What exactly is purity of mind? When I posed this question to someone, that one said, ‘absence of desire is purity.’ How can one be without desire? All our actions are propelled by the motivating force of ‘desire.’ And each of us is helplessly compelled to take action without even a single moment of […]
The Art of Living The real fountain of joy, peace and love is within. This is only a theory in the mind until experienced, but a necessary theory to diligently investigate to give more meaning to life. A mind that does not interrogate the mysteries of life and death lives a life full of fear, ignorance and […]
YOU ARE A POWERFUL BEING! You are a store house of shakti because you are an Atman. The Atman is full of infinite power (ananta shakti). This knowledge and power can only be accessed through discipline of the mind which is just an instrument of the Atman. This mind has to be sharpened like […]
Meditation is “to be in Awareness”. Only Awareness remains. You are lost. Realize yourself as the Immovable (kutastha), Behind and beyond the movable (jivatman) The silent witness of all that happens ~Nisargadatta Maharaj~ CONNECT THE DOTS How would you define silence? Absence of sound Opposite of sound Absence of thoughts Where does […]
GOODNESS IS IN ALL OF US Shiva is Auspiciousness Brings Out The Goodness In All Of Us Shiva symbolizes the Consciousness within us. Shiva also symbolizes every thing auspicious and Good. Shiva as Consciousness is in everything and everybody. It is by His power that both good and bad exist in this […]
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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.
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.
As I was reading the several causes of failure in Napoleon Hill’s book
“Think Your Way To Wealth,” I couldn’t help remembering the shlokas in Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 6, shlokas 5 and 6.
The points he listed are worth noting down as guidance to conquering the mind. Being successful in life is crucial to achieving happiness in this world as well as the ‘other’ world, meaning in the ‘life after death.’
In Lalita Sahasranama, the 764th name is “svargApavargada”. Da means giver. She gives svarga and apavargA meaning she gives us heaven and leads the way to it. Chanting the Lalita Sahasranama protects us and She makes sure that we lead a righteous and dharmic life in fulfilling our 4 goals in life which is dharma, artha, kama and moksha – dharma, wealth, desires, and liberation.
By knowing the causes of failure we can make every disciplined effort to avoid them. Success consciousness gives immunity to all forms of defeat.
MAJOR CAUSES OF FAILURE
The habit of drifting through life without a major definiteness of purpose. This is one of the causes of failure that leads to other causes of failure.
Unfavorable hereditary physical foundation at birth. This is the only cause of failure that cannot be eliminated.
The habit of meddlesome curiosity in other peoples affairs through which time and energy are wasted.
Inadequate preparation for work which one engages in especially inadequate schooling.
Lack of self discipline generally manifesting itself through excessive eating, drinking intoxicating beverages and sex.
Indifference towards opportunities and self advancement.
Lack of ambition to aim above mediocrity.
Ill health often due to wrong thinking, improper diet and exercise.
Unfavorable environmental influences during early childhood.
Lack of persistence in carrying through to a finish that which one starts due to a main the lack of a definite purpose and self discipline.
The habit of maintaining a negative mental attitude in connection with life generally.
Lack of control over the emotions through controlled habits.
The desire for something for nothing usually expressed through gambling and more offensive habits of dishonesty.
Indecision and indefiniteness.
One or more of the seven basic fears.
Loss of love,
Loss of liberty
Wrong selection of a mate in marriage
Over caution in business and occupational relationships
Excess tendency towards chance
Wrong choice of associates in business or occupational work
Wrong choice of a vocation or total neglect to make a choice.
Lack of concentration leading to dissipation of time and energy.
The habit of indiscriminate spending without a budget control over income and expenditure.
Failure to budget and use time properly.
Lack of controlled enthusiasm
Intolerance. A closed mind based particularly on ignorance and prejudice regarding religion, politics and economics.
Failure to cooperate with others in a spirit of harmony
Craving for power or wealth not earned nor based on merit.
Lack of a spirit of loyalty where loyalty is due.
Egotism and vanity not under control.
The habit of forming opinions and building plans without basing them on known facts.
Lack of vision and imagination.
Failure of forming opinions and building plans without basing them on known facts.
Failure to make master mind alliance with those of education, experiences and native ability are needed.
Failure to recognize the existence of and means of adapting oneself to the forces of infinite intelligence.
Profanity of speech reflected as it does evidence of an unclean and undisciplined mind and an inadequat3 vocabulary.
Speaking before thinking, talking too much
Covetousness – revenge and greed
The habit of procrastination often based on plain laziness but generally the lack of a definite major purpose
Speak slanderously of other people with or without cause.
Ignorance of the nature of the purpose or power of thought and lack of knowledge of the principles and operation of the mind
Lack of personal initiative due in the main to the lack of a definite major purpose.
Lack of Self reliance due also to absence of obsessive motive of a definite major purpose.
Lack of a pleasing personality.
Lack of faith in oneself in the future and one’s fellow men.
Failure to develop the power of will, voluntary controlled habits of thought.
And Many more….the first and last of these causes control all the causes except one.
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:
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.
As I was reading this bullet point in Dalai Lama’s 18 rules of Life, I couldn’t help think about the difference between ‘your love for each other exceeds your need for each other’.
Contemplating on this point brings into focus that True love begins with the discovery of self love. Love of self almost implies selfishness but really we are not talking about our love for our self identity or the ego self. When we identify our existence as an entity with a form, name and situation then we are constantly looking for validation from others. True Self Love begins with the realization that my true existence is not dependent on anything external to me, because I AM EXISTENCE itself. On exploring this Self through the path of enquiry as to who I AM, we can realize that we are Consciousness & Energy full of knowledge, love and joy. The very fact that you exist makes you loveable. Love is your birthright and the fountain of love is within you. You need not go beg anybody for love. You don’t have to feel the need for love from some one.
So what is this ‘need for each other’? It is a love based on ‘conditional love’. I love you because you make me happy, you make me smile, you buy me gifts, etc. etc.That is a “need based love” to put it very simply. Love that is unconditional is non dependent; it just is – it is a feeling of contentment that comes from loving who you are.
Essentially we humans are social beings. We like drama, and are born to realize our dreams. But only those who are tired of the drama and the never ending dreams that are waiting to be realized, can embark on the path of enquiry. That identification with your true Self through Cosmic Consciousness gives you the real freedom to love yourself for who you are and love others as well for who they are.
Yes I have introduced another term here which is Cosmic Consciousness but don’t let that deter you from exploring further. If you would like to learn more along these lines, come join us in our “Heal Your Life” Skype chat room where we discuss these topics.
At the core of my heart I am like the Sun radiating with love and knowledge. Knowing this and meditating on it helps us connect with our inner resource to these 2 attributes that are absolutely essential for us to be in the light, for the sun has no partiality and shines on everybody that opens their window to its rays, and we are in infinite supply. It is inexhaustible! We hold that fountain of love and knowledge as that is what we are!!
Yet God speaks to us through any means possible to be heard by us even if it has to be through dreams or through other people. Our effort only lies in tuning in to our inner Self and to do so I feel inspired by Og Mandino’s scrolls on love which is worth reading every day.
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?’
‘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.”
‘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.
Have you ever had relationship problems? We all have them one time or another big time or small time.
Relationship problems are another type of “stress” we all experience from time to time. Conflicts can arise with our spouse, parents, children, friends, co-workers, employees, bosses, or even with total strangers.
As common as our relationshipproblems are, we often misunderstand what causes them to occur. Much of the time they come from hidden conversations and action patterns within us, not from the behavior or attitude of others. The problem is we often don’t notice the role that we play.
Well today, I received a forward in my inbox which story I would like to share here. In as much as it sounds humorous and makes you laugh as soon as you finish reading it, when you think more deeply about it on a subtler level, then it illustrates the point above that I just mentioned about stressful relationships.
Efforts to treat a deaf wife
A man feared his wife wasn’t hearing as well as she used to and he thought she might need a hearing aid. Not quite sure how to approach her, he called the family Doctor to discuss the problem. The Doctor told him there is a simple informal test the husband could perform to give the Doctor a better idea about her hearing loss.
Here’s what you do,” said the Doctor, “stand about 40 feet away from her, and in a normal conversational speaking tone see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response.”
That evening, the wife is in the kitchen cooking dinner, and he was in the den. He says to himself, “I’m about 40 feet away, let’s see what happens.” Then in a normal tone he asks, ‘Honey, what’s for dinner?” No response.
So the husband moves to closer to the kitchen, about 30 feet from his wife and repeats, “Honey, what’s for dinner?” Still no response.
Next he moves into the dining room where he is about 20 feet from his wife and asks, Honey, what’s for dinner?” Again he gets no response so, He walks up to the kitchen door, about 10 feet away. “Honey, what’s for dinner?” Again there is no response. He feels confident that his wife is deaf, having serious loss of hearing.
So he walks right up behind her. “Honey, what’s for dinner?”
“James, for the FIFTH time I’ve said, CHICKEN!”
I had a hearty laugh when I read this story but then again, sometimes we are too quick to think that our relationship problem lies entirely in the other person. It would do us good to do some introspection before we criticize others. Often we reflect our own lack when we criticize others and we admire those attributes in others that we lack.
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
Paro-pakaraya Phalanti Vrksa:
Paro-pakaraya Vahanti Nadya:
Paro-pakaraya Duhanti Gava:
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.
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, Flexibilityand 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 ofthe 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 itis 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 carpenteruses 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.
I was listening to Paul Hutchins Master Mind call the other day and he talked at length about a comment one of his relatives made to him. His relative said to him that he remembered Paul from the days of his earlier days when he was “obsessed with money“. Paul said, he would have preferred it, if he had used the word, ‘when you were working toward your ‘financial freedom’, instead of the phrase “obsession with money‘. Paul figured that his relative might have seen him working hard giving his presentations and thought he was obsessed with money. Recently I had an experience which I would like to share here. I have a friend who is a psycho therapist. The common factor in this relationship is the fact that we both have Diabetes. I had started a Diabetes Meet Up group and she was the first one to join the group and we started meeting weekly on a regular basis. So naturally, since Diabetes is all about healthy life style and eating the right foods, I shared my product of a healthy coffee from Organo Gold. I shared the details of the health aspect of the product and also the compensation plan talking about the benefit of both ‘health and wealth’ in a cup. She tried a sample of the coffee and told me she liked the taste of the coffee, asked me the price of the coffee and left it at that. I asked her for referrals and if we could have a coffee jazz mixer where her friends could taste the coffee and if they liked it I could give her a box free if any one at her party bought the coffee. She said she would consider it at a future date when she might have a professional meeting with her colleagues and she could let me know at that time. I said ok. She also told me she liked the coffee but she did not have the money at the time. I gave her a box of Mocha and told her she can pay me later when she had the money. The cost of the box was only $30. Like I said we were meeting weekly for our Diabetes Meet Up group and we would try to catch up on each other’s lives and see how we were doing and she would often ask me how my coffee business was going. I told her it was going okay and if she wanted to recommend the coffee to people that she met on a daily basis. She then told me that as a psycho-therapist she did not want to be seen as a sales person since she has to maintain the reputation of a professional who is giving her professional services. I started analyzing this statement and told her that everybody in this world ls looking to make money whether they are professional or not, in sales or not. This whole world is a market place where daily there are transactions going on where there is a person buying or selling. It doesn’t matter whether they are in a professional business or otherwise. We are either exchanging opinions (consultation), service (whether it is medical, mechanical, administrative, personal or what ever else service you can think of), or products. The ultimate goal is to be rewarded by remunerative benefit. Money is the common denominator for every activity that we do. If not money then in kind but nothing comes free. Even the so-called Professionals whether they are in Real Estate business, Medical or Electronic, etc. give their service and monetize that activity to be incentivized to give their best service. A Doctor may have worked hard for 10 years or more, studied and done apprenticeship and spent the rest of the years in treating his patients, but if he did not give an excellent service, he would not have a good reputation even if he is paid handsomely for the profession as set by the market place. He goes into the clinic day in and day out to work but with the monetary gain in sight as his reward for his hard work. Ask him in the name of humanity to give free treatment. Would he? How will he live his life if he simply gave free service. And mind you they are justly paid handsomely for their knowledge and skill set. We are paying for his intelligence and skill set and his hard work. We may complain that medical bills are too high but we cannot argue with the fact it takes special kinds of people to become good Doctors. However, I do get upset when I go to the doctor’s office and pay a high price just for consultation, just for stepping into their office. It is ridiculous. The point I am trying to make here is that no matter what profession we may be in we are all looking to make money. Everybody needs and wants Money.But this fact is not as obvious in other professions as it is in Network Marketing. When we go to market our products, we first give a presentation talking about the need and benefits of the product we have to offer. But, we also present them with the benefit of the compensation plan of the business side of it to make them aware that they have that option. Our products may be intangible or tangible. What is an intangible product? It maybe an e-course or a personality development course. An e-course maybe an online educational course or personality development may be a mind set course. Today, people say if you do not have your business on line, even it is a brick and mortar business, then you really are leaving the money on the table. Many times, when people are looking for a product or service, they google and look at the ratings for that business or the availability and description of what they are looking for, on line. What about a Personality development course? Have you heard the saying, “Empty your mind into your pocket and your pocket will empty into your mind?” or “Invest in your self, in your education and personality development?” Why? Because, that increases your value and your ability to serve. Everybody needs this product, because ultimately, when we die, we take with us what we learn, but we cannot take our money with us. That statement alone should impress upon you the priceless value of this product. We don’t need a description of what tangible products are. However, we definitely need to educate our customers on the description and benefit of the product. Why? If we left it on the store shelf, people may not even be aware of such a product or the benefits of the product. They simply do not read labels before buying. All they look at, is whether they can afford it. If it is cheap, they will buy it. They will not even question what ingredients are in it. What do I mean by that? Take for example, the Organo gold Coffee that I distribute. It is easy, it is simple, it is coffee – is our slogan. But when we present it to our prospects, they think it is expensive. They ask us all kinds of questions about what kind of coffee is in it and how much it costs. They don’t ask the same questions, when they go to Star Bucks and buy a cup of coffee for $5. Of course people who are not into NetworkMarketing and are not interested in the business aspect of the business think it is expensive. But we tell them ‘you are not paying for the coffee. The coffee is free. You are paying for the Ganoderma Lucidum that is in the coffee. Ganoderma Lucidum is not easy to grow and very hard to get. You can get the same ingredients in capsular form as well but having it in a habitual beverage like coffee makes it so much easier to enjoy the benefits of both. Here’s another example of a tangible product and that is FGXpress Power Strips that I have started using recently. I was introduced to it when I was having excruciating pain in my right thumb as a result of ‘Trigger Thumb’. There is nothing like it in the market.
The doctors prescribe a splint to wear in the case of a Trigger Finger. The splint is bulky and completely immobilizes the hand and looks prominent when one wears it.
FGXPress Power Strip
The Power strip, on the other hand, can be wrapped around just the finger that is affected, and is not as prominently visible. It has 5 scientific technologies embedded in it, and it is FDA approved and classified as Class 1 Medical Device.
More and more manufacturers are choosing to distribute their products through the avenue of Network Marketing. So Network Marketing deserves the true status as a professional business. It is not a hobby. It is a profession. It requires special skills of understanding human psychology as different people are approached in the sales process. It requires special ‘mind-set’ to make a good sales man or sales woman. But in Network Marketing we openly talk about the financial benefits. Like Eric Worre says,’it is a stone cold fact that we have the better way.” Every Network Marketing business trains their membership with proper mind set courses. There are many skills to be learned in this profession as Eric Worre has explained in his book, “Go Pro – 7 steps to becoming a Network Marketing Professional.” And true financial freedom can be gained in Network Marketing by even an average person without much formal schooling. So yes, in this endeavor the work involved should not be called an obsession for money, but a pursuit for financial freedom. In conclusion, It is not all about money but a better life style. In my mind, that is the bigger picture – financial freedom and not an obsession for money.