10 steps to success!

1. Self-Belief:
Success is begins in the mind. One has to be a believer, first, if one wishes to be an achiever. Never under-estimate yourself. You have no idea how often can you surprise yourself. So to begin with, let’s get in the belief, “I Can.”

2. Clarity of Vision:
There is no point running around without knowing where one wants to reach. you must get your job cut out. Greatest achievers in the world have been visionaries. Know exactly what you are best at and give it your best shot.

3. Setting the Right Goals:
The goals should be realistic .The goals should be achievable ,and yet challenging enough – neither too easy nor too difficult -something in the middle.

4. Be focused:
If the sun’s rays are focused on a piece of paper with a lens, the intensity of the concentrated energy burns the paper. Focus on your objective will enhance the intensity of the effects of your efforts.

5. No Short Cuts to Success:
There are no short cuts to success. Divide your overall goals into smaller targets. Divide your monthly plans into weekly and weekly plans into daily plans and see how simple can things be.

6. Take Risks:
Without any risk no progress is possible. Life comes to a stable standstill. People who take chances are the people who get ahead in life. The only way to reduce risk is to take risks.

7. Take the Initiative:
People who take the initiative make the most of their lives. Proactive people do not wait for success to happen; rather they make it happen. As they say, ‘JUST DO IT’.

8. Never Hesitate to Struggle:
No one has ever climbed a mountain just by looking at it. Struggle, hard struggle, is a key to success.

9. Own Responsibility:
Failure to hit the bull’s eye is never the fault of the target. People, who own complete responsibility of their lives, are the people who make the most of it.

10. Never Give Up:
Many people who failed in life, where those who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Success demands extra-ordinary amount of perseverance. Never, never, give up.

Om Namah Shivay

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Is The Universe A Miracle?

Yes, especially if you have great admiration for the world that science reveals.

Is it possible to propose to a person with no religion that while the universe may be a random occurrence and meaningless in its existence, it could still mean a lot to a lot of people? The short answer is ‘no’, but the longer one goes something like this: a cosmic religious feeling. That’s a little like what Einstein felt when he said it was “an unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.”

But then Einstein is a very funny cup of tea which one suspects even he didn’t quite sip fully. That can be gathered if one comes to learn how both sides of belief try to claim him as their own, simply because his utterances were unfortunately interpretable to either side as favouring them. For instance, the awe and humility he felt in the presence of nature was a ‘genuine religious feeling’, but one which was firmly grounded in reality requiring no supernatural or personal God. Meaning, without a literal belief in deities who dictate or guide us along our paths through life, we should instead be seeing ourselves as grownups on our own and responsible for our beliefs.

G K Chesterton, the Catholic apologist, used to argue at one point in his life that all natural laws should be looked upon as magic because there’s no logical connection between any cause and its effect. He wrote:

When all my days are ending
And I have no song to sing
I think I shall not be too old to stare at everything;
As I stared once at a nursery door
Or a tall tree and a swing.

What about miracles in that case? Are they not evidence that something greater than an accidental universe is at work? Maybe we could, as many do, dismiss Jesus walking on water or multiplying five small loaves of bread and two fish to feed a multitude of people numbering over 5,000 who had come to see him. We could even disregard as wildly anecdotal, Swami Ramakrishna Paramhansa’s mother fainting after seeing him feeding Goddess Kali from his plate. Yet, there’s no getting away from the fact that even in the 21st century, the Vatican still requires at least two authenticated proofs of miracles before beatifying or canonising a person as a saint. So are all believers fools, or do the rest of the fools not believe in the same?

Retired physicist Matt Young, put it in better perspective when he wrote: “I have dismissed what I call popular belief such as the belief in signs or miracles on several grounds.” He goes on to observe that, first, most miracles can be explained or accounted for without invoking divine intervention. Storms and other natural disasters, for example, need not necessarily be seen as acts of God, as our ancestors who knew no better did. Therefore, we may reject the arguments of those who give God credit for all that is good and ignore all that’s bad. We can assert in fact that they’re using evidence selectively in order to bolster a belief that they have to hold on to under any circumstances.

However, here’s a slightly different take. Miracles are commonly regarded as violations of the laws of nature, whether by divine intervention, supernatural or human agency. Most scientists regard such definitions as paradoxical as the laws of nature are fixed and immutable, and hence, those who think they may have witnessed miraculous events have been deluded. Some, on the other hand, however — including the well-known anthropologist and ethnologist, Lyall Watson, author of Supernature — see such phenomena as “timely reminders that science is far from complete.” One suspects Einstein would have agreed.

And here’s yet another take. Why indeed should the universe be a random occurrence and meaningless in its existence, when it could still mean a lot to a lot of people? Is there a reason for this belief? Yes, if they believe it’s a miracle.

Om Namah Shivay

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Sorry, No Smoking

If you want to progress on the spiritual path, you must put some barriers, for instance, tobacco.

Smoking was considered part of the culture some 35-40 years ago. Today, it is not the same.

We have been saying this for so many years and it has taken so long, and has cost so many millions of lives. So many lives would have been saved if there was no smoking.

No smoking, no drugs, no alcohol – put these barriers.

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Whatever work we want to do, do it with good intentions. Nobody’s curse can affect you if your heart is pure. If your heart is impure then for sure it will have an influence.

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Q: During meditation, what is the benefit of keeping our eyes open by just five to ten percent? In many statues and idols of Lord Buddha, He is often depicted with His eyes half-closed. Please tell us something about this.

Guruji: When we close our eyes, we drift into the world of our mind, our thoughts and emotions – which is called the Manorajya (literally meaning the kingdom of the mind). When our eyes are open, we are engaged in the outside world. So when you close your eyes only partially, then the mind neither gets stuck in the inner world of thoughts and emotions, nor does it get entangled in the outside world. Then the mind slowly settles down and comes to a state of rest. This is a very beneficial technique for those who close their eyes and drift off into the world of dreams. It is like asiddhaushadhi (a perfect medicine)

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Just as nutritious food and exercise is necessary for the body, meditation is necessary for the soul. What is necessary for the intellect is listening and reading. What is necessary for the mind is singing and feeling. Feeling is strengthened through singing. Listening to music and singing purifies the feelings. Knowledge purifies the mind. In the same way meditation purifies the soul.

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Q: When there is love, why suffering is also there in a relationship?

Guruji: Love with wisdom is bliss. Love without knowledge or wisdom is pain.

Om Namah Shivay

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Never loose faith in God

एक भक्त था वह परमात्मा को बहुत मानता था, बड़े प्रेम और भाव से उनकी सेवा किया करता था ।

एक दिन भगवान से कहने लगा –

मैं आपकी इतनी भक्ति करता हूँ पर आज तक मुझे आपकी अनुभूति नहीं हुई ।

मैं चाहता हूँ कि आप भले ही मुझे दर्शन ना दे पर ऐसा कुछ कीजिये की मुझे ये अनुभव हो की आप हो।

भगवान ने कहा ठीक है, तुम रोज सुबह समुद्र के किनारे सैर पर जाते हो, जब तुम रेत पर चलोगे तो तुम्हे दो पैरो की जगह चार पैर दिखाई देंगे । दो तुम्हारे पैर होंगे और दो पैरो के निशान मेरे होंगे ।

इस तरह तुम्हे मेरी अनुभूति होगी ।

अगले दिन वह सैर पर गया, जब वह रेत पर चलने लगा तो उसे अपने पैरों के साथ-साथ दो पैर और भी दिखाई दिये वह बड़ा खुश हुआ ।

अब रोज ऐसा होने लगा ।

एक बार उसे व्यापार में घाटा हुआ सब कुछ चला गया, वह रोड़ पर आ गया उसके अपनो ने उसका साथ छोड दिया ।

देखो यही इस दुनिया की प्रॉब्लम है, मुसीबत में सब साथ छोड़ देते है ।

अब वह सैर पर गया तो उसे चार पैरों की जगह दो पैर दिखाई दिये ।

उसे बड़ा आश्चर्य हुआ कि बुरे वक्त में भगवान ने भी साथ छोड दिया।

धीरे-धीरे सब कुछ ठीक होने लगा फिर सब लोग उसके पास वापस आने लगे ।

एक दिन जब वह सैर पर गया तो उसने देखा कि चार पैर वापस दिखाई देने लगे ।

उससे अब रहा नही गया, वह बोला-

भगवान जब मेरा बुरा वक्त था तो सब ने मेरा साथ छोड़ दिया था पर मुझे इस बात का गम नहीं था क्योकि इस दुनिया में ऐसा ही होता है, पर आप ने भी उस समय मेरा साथ छोड़ दिया था, ऐसा क्यों किया?

भगवान ने कहा –

तुमने ये कैसे सोच लिया कि मैं तुम्हारा साथ छोड़ दूँगा, तुम्हारे बुरे वक्त में जो रेत पर तुमने दो पैर के निशान देखे वे तुम्हारे पैरों के नहीं मेरे पैरों के थे,

उस समय में तुम्हे अपनी गोद में उठाकर चलता था और आज जब तुम्हारा बुरा वक्त खत्म हो गया तो मैंने तुम्हे नीचे उतार दिया है ।

इसलिए तुम्हे फिर से चार पैर दिखाई दे रहे ।

So moral is never loose faith in God. U believe in him, he will look after u forever.

✔जब भी बड़ो के साथ बैठो तो परमात्मा का धन्यवाद , क्योंकि कुछ लोग इन लम्हों को तरसते हैं ।

✔जब भी अपने काम पर जाओ तो परमात्मा का धन्यवाद , क्योंकि बहुत से लोग बेरोजगार हैं ।

✔परमात्मा का धन्यवाद कहो जब तुम तन्दुरुस्त हो , क्योंकि बीमार किसी भी कीमत पर सेहत खरीदने की ख्वाहिश रखते हैं ।

✔ परमात्मा का धन्यवाद कहो की तुम जिन्दा हो , क्योंकि मरे हुए लोगों से पूछो जिंदगी कीमत ।

Om Namah Shivay

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Tendency to Control Everything?​

You can control small things, that is why you have this illusion (that you are in control). Just try to control the big things: stop the war in Iraq, or stop the war in Syria.

A couple came to meet me and they were talking. The husband said, ‘My wife decides all the small things and I decide all the big things. Like my wife decides what car to buy, what color the house must be painted, where we should go for holiday, how we should spend our money and all these small things. I don’t interfere in her work and I do the big things. I think about how to stop the war in Iraq, who should be the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and how the nations should interact with each other, etc, and she never interferes in these matters, so we have peace at home’, (laughter).

Like that if you want to have control, think about the bigger things. How you can control the weather or bring rain. If you are a control freak, you should control those things. Think about something like that.​

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Q: The golden rules of meditation?

Guruji: There are three golden rules for meditation.

The first is you say “I want nothing, I want nothing for next 15-20 minutes.” If you say “I need to drink water or change my position,” then meditation cannot happen. When you want nothing, then you also do nothing.

The second golden rule is “I do nothing.” You only breathe. Do not make an effort to think “I want nothing” and “I do nothing” – Just an effortless attention.

Then the last one is even more important, “I am nothing.” While meditating we drop all notions about ourselves of being rich, poor, intelligent, stupid, male, female or any other. So what are you? Nothing! After meditation you can again be something. It is your choice, but if you think, during meditation, that you are somebody great or somebody hopeless, there is no way you can settle down to that deepest core of the being.

This must be our initial step to settle into that infinity, the consciousness of which we are all made up of. It is the journey from sound to the inner joyful silence.

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Q: I’m very afraid of flying. The fear controls me. What can I do to control my fear?

Guruji: Observe the sensation. Fear is the opposite of love, yet fear can transform into love. You can also go through and move beyond all these cycles by taking the ‘Meditation Course’.

Om Namah Shivay

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Mind Expansion Vedanta Since Millennia

Vedic thought placed great value on expanding in the brah-mana, mind, to appreciate an-anta, infinity and so established a rather expansive framework that enabled Indians to accommodate ideas that came in with Indo-Greek soldiers, Chinese pilgrims, Arab traders, Central Asian warlords, including the Mughals, and later, European colonisers.

When we try and study vedic thought or vedanta — that includes wisdom of the vedas, upanishads, puranas and epics — we realise that we have to dig through layers of literature and ideas that defy dating.

The oldest part of the vedas, Rig Samhita, involved only chanting mantras. The earliest hymns of the Rig Veda could date back to 6000 BCE, because verses refer to autumn equinox in Orion constellation, much before the rise of cities of the Indus and Saraswati valleys. Most hymns emerged after 2000 BCE. They refer to River Saraswati, that flowed parallel to the Indus, that we now know dried up around this time, indicating migration to the Gangetic plains.

The second part of the vedas, Sama Samhita, involved singing mantras using melodies.

The third, Yajur Samhita extending into brahmana texts, promoted chanting mantras during rituals known as yagnas. These two portions emerged perhaps after 1500 BCE.

The fourth, the aranyakas, inspired private contemplation on mantras by isolating oneself alone in aranya, the forest, with the aim of discovering its secrets.

The fifth, the upanishads, emerged from discussions on the nature of reality as revealed by the vedas. This later came to be known as vedanta, or final phase of vedic thought. This could have begun around 1000 BCE.

The sixth, the puranas, came following the rise of monastic orders like Buddhism and Jainism in 500 BCE. Their stories sought to convey vedic ideas, made even more accessible by connecting them to pilgrim spots across the subcontinent. Epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata introduce us to gods such as Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and goddesses. The focus gradually shifted from karma, ritual, and gyan, speculation, to bhakti, devotion.

The seventh aspect, tantras and agamas, codified temple rituals that acknowledged and incorporated puranic characters. Writen accounts began from around 500 CE.

The eighth aspect of vedanta, bhakti kavya or devotional literature, came into being after 1000 CE, and brought vedic ideas to the common man in popular language. In this phase, ideas that were restricted to Brahmins burst forth and reached the people through the poetry of saints. It saw the rise of regional literature as well as regional scripts.

When the British in India translated the vedas into the English language for the first time, it forced Hinduism to reframe and re-imagine itself. Reactions ranged from the defensive and apologetic to the hostile, for more often than not, the commentary had to fit into the monotheistic European template. Today, this is changing. Thanks to the rise of postmodern studies, people are seeking alternate frameworks to explain vedanta that does not depend on western framework or validation.

Om Namah Shivay

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Reasons for Misery

The first thing one must know is that there is misery in life. One should not deny this fact or be oblivious to it. One who denies that there is misery in life is foolish. First, know and accept that there is misery in life. Then do what is needed to overcome.

Why is this so? It is because there is always some cause or reason behind sorrow or misery. Misery cannot exist without a cause. What can be the cause of misery? There are four Eshnas (attachments) a person may have that can lead him to misery.

They are:
Vitteshna (attachment to wealth and materialistic prosperity)

Putreshna (attachment to one’s children and progeny)

Jiveshna (attachment to one’s life and physical body), and

Lokeshna (attachment to one’s reputation or fame).

What does the word ‘Eshna’ mean? It means craving or greed towards something.

For example, a person is feverish and greedy for money and prestige. When he does not receive either, then he becomes miserable. Similarly, the attachment one has towards one’s children and progeny is called Putreshna. Then, having a feverish desire to be famous in society is called Lokeshna. Jiveshna is the attachment and craving to live more and more (meaning to one’s life or the physical body).

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Q: What do you say about the eastern and western cultures?

Guruji: Pick up good things like cleanliness and following the rules from the Western society. Western Civilization has such cleanliness and the sense of following rules. Learn the Human values from the East. Every country or tradition has something good to offer. We need to learn hospitality from the Japanese, precision from Germans, etiquette from the English and marketing from America and from India, human values.

We can also learn, what not to learn or what to unlearn? Too much formality! At some places, the mother has to take permission to go to her daughter, or the daughter has to take appointment from the mother. This has started to happen somewhere in urban society here also. The naturalness, sense of belongingness is disappearing from the society. That has given rise to depression and other disorders in so many countries in the west. There is such a sense of belongingness and human values even in a village in the east, and that is to be maintained.

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Don’t focus on what others want! See what it is that you want. When you stop looking inside and look at others, that is when you miss the boat.

Om Namah Shivay

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