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Om Mani Padme Hum



What is and What it should be. Sharing thoughts of a few people.



Updated: 2015-08-20T10:38:08.231+05:30

 



meeting a lot of new people

2009-01-18T20:44:56.916+05:30

strangely for a chap who is not too much into social interactions, i have been meeting a whole bunch of people, interesting people from different parts of India and from across the world.

a shaman, from Ireland, and interesting but short talk with her. i think will be getting a chance to meet her again before she goes back to Ireland.

got to see a great performer, Trish Watt from Australia.
Cynthia from USA.

all of them part of the Interplay team.

an interesting group of people from different parts of India,from bangalore, coorg,punjab,chennai and ...and .... have been passing through my life, all thanks to naina.

meet them all through naina!



My Universe

2008-05-08T13:46:30.444+05:30

You are the best world in me

I thank you god for a wonderful world

In the universe it is very very cold

We can breathe in the universe

I would like to be an astronaut now

And fly in the rockets and many different space shuttles

I would like to fly right now in the universe

It would be a nice idea to fly in the universe

I would love to fly right now in the universe

It is very exciting

I am very excited as it is my special day

Every day is a special day for me and everyone.


(This is a small poem written by my daughter , 6 years old. unedited other than for spellcheck)



why have we not found GOD.

2007-11-11T02:41:17.567+05:30

from time immemorial man has always had GOD out there watching over us, taking care of us, picking us up when we were down.

the kind GOD, the angry GOD,the indifferent GOD.

we have plumbed the depths of our ocean, explored different corners of our cosmos. we have not met or seen GOD. we have been peeking into the sub-atomic world, we have seen glimpses of what looks like works created by the "hand of GOD".

we have perused our history, and there we see glimpses of godly people, people who have come in contact with GOD. in my days gone by , one of the books which used to fascinate me was "chariots of god" by Eric von Daniken. more about this in some latter writing perhaps..

but right now getting back to my question.

of all the places where man has explored, there has been naught a trace of GOD.

there is one place where man has not yet explored in too much detail. though the scientist may differ on this thought of mine.the innerspace of man, we have looked outside and everywhere, but we have been highly hesitant to explore the depths of man himself.

from a little bit of reading about gautama buddha, i get a feeling that he may have been the one who has seen this.
the GOD you are searching for, is within you.

reading about buddha, thorough the eyes of osho, a startling point was put forth. you have everything, and you, a human, is divine.

why don't we see this divinity? what is that we need to seek, to see this divinity? and the answer was, there in nothing which you need to seek, but that you need to drop a lot of baggage which you are walking around with.

once these baggages are dropped, you would be able to see the "truth".

we have not found god because we have been looking outside and in others, while the truth is that God lives inside of you, and to find him all you need to do is "Drop it", and what that "it" is, depends on how you have been seeking god.

the question is "do we really want to meet god?".

the truth shall be shown to one who stops seeking!

this may seem like a bit of mishmash which i have put together...and i have no answers , just glimpses of what i need .......


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men are scared and women are unsure

2007-01-04T17:04:03.921+05:30

warning 1 : potentially a very sensitive topic.
warning 2 : if you are not in a position nor have a positive outlook to life, guess this post may cause you some stress. so back off buddy, deal with your problem yourself, don't dump on me.

warning 3 : you don't want stress, then don't read.

if you go beyond the next two lines, it is because you choose to. and in case you don't like it, there is a small 'x' on the right corner of your browser window, click it... last chance.

these are just my thought, not validated with any scientific study or any religious study.

from the beginning when humans were not "civilized" the culture used to be to worship women. because it was women who gave birth to a new life. there was deep reverence shown towards women. the prehistoric Venus is possibly one the examples of reverence being shown to the receptive female form. what sage starwalker has mentioned on her blog, about the connection of "om" to the female figure was mind blowing.

the 'priests' when they evolved at a latter stage were mainly men. and possibly they saw women as a competing class, and were threatened by the power and energy of the women. and they did what "anyone" would do when faced by something fearful. they suppressed it. the women were suppressed and made to feel as if they were second class citizens. this seems to be continuing till the present times. but this is slowly changing, and has been changing over the last 100 year or so.

there have been sporadic instances in history of women coming out of suppression and shining for brief moments of time.

the continuous suppression of women throughout history, seems to have worked, to even erase from the collective memory of mankind, the power they have always had.

men have been scared. and they seem to have suppressed and built a kind of relationship with women where in the women feel that they need to be "supported" by men. a kind of Stockholm syndrome?

there seems to be change taking place with regards to this suppression, there is more freedom both for the men and the women. currently there seems to be a phase where in the women (i am talking of a collective memory) who are getting free, seem to be slightly unsure as to what is it that is being looked at from them.

i do not believe that the man nor women are superior to each other. they each have enormous power. for some reason, they have been kept separated, possibly to prevent joining of these two tremendous power to create something beautiful.

lot of talk about men being left brained, and women being right brained. that men are like this and women are like that, still goes on.

nothing ever worked on its own.

the yin and the yang, the taijitu (symbol of yin and yang), represents the essence of the duality of everything. one cannot exist without the other, one balances the second, each moves into the other and creates a wonderful energy, one is present in the other.

i guess it is time that we gave up being possessive about the singular traits which are present in isolation in the male or female and embrace, join the two forces and create a new world.

a new world of equals and a new world of equality.

if you are wondering why i have gone on to write about this subject, 'cause i still see one trying to be better than the other.



middle path : deep impact

2007-06-19T14:32:54.069+05:30

we let external activities impact us because we are connected to the past or the future.

something which i have observed in myself is that i used to either be in the past or be in the future.

about the past, nothing can be done, it is just information of events which one has gone through. and which you will use when you think, information which you need like your name, where you stay, your nationality etc . other than that it does not serve any purpose.

when you analyse or when you teach , you are coming in from the past.

being in the future, we build expectations. and when these are not fullfilled, the feeling of being wronged will be moved into your past and then you keep juicing this thought, enjoying the fact that you are miserable and place the responsibilty of your current emotional state on something (or someone) which has happened in the past.

we get stuck again and again in the same cycle. the future, nothing can be done.

vipassana,witnessing or whatever you want to call it ,is the path. the great masters of the past have talked about it.

one method which can be used for being in the moment and which i have seen working is being with your breath. i came across this wonderful concept from naina ,she had come across this during her explorations of spirituality, listening to people expound on the theories of the old masters.

simply put, you just watch your breath moving in and out of your body.

osho talks of 4 points which you can observe when you breath, the breath moving in, a movement when there is a pause/gap of no activity before you exhale, then you start exhaling and then again a pause/gap of no activity before the inhalation starts again.

when you are being with your breath, you will observe all your actions, you will be able to observe your thoughts as it comes. and a couple of other things happen to you which you can figure out yourself when you do this.

i have seen, when you are in this state, creativity bursting out, joy, happiness and love. above all a strange kind of awareness, as if you are watching yourself from outside.

got to tell this, being with your breath is no easy task. you persist and persist and one day without effort it will happen for you. i am still in the presisting state and already feeling good things!

when you are in the present, you are just being with the event. not analysing, not imprinting your "wisdom" onto the flow of events. i think it was osho who said that, even by observing that a rose is beautiful, you have filtered your interaction with the rose by using your past learning of what is beautiful. even in that tiny instant of making a judgement you have moved out of the present into your past.

the only path i can see is the middle path, and that is being in the present.
since i have no ideas as to what buddha ment by the middle path, i would like to think that he ment the path of being in the present. the middle path, the path between the past and the future.

be in bliss.

(ps: this entire note is derived because i have been dwelling into my past. this amount of my time has now moved into the past.)



life in a petri dish.

2007-06-19T14:33:39.010+05:30

i had closed off the previous post with the words " what do you choose?"

for some reason the previous post kept bugging me. last 5 days,my thoughts kept going round all over trying to figure out what was disturbing me.

yesterday i kind of got an understanding as to situation, and the question which came up was 'does one have a choice?'

i recollect reading asimov's 'human brain' when i was 15, and getting excited about endocrinology.
i recollect reading pershing's "zen and art of motorcycle maintaenance' when i was 21 and not understanding any thing.still dont understand what he was trying to say.
i recollect reading zukov's "dancing wu-li masters" at 22 and kind of getting excited about phyics and religion.
i recollect reading capra's "tao of physics" at 22 same reaction.
i recollect trying to read things written by carlos castaneda.

i recollect reading herrigel's "zen and the art of archery" when i think i was about 22. created a massive impression on me, used the book to improve my game of cricket. and i did get to play opening bat for my college team!

why have i mentioned all these books, which seem to have played some parts in my life? i was not looking for them in the bookshops nor was i specifically inclined to read them. just to highlight the fact i stumbled on to all these books at different peoples houses. i was more of a fiction kind of chap. babes and bullets kind of stuff.

i feel , it was just that i was ment to meet people who had these books and i was ment to read 'em books. these books have changed what has been filled into my mind. quantam physics and spirituality! like someone said " who woulda tunk it?"

recently came across a quote from mark twain "i do not have a single original though, nor have i come across an orignal thought now will i come across an orignal thought if i live for 500 years" or something along these lines...

did i choose to be with the people who had these book? or was it ment to be? was it that i had to get these bits of information into my head for some reason? not that i am very worried about the answers to these questions.

were these choices which are made without me being aware of the same?

recently come across some books by osho, and also have been going through certain changes in the way i have been thinking and feeling about people. where these also choices which i made?

is it that we are sleeping and totally unaware of what is happening to and around us? or is it that something is guiding us in our journey?

i wonder what the bacteria growing in a petri dish think of the ceiling lights in the lab. stars?



whose game do you chose to play?

2007-06-19T14:34:13.015+05:30

a hypothetical situation.

what if you are faced with or meet two teachers, who have similar thoughts and goals, but use different methods to reach there?

what triggered of this question? a friend of mine, was intensely contemplating the above situation, and was trying to figure out what was wrong with one of the process.

i was one with my friends thoughts, listening intently. could not help out my friend at that time, as i had no thoughts nor did i feel strongly either way about the subject.

then at a time, when there was not too much clutter in my being, a few words just popped up....funny enough the words were " does it matter?" what you are doing is, you are playing with the guy who owns the ball, and when you play with guy who owns the ball, you play by his rules.

your choice is only which game you choose to play.

or you can choose to get yourself a ball, and get into an activity of getting people to play with your ball, and by your rules . (note the choice of the word, activity not action)

most of the time it would seem that you are just choosing who to play with, and a few of us have the courage to start our own game with our own ball and our own rules.

long run, nothing matters, but enjoying whichever game you chose to play.

what do you choose?



karma kop. rambling thoughts

2007-11-11T02:43:34.774+05:30

recently i had a talk with a person who told me about a situation where in x did not want to take someone else's karma on their head.

karma is action.

simply put, what you give out is what you receive - either in the same or in similar form

karma simply deals with what is. The effects of all deeds actively create past, present and future experiences, thus making one responsible for one's own life, and the pain and joy brought to others.

buddha teaches subhuti, "what makes a bodhisattva so great is that the bodhisattva does not take pride in his/her work to save others, nor is their compassion calculated or contrived. They practise sincere compassion that comes from deep within, without any sense of ego or gain."

if this is the state which one operates from (kind of difficult, the bloody ego,poking its nose into everything) then whatever you visualise will manifest.

and can one every get into this state of mind and continue to be there? i think i see a vague glimpse of how this can happen. possibly a 3/4 step program?

- love yourself unconditionally
- when you love yourself unconditionally, you automatically love everyone else unconditionally
- when you are in love then fear disappears
- when there is no fear then your mind is open to anything new.

when you are in a state of acceptance, you are completely empty and into this emptiness flows in universal love. and in this state your ego disappears, and all your actions will be pure(?!)

when you are in love, you will not search for god and you will be complete. and in this state of being one with the universe, your actions will happen without a sense of ego or gain.

Bodhisattva



was i an angry person? musings from a silence camp.

2006-09-23T17:02:30.976+05:30

i am back into the "real world" after a wonderful "Silence Camp". two days of introspection and contemplation. a few realisations of what i have become and a potential insight into why i was operating as i was operating.i never imagined that a group of fifty people could be together in silence for most of two days. of course, manjo was talking and taking the group through the process, throughout.if you want to know what happens in a silence camp, i would suggest that you attend one and findout for yourself.this was my second silence camp. the first one was a different kind of experience, that camp was at a resort by side of the sea and quite a lot of my time was spent thinking of food, especially fish, more specifically the fired kind, coated with wonderful south indian spices/masala, the kind you get in kerala.this time around it was much better, not much time spent on food, actually was not very hungry at all.somewhere at the start of the second day, i kinda felt a thought intruding upon me, a thought that somewhere deep down i am angry. i was startled, i have always been a happy sort of person. and i always belived that i had not let anything effect my equilibrium. since there was lot of silence around and within me, i kinda kept looking at this strange (at least to me strange) thought, kept prodding it from different sides. trying to wake it up, trying to find out how this strange creature looked like. nothing much was revealed. then i kept this thought aside and started examining my past actions. what i think, i could see was, something which kind of kicked me off balance for sometime.i used to think that i was un-effected by things which impacted me and those things which used to cause anger in me. i always thought that i was letting go off the anger and that i was not getting effected by this letting go. i think what had happened was that i had forgotten the action which had caused me momentary anger, but the residue of that anger was etched and imprinted on my very being. and this i think has been building and building and building over my essence. this layer which was coated on my essence, was filtering all my experiences and through this filter everything was looking ugly,dark and distorted.i have always been an introspective sort of chap, wonder why i was not able to catch this? bloody filters.these and a few other things which have been happening to me over the years have made me realise that, i have been on a path, a path which has been taking me higher, a few steps at a time. i am sure if i had not had the experience which i had gone through my dream "relationship" with the "goddess" i would not have come to this realisation.the unconditional love which i have been experiencing for everyone , seems to have finally dawned on me. this and the silence and the absence of fried fish,i guess, is what took me the next level. (still need to work on the unconditional love part, met a few people in the camp for who i had no feeling or emotions other than a feeling of detachment, everyone needs love like i do!!)just by being aware that this coating was happening on my "soul" seems to have had an effect of removing this coating.love, no filters, tears. life is wonderful.on the way back, i had a intellectual discussion with on of the participants on the value of reading self help books. like i said it was a discussion. a day latter,a though stuck me, how can man write about improving god's wonderful creation? (i think i had read about this somewhere else)p.s: may update some more stuff in this post if and when i feel there is something to be added to complete this. i know this looks kind of vague. but hey you, there ain't any manual written for us humans.[...]



beast nor a burden

2006-09-21T18:29:11.483+05:30

And by chance (or was it some cosmic design!?) I got my hands on a few books written by a master, from a shop, at a place I have never been to earlier. Reading them I further realized certain implications of my goddess dream. Through out my dream there was an undercurrent of eroticism. Sex and Sexuality. What a beast and what a burden.

I realized that in my dream there was a strong desire, a desire to be intimate in the dream.

I always did wonder why we humans are so scared of sex and our sexuality. Why do we repress feeling about something which is so godly? Why do we hide the act of sex?

The master had a few words to say on this. At the time of your orgasm, you are in total emptiness, where there is no “I” and there is no ego. He goes on to talk a lot around this point.

And what are my thoughts? There are no thoughts, no feelings, just a direct and deep connection to oneness during that instant of time when you experience an orgasm.

The master goes on to talk of the high price you pay to experience this emptiness, the state of Samadhi. The price he talks of is the loss of your vital energy at the time of the orgasm.

If you were given a chance to achieve the same state of Samadhi without going through the rituals of courting, sex and loss of vital energy, would you take it?

I guess the universal answer would be a maybe? And the route to achieve this state of samadhi? Mediation! With mediation you can achieve the same state of emptiness and no ego, anytime you want to, and on your own.

The oneness which you achieve with your partner during the act of sex is unbelievable, your egos have disappeared, there is no “I” and there are no walls between the two of you.

There is only emptiness and silence! Into this emptiness pours in love and joy.

It ain’t no beast, nor ain’t a burden. sex ain't no more a high priority thought. and funny that with such a tiny mind shift, suddenly life has new meaning now. i am seeing people in a totally different shade of blue.

was sex and erotica really something which was driving me till a few weeks back? man, so much time has been wasted on this. my relationship with naina, tania and other people i know have moved to a different level, where there is a constant feeling of love.

but the funny part of this growth/realisation of mine is that, i seem to be operating at a plane where not many people are operating or maybe i have not met them yet or maybe i still need to un-fuckup myself more before i can be with the real people.

i have a strong feeling the world is still looking at me as if i am thinking with my balls.

the bliss ,love and esctacy is what is driving a me.

(a silent thank you to my guru who has put me onto the path that i am travelling now.)




hills and spirituality

2006-06-14T11:21:40.583+05:30

my fifteen days of travel to jammu and kashmir was both a pleasure trip and a spiritual one.
the first day of landing in jammu, we moved into a small town called a katra, basically this town is a kind of "base camp" for the pilgirms moving to vaishnodevi.

we landed into katra at about 2000 hrs, freshened up and post dinner we moved to the base of the hill from where the walk starts. during dinner(fantastic tasting food, and  none of the hotels in katra use garlic or onions) we were told that no cameras and given a long list of prohibited items...so basically we left everything at katra.

there was some amount of confusion when some of us in the group decided to walk and some decided that they would be carried on palanquin's and some decided to take the horse. we were told that the palanquin's need to be booked in advance. so some of the group moved back to the katra hotel.

the walkers started walking(me being one of them) the horses .. horsed away. the young at heart and the once's who used to exercise moved away quite fast. i was bringing up the rear, huffing and puffing away...this was a 12 km walk on a seriously steep road.(you had the option of taking the stairs!)

the walk was a killer, i tried a small section (looked small when i started off) of the stairs, but they just kept going up and up and up.

the human traffic even at this "ungodly" hour post midnight was a lot. jai mata di were the words of encouragement shouted by the pilgrims moving up or down!

finally we(two of us) reached the half way mark. and we see part of our group relaxing at one of the wayside resting places. we join them...after about an hour of chatting away, we decide to head back. manoj who was keeping me company during the walk up decided to continue along with a few of the group who were resting, they walk up and the rest walk down and this  was a real great walk, the morning light was just breaking. the birds chirping. the early morning sun breaking from behind the clouds..what a sight.








om and the significance

2006-09-21T17:43:28.836+05:30

over the last 2 years i have been working on the word Om, by work i mean chanting it, i have had a few teachers who have been explaining to me the right way of chanting. this is a very powerful word. i have seen the effect it has had on me.

it is amazing to see and feel the energy when about 80-100 people start chanting om at the same time, the vibrations of the sound resonates through your body, your mind seems to get into an altered state.

i have been reading on and off ,blog of a lady i have never met in real life, but have been in communication with her at blogshares, sage starwalker, i came across the term goddessing on her blog , dont know why,but from my first interaction with her on the game i have sensed something different about her. there is a different kind of energy in her.

today while i was going through here blog, i clicked on a sidebar link which was simply mentioned as Om. i was startled at what i came across. though i have seen and looked at stone age venus, i had never even in my wild thought connected the symbol of Om with Venus.

kind of makes lot of sense.

there has been this thought being pushed into me as i grew up that men are stronger then women, i have always viewed this thought with a lot of skepticism, i have seen my mother and the way she used to handle things, i have seem the person i have married and way she handle things, and now i see my daughter and the way she handles things(she is just 4 years old!) i do not and have not , for a movement, think that women are weaker than men. i have imagined future societies where only women are in existence.

the word "Om" where did it begin? which country? who owns om?

there is lot of information on "om" were some people do not associate om with india and some do. does not matter.

in ancient india there was lot of respect accorded to women , an off hand memory, leads me to believe there are more goddess than gods in the indian history/mythology.(not that i am expert nor have i done extensive research on this subject, all these are just my thoughts)

and most of the goddess were powerful, and creators , creators of music, knowledge, wealth. while the gods were involved in more "earthly" matters of destruction, fire, wind.

i wonder if the origin of the word HUM is deep rooted in OM?

(this is a work in progress document, will undergo periodic revision as and when thought come in, but will be published as is , at the time of posting)




just a hello

2006-01-24T10:55:16.866+05:30

this is just a hello post. this blog is well and alive and being maintained, considering the nature of topics being put up, there will be gaps in the posting.





Maturity

2005-06-08T11:43:12.083+05:30

Mature Love – Osho Maturity has nothing to do with your life experiences. It has something to do with your inward journey, experiences of the inner. The more he goes deeper into himself, the more mature he is. When he has reached the very centre of his being, he is perfectly mature. But at that moment the person disappears, only presence remains...The self disappears, only silence remains. Knowledge disappears, only innocence remains. To me, maturity is another name for realization: you have come to the fulfillment of your potential, it has become actual. The seed has come on a long journey, and has blossomed.Maturity has a fragrance. It gives a tremendous beauty to the individual. It gives intelligence, the sharpest possible intelligence. It makes him nothing but love. His action is love, his inaction is love; his life is love, his death is love. He is just a flower of love. The West has definitions of maturity which are very childish. The West means by maturity that you are no longer innocent, that you have ripened through life experiences, that you cannot be cheated easily, that you cannot be exploited, that you have within you something like a solid rock -- a protection, a security.This definition is very ordinary, very worldly. Yes, in the world you will find mature people of this type. But the way I see maturity is totally different, diametrically opposite to this definition. The maturity will not make you a rock; it will make you so vulnerable, so soft, so simple.I remember... a thief entered a master's hut. It was a full-moon night, and by mistake he had entered; otherwise, what can you find in a master's house? The thief was looking, and was amazed that there was nothing. And then suddenly he saw a man who was coming with a candle in his hand. The man said, "What are you looking for in the dark? Why did you not wake me up? I was just sleeping near the front door, and I could have showed you the whole house." And the man looked so simple and so innocent, as if he could not conceive that anybody could be a thief.Before his simplicity and innocence, the thief said, "Perhaps you do not know that I am a thief."The master said, "That doesn't matter, one has to be someone. The point is that I have been in the house for thirty years and I have not found anything, so let us search together! And if we can find something, we can be partners. I have not found anything in this house -- it is just empty."The thief was a little afraid -- the man seems to be strange. Either he is mad or... who knows what kind of man he is? He wanted to escape, because he had brought things from two other houses that he had left outside the house. The master had only one blanket -- that was all that he had -- and it was a cold night, so he told that thief, "Don't go this way, don't insult me this way; otherwise I will never be able to forgive myself, that a poor man came to my house in the middle of the night and had to go empty-handed. Just take this blanket. And it will be good -- outside it is so cold. I am inside the house; it is warmer here."He covered the thief with his blanket. The thief was just losing his mind! He said, "What are you doing? I am a thief!"The master said, "That does not matter. In this world everybody has to be somebody, has to do something. You may be stealing; that doesn't matter, a profession is a profession. Just do it well, with all my blessings. Do it perfectly, don't be caught; otherwise you will be in trouble."The thief said, "You are strange. You are naked and you don't have anything!"The master said, "Don't be worried, because I am coming with you! Only the blanket was keeping me in this house; otherwise in this house there is nothing -- and the blanket I have [...]



Be A Lake

2005-06-08T11:35:34.233+05:30

The old Master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it. "How does it taste?" the Master asked. "Awful," spat the apprentice.
The Master chuckled and then asked the young man to take another handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and when the apprentice swirled his handful of salt into the lake, the old man said, "Now drink from the lake."
As the water dripped down the young man's chin, the Master asked, "How does it taste?" "Good!" remarked the apprentice. "Do you taste the salt?" asked the Master. "No," said the young man.
The Master sat beside this troubled young man, took his hands, and said,
"The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount we taste the 'pain' depends on the container we put it into. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things ..... Stop being a glass. Become a lake!"
contributed by Sanjay Thakkar



1 Comments

2005-05-23T01:07:23.670+05:30


Human beings only learn and evolve through relationship. The only way we can see ourselves objectively is through the reflection of others. We can go off and sit in a cave and meditate for years, but we only really find out what happened in that cave when we come out and get involved with other people. So we need each other if we want to evolve."

Come
sit in silence
just for a moment.

Come,
still the worldly clamor of your day.

Accept the gifts
flowing in such abundance
from your serenity.

Rest.
Allow your heart to flood you
with gentle calm.

Like sun
who cannot hide her radiance
your inner peace
will shine on everyone you meet.

You will ignite
a traveling flame
which moves like light
around the Earth.

Yes,even to the shores of mumbai or India or where u r.
contributed by Sanjay Thakkar



A few thoughts on Luck

2005-04-26T10:52:29.280+05:30

Why do some people get all the luck while others never get the breaks they deserve? A psychologist says he has discovered the answer.Ten! years ago, I set out to examine luck. I wanted to know why some people are always in the right place at the right time, while others consistently experience ill fortune.I placed advertisements in national newspapers asking for people who felt consistently lucky or unlucky to contact me. Hundreds of extraordinary men and women volunteered for my research and, over the years, I have interviewed them, monitored their lives and had them take part in experiments.The results reveal that although these people have almost no insight into the causes of their luck, their thoughts and behavior are responsible for much of their good and bad fortune.Take the case of seemingly chance opportunities. Lucky people consistently encounter such opportunities, whereas unlucky people do not.I carried out a simple experiment to discover whether this was due to differences in their ability to spot such opportunities. I gave both lucky and unlucky people a newspaper, and asked them to look through it and tell me how many photographs were inside.I had secretly placed a large message halfway through the newspaper saying: "Tell the experimenter you have seen this and win £250." This message took up half of the page and was written in type that was more than two inches high. It was staring everyone straight in the face, but the unlucky people tended to miss it and the lucky people tended to spot it.Unlucky people are generally more tense than lucky people, and this anxiety disrupts their ability to notice the unexpected.As a result, they miss opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else. They go to parties intent on finding their perfect partner and so miss opportunities to make good friends. They look through newspapers determined to find certain types of job advertisements and miss o! other types of jobs. Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore see what is there rather than just what they are looking for. My research eventually revealed that lucky people generate good fortune via four principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.Towards the end of the work, I wondered whether these principles could be used to create good luck. I asked a group of volunteers to spend a month carrying out exercises designed to help them think and behave like a lucky person.Dramatic results These exercises helped them spot chance opportunities, listen to their intuition, expect to be lucky, and be more resilient to bad luck.One month later, the volunteers returned and described what had happened. The results were dramatic: 80% of people were now happier, more satisfied with their lives and, perhaps most important of all, luckier.The lucky people had become even luckier and the unlucky had become lucky. Finally, I had found the elusive "luck factor" . Here are Professor Wiseman's four top tips for becoming lucky: · Listen to your gut instincts - they are normally right · Be open to new experiences and breaking your normal routine · Spend a few moments each day remembering things that went well · Visualise yourself being lucky before an important meeting or telephone call.Luck is very often a self-fulfilling prophecy.Contributed by Sleeping Buddha[...]



Freedom

2005-04-07T16:20:36.873+05:30

Freedom is not a reaction; freedom is not a choice. It is man's pretense that because he has choice he is free. Freedom is pure observation without direction, without fear of punishment and reward. Freedom is without motive; freedom is not at the end of the evolution of man but lies in the first step of his existence. In observation one begins to discover the lack of freedom. Freedom is found in the choiceless awareness of our daily existence and activity.



Thought is time. Thought is born of experience and knowledge, which are inseparable from time and the past. Time is the psychological enemy of man. Our action is based on knowledge and therefore time, so man is always a slave to the past. Thought is ever-limited and so we live in constant conflict and struggle. There is no psychological evolution.


When man becomes aware of the movement of his own thoughts, he will see the division between the thinker and thought, the observer and the observed, the experiencer and the experience. He will discover that this division is an illusion. Then only is there pure observation which is insight without any shadow of the past or of time. This timeless insight brings about a deep, radical mutation in the mind.


Total negation is the essence of the positive. When there is negation of all those things that thought has brought about psychologically, only then is there love, which is compassion and intelligence.



contributed by Kavita T



startling book

2005-04-04T18:21:30.446+05:30

a friend of mine had given me a book "celestine prophecy" , first look, i said , looks interesting.
then i started reading and i am hooked.

very interesting thought process and concept. and hell it seems to make perfect sense.

i have now started getting actively after the other books in the series.

have managed to trace out the titles of the next few books.

- "the tenth insight"
-"in search of the eleventh insight"

man i am waiting to get my hands on them.

check out the celestine prophecy link below

http://www.celestinevision.com/

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Expectations

2005-03-22T13:41:07.373+05:30

One is hurt because of one's own expectations. A wise person is one who does not expect. Whatever is offered he is grateful. Because he has realized that nothing is going to be constant. After this body the same has no value. The money , relationships, materials things etc anything to be with the physical manifestation has no value.

It is ok to be hurt . Do you know why ? It shows you where you are stuck and what are your expectations. So it is a situation to be grateful because the other person or situation is allowing you to break your own boundaries and cycle of expectations. Look at the same situation as an advantage instead of continuing to non-accept it.

Nature has one law .. Whatever you RESIST will PERSIST, You drop the resistance i.e. expectations . The situation will change ....definitely. This is a law of the universe.

DO UNTO OTHERS WHAT YOU EXPECT THEM TO DO FOR YOU Give others what you are expecting from them, without anything in return, they may love you if you love them, they may not love you, what is more important is that you loving them that is all.

Happiness is in giving not in taking. Happiness is in offering and sharing even if the other does not. If you love somebody then the question of give and take does not arise, in true love one only gives,one surrenders ,one lives,one is grateful to be other person's presence because in loving the other person,one experiences the bliss of loving another.

Rule for application
The above knowledge is to be only applied for oneself only, it is not to judge the other person.

Grow in you Loving Nature

Be Happy
Be Silent
Be Satisfied
Be Peaceful
Be Loving
Be Your Self

May you live all the time in Happiness ,Health , Prosperity

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU DO OR WHAT YOU ACCOMPLISHED BUT WHAT MATTERS IS THE EXPERIENCE OF DOING WHAT YOU DO
-Guruji Rishi Prabhakar

..contributed by Kavita T



Moving Beyond Definitions

2005-02-28T11:56:27.463+05:30

Over-Identifying With Labels .

As humans, we possess the tendency to name and categorize things. This applies to everything from plants and animals to styles to ourselves and others. Everyone who walks the earth carries or has carried some label, such as white, old, artist, animal lover, parent, child, or liberal, that either they themselves or others used to define them. While labels can help us form useful first impressions, they can also act as a thick filter between the world and ourselves. Expectations are derived from labels. When we begin to define others in terms of their profession, looks, wealth, or political background, it becomes harder to accept them unconditionally. And when we define ourselves with strict labels, we limit ourselves and our potential by effectively pigeonholing our identities. The challenge lies in finding a balance between that which defines us and our evolving natures.

We first learn who we are when we are children. Identity is forged by society, which labels us so-and-so's children, a boy or a girl, a reader or a jock, or shy or outgoing. This is natural, considering that characterizing others upon first meeting is an automatic process. But when we regard these initial impressions as unchangeable, we deny the fact that we are all blessed with roles that can change from one day to the next or exist simultaneously with other roles. It is possible to be both a parent and an artist and a runner and a businesswoman. If you were to choose a single role, such as artist, it would limit the paths you could take. If you were, however, to say, "I am a creative person, though that creativity is sometimes blocked," it would open new avenues of exploration because you could express your creativity in many ways.

People are so much more than what they do or what they have done and all people are potentially capable of taking on a new identity or letting go of an old one because of emotional or environmental factors. You may choose to be "a strong-willed executive" in one moment in time and "a nurturing parent" in another. Yet you remain wholly you. Though labels can be a good stepping off point, they are no substitute for understanding who we really are. If everyone was encouraged to look beyond labels, open-mindedness and tolerance would be the inevitable result.

contributed by sriram varadarajan



in praise of lack of attention.

2005-02-22T14:57:07.160+05:30

It is no little wisdom for a man to keep himself in silence and in good peace when evil words are spoken to him, and to turn his heart to God and not to be troubled with man's judgment. - Thomas a Kempis

Most of us appreciate praise, but it is disastrous to become dependent on it. If we are going to allow our security to be bolstered up by the praise, appreciation, and applause of others, we are done for. I have heard about a well-known movie star who goes to sleep at night with a tape of recorded applause playing. This is going to make him more and more insecure.

Why should we get agitated if someone ignores us? There are, after all, advantages to being ignored. We can go anywhere in freedom. Nobody recognizes us - how good it is! In life, there are occasions when we are ignored and sometimes forgotten. That is the time for us to remind ourselves, "Why should I need anybody's attention?" This is the attitude of the real mystic, who is content because he or she is complete. This attitude can be cultivated skillfully.

Even those of us who are the most sensitive to praise and appreciation can learn to be so secure within ourselves that the word rejected can be expelled from our dictionary. The one person who will never reject us is the Lord within, and that is enough to make up for all the rejections we may have to undergo at the hands of everyone else.

contributed by kavitha t



God Is Here

2005-02-19T17:00:57.063+05:30

The Power, which restores us to sanity, is not something remote and abstract, which we must search for by reading books and performing great feats. Our Higher Power is with us constantly and is involved in the minute details of every day. We do not have to wait and work to become acceptable to God. God accepts us now, just as we are. What gets in the way of our awareness of God is self. If we are narrowly focused on the concerns of ego and self-will, we ignore the presence of a Higher Power.

Then we become weak and confused in our aloneness. To be aware of the presence of God in our lives every day, all we need is the willingness to be open. We find that God is indeed "closer than breathing and nearer than hands and feet."

What we may have spent years searching for or denying turns out to be the ground of our existence and the Power that sustains us every minute.Increase my awareness of You, I pray.

When you clean your house... clean it as if God were going to be your special guest. Because He is.

When you prepare a meal... prepare it as if God were going to be sitting at your table. Because He is.

When you work... work as if God will be your customer. Because He is.

And when you speak with another... speak as if you were speaking with God. Because you are."

contributed by Kavita Thuthija



Past and the future

2005-02-19T16:57:44.526+05:30

Time is what keeps the light from reaching us. There is no greater obstacle to God than time: and not only time but temporalities, not only temporal things but temporal affections, not only temporal affections but the very taint and smell of time. - Meister Eckhart

We think that past and future are real because the mind keeps brooding over what we have done and what others have done to us, what we will do and what others will do to us. But it is not past and future that are real; it is our brooding on the past and the future that is real. If we
could withdraw our attention from these will-o'-the-wisps, many of our problems would simply dissolve.

As our meditation deepens, we develop the ability to withdraw our attention more and more from the past and the future to focus it on the present. And as we begin to live more and more in the present, we make the exhilarating discovery that past and future exist only in our minds. It
is a tremendous realization, for it means that we are released from any burden of guilt about the past and any anxiety about the future. Every moment is unique and discrete. When our concentration is complete, we rest completely in the present. Then we do not live in time, we
live in eternity.


contributed by Kavita Thuthija



Don't Be Afraid

2005-02-19T12:45:20.326+05:30

What Is Fear?

Young and old, rich and poor, man and woman - each of us exists in the shadow of fear. From the time we first become conscious, we are plagued by fears and though our fears evolve, they
never leave us. Most of us tend to make life choices based on the fear of failure, the fear of success, the fear of being mocked, the fear of the unknown, and the fear that we have sullied the gift of life. In many ways fear can be a comforting crutch. But while fear is a natural and necessary innate survival instinct, it can also be a hindrance that works to keep a person's soul from reaching its potential. When you live in reaction to your fears (be they big or small), that fear is in control of your life.

In Buddhism, there are two types of fear. There is the fear inspired by real dangers, and there is the fear of that which cannot harm us and that which we cannot control. This is the unhealthy
fear that can make you unhappy and arrests your creativity. The latter is more like an intense worry, a doubt, or nervousness that paralyzes your desire to act.

When fear comes, there are numerous ways to soothe yourself. You may find that writing in a journal, praying, meditation, interacting with a pet, or listening to peaceful music can ease you into a less fearful and more confident state. If you find yourself overwhelmed by fear, regain control by giving yourself to the count of five to acknowledge your feelings in whatever way is comfortable, and then banish those feelings by finding a constructive solution. Another way to deal with fear is to treat it like an entity within you. Get very quiet and centered and talk to it, ask it what it wants, why is it there, what does it need? Your body has all of the answers already, you simply need to ask and then listen. You may be surprised at what you come up with if you really spend some time with this. After you have sorted through these feelings, ask the fear to leave. If you like, make a ceremony for yourself with candles releasing the fear to the universe. See the fear leaving! your body and being transformed into beautiful light.

Our entire lives are mysteries and none of us know what the future will bring. The strongest weapon we possess against fear is remembering the many blessings, talents, and loved-ones we possess in the present - for those are the gifts that can keep fear at bay.

What do you think? reply

You are never alone
there is always an angel to watch out for you
they may be in the physical -
they may be an etheric angel
reach out your hand
and feel that their hand is always stretched waiting to hold yours as
you move along Life's Pathway.

and remember always Expect the Unexpected - it brings the joy into life.

contributed by Kavita Thuthija