Saturday, February 26, 2011

Insights Of Love

Insights Of Love   
-Sri Sri Ravishankar
Love is your nature.

In the process of its expression, you often get caught up in the object. This is when your sight is caught outside. To return back to your nature, you need insight.

Pain is the first insight.
It takes you away from the object and turns you towards your body and mind.

Energy is the second insight.
A bolt of energy brings you back to your Self.

Divine Love is the third insight.
A glimpse of Divine love makes you so complete and over rules all the relative pleasures.

Trance is the fourth insight.
An elevation of consciousness and partial awareness of the physical reality around is Trance.

Non-dual existence, that all is made up of one and only one, is the fifth insight.

When love glows, it is bliss,
When it flows, it is compassion,
When it blows, it is anger,
When it ferments, it is jealously,
When it is all Nos, it is hatred,
When it acts, it is perfection,
When love Knows, it is ME!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Desire and Duties

Desire gives us pain whatever the desire maybe. The freedom is when we are desire free. Its strength, its power and it happiness.

Desire should not be confused with a goal.

A goal is not the same as a desire, and this is an important distinction to make. You can have a desire you don't intend to act on. But you can't have a goal you don't intend to act on.
-Tom Morris

When people are troubled, I tell them to let go of desires and concentrate on your duties.

Whats my duty? I ask myself this question and life is simplified, focussed and responsible.

Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation.
Teilhard de Chardin

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Immigrant Indian

I have been a different Indian from childhood, mostly influenced by my parents I guess. As a child I saw neighbors, Dad's colleagues and friends fight out at the work place to have a trip to "abroad". He would never be part of that race. If it was work he would go and if there were people fighting in the fray he would let them go and just focus on his work. All he cared was to excel in work. He loved to travel but not the kind of "craze for abroad" people had.

When I got to see it in my work place, I too had a similar attitude, it was so natural. Also I have deep sense of awareness and spiritual inclination imbibed from my parents. I do love the fact that travel opens up a different dimension in us and we look forward to it but the craze of going "onsite" as it is in the IT field, was never in me. I focussed on work!

I met my husband who was such, he studied in the US and came back because he wanted to be back in the country. He travels a lot as his work makes him do so....goes too all places around the world but India is home.

US was always the top in the list people would want to go. I did travel many times due to work and happened go to Japan and the experience is unforgettable but very few Indians would want to.

I always wondered why people had this ambitious need to go out of country, more to prove something to their friends or relatives or themselves. I would want to go to know another place, to meet people and have a good time. Thought through the years I understand that most of the Indians are wired to be so, and I have not understood exactly why but accepted that its part of the game here. And if I see that it has helped the country in many ways too!!

Today I had an appointment at the passport office for my daughter's passport application. When we were through the process which took an hour and bit, I asked her "Which is the first country you would want to travel?" To which she answers "America" I was in a dizzy for a moment. I asked her couldn't you think of another country like Japan. She is a 6.5 yrs smart, diplomatic kid and immediately told "yes its Japan" but I began to wonder "maybe its there somewhere in the blood, the genes...the US thing" :D

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Change the vision

There was a millionaire who was bothered by severe eye pain. He consulted a galaxy of Medical experts; he consumed heavy loads of drugs and underwent hundreds of injections.   
But the ache persisted with greater vigor than before. At last a monk who has supposed to be an expert in treating such patients was called for by the millionaire. The monk understood his problem  and said that for sometime he should concentrate only on green colors  and  not allow  his eyes to fall on any other colors. The millionaire got together a group of painters and purchased barrels of green color and directed that every object his eye was likely to fall on was to be painted in green color just as the monk had directed.                                                                                 
When   the   monk came to visit him after a few days, the  Millionaire's  servants ran to him with buckets of green paint and poured it on him since he was wearing red. They were eager to prevent their master from seeing any other color lest his eye ache came back.                         
Hearing  this the  monk  laughed and  said 'If only you had purchased a pair of green spectacles, worth  just  a  few rupees, you could have saved these walls and trees and pots and all other  articles and also could have saved a large share of his fortune. You cannot paint the  world green.'
Let us change our vision and the world will appear accordingly. Instead of trying to shape the world, let us shape ourselves first!