Newsletter-cum-magazine of Oasis Movement YEAR 2 I ISSUE 38 I July 1, 2009

The Story of a Tea Cup....
Love this story or not, you will not be able to have tea in a tea cup again without thinking of this:

There was a couple who took a trip to England to shop in a beautiful antique store to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They both liked antiques and pottery, and especially teacups. Spotting an exceptional cup, they asked "May we see that? We've never seen a cup quite so beautiful."

As the lady handed it to them, suddenly the teacup spoke, "You don't understand. I have not always been a teacup. There was a time when I was just a lump of red clay. My master took me and rolled me pounded and patted me over and over and I yelled out, "Don't do that."

"I don't like it!" "Let me alone," but he only smiled, and gently said; "Not yet!" Then WHAM! I was placed on a spinning wheel and suddenly I was spun around and around and around. "Stop it! I'm getting so dizzy! I'm going to be sick!", I screamed. But the master only nodded and said, quietly; 'Not yet.'

He spun me and poked and prodded and bent me out of shape to suit himself and then he put me in the oven. I never felt such heat. I yelled and knocked and pounded at the door. "Help! Get me out of here!" I could see him through the opening and I could read his lips as he shook his head from side to side, 'Not yet'..

When I thought I couldn't bear it another minute, the door opened. He carefully took me

out and put me on the shelf, and I began to cool. Oh, that felt so good! "Ah, this is much better," I thought.

But, after I cooled he picked me up and he brushed and painted me all over The fumes were horrible. I thought I would gag. 'Oh, please, Stop it, Stop, I cried. He only shook his head and said. 'Not yet!'.

Then suddenly he put me back in to the oven. Only it was not like the first one. This was twice as hot and I just knew I would suffocate. I begged. I pleaded. I screamed. I cried I was convinced I would never make it. I was ready to give up. Just then the door opened and he took me out and again placed me on the shelf, where I cooled and waited and waited, wondering "What's he going to do to me next?"

An hour later he handed me a mirror and said 'Look at yourself.' And I did. I said, That's not me; that couldn't be me. It's beautiful. I'm beautiful!!!

Quietly he spoke: 'I want you to remember, then,' he said, 'I know it hurt to be rolled and pounded and patted, but had I just left you alone, you'd have dried up. I know it made you

dizzy to spin around on the wheel, but if I had stopped, you would have crumbled. I know it hurt and it was hot and disagreeable in the oven, but if I hadn't put you there, you would have cracked. I know the fumes were bad when I brushed and painted you all over, but if I hadn't done that, you never would have hardened. You would not have had any color in your life. If I hadn't put you back in that second oven, you wouldn't have survived for long because the hardness would not have held. Now you are a finished product. Now you are what I had in mind when I first began with you.'"

The moral of this story is this: God knows what He's doing for each of us. He is the potter, and we are His clay. He will mold us and make us and expose us to just enough pressures of just the right kinds that we may be made into a flawless piece of work to fulfill His good, pleasing and perfect will. So when life seems hard, and you are being pounded and patted and pushed almost beyond endurance; when your world seems to be spinning out of control; when you feel like you are in a fiery furnace of trials; when life seems to "stink", try this.

Brew a cup of your favorite tea in your prettiest tea cup, sit down and think on this story and then, have a little talk with the 'Potter'... you'll be glad you did.

Hard work — is it a dirty word for you?

The definition of hard work is that which challenges you. And why is challenge important? Why not just do what’s easiest? Most people will do what’s easiest and avoid hard work — and that’s precisely why you should do the opposite. The superficial opportunities of life will be attacked by hordes of people seeking what’s easy. The much tougher challenges will usually see a lot less competition and a lot more opportunity.

Being healthy is hard work. Finding and maintaining a successful relationship is hard work. Raising kids is hard work. Getting organized is hard work. Setting goals, making plans to achieve them,

and staying on track is hard work.

Even being happy is hard work (true happiness that comes from high self-esteem, not the fake kind that comes from denial and escapism).

Hard work goes hand-in-hand with acceptance. One of the things you must accept are those areas of your life that won’t succumb to anything less than hard work. Perhaps you’ve had no luck finding a fulfilling relationship.

Maybe the only way it’s going to happen is if you accept you’re going to have to do what you’ve been avoiding. Perhaps you want to lose weight.

Maybe it’s time to accept that the path to your goal requires disciplined diet and exercise (both hard work). Perhaps you want to increase your income. Maybe you should accept that the only way it will happen is with a lot of hard work. Your life will reach a whole new level when you stop avoiding and fearing hard work and simply surrender to it. Make it your ally instead of your enemy. It’s a potent tool to have on your side.

Purpose of Life and Hard Work

When you live for a strong purpose, then hard work isn’t an option. It’s a necessity. If your life has no real purpose, then you can avoid hard work, and it won’t matter because you’ve decided that your life itself doesn’t matter anyway. So who cares if you work hard or take the easy road?

But if you’ve chosen a significant purpose for your life, it’s going to require hard work to get there — any meaningful purpose will require hard work. You have to admit to yourself then that the only way this purpose is going to be fulfilled is if you embrace hard work. And this is what takes you beyond fear and ego, beyond the sniveling little child who thinks that hard work is something to run away from.

When you become driven by a purpose greater than yourself, you embrace hard work out of necessity.

That child gets replaced by a mature adult who assumes responsibility for getting the job done, knowing that without total commitment and lots of hard work, it’s never going to happen.

Show me a person who avoids hard work, and I’ll show you someone who hasn’t found their purpose yet. Because anyone who knows their purpose will embrace hard work. They’ll pay the price willingly.

If you don’t know your purpose yet, then in the world of mature human beings, you don’t yet matter. You’re just a piece of flotsam on the flow created by those who do live on purpose.

And deep down you already know this, don’t you? If you want to make a difference in the world, then hard work is the price. There are no shortcuts.

Purpose and hard work are buddies. Purpose is the why. Hard work is the how. Purpose is what turns labor into labor of love. It transmutes the pain of hard work into the higher level pleasure of dedication, commitment, resolve, and passion. It turns pain into strength, eventually to the point where you don’t notice the pain as much as you enjoy the strength.

Once again it all comes down to purpose. Create a purpose for your life, and live it each day. And many of the other success habits like hard work and working hard will fall into place automatically. Figure out the why. Why are you here? Why does your life matter? That is the ultimate test of your free will.

“One hour with a child is like a ten-mile run.”


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"You may not always feel love for your spouse. Do not let that deter you from working on your marriage. Love is not only a “feeling” it is a decision that you make every day. If you find that you do not feel particularly loving, recall the things you enjoy most about your spouse.

Employer to applicant: 'In this job we need someone who is responsible.'

Applicant: 'I'm the one you want. On my last job, every time anything went wrong, they said I was responsible.


"Doing nothing is Hard Work.”


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  Editor's Note

Character Building Movement of Oasis focuses on change in community / society through Individual human development. Hard work is an essential tool for any personal change/growth. This issue focuses on-What it takes to succeed.

In the present era of competition & efficiency, we hope that it will bring a new dimension in thinking & belief system.

- Team Alive


  Team Alive

  Alkesh Raval

  Ami Nanavati

  Jolly Madhra

  Jwalant Bhatt

  Kshama Kataria

  Sanjiv Shah

  Sheeba Nair

  Umesh Patel


 Keys to Success

Everyone wants to be successful. Unfortunately, only a small portion of them actually achieve the things that they really want in their life. Successful people held different belief and mindset in achieving success in their life, which is why they are successful. Therefore, if you want to be successful today, you have to model the belief and the mindset of the successful people, and you will be able to create the similar amazing results just like them.

1. Make success a ‘must’ achieve in your life instead of just dream. Every successful people know that if they want to be successful, they will have to put in 100% commitment and make success a ‘must’ for them. When you make something a ‘must’ achieve, you will do whatever it takes to achieve it.

2. Get out of your comfort zone. Success will never come automatically, you will have to put in real effort to make it come true. As long as you stay in your comfort zone, you will never improve and you will never take the necessary action. There is no free lunch in this world; you will have to sacrifice your time and energy to achieve the things that you want in your life.

3. Never give up no matter what happened. If you give up, you will never achieve the things that you want. Therefore, do not give up even if you fail to achieve success. Instead, change your strategies and treat failure as feedback. Keep on trying with different strategies until you achieve what you want. This is the main recipe to success.

If you notice, the above tips are not ‘secrets’. Yes, success requires no secrets but hard work and smart work. You will need to put in a lot of effort in achieving the things you want in your life.


Forthcoming Programs

Event Calendar of Oasis

4th July Oasis L3 Graduation Course,
14 - 15 July Oasis L3 Basic Course - Part I, Ahmedabad
18th July Gift of Ayurveda Follow up Session, Vadodara.
21 - 22 July Oasis L3 Basic Course - Part I, Rajkot
25 - 26 July Oasis L3 Graduation Course,
31st July Oasis L3 Graduation Special Session, Surat


Note :- Dates may change due to unavoidable circumstances. Please check the dates of the program in advance with respective coordinator of the activity/Oasis centre.

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Jawaab Mage Chhe Jindagi
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This book depicts human’s extraordinary capacity and freedom to choose at every moment of his life. It is a MUST READ book for each and every individual.


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