When I read this title – “you can’t do that!” – for the LBC (Loose Bloggers Consortium) I asked myself “what is ‘that’?”
The title gave me a sort of shock, why would someone ask the other to not do something? It is a different case that when we tell a child not to do something, well we say this with some reason. Or let us grow the logic of not letting someone do something – someone who is not aware of the environment can be “advised” not to do something. This logic can be explained in the business as – a new joinee told about keeping away from the wipers / foxes of the office. How they should manage the office and department politics.
I have heard a story. A master told his one of the disciple – “Do not eat outside food.” He meant that you are doing meditation practice, you should restrict yourself to the Satvik food of the Ashram. Specially for this disciple the reason was that he was progressing well. As the fate had been – Adam ate the apple! This disciple was tempted to eat some Moong bhajia [an Indian delicacy]. He ate it. Next day the disciple could not meditate properly. The master realized it but kept quiet. In the evening disciple confessed – Master I am not able to meditate properly. Master asked – did you eat something outside? Disciple confessed yes ate moong bhajia. After a brief silence the Master said – “The person who was making that bhajia was not paid for last few weeks, and he was cursing his fate and the owner of the shop. The person was worried for his family and daily expenses.”
When I was a kid my father used to tell us that the food is also affected by the feelings of the maker. I remember Indian philosophy saying “what you eat you become”. [Tweet “It’s True: You Are What You Eat www.inc.com/magazine/201307/adam-bluestein/the-best-foods-for-leaders-to-eathtml.html”] Read Inc article It’s True: You Are What You Eat.
Me being me – I ask occasionally, the Buddha used to beg. How about that? But as instructed – You Can’t Do That!
This topic was suggested by Shackman, for the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where currently nine of us write on the same topic every Friday. I hope that you enjoyed my contribution to that effort. The eight other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Ashok, gaelikaa, Lin, Maxi, Padmum, Rummuser, Shackman and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, or not at all this week, do give some allowance for that too!
rummuser · May 9, 2015 at 12:49 pm
Ah, moong dal bhajjias. The best in the world used to be available on the platform of the Masjid Bunder Railway Station in Mumbai. If I was anywhere near say Abdul Rehman St or Mohamed Ali Road, or Nagdevi Street, aroung 3 pm, I would send for some and be in total bliss for a while. Small pleasures!
shackman · May 10, 2015 at 8:17 am
Whether or not I pay attention to such an admonition depends wholly on the circumstance at hand. Some simply are not worth the bother but if it’s something I care about and I feel strongly about the that involved then I’ll proceed regardless of the admonition.
lin heinz · May 11, 2015 at 7:47 pm
dedication and discipline. love your article. most professional singers eat no meat, or at least when training for concerts, and only light food on the day. And no coffee, for two reasons. 1. it makes one more nervous, of course, and 2 it swells the vocal chords, so that nothing works right. the spiritual and the physical. and the power of analytic thinking. welcome on board the flbc. looking forward to reading more from you.
Maxi · May 15, 2015 at 7:31 pm
Enjoyed your story, Pravin. There is more than one lesson here, especially the pain our mistakes can cause others.
blessings ~ maxi