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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The joy of giving

MN Kundu, Hindustan Times

Unconditional  giving  is  a  natural  principle  and evident everywhere in nature.  Earth  gives  us  solids, liquids and minerals. Water gives itself away  for  our  agriculture  and other uses. Trees give flowers, fruits and wood. Air gives us the very life-breath and the sun gives us light of life.

Even the animals give us their milk, eggs, meat, skin and various services. But what we humans contribute to the cosmos in return?

Isn’t  our role predominantly selfish and destructive? We expand civilisation to disturb ecological balance, spread pollution in fresh natural atmosphere, indulge in ruthless deforestation, kill animals even for sport and consume all natural resources for our own selfish interest.

Law of karma is a natural law whereby we are paid back in the same coin. We have added much for our comforts but we have not been able to attain peace and tranquility. We are constantly haunted by excessive greed for grabbing which is severely disturbing peaceful coexistence. We rarely do what we can for preservation of nature and even our own fellowmen. We have not moved much from the primitive selfish mentality where self-preservation was the law for survival.

What can we give back to the cosmos? We humans are predominantly gifted with mind and intellect. These are very sharp instruments indeed which can be used as surgeon’s knife for healing or as an instrument for killing. Instead of nurturing anger, jealousy, hatred, selfishness and animosity, we can spread love, care, kindness and benevolence to all and thereby transform the earthly vibration into heavenly one. If not anything else, we can at least pray for the happiness and wellbeing of all.

We are here in the image of God. We have divine inheritance of love, wisdom and self-transformation. We may resolve to be engaged in divine enjoyment of nature and God’s creation with love. Jesus said, “Those that give shall receive.” Instead of being always at the receiving end, let us abide by the principle of giving by all means and see how things change for humanity at large.
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The power of aura

Yukti Sehgal, Hindustan Times

The depth of the soul is immeasurable. Not even the human ego can identify with it. It transcends logic and rationale, to speak through the cosmic realm of consciousness. Human attributes of pride, pretentiousness and arrogance nullify in the face of the spirit. The language of the soul pierces through the physical body. Its interaction is through senses which in spiritual terms are deemed as clairvoyance (sight), clairaudience (hearing/ listening), claircognizance (knowing), clairsentience (feeling/touching), clairalience (smelling). Our five senses have the potential to cover the entire topography of the universe including that of the planets other than earth.

The human aura can expand to thousands of kms, increasing its attraction towards other species like animals, minerals and plants. Lord Buddha’s aura was believed to expand through 3,500 kms from where he stood. Indira Gandhi’s compassed more than 1,000 kms of a region.

As the body moves, so does its aura. They are two bodies but one. In the esoteric science of spirituality, the human aura consists of multiple colours like, pink, green, violet, red and blue. Each colour represents a component of virtue like love, anger, spiritual consciousness, humility, suppression and so on.

One who has an active clairvoyance --- the faculty to see through the Third Eye --- can perceive which colour is in high percentage and which is in lower degree. Spiritual seekers practice for years and decades the art of meditation to create the tones that work to balance their mind, body and soul.

Through the art of gemology it is possible to increase and decrease the level of emotions and mental vibrations in the body. For example, emerald, which is green in colour, stands for dedication, mental perseverance, heightened communication and intense concentration power. Similarly, other stones in different colours too have their own specific properties and power.

Hence, by knowing the properties of each stone, one can learn to keep the scales of one’s consciousness in right harmony and balance. This in turn holistically influences our actions in the professional and personal spheres of life as well.
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Seize the present

PP Wangchuk, Hindustan Times

Life is living in the present. It is for enjoyment and fulfilment here and now. For that, one must have the presence of mind for the present. In other words, one has to take care of the present in order to take care of the future.
Blessed is he who can seize the present and can make the best use of it. Ajit Kumar Bishnoi, in his book, Spiritual Sense – The Truths, has a lovely story that stresses the importance of the present and how to take care of it instead of brooding over the glories of the past and the uncertainties of the future.

An injured man is given shelter in a family not known to him. The kind members of the family nurse him back to good health. There is a lovely girl in the family and the man falls in love with her.

She too likes him but her strong family attachment forbids her from accompanying the man when he seeks her hand. She says she will live with the pleasant memories they had together. The man reacts, "The moment I leave this house without you, I shall forget all about you. I would love to live with you, and not with your memories. I believe in enjoying my present and I know only one thing --- my present." Hearing this, the girl loses no time to give her consent.

Living in the present or enjoying the present does not mean one should live to eat and enjoy like animals do. One has to, while taking care of the present, plan for a bright future too. Oscar Wilde had said no man is rich enough to buy back his past. But you can buy your tomorrow with your investments today. You would be, as US author David Gerrold says, a fool if you try to store your past in the future!

Moral: Caution yourself that only a fool can afford to bask in his 'glorious past'; the wise can’t thrive in its shadow.
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How to overcome anger

VN Chhibber, Hindustan Times

Whenever you are angry, before uttering a word, say to yourself, “I’ll get angry  tomorrow.”  So said Atmamaya Raja, and added, “Postponing undesired things reduce their intensity and give you time to reflect on the situation.” To which Swami Atmananda added, “Humans have the freedom to break free of any conditioning and conversely create an entirely new one. So potent is our capacity of self-consciousness.”

You’ll find negative and frustrated people all over. They make innocent people the target of their anger, and become self-centred, irresponsible and nagging.

Habitual complainers may turn out to be workaholics and achievers as they feel forced to prove to themselves that they are ‘superior’; what others think of them is of no import. What will you like to be to others: pleasant, open and receptive to new ideas, one to whom others flock; or ‘self-righteous’, angry, and absolutely non-attractive?

The significant issue is how to rise above the other person’s bitterness and make sure that you do not get influenced because otherwise, you would begin to resemble that very person; you will feel angry and frustrated. You can’t reform the other person, you can only change yourself. Keeping peace is the remedy.

There is love — a powerful emotion that can make you transcend anger in your interaction with the bitter person. This may seem difficult at first, but a start has to be made by refusing to be in the negative wavelength of the other person.

Anger is just a thought wave which we identify and respond to. So if this weakening thought wave can be controlled and changed, the response also will be calm instead of an angry stance. Bhanumathi Narasimhan’s words come to mind, “It is important that we connect to the inner-net and not just the internet. Go out and explore nature and don’t lose the human touch.”
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