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Definiteness Of Purpose Is The Sail That Reaches You To Your Destination Safely

  • Posted on September 13, 2015 at 1:32 pm

The word Dharma has many meanings if you look up the word in the Sanskrit dictionary. :)

It means one’s nature, religion, law, attributes, good works, conduct, etc. One of the many meanings for dharma is also ‘duty’.

Abandoning all dharma/duties does not mean that one should not perform their duties. As explained in the commentary given below one maybe confused as to what action to perform and which not to. As a general rule of thumb, we have been given a mind to think. And as Napoleon Hill has said,we must always have a ‘definiteness of purpose’ in life and choose actions that are beneficial to oneself and others. Otherwise, like a ship without a sail keeps drifting without actually reaching the destination, we also would be simply drifting in life. We should also have the ‘sail’ of an aim in life that keeps us mentally healthy and productive and helps us reach our destination safely. And that destination is to merge with the Lord.

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It is said that this shloka 66 from Chapter 18 of the Bhagavad Gita, containing the sum and substance of the entire Gita, is the one “take home message” for any student who feels bewildered or overwhelmed with the teaching. There are four parts to the shloka. The first part instructs the seeker to abandon all of their duties. Let us look at this deeper meaning since we should not take it literally. This means that Shri Krishna wants the seeker to stop analyzing which actions they should stop performing, which actions should they continue pursuing and which new actions should they take up. They should simply stop worrying about all these questions.

So then, what should the seeker do? The second part of the shloka gives the answer – take refuge in Ishvara alone. All our thoughts, words, actions, feelings, everything should be dedicated towards Ishvara. By doing so, we will automatically arrive at the answers to our questions regarding what to do and what not to do. When we eat our food by first offering it to Ishvara, we will automatically stop eating food that is not appropriate. When we offer all of our actions to Ishvara, we will not perform any illegal or unethical actions. Everything will automatically fall into place.

What is the result of taking refuge in Ishvara? The third part of the shloka assures the seeker that they will be liberated from all of their paapa, their sins. Sins in this context refers to the bondage of actions caused by our ego. If we perform all actions in service to Ishvara, and accept any success or failure as a gift from Ishvara, we will never harbour any worry or anxiety about the past or future. We will simple continue to fill our time in relentless service to Ishvara. Ultimately, we will reach a stage where our mind is purified of all selfishness, leading to the fourth part of the shloka, complete freedom from sorrow.

Shri Krishna ends this shloka with the words “do not grieve”. It is said that with this shloka,  the core teaching of the Gita is complete, since the teaching was begun with a view to eliminate the cause of Arjuna’s sorrow, which is his ignorance of his true nature as the self.

A Solitary Fantasy Can Transform A Million Realities

  • Posted on May 21, 2015 at 4:15 pm

Maya Angelou once said, “A Solitary Fantasy Can Transform A Million Realities” An interesting saying! Watch this video in which this concept has been presented very well

by Patti Dobrowolski.

 



Louise L. Hays said to give your order to the cosmic cafe. Basically, when we go to a restaurant and place an order, we don’t think about how the cook is going to make it or how it is going to take to get the dish. We simply go about our conversation with self or with another person and voila the dish is served to you. So she says to imagine how you want your life to be or what you want to become and the Cosmos will deliver it.

 

I think this is worth trying, don’t you?

 

But before you do all this have you even fantasized? Use your imagination to transform your reality…. :) Imagination is our tool to ‘creativity’! The mind and intellect are also our tools. The mind gathers all the possible information and the intellect through discrimination determines the choice and executes the action. For example if you decided you wanted to taste a sweet, then the mind gathers all the information about the sweet. The intellect discriminates whether it is worth making it and then determines how to make it and then executes it. Finally, when the sweet is made, you get to experience the taste of it. So this is how thought seed is planted in the field of the mind, and the ultimate result or the fruit of that seed is the ‘experience’.

 

This is how everything in life works whether you sow the seeds consciously or unconsciously.

HOW DO OPINIONS MATTER?

  • Posted on May 19, 2015 at 3:31 pm

 

ARE YOU OPINIONATED?

I would say yes but not all the time I might add. If you don’t carefully scrutinize your opinions, and update them as facts are presented to you, then you can be called ‘opinionated’.  The dicitonary defines an opinionated person as obstinate or conceited with regard to the merit of one’s own opinions; conceitedly dogmatic. The problem is that they then can become your beliefs. And once they become beliefs your actions will always align with your beliefs.

We have opinions about everything under the sun and we are entitled to our opinions because that is how we operate. But when it comes to our opinions about our relationships, it affects them negatively when we have negative opinions.

When I was working as a substitute teacher I was covering one of the English classes and this topic about opinion vs. fact came up while analyzing the content under discussion. We sometimes form opinions about situations and people, and never analyze them to discern whether it is an opinion or a fact. And this becomes our data base on which we rely to take actions.

Most often your opinion is not my reality. This being so, who does the opinion affect most? Of course, it affects the person who holds the opinion. Our thoughts affect, foremost, our emotions and actions we take. So, it behooves us to update our opinion as facts emerge. To keep a balanced mind it is important to judge a situation from the ‘present’ stand point and not from opinions formed on the past experiences alone. We are creatures of habit and we are also habituated to think in patterns. But, it is important to keep our minds in a positive state of mind rather than negative because our thoughts affect us first and then only the other person. All negative thinking first affects the thinker of the thoughts. When we keep a positive state of mind we can be more forgiving of the other person who behaves in a certain way that confirms our opinion of the other person. Everybody has good and not so good qualities but it is always beneficial to concentrate on their good qualities and forgive and be tolerant of their not so good qualities.

When we become aware of this position of being conceitedly dogmatic, and being more accommodative and forgiving, it frees us from setting our opinions in stone and moving forward and keeping the windows of our mind open to fresh breeze and strengthening our relationships with everyone.

What do you think? I am interested in having your comments.

PRACTICE POSITIVE THINKING

  • Posted on April 5, 2015 at 2:41 pm

Forgiveness

 

Everything in life we do becomes a habit, knowingly or unknowingly. Therefore, it is no surprise that even the way we think becomes a habit. There was a time when I used to say “I don’t like to be ritualistic”. Ritual actually means an “observance of set forms in public worship”.  First of all, if you observe Nature, there seems to be an order and system in life. However, compared to other living forms, as human beings of the highest order of living forms, we are endowed with an intelligence that gives us a FREEDOM OF CHOICE  to live our lives in a divine way. It requires us to think positively to live a divine life which means making a conscious choice. Once we have determined our choice it still requires a lot of practice to make it a habit. Forgiveness is an important virtue to inculcate in our self development.

As I was listening carefully to Louise L. Hay on the topic of Forgiveness I was so impressed I decided to share it verbatim here in my blog. I had to write down the affirmations on Forgiveness she suggests 24:24 mins into the audio book.

The concept of forgiveness looked so practical in terms of living a joyous fulfilling life. Keeping a positive mind is like having a pure mind where the thoughts are flowing freely in all serenity and purity. Thoughts are energy and a mind that is polluted with negativity prevents the flow of that energy and gets us stuck in our thinking creatively and makes us stagnant. You can create your own list of affirmations that you could practice on forgiveness but I liked the ones Louise L. Hay said that I decided to share it here on my blog.

So here is the transcript of what she said in her audio book on Forgiveness:

FORGIVENESS

You can never be free of bitterness as long as you hold unforgiving thoughts. How can you be happy in this moment if you continue to choose to think angry and resentful thoughts?

Thoughts of bitterness cannot create JOY, no matter how justified you feel you are, no matter what they did, if you insist on holding on to the past, then you will never be free.

Forgiveness of yourself and of others will release you from the prison of the past. When you feel that you are stuck in some situation, or when your affirmations are not working, it usually means there is some more forgiving to be done.

When you do not flow freely with life in the present moment it usually means you are holding on to a past moment. It can be regret, sadness, hurt, fear, guilt, blame , anger, resentment and sometimes a desire for revenge. Each one of these states comes from a space of unforgiveness, a refusal to let go and to come into the present moment.

ONLY IN THE PRESENT MOMENT CAN YOU CREATE YOUR FUTURE. If you are holding on to the past, you cannot BE IN THE PRESENT. It is only in this NOW MOMENT that your thoughts and words are POWERFUL, so you really don’t want to waste your current thoughts to continue to create your FUTURE from the garbage of the past. When you blame another, you give your own power away because you are placing the responsibility for your feelings on someone else.

People in our lives behave in ways that trigger uncomfortable responses in us. However, they did not get into our minds to create the buttons that have been pushed. Taking responsibility for our own feelings and reactions is mastering our ability to respond. In other words we learn to consciously choose rather than to simply react. Forgiveness is usually a tricky and confusing concept for many people.

There is a difference between forgiveness and acceptance.

Forgiveness does not mean that you condone their behavior and the act of forgiveness really takes place in your own mind. The reality of the act of forgiveness has nothing to do with the other person.

It has to do with setting ourselves free from holding on to the pain.

It is simply an act of releasing yourself from the negative energy.

Forgiveness also does not mean allowing the painful actions and hurtful behaviors from the other person to continue in your life.

Sometimes forgiveness means “letting go”.

You forgive them and release them.

Taking a stand and setting a healthy boundary is often the most loving thing you can do not only for yourself but for the other person as well.

You only live in the “NOW” and you can choose to think thoughts that make you feel good RIGHT NOW.

You can choose to practice to thinking thoughts that create a positive today and a positive tomorrow. KNOW

You are creating positive thinking habits that will serve you well FOREVER.

POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS FOR ACHIEVING FORGIVENESS

~ The door to my heart opens inward.

~ I move thru forgiveness to Love.

~ As I change my thoughts, the world around me changes.

~ The past is over so it has NO POWER NOW.

~ The thoughts of THIS MOMENT create my FUTURE.

~ It is no fun being a victim.

~ I refuse to be helpless any more.

~ I claim my OWN POWER.

~ I give myself the gift of FREEDOM from the past and move with JOY into the NOW.

~ There is no problem too big or too small that it cannot be solved with LOVE.

~ I am ready to be healed.

~ I am willing to forgive and  ALL IS WELL.

~ I know that old negative patterns no longer limit me.

~ I let them go with ease.

~ As I forgive myself, it becomes easier to forgive others.

~ I forgive myself for not being perfect.

~ I am living the very best way I know how.

~ It is safe for me to release all my childhood traumas and move into LOVE.

~ I forgive everyone in my past for all perceived wrongs.

~ I release them with love.

~ All of the changes in life that lie before me are positive ones, and

I am SAFE.

YOU HAVE A CHOICE. You can choose to stay stuck and bitter or you can do yourself a favor by willingly forgiving the past. Let it go and then move on to creating a joyous fulfilling life. You have the freedom to make your life anything you want it to be because you have FREEDOM OF CHOICE.

You Can Heal Your Life

 

You are invited to my skype Group chat room if you are interested in discussing “Heal Your Life”

What kind of Fruit Are You? Great Lessons In Life

  • Posted on February 17, 2015 at 2:35 am

 

Fruits

 

There are many great Lessons in Life that you can Learn from James Allen’s book, As A Man Thinketh. He says, 

“Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are. Their whims, fancies, and ambitions are thwarted at every step but their inmost thoughts and desires are fed with their own food, be it foul or clean. Man is manacled only by himself; thought and action are the jailors of Fate – they imprison, being base; they are also the angels of Freedom – they liberate, being noble.”

There are many great lessons in life we learn as we ripen to an old age. What kind of a fruit are you? Are you a sweet one or a sour one? If you are a sweet one, no matter what pressures you may have you would only react in a positive way. If you are a sour fruit, then You would react in a sour and negative way.

Being in touch with our emotions and having control over them thru Self Mastery gives great joy and happiness in the long run. It also speaks of our healthy Emotional Quotient, EQ, when we take responsibility for our lives. It brings harmony and peace at the individual level and eventually at the universal level when those vibrations spread. Thus we can create a beautiful world – a heaven on Earth!

As I read the following message in my email, the above quote from James Allen’s “As A Man Thinketh” came to my mind.

“‘If I were to squeeze this orange as hard as I could, what would come out?’ I asked him. 

He looked at me like I was a little crazy and said, ‘Juice, of course.’

‘Do you think apple juice could come out of it?’

‘No!’ he laughed.

‘What about grapefruit juice?’

‘No!’

‘What would come out of it?’

‘Orange juice, of course.’

‘Why? Why when you squeeze an orange does orange juice come out?’

He may have been getting a little exasperated with me at this point.

‘Well, it’s an orange and that’s what’s inside.”

I nodded.

‘Let’s assume that this orange isn’t an orange, but it’s you. And someone squeezes you, puts pressure on you, says something you don’t like, offends you. And out of you comes anger, hatred, bitterness, fear. Why?

The answer, as our young friend has told us, is because that’s what’s inside.’

It’s one of the great lessons of life. What comes out when life squeezes you? When someone hurts or offends you? If anger, pain and fear come out of you, it’s because that’s what’s inside. It doesn’t matter who does the squeezing: your mother, your brother, your children, your boss, the government. If someone says something about you that you don’t like, what comes out of you is what’s inside. And what’s inside is up to you, it’s your choice.

When someone puts the pressure on you and out of you comes anything other than love, it’s because that’s what you’ve allowed to be inside. Once you take away all those negative things you don’t want in your life and replace them with love, you’ll find yourself living a highly functioning life.”

 How we react to different situations in life depends on the great lessons in life. A cultured soul is one who has refined his/her emotions to express his/her feelings with tenderness and love.

Keeping in Tune With The Cosmic Rhythm and Ebb and Flow Of Life!

  • Posted on July 20, 2014 at 3:39 pm

ebb and flow of life

 

 

As I was thinking about how to cope with the daily ebb and flow of life, I came across this  very nice article written by Chris Assaad at TheDailyLove.com site.

Resistance always creates unhappiness and to go with the flow brings harmony or at least lets us slide smoothly with the ebb and flow of life. In one of the network marketing meetings I attended, a speech made by one of the leaders, left an indelible impression on my mind and I just wanted to share my thoughts here. She compared our daily moods to the yearly seasons and talked about how to cope with our moods just the way we cope with the different seasons in the year – spring, summer, Fall and Winter. Each season has its challenges and strengths we can take advantage of . If we are sensitive, we can experience these moods of creativity, cheerfulness, contemplation and rest even in a single day. ‘This too shall pass’ is the best attitude to adopt. At the same time getting prepared for a brighter tomorrow is always hopeful and rejuvenating.

 

 

Introspection is  the self-examination of one’s conscious thoughts and feelings.

  • Posted on July 10, 2014 at 3:25 pm

 

Take A Look At Yourself

 

 

Introspection

The benefits of introspection includes:

1) Less finger pointing

One of the biggest problems in relationships is the tendency for
two ‘black holes’ to exist in the same space. When two ’empty’
people keeps on looking towards the other for happiness, fulfillment
and needs to be met, they are often met with disappointment with
each other and they start blaming each other.

Most of the time, the best way to resolve these problems is to work
on your own personal issues and remove all the emotional clutter
that we project onto our loved ones. Introspection helps us to take
the blame off others and work on ourselves.

2) Understanding that not everybody functions the same as you

Most of the time, we expect other people to function the way we
believe the world should be run. We only acknowledge other people
are different on a very superficial level so we tend to throw
our hands up in the air when other people seem ‘difficult’.

Introspection not only allows us to understand ourselves better,
it will also help us to be more compassionate on others because
they too have their own sets of struggles and traumas to deal with.

3) Recognizing that there are 3 major ways people function.

We categorize people into 3 preferred functional systens:

– Thinkers
– Feelers
– Doers

Each type speaks with their own language. Recognizing which of
the 3 are you is a very simple way for you to create better
communication with others.

Thinkers rationalizes feelings and only act when the way seems to
make sense.

Feelers rationalizes thoughts with their hearts and are often more
sensitive to other people but need to manage their emotions more.

Doers neither feel nor think as much as the other two and they
usually relate to the physical world by working on something. They
care for others by doing things for them

Sharing your joys increases your pleasures; sharing of your sorrows decreases the burden of pain’

  • Posted on June 6, 2014 at 7:43 pm

  Shared Pain and Joy

Shared joy is a double joy.  Shared sorrow is half a sorrow.

 

Recently I met Shawn Miller who is a bereavement coach.  I asked him to explain what he did. He told me that he had experienced the loss of his daughter very early in life and had a very tough time coping with it.  Eventually he got over it but as he was thinking of getting into the field of coaching, he was led to the niche of bereavement coaching.  He told me that he was gifted with the ‘tears of healing’. I said, ‘what do you mean by that?’ He said when people experience the loss of someone as a result of their death and they speak to him of their sorrow, he cries along with them. And they started telling him that they felt like a burden was lifted off them. And they would ask him ‘What did you do?’ It was then that he realized that he had the gift of the healing tears! When he cried along with them, they somehow felt relieved as if a big burden was lifted off their shoulders.

 That reminded me of my Guru, Sri Karunamayi Vijayeshwari Devi.  I have seen many devotees come to her with their problems. She looks at them empathetically and sometimes even cries at their problems and they feel relieved. She not only relieves them of the burden of their problems but also guides them with her insight and wisdom. She exudes unconditional love toward all beings.

Recently, when I was at the Ati Rudram, I had a wonderful experience with her when I had mentally done ‘pada namaskar’, that is touching her feet and conveying my salutations! (Indian way of showing respect to our elders and teachers and Gurus) and she blessed me with her garland by giving it to me as she passed by me. I was elated that she had acknowledged my salutation by giving me her garland. I wanted to save and preserve that garland for memory’s sake and carry it with me all the way to Dallas from Atlanta. Then another devotee made this wonderful suggestion that I could simply take a photo of the garland and save it that way for memory’s sake. I said okay and he took my picture. I was so happy that day that when I saw another devotee and told her how Amma had blessed me with the garland and that I wanted to preserve it and wanted to take it with me all the way to Dallas. She exclaimed, “Don’t be selfish; share the flowers from the garland with all the devotees around and double your pleasure!” I immediately understood the import of that statement and thanked herfor her wise advice. I shared all the flowers in the garland with other devotees and it truly increased my joy at looking at their happy faces.

Belief Itself Is Body’s Strongest Medicine

  • Posted on December 14, 2013 at 4:20 am

THE SCIENCE OF HEALING

 

I came across this video thru a friend of mine. It is really very fascinating to see how the people referenced

were cured by natural alternative medicine. I think the missing piece in the explanation about how  the information

is exchanged between cells and how we gain access to knowledge is that we are knowledge itself. What do I mean by

that?

 

According to our Upanishads, we are Consciousness and that Consciousness is knowledge itself. We have both problem

and solution within us. When we focus our energy and consciousness on a certain point, then we gain access to it. Our

Consciousness is infinite and ever expansive.

 

Just wanted to share this video. Hope you like it.

 

Study of the Self is the Most Important

  • Posted on December 10, 2013 at 8:33 am

The job of servicing others, of course, does not earn any interest or salary.

But we have the honor to serve the sentient beings. The job itself means:

The highest reward and honor

Every aspect of a Tree gives benefit to Others

Every aspect of a Tree gives benefit to Others

Paro-pakaraya Phalanti Vrksa:

Paro-pakaraya Vahanti Nadya:

Paro-pakaraya Duhanti Gava:

Paro-pakara-rtha-midam Sariram

 

It is only to benefit others that trees bear fruits

It is only for helping others that rivers flow

It is only to benefit others that cows yield milk.

It is only for helping others that you are given a body.

 

Yogasana

A Yogasana that strengthens the body and mind

Yoga helps us strengthen our body and mind in many different ways. While it helps us develop a strong physical body it also gives the mental attributes of courage, fortitude, patience, Flexibility and Concentration to name just a few. These are like the roots of a tree and the fruits that this tree yields are the achievements of success in our lives.While we lead a life of abundance and purposeful life, we become a source of inspiration to others and contribute to the benefit of others in many different ways.

 

Our scriptures state that the  most important study in life is the study of the Self!

The Universal Law of Use states that when you don’t use it, you lose it!

 

So what is this Self? This Self refers to the “I” that we all identify ourselves with and therefore, it is the common factor. That “I” is also referred to as Consciousness. There is only one Consciousness and not multiple Consciousnesses.  This Consciousness has no form and no Name. It is formless, nameless, attribute less, infinite, unbound and stainless.  While we are all this one and the same Consciousness that we refer to as the Self, we are all manifested as the embodied human beings in different forms with different names and attributes experiencing life in our own unique way. While it  is difficult to understand this higher, intangible Truth, it is possible to understand it by starting with the known and tangible human body and the world we experience in our daily life.

 

There is a famous quote in Sanskrit,

“Sharira madhyam khalu sadhanam!”

This body is only an instrument or medium to attain Self Realizaton

 

In the Upanishads it has been stated that the body and mind are only tools we use in this process or sadhana, like a carpenter uses his tools to care out various forms of wooden articles. If those tools are not used properly and frequently, they become rusted, dull and useless. They have to be maintained in good quality to give us good service. So it is with our body and mind. When maintained well they give us better mileage and service for a better quality and meaningful life. Life is only an experience and how we interpret it or what meaning we give to it is dependent entirely on us. Thus we are spiritual beings experiencing life thru our body and mind.

I was always interested in the why and how of things happening in life. In 1983 I had a very dramatic and transformational spiritual experience. I became hungry to understand my spiritual experience and desired to delve into it more deeply for a better understanding of life. Consequently light started shining brightly on different aspects as my spiritual journey continued.

We all can stay happy and healthy only when we engage in useful activities. Like everyone else I had a 9-5 job that kept me busy. But I was really not happy doing what I was doing as it did not feed my spiritual quest. Finally, someone introduced me to Network Marketing and Internet Marketing which opened up the opportunity for me to work from home. It all began with someone showing me some health products for my health issues. I was diagnosed with Diabetes and started buying the health products that gave me energy and nutrition.

It was then that I decided I wanted to share those good things of life that helped me and that would empower the body, mind and spirit of those I shared it with.  As I started exploring for products that would help me physically, mentally and spiritually, I decided to journal my reflections and findings on my blog. 

 

 

According to the Indian Scriptures this body is made up five sheaths.

 

1. Annamaya Kosha – Food Sheath

2. Pranamaya Kosha – Vital Air Sheath

3. Manomaya Kosha – Mind Sheath

4. Vijnanamaya Kosha – Intellectual Sheath

5. Anandamaya Kosha – Bliss Sheath

 

Annamaya Kosha and Pranamaya Kosha involve the physical body.  Manomaya Kosha and Vijnanamaya Kosha pertain to the mental body and Anandamaya kosha addresses our spiritual essence.

Having analyzed the human body to its most rudimentary level, the sages of old recommended a life style that was most conducive to all these koshas. However, due to the advances in Technology and ou rmodern thinking we have adopted a very complicated life style that is not really healthy neither for our body  nor our mind. Having been exposed to the possibilities of scientific technology, it is difficult to go back to the olden life style. However, not all the changes are bad. In fact, there are many good things that we have discovered that are empowering. 

 It is my humble attempt to share the good things of life that have helped me with the hope that the information will empower the body, mind and spirit of those who need it. Please visit my blog frequently and if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave a comment.