April 3, 2011

Update – Randall Butisingh Blog

Posted in Messages tagged , , , at 6:26 am by randallbutisingh

UPDATE: Randall Butisingh’s Blog

Mr Randall Butisingh is no longer publishing new posts on this blog or replying to his many e-mails, as he has done in the past.

He is now in his 99th year and has told me that he had to stop his work on the computer due to his failing eyesight  and of course his reduced energy level.

This blog was created on October 21, 2007  and has over 650 entries on a wide range of subjects.  Although Mr. Butisingh no longer inserts new items, it still receives almost 5,000 hits per month as readers log in to read his items, especially the entries on his philosophy, poetry and life story.

As a Guest Contributor and technical advisor I check the status of this Blog to see if there are requests that need attention.  I am, however, not able to guarantee that Mr. Butisingh would be able to respond due to his health. 

I will inform you accordingly if there is any further news from him.  In the meanime enjoy his many entries… just do a search and read on!

Kindest regards,

Cyril Bryan.  Guest Contributor and friend.

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January 14, 2009

The tongue can be your worst enemy!

Posted in Philosophy, Psychology tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:19 pm by randallbutisingh

Your words, your dreams, and your thoughts have power to create conditions in your life.

What you speak about, you can bring about.

If you keep saying you can’t stand your job, you might lose your job.
If you keep saying you can’t stand your body, your body can become sick.
If you keep saying you can’t stand your car , your car could be stolen or just stop operating.
If you keep saying you’re broke, guess what? You’ll always be broke.
If you keep saying you can’t trust a man or trust a woman, you will always find someone in your life
To hurt and betray you.
If you keep saying you can’t find a job, you will remain unemployed.
If you keep saying you can’t find someone to love you or believe in you, your very thought will attract more experiences to confirm your beliefs.
If you keep talking about a divorce or break up in a relationship, then you might end up with it.

Turn your thoughts and conversations around to be more positive and power packed with faith, hope, love and action.
Don’t be afraid to believe that you can have what you want and deserve.

Watch your Thoughts, they become words.
Watch your Words
, they become actions.
Watch your Actions
, they become habits.
Watch your Habits
, they become character.
Watch your Character
, for it becomes your Destiny.

The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settle for.

Think Positively, Act with Confidence, Accept your Success as your Destiny!

November 14, 2007

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY

Posted in Philosophy, Thoughts tagged , , at 11:38 pm by randallbutisingh

(A GREAT AND NOBLE TASK)

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.  The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

Helen Keller (blind and deaf humanitarian)

November 11, 2007

I shall not live in Vain

Posted in Thoughts tagged , , , at 5:10 am by randallbutisingh

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching;
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

– Emily Dickinson.

November 9, 2007

Ten Commandments for Peace of Mind

Posted in Philosophy, Thoughts tagged , , , , , , at 4:04 am by randallbutisingh

Ten Commandments for Peace of Mind

From: Shri Gyan Rajhans

HOW TO ATTAIN MENTAL PEACE….

Peace of mind is the most sought after ‘commodity’ in human life. It appears that most of us are in a state of perpetual restlessness. On analyzing the causes of this restlessness, I have ventured to find for myself ten solutions that need to be followed religiously if we are serious about achieving perfect peace of mind.

1. Do not interfere in others’ business

Most of us create our own problems by interfering too often in others’ affairs. We do so because somehow we have convinced ourselves that our way is the best way, our logic is the perfect logic, and those who do not conform to our thinking must be criticized and steered to the right direction, our direction.

This kind of attitude on our part denies the existence of individuality and consequently the existence of God, for God has created each one of us in a unique way. No two human beings can think or act in exactly the same way. All men or women act the way they do because they are prompted to do so by the Divine within them. There is God to look after everything. Why are you bothered? Mind your own business and you will have your peace.

2. Forget and forgive

This is the most powerful aid to peace of mind. We often nurture ill feeling inside our heart for the person who insults or harms us. We forget that the insult or injury was done to us once but by nourishing the grievance we go on excavating the wound forever. Therefore it is essential that we cultivate the art of forgiving and forgetting. Believe in the justice of God and the doctrine of Karma. Let Him judge the act of the one who insulted you. Life is too short to waste in such trifles. Forget, forgive, and march on.

3. Do not crave for recognition

This world is full of selfish people. They seldom praise anybody without selfish motive. They may praise you today because you are rich and have power but no sooner you are powerless, they will forget your achievement and start criticizing you.

Moreover, no one is perfect. Then why do you value the words of praise of another mortal like you? Why do you crave for recognition? Believe in yourself. People’s praises do not last long. Do your duties ethically and sincerely and leave the rest to God.

4. Do not be jealous

We all have experienced how jealousy can disturb our peace of mind. You know you work harder than your colleagues in the office but they get promotions, you do not. You started a business several years ago but you are not as successful as your neighbor whose business is only one year old. Should you be jealous? No, remember everybody’s life is shaped by his previous Karma that has now become his destiny. If you are destined to be rich, not all the world can stop you. If you are not so destined, no one can help you either. Nothing will be gained by blaming others for your misfortune. Jealousy will not get you anywhere, but will only give you restlessness.

5. Change yourself according to the environment

If you try to change the environment single handedly, the chances are you may fail. Instead, change yourself to suit the environment. As you do this, even the environment, which has remained unfriendly for you, will mysteriously appear to be congenial and harmonious.

6. Endure what cannot be cured

This is the best way to turn a disadvantage into an advantage. Every day we face numerous inconveniences, ailments, irritations and accidents that are beyond our control. We must learn to endure them cheerfully thinking, “God will it so, so be it”. God’s logic is beyond our comprehension. Believe it and you will gain in patience, in inner strength, in will power.

7. Do not bite more than you can chew

This maxim should be always remembered. We often tend to take more responsibilities than we are capable to carry out. This is done to satisfy our ego. Know your limitations. Spend your free time on prayers, introspection and meditation. This will reduce those thoughts in your mind, which make you restless. Fewer the thoughts, greater is the peace of mind.

8. Meditate regularly

Meditation makes the mind thoughtless. This is the highest state of peace of mind. Try and experience it. If you meditate earnestly for half an hour every day, you will tend to become calm during the remaining twenty-three and a half hours. Your mind will not be disturbed as much as before. This will increase your efficiency and you will turn out more work in less time.

9. Never leave the mind vacant

An empty mind is devil’s workshop. All evil deeds start in the mind. Keep your mind occupied in something positive, something worthwhile. Actively follow a hobby. You must decide what you value more – money or peace of mind. Your hobby, like social work may not always earn you more money, but you will have a sense of fulfillment and achievement. Even if you are resting physically, occupy yourself in healthy reading or mental chanting of God’s name (japa).

10. Do not procrastinate and never regret

Do not waste time in wondering “should I or shouldn’t I?” Days, weeks, months and years may be wasted in that futile mental debating. You can never plan enough because you can never anticipate all future happenings. Always remember God has His own plan too. Value your time and do things. It does not matter if you fail the first time. You can rectify your mistakes and succeed the next time. Sitting back and worrying will lead to nothing. Learn from your mistakes but do not brood over the past. DO NOT REGRET! Whatever happened was destined to happen only that way. Take it as the will of God. You do not have the power to alter the course of God’s will. Why cry?

May God help you remain at peace
With yourself and the world
Om shanti shanti shanti

November 7, 2007

Hatred and Bitterness

Posted in Philosophy, Thoughts tagged , , , at 12:11 am by randallbutisingh

Hatred and Bitterness

Hatred and bitterness can never cure the disease of fear, only love can do that.  Hatred paralyses life, love releases it. Hatred confuses life, love harmonises it.  Hatred darkens life, love illumines it.

Martin Luther King

November 6, 2007

Peace, not Conflict

Posted in Philosophy, Thoughts tagged , , at 11:53 pm by randallbutisingh

Peace, not Conflict

Peace cannot be achieved by making war on the enemy. No one wins in a war. That period of cessation from war is not peace; it is a gap between conflicts. If we are to achieve real peace, we must, instead of making more and more weapons of warfare, as the scripture says, ‘beat our swords into ploughshares and our spears into pruning hooks.” The resources of Mother Earth must be used, not for destruction, but constructively and, as as a wise president Abraham Lincoln puts it, “Are we not destroying our enemies when we make them our friends?”. Friendship, with the power of Love, can free us from fear and anxiety, and bring the Peace which can make this earth a paradise.

Randall Butisingh

November 5, 2007

PURPOSE AND DESTINY

Posted in Philosophy, Thoughts tagged , , , at 2:51 pm by randallbutisingh

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

PURPOSE AND DESTINY

Keep a clear eye towards life’s end. Do not forget your purpose and destiny as God’s creature. What you are in His sight is what you are and nothing more. Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing that you have received – fading symbols of honour, trappings of power – but only what you have given, a full heart enriched by honest service, love sacrifice and courage.

– Francis of Assisi

November 4, 2007

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

Posted in Thoughts tagged , at 1:05 pm by randallbutisingh

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

These verses I am sharing with you today are taken from Hymns (Ancient and Modern) a Hymnal which I used when I attended Church and a Denominational school, and from which, since childhood, I sang and memorised many of the Hymns. This one I am sending you today is the one that I turned to frequently when, in my 92nd year I was seriously ill, was in and out of hospitals, and was suffering excruciating pains most of the time. I never thought that I would have recovered to the extent that I am now able to walk unsupported and be given the opportunity to give to you this service. I have shared this Hymn before with some of my friends who have been suffering and who have been comforted by it. I trust you will feel the same way.
Every word I am typing is from memory. Here it is:

O for a faith that will not shrink
Though press’d by many a foe;
That will not tremble at the brink
Of poverty and woe.

That will not murmur or complain
Beneath the chastening rod;
But in the hour of grief and pain
Can lean upon its God.

A faith that shines more bright and clear
When tempests rage without;
That when in danger knows no fear,
In darkness feels no doubt.

A faith that keeps the narrow way
Till life’s last spark is fled;
And with a pure and heavenly ray
Lights up the dying bed.

Lord give me such a faith as this,
And then whate’er may come;
I taste e’en now the hallowed bliss
Of an eternal home.

W.H. Bathurst

October 31, 2007

FLASHES OF LIGHT

Posted in Philosophy, Poetry, Thoughts tagged , , , at 12:06 am by randallbutisingh

FLASHES OF LIGHT
(a book of my own thoughts)

I call these thoughts “Flashes of Light because they came unbidden in moments of inspiration. Here are some of them:

Man is what he is, at any time, because of the endowments of his Creator and the legacies of his ancestors. He has a two-fold responsibility – to God and his fellow man.

Love is a duty which we owe to the Creator and his creatures.

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

Adversity is the dark night of the soul in which the stars of Faith and Hope shines brightest.

Aim high, not for the stars which are accessible, but for the sky which is unattainable. In the former, you have the temporary joy of achievement; in the latter, the eternal joy of pursuit.

There is no superior race. There are superior individuals who add lustre to the only race – the human race.

Heaven and hell are not places. They are states of being, and we carry them with us all the time.

The little flower opened with the sun’s kiss. The bee came, took a drop of nectar and left some pollen. The butterfly and the humming bird came, each took and gave in return. Man came; he plucked the flower. The flower perfumed the cruel hand, wilted and died.

Randall Butisingh

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