BE IN THE PRESENT

BE IN THE PRESENT:

When we are young, we had the enthusiasm of youth, and enthusiasm for the future, it may be education, it may be just sports, it may be carrier or it may be marriage. Now a days we are talking about nothing else but our future, saving money for future, postponing our enjoyment for future, buying books for reading tomorrow or the day-after – but nothing to be done in the present.

Today we are doing a lot of space travel. We are travelling in airplanes, in cars, in faster trains etc., but getting nowhere. The same grind, round and round and monotonous. Soul killing. Then what is this future that we are thinking of, when we do not have even the present in our grip. If I am not alive in the present then what am I going to do in future, I will be dead.

Even the religion does not point in the right direction. It is pointing some- where or at least we imagine that it is pointing somewhere up, far away in the Christian heaven, the Nirvana of the Buddhists, the heaven of Islam. But if it is there, then what are we doing here. So Spirituality seeks to prove to you by experience that, this wonderful abode of the divine, where neither the sun shines nor the moon, nor the wind blows, where there is neither light nor dark- ness, where there is no day no night, there HE (GOD) exists. That must be the only place inside you, your heart and your soul.

SPIRITUALITY says, dear friends live in the present, forget heaven, forget hell – neither exists. If it exists, it is right where you are; you don’t have to go to it. It is there in you right now. Then what are you looking for? What are

you searching for? Realize it, turn inside, and see that divine abode of GOD. Again to repeat, there is no sun, no moon, no wind, no shine, no light, no dark- ness, no day and no night. What can it be? EXPERIENCE IT INSIDE YOU, but you do not feel it, because you are trying to see something you like, but you cannot see.

All we have to give up is our obsession with our desires, whether it is for fame or name or possession of wealth or even to do good to the others. Because there is rarely a person, who wants to do good to others for the sake of the one for whom he is doing the good. They always do well for themselves. A person is charitable because one expects to go to heaven. If you tell that char- itable person that you are going to hell, he would run away from the charity. Some wise man has said, “Not for the sake of the other am I good, but for the sake of myself”. They imagine that they are doing good to others in the des- perate hope of doing something good to themselves, because they don’t know any other way of doing good to themselves.

COSMIC CONUNDRUM: –

Given that we haven’t found any life beyond earth yet, “Remarkably hos- pitable’ may sound a bit strong, though it is true. Many of the most funda- mental characteristics of our cosmos – the relative strengths of gravity, electromagnetism, and the forces that operate inside atomic nuclei as well as the masses and relative abundance of different particles – are so finely tuned that if just one of them were even slightly different, life as we know it couldn’t exist. The proposition that the cosmos is – against all odds – perfectly tuned for life is known as the anthropic principle.

A vocal sector of the religious community, on the other hand, has seized on the anthropic principle as further evidence that GOD created the universe just for us. – Adding intellectual support to the so-called intelligent design movement, which believes that the staggering complexity of nature can be ex- plained only by assuming that some higher intelligence had a hand in designing it. Over the past several years pitched battles have been fought in school boards in United states over whether to give intelligent design and Darwin’s theory equal time in classrooms.

It does not matter whether the anthropic principle makes us happy. What mat- ters is whether it is true – that is, whether cosmic numbers really are as arbitrary

as they seem. If they are not; physics may eventually succeed in explaining many features of our world that seem so puzzling today. And if the anthropic principle is true? Well, then the universe will seem even more energetic and decorative than before.

Over and over in our history, natural phenomena – lightning, the changing of the seasons, the nature of the sun and moon – have been explained simply by saying GOD did it, only to have that explanation fall away as science provided a more satisfying answer. May be we have really reached the limits of intellectual understanding, but few scientists are willing to give up quite yet, even on seem- ingly intractable problems. To Einstein’s celebrated thinking about whether GOD had choice in creating the universe, the answer seems to be a resounding Yes; all sorts of universes are possible. Belief in multiple universes is just as much a matter of faith as any other religious belief. On belief’s that seem to imply we are special – that we at the center of the solar system or the center of the galaxy, or that the Milky Way is the only galaxy in the universe. Every time it turned out that we were not special after all. We just did not have enough knowledge.

TEN COMMANDMENTS OF LIFE

TEN COMMANDMENTS OF LIFE:

  1. Keep your mind alert (e.g. learn new things)
  2. Think positive – one can always catch the train by running
  3. Give 110% of yourself to the task at hand
  4. Forgive, Forgive, Forgive – but may be hard to forget
  5. Meditate or spend 10 minutes each day in introspection.
  6. Take vitamin W – Water and Walk
  7. Laugh, Laugh, Laugh – Laughter is the best medicine
  8. Do not spill your “beans” – it is potent
  9. Eat ‘Satvik’ food and do not fly in to a rage ever.
  10. Give, Give, Give – do not give blindly

PRIORITIES OF LIFE

The Mayonnaise Jar & Coffee

(Explaining the priorities of Life & Make good use of time)

When things in your life seem, almost too much to handle, When 24 Hours in a day is not enough,
Remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class
And had some items in front of him.
When the class began, wordlessly,
He picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar And proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students, if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured Them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.
The pebbles rolled into the open Areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.
Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unani- mous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively
Filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

‘Now,’ said the professor, as the laughter subsided,

I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things – family,
Children, health, Friends, and Favorite passions –
Now suppose that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else —The small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ He continued, There is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff,
You will never have room for the things that are important to you.

So…

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play With your children.
Take time to get medical checkups.
Take your partner out to dinner.

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

‘Take care of the golf balls first and then pebbles second — The things that really matter.
Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.’

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled. ‘I’m glad you asked’.

It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, There’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.’

SELF REALIZATION

SELF REALIZATION:

Man is not at peace with himself till he has become like unto God. The endeavor to reach this state is supreme, the only ambition worth having. AND THIS IS THE SELF REALIZATION.

How can the body be made temple of God? In other words how can one be free from action i.e. from the taint of sin?

By desire less action, by renouncing the fruits of actions, by dedicating all activities to God i.e. surrendering one self to him body and soul.

He is the devotee who is jealous of none, who is a fount of mercy, who is without egotism, who is selfless, who is ever forgiving, who is always contented, whose resolutions are firm, who has dedicated mind and soul to God, who causes no dread, who is not afraid of others, who is free from exultation, sorrow and fear, who is pure, who is versed in action, and yet remains unaffected by it, who renounces all fruit, good or bad, who treat as friends and foe alike, who is untouched by respect or disrespect, who is not putted by the praise, who does not go under when people speak ill of him, who loves silence and solitude, who has a disciplined reason.

One can attain self-realization only if one sheds his attachment to the Ego. We can follow truth only in the measure that we shed our attachment to the Ego.

How to achieve Self Realization?

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

Life is made up of our memories and moments that have shaped us in to who we are.

There is crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in. You must be the change; you wish to see in the world. The future is with fate, the present is our own.

Watch your thoughts, because they become words. Watch your words, because they become actions.
Watch your actions, because they become habits.
Watch your habits, because they become your character. Watch your character, because it becomes your destiny.

What we think or what we know or what we believe is in the end of little con- sequence. The only consequence is what we do.

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune – without the words. And never stops at all.

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love and how much we put in that action.

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.

NEGATIVE EMOTIONS IN LIFE

Negative Emotions in Life: –

It is a fact that ultimate happiness depends on eliminating our negative behavioriors like Desire, Anger, Greed, Attachments and Ego.

But these kinds of emotions seem to be a natural part of our psychological make up. All human beings seem to experience these darker emotions to one degree or another. It seems impractical and even unnatural to try to completely eradicate something that is integral part of our natural make up. Among humans these emotions vary according the degree of emotions

But above thinking is wrong. For example all of us are born in an ignorant state. In this sense ignorance is also quite natural. When we are young we are quite ignorant, but as we grow day-by-day through education and learning we can acquire knowledge and dispel ignorance. So if we leave ourselves in a ‘natural state’ without making an effort to dispel these negative emotions, then these negative emotions will overpower your education, learning and training; whereas we should gradually reduce our negative emotions to a lesser and lesser degree and increase positive state of mind such as Love, Compassion, and Forgiveness.

There are three methods of over-powering negative emotions:

1. Valid Foundation – These two kinds of emotions (positive and negative emotions) are basically two states of mind. One way of categorizing these emotions is in terms of understanding that the positive emotions are those, which can be justified, and negative emotions are those, which cannot be justified. For instance there can be positive desire and negative desire. Desire for one’s basic needs to be met is a positive kind of desire. It is justifiable. It is based on the fact that we all exist and have the right to survive. And in order to survive there are certain things we require, certain needs that have to be met. So that kind of desire has valid foundation. Excessive desire and greed are negative desires. Those kinds of desires are not based on valid reasons and often create trouble and complicate one’s life. So we can say that positive emotions have a firm and valid foundation, and the negative emotions lack this valid foundation.

  1. Wisdom Factor – Our positive state of mind can act as antidote to our negative tendencies and delusory state of mind. The cultivation of certain specific positive mental qualities such as Patience, Tolerance, kindness and so on can act as specific antidotes to negative states of mind such as anger, hatred and attachment. Applying anti- dotes such as love and compassion can significantly reduce the degree or influence of mental and emotional afflictions. In order to fully over- come all of these negative tendencies, one must apply the antidote to ignorance – ‘Wisdom Factor’. The wisdom factor involves generat- ing insight in to the true nature of reality.
  2. Meditation – Mind of clear light – Essential nature of mind is pure. It is based on the belief that the underlying basic subtle consciousness is untainted by the negative emotions. This is achieved through Med- itation.

Therefore by these three methods mental and emotional afflictions ultimately can be eliminated through deliberately cultivating antidotal forces like love, compassion, tolerance and forgiveness, and through various practices such as meditation.

LOVE THY LIFE: –

We have a longing for joy, love, and beauty that no amount or quality of food, sex, friendship, or success can satisfy. We want something that nothing in this world can fulfill. Isn’t that at least a clue that this “Something” that we want exists. This unfulfilling longing, then, qualifies as deep, innate human desire,and that makes it a major clue that there is GOD, who operates our life. Some people believe that beauty and love are just biochemical responses, in the pres- ence of great art and beauty we inescapably feel that there is real meaning in life, there is the TRUTH and JUSTICE that will never let us down, and love means everything.