Here’s a fantastic list of illusory ideas that we have about ourselves…
Check our Deepak Chopra’s article on it. Worth reflecting over
Here’s a fantastic list of illusory ideas that we have about ourselves…
Check our Deepak Chopra’s article on it. Worth reflecting over
“An experiment in 1993 that has been forgotten was brought to light by the movie What the Bleep do We Know? The excerpt below is taken from that movie, and it got us thinking.”
A very interesting read, how easily we forget the simple essentials in our Life. Click the link below
A beautifully inspiring video of How We Think and Project Ourselves to Ourselves
Oh and for those who enjoy Parodies…
A fantastic article by an entrepreneur who re-discovered his true passion, life and the way he looked at. Do read!
“I have come a long way from the life I had in the late ’90s, when, flush with cash from an Internet start-up sale, I had a giant house crammed with stuff — electronics and cars and appliances and gadgets.
Somehow this stuff ended up running my life, or a lot of it; the things I consumed ended up consuming me. My circumstances are unusual (not everyone gets an Internet windfall before turning 30), but my relationship with material things isn’t.”
Read the full article here
A Zen Master dropped his handkerchief on the floor, and a disciple was there and the Master said, “Try to pick it up and give it back to me. Try!” And the disciple immediately took the handkerchief from the ground and gave it to the Master, but the Master dropped it again and he said, ”I am saying try to get it!” Six times the Master goes on dropping, and the disciple is puzzled as to what he means.
Then suddenly the idea struck him: ”The Master is saying try to get it.” He said, ”But how can I try? Either I pick it up or I don’t. How can I try?” And the Master said, ”That’s what you have been doing for three years – trying to meditate. Either you meditate or you don’t! How can you try?”
Trying is a device. Trying is a trick. When we don’t want to do a thing, we try. When we want to do a thing, we simply DO it!
-Excerpts from the book “Walk without feet” by Osho
Read it online here.
Growth is an important theme in Hinduism, which is why the second mantra of Isha
‘In the world, one should desire to live a hundred years, but only by performing actions. Thus, and in no other way, can man be free from the taint of actions.’
The ancient sages are affirmative about living long and thus feel we can work out our karmas and pave our way to liberation.
The world is characterised by three tendencies. Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Everything that exists is in these three modes.
Sattva in short is the mode of peace, Rajas mode of action and Tamas mode of inertia.
Established in Sattva, close to creation, the individual is self-fulfilled and lives a life of contemplation rather than action. Find sages here. Established in Rajas, close to maintenance/ sustenance/ growth, the individual is expressing, manifesting, growing and prefers action to contemplation. Find all men of action here. Established in Tamas, close to destruction, the individual is either manically over-active or totally inactive, both lacking in proportion. Find all the depressed and destructive lot here.
Now, everything in the world is ever changing. In fact, the very definition of the word world/ jagat is gacchati gacchati iti jagat, that which is constant state of flux is world. In creation, there is no place for rest or poise. Change and movement is inevitable and innate characteristic of the world. Things will change, we will change too- there’s no option here. Even when we think we are not acting, we are acting viz. we are resting, rotting and giving ourselves up to tamas mode. We cannot reverse the process of growth. No one ever went from adulthood to childhood. So, being static is a false notion. We are actually degenerating when we are not growing. A business that will not grow will degenerate, ditto for a human being. It’s like a person who said I won’t use a computer, he was left far behind. Whether he liked it or not, the world got on to using computers. We can’t exercise an option here. We have to hone our business skills, amend the ways we conduct business, find newer products and newer markets. Else we perish. It’s not that we must grow because we have an urge to grow or some rarefied ambition, we got to grow just because that’s essentially the way we are made. WE must grow in order to enjoy better health, physically and mentally. If we don’t, we grow sick.
Sages, after a great deal of life of contemplation, walk out of their cocoons and set out on padayaatra, walking the length and breadth of the country on pilgrimages or whirlwind of discourse tours. They need an occasional dose of Rajas (activity) so that they don’t degenerate into Tamas (sloth). Those established in too much action, simply take a sabbatical, so that they can infuse some Sattva (peace) and those established in Tamas (inertia) need to kick it off by getting into some action. But through all these three modes, we keep growing. Not growing is simply growing negatively, but it’s growing all the same. We can’t freeze ourselves into a limbo when the whole world and our very body and mind is changing/ growing. He who says I don’t wish to grow, can he say that for his age? For his body? Well, no such luck!
Hope this satisfies.
Raj Supe (Kinkar Vishwashreyananda)
Via email from a friend
Recent leadership literature and medicinal research reports promote having an “attitude of gratitude”. We tend to take for granted whatever we have and crave after what we don’t. Sometimes a dose of facts helps put things in perspective and have a better sense of proportion. The following helps in that.
Bless You My Friends
If you woke up this morning
with more health than illness,
you are more blessed than the
million who won’t survive the week.
If you have never experienced
the danger of battle,
the loneliness of imprisonment,
the agony of torture or
the pangs of starvation,
you are ahead of 20 million people
around the world.
If you attend a church meeting
without fear of harassment,
arrest, torture, or death,
you are more blessed than almost
three billion people in the world.
If you have food in your refrigerator,
clothes on your back, a roof over
your head and a place to sleep,
you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank,
in your wallet, and spare change
in a dish someplace, you are among
the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
If your parents are still married and alive,
you are very rare,
especially in the United States.
If you hold up your head with a smile
on your face and are truly thankful,
you are blessed because the majority can,
but most do not.
If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them
or even touch them on the shoulder,
you are blessed because you can
offer God’s healing touch.
If you can read this message,
you are more blessed than over
two billion people in the world
that cannot read anything at all.
You are so blessed in ways
you may never even know.
Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go:
1. Give up your need to always be right. There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – wanting to always be right – even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s just not worth it. Whenever you feel the ‘urgent’ need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” Wayne Dyer. What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big?
2. Give up your need for control. Be willing to give up your need to always control everything that happens to you and around you – situations, events, people, etc. Whether they are loved ones, coworkers, or just strangers you meet on the street – just allow them to be. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how much better will that make you feel.
“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning.” Lao Tzu
3. Give up on blame. Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have, for what you feel or don’t feel. Stop giving your powers away and start taking responsibility for your life.
4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk. Oh my. How many people are hurting themselves because of their negative, polluted and repetitive self-defeating mindset? Don’t believe everything that your mind is telling you – especially if it’s negative and self-defeating. You are better than that.
“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” Eckhart Tolle
5. Give up your limiting beliefs about what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. From now on, you are no longer going to allow your limiting beliefs to keep you stuck in the wrong place. Spread your wings and fly!
“A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind” Elly Roselle
6. Give up complaining. Give up your constant need to complain about those many, many, maaany things – people, situations, events that make you unhappy, sad and depressed. Nobody can make you unhappy, no situation can make you sad or miserable unless you allow it to. It’s not the situation that triggers those feelings in you, but how you choose to look at it. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.
7. Give up the luxury of criticism. Give up your need to criticize things, events or people that are different than you. We are all different, yet we are all the same. We all want to be happy, we all want to love and be loved and we all want to be understood. We all want something, and something is wished by us all.
8. Give up your need to impress others. Stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not just to make others like you. It doesn’t work this way. The moment you stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not, the moment you take of all your masks, the moment you accept and embrace the real you, you will find people will be drawn to you, effortlessly.
9. Give up your resistance to change. Change is good. Change will help you move from A to B. Change will help you make improvements in your life and also the lives of those around you. Follow your bliss, embrace change – don’t resist it.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” Joseph Campbell
10. Give up labels. Stop labeling those things, people or events that you don’t understand as being weird or different and try opening your mind, little by little. Minds only work when open. “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” Wayne Dyer
11. Give up on your fears. Fear is just an illusion, it doesn’t exist – you created it. It’s all in your mind. Correct the inside and the outside will fall into place.
“The only fear we have to fear, is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
12. Give up your excuses. Send them packing and tell them they’re fired. You no longer need them. A lot of times we limit ourselves because of the many excuses we use. Instead of growing and working on improving ourselves and our lives, we get stuck, lying to ourselves, using all kind of excuses – excuses that 99.9% of the time are not even real.
13. Give up the past. I know, I know. It’s hard. Especially when the past looks so much better than the present and the future looks so frightening, but you have to take into consideration the fact that the present moment is all you have and all you will ever have. The past you are now longing for – the past that you are now dreaming about – was ignored by you when it was present. Stop deluding yourself. Be present in everything you do and enjoy life. After all life is a journey not a destination. Have a clear vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the now.
14. Give up attachment. This is a concept that, for most of us is so hard to grasp and I have to tell you that it was for me too, (it still is) but it’s not something impossible. You get better and better at with time and practice. The moment you detach yourself from all things, (and that doesn’t mean you give up your love for them – because love and attachment have nothing to do with one another, attachment comes from a place of fear, while love… well, real love is pure, kind, and self less, where there is love there can’t be fear, and because of that, attachment and love cannot coexist) you become so peaceful, so tolerant, so kind, and so serene. You will get to a place where you will be able to understand all things without even trying. A state beyond words.
15. Give up living your life to other people’s expectations. Way too many people are living a life that is not theirs to live. They live their lives according to what others think is best for them, they live their lives according to what their parents think is best for them, to what their friends, their enemies and their teachers, their government and the media think is best for them. They ignore their inner voice, that inner calling. They are so busy with pleasing everybody, with living up to other people’s expectations, that they lose control over their lives. They forget what makes them happy, what they want, what they need….and eventually they forget about themselves. You have one life – this one right now – you must live it, own it, and especially don’t let other people’s opinions distract you from your path.
“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high
and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it” - Michelangelo
There once was a farmer who discovered that he had lost his watch in the barn. It was no ordinary watch because it had sentimental value for him. After searching high and low among the hay for a long while; he gave up and enlisted the help of a group of children playing outside the barn.
He promised them that the person who found it would be rewarded.
Hearing this, the children hurried inside the barn, went through and around the entire stack of hay but still could not find the watch. Just when the farmer was about to give up looking for his watch, a little boy went up to him and asked to be given another chance.
The farmer looked at him and thought, “Why not? After all, this kid looks sincere enough.”
So the farmer sent the little boy back in the barn. After a while the little boy came out with the watch in his hand! The farmer was both happy and surprised and so he asked the boy how he succeeded where the rest had failed.
The boy replied, “I did nothing but sit on the ground and listen. In the silence, I heard the ticking of the watch and just looked for it in that direction.”
A peaceful mind can think better than a worked up mind. Allow a few minutes of silence to your mind every day, and see, how sharply it helps you to set your life the way you expect it to be…!