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Friday, June 1, 2012

Being in the now

Rajyogi Nikunj, Hindustan Times

It is our most common, daily mental activity. Yet it is the greatest misuse of our mental energy and a complete waste of time. It's called worry. It is good to worry isn’t it?  Worry shows you care doesn’t it?  It means you are cleverly anticipating the future, right?  No. Worry is only anxiety based on fiction.

It is a series of negative thoughts that dis-empower the natural creativity of your consciousness. It is the dredging up of memories of hurt, rearranged into an imaginary tale of conflict or loss.

The most surprising fact is that despite the majority of us acknowledging worry as a waste of time and energy, it is still one of the common lessons we learn from our parents.

The prevailing myth handed down from generation to generation is, ‘it is good to worry, it shows you care’.

Worry is fear and care is love, and fear and love are polar opposites. If you stop for a moment and become aware of why you worry about someone else you may also find it is motivated by selfishness – you actually are really worried for yourself.

You are worried about how you will feel if something bad happens to someone else.  In fact, you are already feeling it. Worry is simply a habit that is learnt, an addiction that is fed by a toxic diet of bad news, unfortunate events and tales of personal trauma of others. The best and easiest way to get rid of this habit of worrying is ‘To Live In the Present’, Remember, we can only find peace in now, we can only live with love now.
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Virtuously yours

PP Wangchuk, Hindustan Times

No sane person will dispute that success follows virtues? One who is a depository of virtues is a sure shot for success in life.  Among the qualities of virtues, the foremost one is that it awakens one’s conscience against any kind of bad or immoral act.
We have it from Roman philosopher Cicero, "The greatest theatre for virtue is conscience." One can say that conscience enables one to cultivate all the virtues that a man can be blessed with.

Authors Anil Kumar Jha and Ajit Kumar Bishnoi, in their latest book, Success Follows Virtues, list 108 virtues and tell us how these virtues, if cultivated, can not only save one from the surety of doom but  can also make one the master of one’s own destiny.

The book gives guidance for developing one's divine qualities of head and heart, such as compassion, devotion, forgiveness, impartiality, courage, determination,  introspection, honesty, vision, truth and the like. And what one learns is that the more virtues one acquires, the easier it becomes for one to solve the problems of life.

According to the Geeta, virtue helps one do what is worth doing without any kind of attachment. And that makes it easier for one to get to the supreme state. We can say one good thing leads to another good thing and one stands a good chance of reaching the point of perfection.

How does one cultivate virtues? By being a man of courage and having simplicity of character, for instance. A man of courage, as Cicero said, is also full of faith; and simplicity of character, according Hazlitt, is the natural result of profound thought. A man who has already undergone profound thought is bound to be a man of virtuous character. The whole world opens up for such a person. And life becomes meaningful and worthy of living.
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The knowledge peak

Sadhguru, Hindustan Times

Generally, in India, most yogis and mystics choose mountain peaks because they are not frequented by people, they are safe places. They choose rocks to deposit their knowledge in an energy form.

Mount Kailash is the greatest mystical library. Right from Shiva, the first yogi — in the yogic culture, we don't see Shiva as God; we see him as the Adiyogi, the first yogi, and the Adi Guru, the first Guru. Many yogis stored everything that they knew in Kailash in a certain way, in a certain energy form.

So, if you are visiting Kailash, you are like an illiterate person going to a huge library. Let's say, you are illiterate and you walk into a mega-library. Everybody is sitting there and reading all kinds of books on various subjects. You don't know a word of it, but you will be overwhelmed. If you want to read it, you have to start from ABC. You have to learn the fundamentals of how to decipher life, starting with yourself. So, right now, you need vision, otherwise you can't be educated.

When you get the alphabet, then you would like to read the sentence. When you read the sentence, you want to read the book. When you read the book, you want to know everything. Unless you have a taste, you will not even incline yourself into that direction. Let's say the whole society is illiterate, then they will never think of reading anything. But if someone knows reading, they will look at him and say, “Wow!”  What empowerment, just because he can read. He would be regarded like the village man who happens to be the only person who can read letters.

If you really want to decipher and know these different dimensions, you have to put in a certain amount of investment, time, and life. But if you just want to feel the power, you can come to certain spaces, be there, feel the power, enjoy it, take something and go. The grace of it is available, but the knowledge of it takes application.
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The mind’s AC

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Meditation is the AC for the mind to be comfortable. We want comfort but we don’t know how to be absolutely comfortable. Let us explore five methods for a successful meditation.

The first is through yoga and physical exercise. When our body does certain postures, with a certain rhythm, the mind slips into meditation. If you are very active or too well rested, you cannot meditate.
 But in a state where the body has the right amount of tiredness, yet still not that tired; in that very delicate balance, your whole system slips into meditation.

 The second is through breathing techniques and ‘pranayama’. The mind becomes quiet and still and you can slip into meditation effortlessly.

The third is through any sensory pleasure — sight, sound, taste, smell or touch. Being 100 per cent engrossed in a particular sensory object brings you to a state of meditation. Just lie down and keep looking at the sky, or when you are completely engrossed in hearing music, a moment comes when the mind becomes still. 

The fourth way is through both positive and negative emotions. When you feel utterly hopeless or very angry, you say, ‘I give up!’ It means, ‘This is it. I can’t take it anymore.’ During those moments, if you don’t slip into frustration or depression or violence, you will find that there is a moment where the mind stands still.

The fifth is through the intellect, knowledge, awareness. This is called Jnana Yoga.  When you sit and know that this body is made up of billions of cells, something gets stimulated deep inside.  The context of life immediately changes when you become aware of the magnanimity of the universe: Who are you? What are you? Where are you? How are you in reference to the unfathomable, infinite universe? Some shift happens within you.

To meditate, you just need to know how to relax. If you are on a massage table, you let the masseur take care of you. Similarly, in meditation, you do nothing. Let nature or the spirit take care of you. —
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Goodbye worries

Ajit Bishnoi, Hindustan Times

A person had spiritual leaning from his very childhood. Inevitably, he resisted all attempts by his parents to get him married. He didn't want to burden himself with extra responsibility. After he retired from service, he shifted to a small village in the upper reaches of the Himalayas.

He engaged himself in reading scriptures and translating them. With the passage of time, people of the village became curious about him; they began to visit him. They found him to be very wise. Therefore, they began to consult him about their problems.

Years passed and this man was aging. He needed assistance to do his household duties like cooking. His disciples impressed upon him to move with them and he agreed. His disciples took a spacious place where all of them could be comfortable.

Everything was going nicely till a big earthquake hit the area. Many buildings collapsed. Fortunately, this man's place was safe. Supply of essential goods got disrupted. Electric lines and water supply were affected.  But this man was calm. Some of his disciples were very agitated and did not know what to do, especially that there were chances of aftershocks. They approached him, and he assured them that since they were surrendered to God and were serving Him with their work, no harm would come to them; they will be safe.

But how could he be so sure, they asked? He explained, "Everyone gets his or her share of troubles, because of the painful nature of the material world. Even devotees of God are not immune from them. However, what sets them apart from non-devotees is the help from God. In case of devotees, God steps in, as He has promised in our scriptures. He helps his devotees to come out of such troubles. And no trouble or problem is too big for God; He is omnipotent.

Sure enough, supply lines got restored before they ran out of essentials. Yes, there were some hardships but nothing catastrophic. This man's faith was fully justified. The moral of the story: If worry is your problem, become a devotee of God.
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