Looking Again With Beautiful Eyes

When we talk of health, we typically look at physical health, but being healthy means caring for our mental and spiritual health as well. In nourishing our mental and spiritual aspects, an important factor is `feeding’ our senses and emotions with good things.

Becoming aware of either an obvious and nagging or a submerged yearning for balance and inner peace, we hope ­ at some vague future date ­ to attend to this gnawing hunger. Yet sacred moments that feed and support these longings are around us right now­ every where, at every moment. These sacred moments are actually brief, seemingly ordinary moments, which act as reviving breaks from daily frenetic activities.

But why are these ordinary experiences deemed `sacred’? Because immersed in them, we experience a sense of beneficial stillness and peace. Because they often propel us beyond our limited sense of identity, inviting us to connect with enhanced perception ­ if even for a brief space of time ­ to those wider dimensions of the beauty and awesomeness of Creation and of our place within it.

Sadly , daily activities or worrying about the future grip us, making us forgetful of the need to invite or allow those sacred moments in. We plod through each day , with the have to-do stuff ­ tasks, deadlines, calls, email, social networking, meetings; and all too soon, another day is over.

The good news is that we can deliberately and actively practise creating space for these reviving, nourishing moments. The even better news is that as we repeat something regularly , the brain registers it, and the process starts to become more natural, easier and eventually almost automatic.

To begin with, for a few days or weeks, we need an external reminder ­ a timer or reminder bell on one’s cellphone, or notes stuck in places you will notice. While I was developing my own practice, I had as a reminder the image of the simple and elegant double-line pause button symbol as my desktop background! Making ourselves pause simply enables us to be present to any one such moment fully. Repeatedly experiencing sacred moments helps us to get us in touch with the wisdom of what really matters. So, you pause. Then what? Well, then you look around. Really look. And intentionally bring your senses to the foreground.

Your eyes might notice the light through the leaves of trees if you are outdoors, or coming in through the blinds or curtains if you are inside a room. You might hear the delightful sound of birds singing or children’s’ laughter, or a snatch of music. You might smell the earth after a rainfall, or coffee brewing. Instead of gobbling your food, you notice the G textures and colours on your plate.

You might notice how you first immediately see or hear something `wrong’ or `objectionable’ ­ unpleasant sights, awful smells, disturbing noises.

And you might then be shocked to realise how your eyes or ears are conditioned to first search for dissonance and unpleasantness; we are so habituated to this negative, unhealthy way of perceiving our world. While this is admittedly a part of our reality ­ it is not the only part; it is simply the part we are accustomed to tuning in to. In repeatedly tuning in to the annoying, irritating, or disturbing ­ we automatically tune out of the small but precious delights and beauty all around.

The thing to do is not to give up, but to look again. But this time ­ as a Persian phrase has it ­ do it with beautiful eyes.

Om Namah Shivay

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Wisdom of Wolves

The attitude of the wolf can be summed up simply: it is a constant visualization of success. The collective wisdom of wolves has been progressively programmed into their genetic makeup throughout the centuries. Wolves have mastered the technique of focusing their energies toward the activities that will lead to the accomplishment of their goals.

Wolves do not aimlessly run around their intended victims, yipping and yapping. They have a strategic plan and execute it through constant communication. When the moment of truth arrives, each understands his role and understands exactly what the pack expects of him.

The wolf does not depend on luck. The cohesion, teamwork and training of the pack determines whether the pack lives or dies.

There is a silly maxim in some organizations that everyone, to be a valuable member, must aspire to be the leader. This is personified by the misguided CEO who says he only hires people who say they want to take his job. Evidently this is supposed to ensure that the person has ambition, courage, spunk, honesty, drive—whatever. In reality, it is simply a contrived situation, with the interviewee jumping through the boss’s hoops. It sends warnings of competition and one-upmanship throughout the organization rather than signals of cooperation, teamwork and loyalty.

Everyone does not strive to be the leader in the wolf pack. Some are consummate hunters or caregivers or jokesters, but each seems to gravitate to the role he does best. This is not to say there are not challenges to authority, position and status—there are. But each wolf’s role begins emerging from playtime as a pup and refines itself through the rest of its years. The wolf’s attitude is always based upon the question, “What is best for the pack?” This is in marked contrast to us humans, who will often sabotage our organizations, families or businesses, if we do not get what we want.

Wolves are seldom truly threatened by other animals. By constantly engaging their senses and skills, they are practically unassailable. They are masters of planning for the moment of opportunity to present itself, and when it does, they are ready to act.

Because of training, preparation, planning, communication and a preference for action, the wolf’s expectation is always to be victorious. While in actuality this is true only 10 percent of the time or less, the wolf’s attitude is always that success will come—and it does.

Om Namah Shivay

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Keep Believing in Yourself!

There may be days when you get up in the morning and things aren’t the way you had hoped they would be.

That’s when you have to tell yourself that things will get better. There are times when people disappoint you and let you down.

But those are the times when you must remind yourself to trust your own judgements and opinions, to keep your life focused on believing in yourself.

There will be challenges to face and changes to make in your life, and it is up to you to accept them.

Constantly keep yourself headed in the right direction for you. It may not be easy at times, but in those times of struggle you will find a stronger sense of who you are.

So when the days come that are filled with frustration and unexpected responsibilities, remember to believe in yourself and all you want your life to be.

Because the challenges and changes will only help you to find the goals that you know are meant to come true for you.

Keep Believing in Yourself!

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Many have a problem of letting go of control. This results in anxiety, restlessness and it sours relationships.

Wake up and see, are you really in control? What are you in control of? Perhaps a tiny part of your waking state! Isn’t that so?

You are not in control when you are sleeping or dreaming. You are not in control of thoughts and emotions coming to you. You may choose to express it or not, but they come to you without your prior permission!

You realize that most of the functions of your body are not in your control, and the same for your life and the whole universe. Similarly, do you think you are in control of all the events in your life or in the world? That is a joke! When you look at things from this angle you need not be afraid of losing control, because you have none!

Whether you realise it or not, when you let go of your sense of control that is when you truly relax. Your identification of being somebody does not let you relax totally and it keeps your domain limited.

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When you wish happiness for others, happiness will come to you. This is the law of nature. When you wish good for others, good things come back to you. When you wish bad for others, only bad things come to you. No one wants bad things to happen to them, right? This is the reason you should keep your heart pure and clear.

Om Namah Shivay

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Why do we ring the bell in a temple?

Q: Why do we ring the bell in a temple?

Guruji : Because there are so many thoughts wandering in your mind, with the sound of the bells you come into the present.

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What type of time do you give the Divine? Usually you give the time that is leftover, when you have nothing else to do, when no guests are coming, there are no parties to go to, no nice movies to watch, no weddings to attend. Such time you give. This is not quality time.

Give quality time to the Divine. It will be rewarded. If your prayers are not answered it is because you have never given quality time.

Give Satsang and meditation your highest priority.

Give prime time to the Divine. You definitely will be rewarded.

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All of you must see that the words that you use do not hurt other people. If you have said something that hurts somebody, and if they are crying, then it is going to affect you somewhere.

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There is a fire inside everybody, a passion, keep that in the right direction. You know, fire can destroy, and fire can create as well, so allow the fire to do something creative. Give a direction to that fire (passion) inside of you.

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We should keep aside at least three per cent of whatever we earn, and use it for the society. Then the money that we earn will become purified. If we use whatever we earn for our self only, then that is not the best utilization of money. So, we must use a little portion of our earnings for the society.

Om Namah Shivay

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Krishna’s Final Message In The Gita

The concluding chapter of the Bhagwad Gita begins by Arjuna asking for definitions of the two most important concepts in Vedanta ­ sannyasa, renunciation and tyaga, resignation. Krishna says sannyasa is giving up desire-driven action while tyaga is giving up fruit of action. Contrary to popular perception neither sannyasa nor tyaga implies giving up action. Action continues, giving up the two things that come in the way of excellence in action ­ desire from the past and anxiety for the fruit which belongs to the future.

Desire is necessary to initiate action. Without desire no action will be undertaken. Similarly , there is always a fruit in mind before acting.However, while executing action, 100% of the mind must be focussed on the action. If at this time the mind meanders into the dead past or unborn future it is not concentrating on the present action. Action becomes faulty, leading to failure.

The grandeur and magnificence of renunciation lies in growth to a higher dimension as a result of which the lower fascinations drop. It is giving up that which comes in the way of your success and happiness. 

The Gita asks you to remove the wrapper and relish the chocolate, remove the unpleasant aspects of life and enjoy the world. Renunciation is opening your mind to deeper and more fulfilling aspects of your personality while continuing to enjoy the lower joys. Yet it has been horribly misunderstood as mere giving up of things that are dear to us. As a result people have given up the Gita! Tyaga is of three kinds ­ sattvika, rajasika and tamasika. Abandoning obligatory action out of delusion is tamasika. It is not tyaga at all. False or rajasika tyaga is giving up action that is troublesome, fearing physical discomfort. True or sattvika tyaga is performance of obligatory action because it ought to be done, giving up attachment and fruit.

Desire stands between you and your higher dimension. In your higher dimension. In fact, desire stands in the way of even obtaining objects of desire. In order to rise above desire you need to perform acts of yajna, sacrifice, tapa, penance and dana, charity .

Yajna is acting in a spirit of service for a higher cause.The highest ideal is Self realisation.

When your thoughts are anchored in the higher while the world, the lower desires you act in the world, the lower desires get starved and fall away . Tapa is going through the discipline required in order to achieve the ideal. A sports person has to keep fit, a musician needs to do riaz, a student must study .Only then will you achieve the goal.When your mind is focussed on investing your energies towards the ideal you will not indulge in anything that takes you away from the goal. The lower desires thus vanish.

In the final stage when you are on the verge of realisation you need to let go of the last thought, the mantra, which is the last impediment. This is the final act of renunciation that takes you to the exalted state of realisation.

Having given all that is needed for you to transform from an ordinary mortal to the extraordinary immortal Krishna asks you to do as you wish.For the Gita is not a compilation of commandments; it is a presentation of facts. It is now up to you to decide which way to go ­ remain imprisoned in the world or take off into the realm of the Spirit.

Om Namah Shivay

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बाज और किसान…

बहुत समय पहले की बात है , एक राजा को उपहार में किसी ने बाज के दो बच्चे भेंट किये । वे बड़ी ही अच्छी नस्ल के थे , और राजा ने कभी इससे पहले इतने शानदार बाज नहीं देखे थे।

राजा ने उनकी देखभाल के लिए एक अनुभवी आदमी को नियुक्त कर दिया।

जब कुछ महीने बीत गए तो राजा ने बाजों को देखने का मन बनाया , और उस जगह पहुँच गए जहाँ उन्हें पाला जा रहा था। राजा ने देखा कि दोनों बाज काफी बड़े हो चुके थे और अब पहले से भी शानदार लग रहे थे ।

राजा ने बाजों की देखभाल कर रहे आदमी से कहा, ” मैं इनकी उड़ान देखना चाहता हूँ , तुम इन्हे उड़ने का इशारा करो । “

आदमी ने ऐसा ही किया।

इशारा मिलते ही दोनों बाज उड़ान भरने लगे , पर जहाँ एक बाज आसमान की ऊंचाइयों को छू रहा था , वहीँ दूसरा , कुछ ऊपर जाकर वापस उसी डाल पर आकर बैठ गया जिससे वो उड़ा था।

ये देख , राजा को कुछ अजीब लगा.

“क्या बात है जहाँ एक बाज इतनी अच्छी उड़ान भर रहा है वहीँ ये दूसरा बाज उड़ना ही नहीं चाह रहा ?”, राजा ने सवाल किया।

” जी हुजूर , इस बाज के साथ शुरू से यही समस्या है , वो इस डाल को छोड़ता ही नहीं।”

राजा को दोनों ही बाज प्रिय थे , और वो दुसरे बाज को भी उसी तरह उड़ना देखना चाहते थे।

अगले दिन पूरे राज्य में ऐलान करा दिया गया कि जो व्यक्ति इस बाज को ऊँचा उड़ाने में कामयाब होगा उसे ढेरों इनाम दिया जाएगा।

फिर क्या था , एक से एक विद्वान् आये और बाज को उड़ाने का प्रयास करने लगे , पर हफ़्तों बीत जाने के बाद भी बाज का वही हाल था, वो थोडा सा उड़ता और वापस डाल पर आकर बैठ जाता।

फिर एक दिन कुछ अनोखा हुआ , राजा ने देखा कि उसके दोनों बाज आसमान में उड़ रहे हैं। उन्हें अपनी आँखों पर यकीन नहीं हुआ और उन्होंने तुरंत उस व्यक्ति का पता लगाने को कहा जिसने ये कारनामा कर दिखाया था।

वह व्यक्ति एक किसान था।

अगले दिन वह दरबार में हाजिर हुआ। उसे इनाम में स्वर्ण मुद्राएं भेंट करने के बाद राजा ने कहा , ” मैं तुमसे बहुत प्रसन्न हूँ , बस तुम इतना बताओ कि जो काम बड़े-बड़े विद्वान् नहीं कर पाये वो तुमने कैसे कर दिखाया। “

“मालिक ! मैं तो एक साधारण सा किसान हूँ , मैं ज्ञान की ज्यादा बातें नहीं जानता , मैंने तो बस वो डाल काट दी जिसपर बैठने का बाज आदि हो चुका था, और जब वो डाल ही नहीं रही तो वो भी अपने साथी के साथ ऊपर उड़ने लगा। “

दोस्तों, हम सभी ऊँचा उड़ने के लिए ही बने हैं। लेकिन कई बार हम जो कर रहे होते है उसके इतने आदि हो जाते हैं कि अपनी ऊँची उड़ान भरने की , कुछ बड़ा करने की काबिलियत को भूल जाते हैं। यदि आप भी सालों से किसी ऐसे ही काम में लगे हैं जो आपके सही potential के मुताबिक नहीं है तो एक बार ज़रूर सोचिये कि कहीं आपको भी उस डाल को काटने की ज़रुरत तो नहीं जिसपर आप बैठे हुए हैं ?

Om Namah Shivay

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बच्चियों की फिक्र ज्यादा होती है

एक संत की कथा में एक बालिका खड़ी हो गई।
उसके चेहरे पर आक्रोश साफ दिखाई दे रहा था।
उसके साथ आए उसके परिजनों ने उसको बिठाने की कोशिश की, लेकिन बालिका नहीं मानी।

संत ने पूछा…… बोलो बालिका क्या बात है?
बालिका ने कहा, महाराज लड़के को हर प्रकार की आजादी होती है। वह कुछ भी करे, कहीं भी जाए उस पर कोई खास टोका टाकी नहीं होती।
इसके विपरीत लड़कियों को बात बात पर टोका जाता है। यह मत करो, यहाँ मत जाओ, छोटे कपडे मत पहनो, घर जल्दी आ जाओ। आदि आदि।
संत ने उसकी बात सुनी और मुस्कुराने लगे।

उसके बाद उन्होंने कहा, बालिका तुमने कभी लोहे की दुकान के बाहर पड़े लोहे के गार्डर देखे हैं? ये गार्डर सर्दी, गर्मी, बरसात, रात दिन इसी प्रकार पड़े रहतें हैं।
इसके बावजूद इनकी कीमत पर कोई अन्तर नहीं पड़ता। लड़कों की फितरत कुछ इसी प्रकार की है समाज में।

अब तुम चलो एक जोहरी की दुकान में। एक बड़ी तिजोरी, उसमे एक छोटी तिजोरी। उसके अन्दर कोई छोटा सा चोर खाना। उसमे से छोटी सी डिब्बी निकालेगा। डिब्बी में रेशम बिछा होगा। उस पर होगा हीरा।
क्योंकि वह जानता है कि अगर हीरे में जरा भी खरोंच आ गई तो उसकी कोई कीमत नहीं रहेगी। समाज में लड़कियों की अहमियत कुछ इसी प्रकार की है। हीरे की तरह।
जरा सी खरोंच से उसका और उसके परिवार के पास कुछ नहीं रहता। बस यही अन्तर है लड़कियों और लड़कों में।

इससे साफ है कि परिवार लड़कियों की परवाह अधिक करता है।
बालिका को समझ में आ गया क्यों बच्चियों की फिक्र ज्यादा होती है…………
स्त्री का सम्मान भारतीय संस्कृति में है इसलिये
फ़िल्मी हस्तियों को देखकर या पश्चातीय संस्कृति की और बढ़कर ऐसा कोई काम न करे जिससे आपको या आपके माता पिता को समाज के सामने शर्मिन्दा होना पड़े।
शुद्ध अचार शुद्ध विचार शुद्ध व्यवहार.

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