Faith – Accept the things that you cannot change

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The post is inspired by the book – A million thoughts by Om Swami. This is a very beautifully written book and a must read.

You only control your actions and not their outcomes. Therefore, you have the right to engage in karma but the result of your karma are decided by many other forces. Act with a certain detachment knowing that you are not the doer.”

What if things don’t go the way they should? Negative thoughts stopping you from enjoying your life. What if you start thinking that god does not take care of you? Man, How much you can plan after all for the future, that is not in your control and unknown. You only have control on THIS moment and the choices and karma (Act) that you are doing in this moment. So, instead of worrying for the unknown future, better to do right karma now, and in a right way. Continue reading “Faith – Accept the things that you cannot change”

If you love a flower don’t pluck it water it- difference between like and love

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What is the difference between “I like you” and “I love you.” Most of the people are confused between liking and loving. The solution is beautifully answered by Buddha. Buddha’s answer was so simple:

“When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily..! One who understand this, understands life ….

Now, you know the answer of the most confusing question you have, Right! You can apply the learning on any part of your life. It can be your love of life, your kids, your family, friends etc. Continue reading “If you love a flower don’t pluck it water it- difference between like and love”

The Essence of Bhagavad Gita

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The great epic, Mahabharata was composed around 200 BC and the holy book of Hinduism, The Bhagavad Gita was composed around 100 BC. The Bhagavad Gita is composed of 700 verses and 18 chapters.

I am inspired to write this post from the book – The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwara.

The Bhagavad Gita is often known as “geet” or song of the Divine, sung by Lord Krishna. It is a dialogue between two really good friends, in the middle of a battlefield.
Here is an excerpt from the book that i loved and full of wisdom-
The battlefield is a perfect backdrop, but the Gita’s subject is the war within, the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage if he or she is to emerge from life victorious.
The moral of war withing means is self-mastery.

It was Vyasa’s genius to take the whole great Mahabharata epic and see it as metaphor for the perennial war between the forces of light and the forces of darkness in every human heart.

Arjuna and Krishna are two characters for human and almighty. Arjuna becomes Every-man, asking the Lord himself, Sri Krishna, the perennial questions about life and death – not as a philosopher, but as the quintessential man of action.
Thus read, the Gita is not an external dialogue but an internal one: between the ordinary human personality, full of questions about the meaning of life, and our deepest Self, which is divine.

There is, in fact, no other way to read the Gita and grasp it as spiritual instruction. If I could offer only one key to understanding this divine dialogue, it would be to remember that it takes place in the depths of consciousness and that Krishna is not some external being, human or superhuman, but the spark of divinity that lies at the core of the human personality.

The essence of Bhagavad Gita comes to us when we start recognizing it humbly, paying obeisances to it and have direct liaison with it. The Bhagavad Gita also known as tri marga (three ways to attain liberation) was magnificently imparted by Lord Krishna to Arjuna. Krishna stands for pure attraction and attainment and Arjuna stands for Average human being.

So, The Bhagavad Gita is for every human being for accomplishing salvation. The Gita is the crux of all Vedas, Puranas and other holy books. The 18 chapters of Bhagavad Gita are segregated into three main categories that’s why its known as trimarga.

The three main categories include karma yoga, Bhakti yoga and jyana yoga.

The First chapter depicts the battlefield of kurukshetra and the position of principal warriors on both sides with their fighting qualities and Arjuna overwhelmed by infatuations gives expression to his lightheartedness, tenderness and grief.

The Second chapter gives a glimpse of the whole Gita i.e. summary of the Gita and it’s in the preliminary stage so as to make an individual aware of his/her objectives of the life very much clear and blatant. The sankhyayoga (the yoga of knowledge) should be instilled in the minds of the being at the very start of their life. The siddhant or basic principles of life should be set forth.

The Third chapter to sixth chapter divulges Karma Yoga (the yoga of actions) i.e. how to perform routine work and how it should be converted into swadharma. Here Lord Krishna addresses the significance of karma (work) which should be completely surrendered to divine and deals with just doing the work without expectations of the fruits. The essence lies when each and every petty work is done for Krishna. Thus our Karma becomes Karma yoga just by offering every action unto HIM.

The seventh Chapter to twelfth chapter, which stands for Bhakti Yoga (the Yoga of Devotion), wherein it’s started that we should remember God or Krishna every time – Chintan.

The thirteenth to eighteenth chapter which stands for jyana Yoga (the Yoga of Knowledge). Which I consider as true knowledge”. So, the verses make it very clear that to know the “Self” is the true knowledge than only one could be gyani (knowledgeable). Further, the Gunas (qualities) of material nature is disclosed in terms of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas having their own significance in everybody’s life. Lord even says that Gyani is my true reflection.

Gita, is full of wisdom and everyone should read The Bhagavad Gita and learn the right lessons from it.

A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place, and when we expect nothing in return” – Shrimad Bhagavad Gita

I would like to conclude the wisdom of Gita with other religions as below:

The Last stop of the genius train of thought—The ONE:

The Buddha said:

“The ONE Buddha-nature is present in all beings.”

Lord Krishna said:

“The real yogi, with all his passions subdued, is ONE with Brahman.” 

Confucius said:

“Heaven means to be ONE with God.”

Moses said:

“Here, O Israel, the Lord is God, the Lord is ONE.”

Muhammad said:

“The ONEness of Allah.”

Lao Tzu said:

“If you open yourself, you are ONE with the Tao, and can embody it completely.”

Jesus said:

“My Father and I are ONE.”

Einstein said:

“[The ONE] energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from ONE form to another.”

In short, if every one lives one life and shares one love in one world, then there can only be one Being!

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Know what to avoid, and avoid it

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Charlie Munger says-

“Don’t do cocaine. Don’t race trains. And avoid all AIDS situations.”

This is your life and your decisions and choices, so you only have to bear the outcome as well, sooner or later. It’s important to know what we must avoid in life. I have been through times when it was easy for me to fall prey to requests from a few of my friends for taking just one glass of alcohol. Thankfully, I have some rules, what I wanted to avoid. And thankfully, I have avoided those and a few other such things. That helped me to stay away from the life destructive things.

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What is left?

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What we are missing in Life?

We are too much busy in our daily activity, we are busy in earning, we are busy in spending, we are busy in so many other similar activities. We forget to ask the basic question to our-self- What is Life? What we are missing in Life?

When most people say “LIFE“, what they mean of it?. Normally, They mean the accessories of Life. What are this accessories? These are the work they do, their family, their relationships, the home they live in, the cars they drive, the clothes they wear, or the God they pray and the religion they believe. Right!

The fundamental thing that we miss is- LIFE. We miss the life process itself, the essential life that is YOU.

Why Life is a struggle for many-

The moment you make this fundamental mistake of identifying something that is not you as yourself, the life become an unnecessary struggle. Right!

We normally struggle for the things that is not us. If something align with our-self then no need to struggle for it. We must know our inner nature to know the outer world reality.

The foundation of peace is not about attending to the external realities of your life, but in accessing and organizing the inner nature of your being. Once you know, your inner realities, then the life will be easy for you.

What you are capable of?

We know only the things, that we can sense. You are capable of experiencing only that which is withing the boundaries of your sensation. But if you expand the boundary of your sensation, then you can experience everyone as your self. Like, Lord Krishna, shown the entire cosmos to maa Yashoda, when she asked Krishna, what is in his mouth.

Enlightenment is not an attainment or an achievement. It is a home coming. When you realize that all that you experience is withing, that absolute homecoming is enlightenment.

you’ll only get to know your capability by pushing yourself beyond limits.

What is the problem?

The problem is that human beings have lost a fundamental distinction- between inward and outward. Between their way of being and the way they interact with the external world. We forget our inward world, and with it, we forget our-self. We live outward world and for others.

But when we know our inner nature, their is only one governing principle : border-less unity. We are constraint with boundaries. Our physical and social worlds are restricted with boundaries. But our inner world needs none. It’s boundary less. No restrictions.

Who solve your problem?

When we face any problem, we look towards god, towards up and expect a solution or help. If you believe that someone “up there” is going to rescue you and solve all your problems. In this regards, we must remember that we are living on a round planet- The earth. And It is spinning every moment. So, whenever, you look up for help, you are obviously looking in the wrong direction. In this cosmos, we don’t know what is up? and what is down? We have no clue. The only distinction we know is what is outward and what is inward. Right!

What is the solution?

Up and down, good and bad- these are all assumptions. We are surrounded by stories, which are told us from our childhood and made a deep impression on our subconscious mind. We stopped thinking beyond the stories. If we talk about the world history then we can see that the most of the believe systems are not that much old. We are only sure about- inward and outward. And this is only the one thing that we must work on.

We must remember –

The only way out is IN.

If you go outward, it is an endless journey. If you turn inward, it is just one moment. In that one moment,everything changes. In that one moment, you are not in pursuit of joy anymore. Instead, your life becomes an expression of your joyfulness.

The post is inspired from the book – Inner Engineering: A yogi’s guide to joy by Sadhguru. Please read the book, it is full of wisdom of Sadhguru.

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