Wednesday, August 15, 2012



As you lie down on your bed at the end of the day, before you go to sleep, close your eyes and think of the events of the day. 

Is there anything on your conscience? 

Is there something you wish you had not done?

Decide what you are going to do about it, what corrective action you are going to take, in order to clear your conscience. 

If you cannot do anything about it just forget it and resolve not to do it again. 

And then, with a clear conscience, go to sleep.

I heard a Russian saying once:

A clear conscience is the softest pillow.

Mahatma Gandhi defined Happiness in these words:

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony

Yes, this is the happiness triad - harmony between thought, speech and deed.

Genuine Happiness in achieved when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.

So make sure you do not create conflict between your thoughts, your words and your deeds

Speak out only what is in your mind and try to do what you say.

Sometimes you may think something but you may say something else, maybe for social graces, but this inner hypocrisy will cause you internal stress owing to the dissonance between your thought and deed

It is best to be truthful and straightforward and speak out your mind but if, for some reason, you cannot speak out what is in your mind then is it better to remain silent.

Similarly, you must do what you say, walk your talk, otherwise this external hypocrisy will not only tarnish your reputation but will also lower yourself in your own eyes.

So, Dear Reader, it is best to avoid both internal hypocrisy and external hypocrisy - having double standards is counterproductive in the long run.

Remember: A clear conscience is the softest pillow

And once your conscience is clear you will get sound sleep.

Good Night Sleep Tight God Bless

Copyright © Vikram Karve 2012
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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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