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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Osho Nourishing the Ego!


Friends, please reflect on these wonderful words of OSHO ….

“….The mind is not interested in the obvious. The mind is not excited by the simple, because deep down, the mind is nothing but your ego, and the nourishment of the ego comes from the challenge of the far away. The more arduous, the more torturous, the more difficult an achievement is, the more the mind becomes fascinated. It is ready to go to the farthest star, not even bothering what it is going to get there….that is irrelevant….

I remember a remark by Edmund Hillary, who was the first man to climb Everest, the highest mountain in the Himalayas. When he came down, the entire world’s media was interested to know what his experience was and what he had gained. Before him, for almost a hundred years, hundreds of mountaineers had destroyed their lives in the same effort of achieving Everest. Edmund Hillary could not answer.

For a moment there was silence, and then he said, “Just because it is there, a challenge to humanity …that was enough for me to risk my life. I have not gained anything, I have not experienced anything…!”

The truth is, whenever I think of Edmund Hillary standing on the Everest, alone, he appears to me to be embarrassed, utterly idiotic. And in fact he did not stay there longer than two minutes. For those two minutes he risked his life. This will give you an insight into the human mind and its workings. That which is available cannot be made an achievement. And that which is not available, the farther away it is, the more nourishment there is to the ego.

The obvious, that which you already have, has no interest at all for the mind. That’s why millions of people have lived on the earth and missed their own being. They traveled far and wide, world travelers – Marco Polo, Columbus – they tried to conquer the whole world, like Alexander the Great. But they forgot one thing ….they have not even known themselves; therefore, the question of conquering does not arise….”

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Reflections



After his evening talks, Gautam Buddha used to tell his disciples, "Now go and do the last thing before you go to sleep."  For his disciples, ‘The last thing before going to sleep’ was the meditation, so all the disciples used to get up and leave for meditation.
One day it just happened that a prostitute and a thief were also in the audience and when Buddha said, "Now it is time for you to go and do the last thing before you go to sleep," the thief simply thought that the Buddha has endorsed his business. He told himself, "What am I doing here? This is the time to do my business before I go to sleep!”
The prostitute also looked around and thought, “The Buddha is really very perceptive, because when Buddha said this, he was definitely looking at me. So, I must  go and do my business before I go to sleep!" She bowed down and left in a hurry…!

Moral of the Story …

Friends, a simple statement, but three different people perceived it as three different meanings. In fact, there could also have been many more meanings, because even if the message is the same, what was heard and perceived could not have been the same. Generally, simple things are made complicated, the obvious is forgotten and taken for granted. Most of the times, one avoids thinking about it.

Friends, why do we call things ‘objects'? ‘Object' simply means, that which obstructs, hinders, prevents. Our mind is conditioned for certain perceptions, hence it is like an object, it is a barrier, hence one cannot move further beyond its conditioning. Mind is like an object, like a wall and not like a door.
The one who is like a mirror, pure, unreflective, centered in itself in deep blissfulness, only can perceive life in a right perspective. Life comes and goes but one’s mirror-like awareness remains eternally. One’s consciousness is the only thing in the whole of existence which never changes.

Have a Blissful Day, Today & Everyday Friends!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

10 Life Changing Tips Inspired By M K Gandhi


Here are ten of my favorite life changing tips inspired by one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century - Mohandas Gandhi.

1. You Can Change The World

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world."

2. Think Positive

"A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes."

3. Cherish Life

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

4. Don't Give Up 

"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win."

5. Practice Compassion

"An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind."

6. Live In Harmony 

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."

7. Forgive

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."

8. Meditate

"I have so much to accomplish today that I must meditate for two hours instead of one."

9. Serve Others

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."

10. Live Life To The Fullest

"In a gentle way, you can shake the world."

Published May 8, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Published May 8, 2012 at 4:00 PM
About Robert Piper 
Robert Piper is a meditation instructor, happiness enthusiast and creator ofmonkinthecity.com. He studied with a Taoist monk for nine and half years, and traveled extensively to Asia and Australia in search of other meditation teachers. He has spent nearly a decade researching, studying and collecting information on various meditation systems of Asia. Robert is currently in the process of writing a book on meditation to make the topic more accessible for stress relief, health, and happiness.

Maturity!



A small boy with a penny clutched tightly in his warm little hand entered a toyshop. As soon as he saw various toys, he started driving the salesman to distraction asking him to show this and that and everything…. He was unable to make up his mind on any of those toys.

“Look here, my boy” said the storekeeper finally, “What do you want to buy for a penny …the whole world with a fence around it?”

The boy thought for a moment, smiled and then replied, “O.K. Let me see that …!”

Moral of the Story ….

Friends, most of us are like that small boy.
To grow old is not to grow up, to become old is not to become mature. Maturity has nothing to do with the age at all. Maturity has something to do with becoming more and more conscious, more and more silent, aware, becoming more and more watchful of what one is doing and why, where one is going and why.
Friends, maturity comes through understanding the difference between that which is possible and that which is not possible.

Have a Great Day Friends!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

First Parent the Child in You- Swami Sukhabodhananda


Parent the child in you first




Swami Sukhabodhananda


Teach yourself and parent yourself for there is a child in you, which needs to grow up.

Then you can empower your children also. Be like a player; when the opponent takes the ball, he goes after it like a game with a challenging attitude. Life is like a game. Play it wisely and enjoy it. Treat problems like a challenge. In the midst of a challenge, your body, mind and sprit should be alert and alive. One should be more enthusiastic in the midst of a problem, like a player.

If you study the life of powerful people, you will realise that they knew how to convert their hurt or humiliation to their benefit in a pro-active way. Hence, it is imperative for parents to imbibe in the growing children, the art of being pro-active and not reactive. This is a very important value to be inculcated.
Those children to whom the art of being pro-active is not taught, reaction becomes a habit even for insignificant incidents in life and such children start majoring on minor things.

One person, who took part in one of my workshops at Mumbai, got married to his fiance after about eight years of courtship. Once, after four months of getting married, the husband reprimanded his wife for waiting for a bus at the bus shelter late at night. The husband was concerned about the welfare of his wife and therefore scolded her for standing alone at the bus stop and that too late in the night. The lady, got so upset, that as soon as she reached home, she locked herself in a room, consumed poison and committed suicide.

The above is a real incident from the life of one of my students. If reaction is your habit, you start majoring on minor things. So, it is very important, that parents teach children how it is a healthy asset to be pro-active and how it is a liability to be reactive. This should be taught with examples and the best example is in the parents walking their talk.

Another important dimension that a parent should teach children is to make them understand that just putting 100 percent effort is not enough in life.
In the Indian culture, we say ‘Prayatna’ (effort) and ‘Prarthana’ (prayer). Both are necessary. One may put in 100 percent effort but the final result depends on a factor called grace. 

Despite 100 percent effort, finally what does the magic is a factor called grace. The atheist only believes in effort. There are some people, the so-called religious people, who believe only in prayer.

You need to amalgamate both effort and prayer. The moment you understand that there is a factor called grace, then you become sensitive to help from the invisible hand. So this is an important value you should sow in your child.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Osho: Are You Contented?


Dear Friends, please reflect on these beautiful words of Osho …

Contentment is possible only through Inner Growth …

“…Discontentment is human, contentment is divine. It is the great privilege of human being to be aware of discontent, which means there is a possibility to grow towards contentment. But very few people make any effort towards inner growth. Their whole life is rooted in misunderstandings.

People think, if they have a bigger house or more money or more power or more prestige, if they become famous, then they will be contented. That is sheer nonsense. How can a bigger house make you contented? You will remain the same. In fact, when you are in much discomfort you don't feel much discontent, because your whole energy is involved in fighting with discomforts. 

That's why poor people don't feel so much discontent but rich people feel discontent.
A person who is hungry thinks only about bread and a person who is naked thinks only about clothes, but a man who is well-fed, starts thinking, 'What is this life all about? Why am I here at all?' Such a person starts thinking about the meaning of life and only then a turning point is possible….

Nothing on the outside can ever make you contented. Contentment is possible only through inner growth. Inner growth gives you clarity, transparency and slowly you become a mirror. You start reflecting things as they are and at that moment the growth starts. Your consciousness is becomes richer, more intense, more alive. And it is only through that growth that one day you start touching the world of the divine.

…And that is our ultimate goal, that's what we are all seeking. And unless it is achieved there is no bliss, no benediction, no meaning in life. Meaning happens in life only when god enters in you. Only then there is meaning in life …great meaning …. eternal meaning….!”

Have a Great & Meaningful Day My Friends!!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Inner laziness





The inability to learn something new is a part of inner laziness. Mind is leaking its energy with all its worry and anxiety. If one does not put the wise effort to stop it, then it shows there is inner laziness. Most of us are tired more from mental worry than physical work. When one learns to be happy there is overflowing energy which gives delight rather than leakage. Whenever you overflow, you share and expand. When there is leakage of psychological energy you shrink and struggle to survive.
Oh, Mind Relax Please !

Pattern of Life !


The quality of life depends on one’s mind. 

Ultimately it is one’s attitude. 

Most of the times we suffer because of our wrong attitude, our wrong mind. We suffer because we have cultivated a suffering mind. If we create a blissful mind, only bliss will follow.

Everything can be reduced to one’s attitude, to one’s approach towards life. Life can be a source of suffering or bliss… it depends on how one interprets it. 
One has to remember not to go on interpreting life negatively and start interpreting positively.

Even in the darkest night one should go on searching for a star and it is always there. In fact, the darker the night, the more are the stars, the more brilliant they are. 

One should not look at the darkness, but look at the stars, and only then one can see that the darkness is not against the stars. But it gives a contrast, it is complementary. That’s why we don’t see the stars during the day, the day is against them but the night is in total support. 

Death is in support of life.

One should never look for the wrong; if one looks, then it is there. Then the stars start disappearing and there remains only darkness and suffering and hell. One has created it!

If one looks at the stars, the meaning of the darkness is transformed. The darkness becomes the very mother of the stars. The one who can see darkness as the very mother of light, that consciousness that can see nothingness as the source of all, those eyes that can see the thorns as protection for the rose, are religious.

Once one starts looking at the positive in life, all negativity disappears. The things are still the same but a new gestalt, a new pattern arises in the life.

Have a Great Day Today & Every Day Friends!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Gratitude for Past. Plan for future



A king was once passing by a nursery that belonged to a poor gardener. It was the most beautiful way to the palace. The king stopped his horse and looked at the poor gardener. Although many a times he had passed that place, today he could not contain his curiosity. 

The man looked so old and yet he was preparing small plants and working the whole day on those plants. Those were in fact, the saplings of huge trees which at least would take one hundred years to grow and bloom. The lifespan of those trees is also very long.
So, the king was little puzzled thinking, “This old man himself looks more than hundred years old. How can he expect to enjoy the flowers and fruits of these trees? Why is he working so hard in the hot sun at this age?”

The king approached the old man and said, ”I watch you every day, and I see how hard you work. I want to ask you a question. Are you sure you will be able to see the flowers and fruits of these plants?”

The old man laughed and humbly said, ”No Sir, I will not be able to see the flowers and fruits of these plants. But do you see those huge trees, thousands of years old behind my hut? They are the similar kind of trees. They provide me flowers and fruits!”
The king said, “I couldn’t understand you. Please answer my question.”

Then man said, ”If my parents and forefathers had also thought that they would not be able to get the benefit of the plants which they nursed, there would not have been those trees today. I am not thinking about myself. I am thinking about my forefathers and also about my future generation, as I owe them something.”

The old man further said, ”If my forefathers were so patient and happy to think that the future generation whom they could never know, would enjoy the fruits and the flowers ….Do you think I am a worse human being than my forefathers? Can’t I think also of someone, far away in the future, being thankful towards me …?”

The king wrote in his biography, “The old gardener has shocked me with his patience, with his infinite unconditional love, compassion and trust.”

Friends, somebody, some day, is bound to see the flowers and fruits of the saplings which we plant today!