Tag: Behaviour

Castle in the Sand


“We are like children building a sandcastle.

We embellish it with beautiful shells, bits of driftwood, and pieces of colored glass.

The castle is ours, off-limits to others.

We’re willing to attack if others threaten to hurt it.

Yet despite all our attachment, we know that the tide will inevitably come in and sweep the sandcastle away.

The trick is to enjoy it fully but without clinging, and when the time comes, let it dissolve back into the sea.”
Pema Chodron

What is that Pema Chodron trying to impress?

She is explaining Buddha’s thoughts.

Buddha talks of 5 aggregates-

  1. Body
  2. Sensations,
  3. Perceptions
  4. Thoughts
  5. Consciousness

If we cling to these 5 aggregates,(instead of getting detached)we are going in for greater suffering since we always think of ‘me, mine and myself’ and we are forgetting that nothing is permanent.

“When you finally realize that nothing is permanent in this life, you will become more tolerant, more forgiving and less judgemental”   unknown

Enjoy your life to the best of your ability without clinging to the worldly pleasures!

Food for thought

What is the difference between Castle in the air, a castle in the sand, and painting in the sky?

This post is part of  Ragtag Community Daily Prompt-Sand Castle

Thank you. Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

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Sycophancy psychology


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Cambridge dictionary defines sycophancy as

“Behaviour in which someone praises powerful or rich people in a way that is not sincere, usually in order to get some advantage from them”.

In other words sycophancy is to deceive the people and get deceived ( by both the parties concerned ).


” The beauty of this art is,the person on whom it is applied knows quite well but still he/she admires and relishes it ” Pavan Kaushik


Image source-pinterest,Wesley Weeks

We come across sycophants every where,be in the work place,political life,social life,even in personal life.

My thoughts on Sycophancy

1.Dale Carnegie book ‘How to win friends and influence people’ talks about important human trait ie.

A.Getting all the importance .

B.Craving for appreciation.

Sadly these things can be achieved only by FLATTERY.

2.Are sycophants intelligent people and wait for the right moment to get the favours done?

3.Sometimes I wonder whether it is an art to be mastered ?

4.Are not we all are all sycophants at one stage or other depending on the circumstances?

5.Even Gods are not spared.Is it not a fact that majority pray/praise God to get favours ?

The other extreme example,some people are treated as Gods !

6.sycophants have no self-respect or values and are experts in manipulating people at emotional level and gain benefits.

7.In sycophancy,the casuality is INTEGRITY.

8.But the problem is,everyone likes to be buttered up.It’s a human mentality.

9.Sycophancy said to combine hypocrisy,lying,manipulation and fraud.

10.Is sycophancy is a ‘survival tactic’?

These days of dog-eat- dog ,can straightforwardness help ?

Please enlighten me further.

Thank you.
Philosophy Through Photography

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