds the reins that control the horses. If the horses get out of control, the chariot and the life the charioteer are endangered.

Thought emanates from the conscious mind of the individual. It is crucial for the development of his personality and for spiritual progress. Indeed, “as a man thinketh, so is he” Proverbs 23:7. Lofty thinking inclines a man towards happiness and tranquility, while vile thinking mars his disposition and degrades him. He can never be happy, nor can he grow spiritually.

March 14, 2008

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

Posted in Philosophy, Thoughts tagged , , at 5:00 am by randallbutisingh

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CHARACTER
A man is trruly known for what he is when he has lost everything he has.
Taken from Flashes of Light
by Randall Butisingh
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March 7, 2008

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

Posted in Philosophy, Thoughts tagged , , at 11:26 am by randallbutisingh

HONESTY

Absolute Honesty is difficult in human relationships. One who does not steal tangible things from a neighbour, may steal in other ways. One may not reward one’s workmen justly, or one may sell a product at too high a price, or take exorbitant interest. A worker may dawdle or work well only when the hirer is watching, or he may do a poor job for the price he is paid. Then there is the ruler who wallows in abundance while his subject is starving. There are so many ways in which one can steal which are either condoned or applauded by society. The late Mahatma Gandhi said that he who has this world’s goods and sees his neighbour in want and does not help him is a thief.

Taken from Flashes of Light
by Randall Butisingh

March 4, 2008

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

Posted in Philosophy, Thoughts tagged , , at 5:46 am by randallbutisingh

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Love transcends and fulfils the law.  Where there is Love there is no need for law.

Randall Butisingh
from Flashes of Light
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February 27, 2008

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

Posted in Philosophy, Thoughts tagged , , , , , , at 5:06 am by randallbutisingh

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THOUGHT TAKEN FROM FLASHES OF LIGHT
by Randall Butisingh

Articulate communication between kindred souls needs not loquacity or glibness of tongue. Silence or the struggle for utterance is more fully apprehended.

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