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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

THESE ARE MY NEW YEAR GOALS / RESOLUTIONS

My Goals
The other day when I browsed the morning headlines in the newspaper, one piece of news caught my eye. It suggested some mobile app to accomplish New Year Resolutions in a time-bound action plan. I laughed myself the way technology is suggested to strengthen our inner resolve.

We are already having superior technology inside each of us which converts the 'bread into blood'. What we need is only a convincing reason with full heart to achieve the goals.

I don't think you need a mobile app to achieve your goals, What I suggest you is invest Rs.200/- to purchase a small whiteboard and hang it into your study/ living room. There write your goals with a deadline. Once you write the goals, see the board as frequently as possible during the day, it would strengthen your resolve and auto programme your mind to work towards the goals.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

WHAT IS WISDOM ?

wisdom
Being advanced in spiritual life means, fully ripened with wisdom. In fact, it has no fixed meaning. It is a summation of your matured conduct at every moment. Whenever, I think of wisdom, this quote of American educator and writer David Starr Jordan (1851-1931) resonates my mind:

“Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.”

Jordan's definition of wisdom is 150% correct. Your decision-making ability is directly linked to the wisdom you accumulate in life. Age is not a barometer, rather it is your intensity of effort. Being too much bookish is of no avail to you. Unless you are pragmatic with your knowledge, it will not elevate you.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

JESUS - THE MESSENGER OF PEACE

Christ
All roads lead to Rome. All religions preach the same message, the Message of Peace and Unity.

In fact, religion is purely a personal domain and it should not be brought to the public debate. Violence in the name of religion is rubbish. We being humans must use the faculties the Creator has endowed us. Even those who don't have faith on God or Creator should not make a mess out of it. They can follow their own conviction without violating other's freedom or rights.

But so much violence is being created today in the name of religion & God. The recent controversy that is raging the country is 'Forceful Conversions'. It is the time for intellects of the country to help the society in maintaining peace and religious tolerance.

If you read any sacred text of any religion in the world, the message is same. It is to nurture human values and respect the life.

On the eve of Merry Christmas, let us look at the Message of Jesus Christ. The Holy Book Bible is full of snippets of the wisdom of Jesus.

Friday, December 19, 2014

SRI CHINMOY - EAST's SHINING STAR OF WISDOM

Sri Chinmoy
There are so many Indian Masters who went to West and propagated the message of India after Swami Vivekananda.

Philip Goldberg in his much-acclaimed book "American Veda' termed him 'The Olympian Guru'. Born as Chinmoy Kumar Ghose in 1931, Sri Chinmoy was orphaned at 11 and spent next 20 years in the ashram of Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry, South India. Set his foot on New York in 1964 and worked as the clerk at the Indian consulate before known to the world as Sri Chinmoy, the leader of a spiritual community in Queens.

Compare to other Gurus of his generation, it is said that Sri Chinmoy had relatively few disciplines. He is such a prolific writer with more than 1,500 books, 115,000 poems and 20,000 songs. His core philosophy says that a sound body may lead to higher elevations in spiritual life which can be emanated from the fact that he used to participate in marathons and ultra-distance races. All through his works, he taught the Vedantic message of oneness.

Monday, December 15, 2014

FASTING AS A TOOL FOR SELF AWARENESS


It is said in Ayurveda that you should take food as medicine, otherwise you are perforce take medicine as food.

In my childhood days, my mother put us on fasting every Monday in Kartik (November - as per Indian calendar ) and myself and sisters used to take circles around kitchen during those hungry hours till evening when sumptuous food is served after evening puja. To endure the pangs of hunger, she used to advise us to immerse in our regular activity rather than thinking food every moment. It is a tradition laced with potential health benefits.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

ROAD TO SERENITY


Never talk about the faults of others, no matter how bad they may be.  Nothing is ever gained by that.   You never help one by talking about his faults; you do him an injury, and injure yourself as well.
       -Swami Vivekananda

Like other folks, when I indulge in gossip, I dwell at length on the faults of others forgetting my own and only repent at the end.  I think this happens unconsciously with a majority of folks. But the wisdom masters say that this trait may put you in deep trouble and rob your inner serenity.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

OSHOWORLD.COM


Osho.jpgOur books, magazines, newspapers are presently in copyright regime. But  the wisdom of  our Masters  is  nothing to do with intellectual property rights. Since ancient times  to till now, this knowledge flows effortlessly.

Among the free resources on the internet, Osho's books are very popular  and, in fact, these books  are not books at all but printed form of his taped speeches.  I find http://www.oshoworld.com/home.asp  the mother of Osho's literature.

Irrespective of controversies raised against him, a good word from anyone should be listened and Osho is not an exception! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

ZEN WISDOM

Let your neighbours discover you before you make yourself known to them.
                   - Zen wisdom on modesty

Generally there is a tendency in all of us to feel great and unique and there is nothing wrong in it. But the problem is that majority of folks want validation from outside world for their self-worth. A person who wants to grow spiritually must not cling to this trait to go to the next level in life.

Zen wisdom offers more such insights on life. In fact, it is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that was developed in China during the 6th century. It emphasizes the value of meditation and intuition to grow spiritually. It recommends that we, instead of mere ritual worship or study of scriptures must transcend to a level where our life exuberates with joy at every moment.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

BE NON-JUDGEMENTAL AND COMPASSIONATE TO OTHERS !


One of the main attributes on the spiritual path is 'be non-judgemental'. This quality to nurture on the surface, appears difficult to execute, but it is the uncompromising route to your happiness.

Indian wisdom tradition says that senses are outward bound. The more you indulge, the worst would be your condition. Hence, moderation is the key. Make it a habit to continuously judge yourself rather than others. This helps to shine your own inner life.

The first step to remaining non-judgemental is create a positive atmosphere within your own home. Make it a rule not to abuse anybody in the family by impulse. Before such toxic emotion overpowers you, consciously pass it through a filter of your intellect. One spiritual guru says that observe your reaction before you react. This sounds easy but very difficult to act upon. But with constant practice, it becomes easy.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

BUDDHA'S WISDOM

In the long history of human civilization, one man whose teachings created ripples in the world and  a religion  took birth by his name: Buddha.

According to Wikipedia,  Buddha was born either 563 BCE  or 480 BCE in Lumbini (a place in present-day Nepal) and died in 483 BCE or 400 BCE which means he probably lived about 80 years on this planet.  His marathon life helped the mankind to juice out his wisdom.

If we go into important landmarks of  Buddha's life, we see that except his birth, all other phases of life journey centered in India only.

- He attained enlightenment at  Buddha Gaya, India
-  Gave his first sermon at Sarnath, India.
-  Finally, he left his mortal frame at  Kushinara or Kashia in Uttar Pradesh, India. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

LIFE LESSONS : 1. STUDY THE FACE OF NATURE


Study the face of nature and you will never be bored.

                                               - Ruskin Bond

We easily get bored with objects and people if the indulgence exceeds a threshold limit. But the same is not with Nature. It gives novelty at every moment. In the din of the daily grind, creativity is lost somewhere in the majority of our lives. How to get back in the midst of comparison mania?

Wisdom masters often advise that you must spend quality time with Nature daily. It stirs you into creativity. A day spent in the lush green patch would give more joy than you spend a day in a Five Star restaurant. Why because, the outdoors open your own doors of creativity.

Rabindranath Tagore used to spend much time in the garden due to which great writings happened with him. The eminent philosopher of 20th century Jiddu Krishnamurti says that intelligence implies that you see the beauty of the earth, the beauty of the tree, the beauty of the skies, the lovely sunset, the stars, the beauty of subtlety.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

MY MORNING PRAYER !

Why do you need to pray? The best answer comes from an authority none other than Stephen R. Covey, the famous author of '7 Habits of Highly Effective People'. He says that " there are parts to human nature that can not be reached by either legislation or education but require the power of God to deal with. I believe that as human beings, we can not perfect ourselves. To the degree to which we align ourselves with correct principles, divine endowments will be released within our nature in enabling us to fulfill the measure of our creation.

Covey further says that We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.

When I wake up in the morning, I do the following prayers:

May I have the serenity to
accept the things I can not change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.


                  - American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr

IDEAL DAY

To get an impact at the macro level, you must take steps at the micro level. The routine of the day decides the quality of life you live. If the day's routine is not in consonance with nature's cycle, progress on the spiritual path can't be achieved. This is the pragmatic wisdom and the sooner, you realize the better it would be.

Deepak Chopra, the famous American Indian doctor is my guru in more ways. He is not only the champion of health cause on American soil but would long be remembered as a man who has made the right blend of science and philosophy for human progression. He suggests the ideal day should have following components:

WE ARE THE CREATIVE EXPRESSION OF GOD

WE THE CREATIVE EXPRESSION OF GOD
A dictionary defines 'God' as under:

"the one Supreme Being, the creator and ruler of the universe."

I dived deep into the origin of the word. Another dictionary (Merriam-Webster online dictionary) throws some light that the word 'God' was first used before the 12th century. But Indian Ancient Texts, Vedas proclaimed about God, Universe much earlier and it is very difficult to trace the exact date.

Bing Bang theory says that the origin of this Universe is 13.8 billion years ago (source: Wikipedia). It took me roughly 3 years to deeply understand the scientific explanation on the origin of the universe. The notable book among them is Joel Primack's much-acclaimed work: The View from the Centre of the Universe.

FIERY POET CALLED SUBRAMANIA BHARATI

 FIERY POET CALLED SUBRAMANIA BHARATI
If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.
                                                                      -  Isaac Newton

I am truly humbled with the kind of literary stuff I come across in my life. I read great works of wisdom masters who include Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore whose masterly work "Gitanjali' transcended me from mundane thinking.

We have so many poets who stirred the mankind with their writings and amongst them is Subramania Bharati, the great Tamil Poet after Thiruvalluvar whose classic work Tirukkural should not be missed to read.

PHILOSOPHICAL CONNOTATIONS OF 'DEATH'

The other day, when I along with some colleagues went for tea-break in sun-bathed Delhi's winter morning at our office's cafeteria, I couldn't forecast that I had to return with a sad note.

When we were sipping tea in the warmth of Sun, suddenly a car ran over a puppy in front of our eyes. The puppy with its black and white shades was very cute. It was playing leisurely with its mother on the road when the incident happened. When the dogs were on jolly mood, we were keenly observing and discussing how cute the four puppies and we could not even have the slightest hint that death was looming on one of them.

TOO MUCH MATERIALISM IS INJURIOUS TO HEALTH !

TOO MUCH MATERIALISM IS INJURIOUS TO HEALTH
Generally we are driven by comparison. If our neighbour brings home a new thing, our heart craves to possess that thing. This thought is purely mechanical and wisdom should prevail all times. Suppose, if you don't have means to buy that thing, you just throw a tantrum on everyone who comes your way.

I don't straightway ask you to live the life of hermit and that may not be possible or advisable for majority of the folks. The substance is simple. Better to compare with people of less privileged. Whenever such thought crops up your mind, just shut that thought and think of the fate of people living in utter poverty in your neighbourhood.

Anupam Kher, the best character artist of Bollywood in his book " The Best Thing About You is You!" says that

A PARABLE ON 'HAPPINESS'

A PARABLE ON HAPPINESS










I have a spiritual bent of mind since my childhood. My upbringing is a huge factor. Being exposed to spiritual discourses in my formative years, I decided that I would spend my later life to read all scriptures and also do self-inquiry to know the purpose of life.

In fact, I put a separate notebook to jot down the great sayings of wisdom masters on happiness a couple of years back.

My mother used to say that I get boundless joy in giving ' rather than 'receiving'.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

MY POEM "BLESSED I AM '


Who is the poet? The person who stands at a correct vantage point and see self, life, world, emotions and relationships and churn out stanzas which we call poetry.

This is a poem, I wrote for myself three years ago which was buried in my notebook!

BLESSED I AM

Enthralling evening sky!
Sun embodied as a crimson disc is on the western horizon.
Grass under my foot is radiant with greenery.

My heart is dangled with joy by Nature's mystical beauty!
Suddenly pangs of gratitude slide me into reflection.

I thanked Almighty for not choosing me as a 'Tree" to remain stationary!
Nor a crawling "Ant' destined to be under walkers’ feet !!
Not even as 'Stray Animal' hamstrung with
the daily ordeals of survival !!!

Blessed I am human in the tapestry of Creation !!!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

SUFISM OFFERS DEEP WISDOM

SUFISM OFFERS DEEP WISDOM
When you check Wikipedia about Sufism, it reverts back with the following definition:

Sufism is a concept in Islam, defined by scholars as the inner, mystical dimension of Islam; others contend that it is a perennial philosophy of existence that pre-dates religion, the expression of which flowered within the Islamic religion.

Rumi is a great Sufi poet and his poems offer deep wisdom.

The following Sufi story (Source: Book " The Language of God: A Scientist presents Evidence for the Belief by Francis Collins) always puts me on modesty:

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WISDOM SEEKER

 WISDOM SEEKER
We, the humans are special from all other life on Earth. In each of us, there is an inner hunger to excel in every activity we undertake. Perhaps the seeds for such urge are planted in the mother's womb itself.

Are we really tapping the full potential of our brains for which they are made?

Once this question hunts your mind, it will take you on the growth path. The desire to think the best, do the best naturally comes in gaped cycles for all of us. From Greek times to till
date, human thought has taken interesting twists and turns. Each man interpreted life according to his/her own experience and formulated theories/ ideologies that tangled with religion. This made a mess out of it. What lies beyond our petty lives and what is the scheme of this visible universe and how can we achieve eternal happiness, these are the questions one must ask internally. In fact these are the spiritual questions and to reach to this level one needs a lot of wisdom.

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