Vacuum; the low after all highs

Dear readers,

I am very happy to connect with you all today, most especially because I launched my first book last week and all things been equal it should be released next month, fingers crossed. Believe me when I say, I have spent almost half of my existence on this planet putting the pieces that make that book up. I do hope is serves it purpose and helps those in need of guidance.

That been said what are we going to discuss today?

This morning while doing my mantra meditation, my mind took a quick “break” and in that split second a couple thoughts flew in.

  1. What is that special “feeling” that creates such an attraction between two people down here that makes us forget who we are?
  2. If our spiritual essence is all blissful and all knowledgeable and yet we are caught up in this mix of material existence, then its either we are easily influenced as living entities or the material nature is very strong.

Just after these thoughts, I tried to bring my mind back to the mantra meditation I was doing but they kept haunting me. Hours later as I prepare to write my blog for this week, I am torn between presenting this thoughts in an “unfiltered” manner, just as they rummage my mind or to refine them and present them as a polished finished thought process. I felt I’ll rather go with the latter.  The whole point of writing is to be real, authentic and genuine. To connect with people without filters and to share ideas, insights and thoughts with people in a manner that helps them see beyond the physical, hence the name metaphysical perspective. Everyone in this material is searching for that one person who completes them and makes them feel special. Some people try to find this person in a friend, a spouse, a family member etc.

Often times our search doesn’t yield much and even when it does, we can’t spend eternity with them, because death snatches them away and we are left all lonely and then vacuum sets in. As a teenager and even till this day I write poetry and the theme is always love but that of intense love in separation, usually of a lover not there or of one who is broken hearted. I shared these poems a few times with people and once half way through, a friend of mine paused and said “who did this to you?” I asked; what? He pointed at my poem and looked at me saying “I mean this, who hurt you this bad bro? These words strike a deep chord with me, I can feel them as if it were me.” He was in for a shock when I told him they were just my inner thoughts and not based on actual events in this life.

Well years later with more understanding of certain spiritual truths, I have come to see where those deep yearnings came from. The real self, deep down cannot stop searching for the Supreme Lord and that was why no matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t write about something else. The interesting part is that there is more to this feeling of vacuum. I have seen the lives of very rich, successful and famous celebrities, who have it all and then the next thing we hear is they died of substance overdose or suicide or fell in a depression. It beats me hollow every time. So with all that money, fame, glamour etc., you were still not happy? Why? In front of the cameras we can put up a fake smile, we can show off our flashy lives on social media and all that fun stuff, however when we go to bed at night, when no one is watching, far away from the cameras and paparazzi, reality kicks in. The soul languishes in pain and cries bitterly. Maybe you may have experienced it. Our eyes cannot stop shedding tears and we feel really heavy on the inside and we don’t even know where the pain is coming from.

It is at this critical moment we should pause and reflect. During moments like this, when our soul is tired of pretending and living a life that doesn’t reflect its true nature, we need to wake up and do the needful. When our pain is unbearable and all the fences we have built to shield ourselves from reality are down, we need to wake up and do the needful. Suicide, substance abuse are all just temporary escape routes to hide from these nights of reality that hit us hard. We can run and hide but not for long. That vacuum won’t fill up, no matter how much we try to, especially if we are using the wrong things to fill it up.

There are days I sometimes catch myself fighting such pain, thinking and rethinking. Then I remember that I am blessed by the best and shouldn’t settle for anything less. I am the eternal servitor of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and as such He definitely has my back. He just wants to know that I trust him enough to let go and let him fill up all and every type of vacuum in my life. Letting go is not something we are accustomed to because we always fear the worst might happen. Fear is born of ignorance and because we do not really know the capability of the Lord, we are in ignorance which in turn brings fear.

You can be rest assured that you are not alone, and that there is always help around us if and only if we are ready to access it. Most importantly is the fact that there is help right within us, if we decided to connect on a deeper level beyond all superficiality. The Lord is sitting right inside our hearts beckoning on us to turn towards him, even for a second and connect deeply. We have to become like whales in the ocean, they swim deep down. We have to go deep in our relationship with the Supreme.

Till next week, do have a blissful week ahead. Share, and follow for more.

PS; Image credit doesn’t belong to me.

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Festival of Life

Dear readers,

It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to share with you all once again yet another interesting blog today. Last weekend was filled with fun activities, lots of people and a very busy schedule. Many people had a great time with the festival of colours and the inner child in everyone was let loose.

During this period of festivity alongside having to manage schedules and see that the guests that were visiting were getting the service I was allocated to do; on time, I had some quite thoughtful realizations. There is a famous artiste who mentioned in one of his songs that “life is one big party when you are still young, but who’s going to have your back when its all done.” Similarly, just like a real party, the party of life also has its different stages.

Stage 1. Planning: Usually before a big event a lot of energy is put into planning and preparing in order to be able to achieve all that we set out to do. We try to make sure that we have everything in place to guarantee the smooth flow of the event and we make a list of things we need. Life’s party is similar in so many ways. This stage in our lives is the period of youth, when we make a lot of plans and dream about all the great things we want to do, at various points in our lives, usually leaving little or no time in it for God or matters self-realization.

Stage 2. Item acquisition and shopping: When we have dates set out and all that, we often proceed to buy the things we think we need, the things we want and the things we hope our guests would like. We may spend little money or a lot of money depending on our budget. Some of us might even go for an overdraft and empty out our accounts. It’s all a matter of choice.  Similarly in life we also try to acquire different types of education in the hope that this would give us the capacity to achieve our dreams. We spend a lot on various forms of formal or informal education, often times neglecting the real education that we need. We may think we know the type of education we want or need or the type that may help us succeed however if we don’t have proper education about the soul, we sooner than later find out that we have not really learnt much.

Stage 3. The Event: The D-day arrives and we are all pumped up and the anticipation is in the air. We begin to expect visitors. Some show up on time, some late, some don’t even show up at all and some call us to cancel. We however hope that irrespective of the turn up, we can still have a great event. During the event we try to serve everyone as much as we can, sometimes we do and sometimes we just can’t please everyone. We try to see if we can also be a part of the event from time to time without getting lost in the service of attending to people, and at other times we try to socialize. After the event, some guests stay till late, some leave just before it gets dark, and some may even sleep over and then leave the next day. Invariably all the guests leave at some point.  The D-day in our lives is divided into various parts and could be seen from different perspectives. The first part is when we finally get to achieve some of the goals we set for ourselves. Usually we achieve some and sometime we don’t. If we fail to set spiritual goals then we haven’t really lived a fulfilled life yet. The second stage is when we get the “guests” that show up on time (puberty, body growth, etc.), those that show up late (wrinkles, aging, body pains, etc.), those that don’t show up at all (long hidden terminal illness that pop up at the last stages) and those that call us to cancel (repeated sickness, failing body functions etc.) however despites these “guests” we still go on with our life’s party.

Then after the party or at the time of death, we have some guests leave on time (friends usually leave first), then we have those who stay late (intimate friends and distant relatives may be at our death bed a little longer) and those that stay till the next day (close family member who mourn us to the grave and for a few weeks or months after we pass). If we pay so much attention to life’s party without trying to connect to the ultimate spiritual party then when these “guests” arrive we are not prepared to host them.

Stage 4. The Cleanup: This is probably the most difficult part of any party. The mess created after every party, has to be cleaned up. Even if we get a few volunteers, the fact remains that we need to do the greater part as the house belongs to us or at least we are responsible for the cleanliness of the venue.

 At the time of death we may be able to have a good reading at our funeral by many people who might have known us, they may say a lot of nice things, we may even have them read out our achievements or our acts of philanthropy etc.  All these will nevertheless remain here and only a few good merits from these activities go with us to the next life. These so-called good merits are in themselves things that bind us further. If we have failed to do the most benevolent act which is to save the soul, then we have actually had a party that wasn’t successful.  Thus we need to see and remember that eventually this house (body) we have, would be thrashed up (grow old) and the best cleanup we can do is to give our souls a better place to live in, preferably a body that is free from birth, disease, old age and death.

I hope these few words help us see things better in a broader perspective. Till next week, do read, and follow for more.

Subtle Dependency

Dear readers,

It’s a pleasure to be able to share with you all today yet another interesting topic. I hope you all are faring well.

A couple of days back it rained quite heavily and the wind that accompanied the rain was pretty intense thereby resulting in our power lines shutting down. When the power is down, automatically the internet also is inaccessible. In this little space of roughly 48 hours, a lot of things came into perspective. One of them is the immediate exposure of our total dependence on things that we have “created”. We create things with the intention that they will make our lives somewhat easier, however when these amenities are absent even for a short period of time, we become so vulnerable. This is one clear difference between the living entity and the Supreme Lord. The Supreme Lord is described as Atmaram; one who is self-sufficient.  He is self-sufficient because He doesn’t need anything or anyone to be Himself or to feel complete. We on the other hand; as infinitesimal spiritual living entities, are constantly in search of something to satisfy or complete us.

In one of the ancient scriptures known as the Isopanisads, it is mentioned that the Supreme Person is perfect and complete, and from him comes so many complete wholes such as this cosmic manifestation. Whatever comes from him is also complete in itself, however even though all these complete wholes are emanating from Him, He remains the complete balance. This means that he is not bound by the laws of material nature which subject us to various limitations, because even the laws of material nature function under his sanction and jurisdiction. In our quest to create a “perfect and complete” environment for ourselves here on this planet we have forgotten to take shelter of the Supreme complete person. It is interesting to note that even though we are perfect and complete as spiritual sparks emanating from the Lord who is also perfect and complete, we cannot experience this “completeness” in full until and unless we begin to act in that capacity. The only way to act in full capacity or knowledge of our complete self is to actually realize that we are first and foremost spiritual beings beyond the gross and subtle body.

When we realize this as a fact and thus act in such consciousness then we may aspire to operate on the level of completeness. One of the reasons why our attempts to “recreate” a perfect and complete life here on this planet fails, is because we do not acknowledge the proprietorship of the Supreme person. We feel that everything in this world is meant for our gratification and that we are lords of all that we see and survey. When we actually work with the knowledge that everything animate and inanimate belongs to the Supreme Lord and that we should only take as much as is allotted to us as our quota, then we may hope to achieve this state of completeness. More so, there is a guarantee that comes with acting in such consciousness. It is mentioned in the same upanisad that one may aspire to live for hundreds of years if he acts in such consciousness, because he is not bound by his work. Thus herein lies the answer and secret to living long. Scientist have searched endlessly to no avail for the “fountain of youth” in a bid to prolong or extend life. What they fail to realize is that we cannot discover the “elixir of immortality” in matter or dead substance. We can only get life from life, thus if we desire eternal life why not get it from an eternal source?

We may try to create medications upon medications that may slow down or even hide our aging process, however to tap into the immortality that may people crave so dearly, they must begin to act in proper consciousness of the Supreme Lord, knowing him as the proprietor of all that we see. When the living entity acts in such a consciousness then the mentality to exploit things, people or the resources of this planet automatically diminishes. This is because we cannot exploit something that doesn’t belong to us, if we really acknowledge the ownership. The more we try to exploit the material energy to create a perfect and complete situation here, the more we become frustrated, because for each problem we “solve” we are faced with  ten new ones. A good example is our foodstuff today. There was a time when a man could plant and harvest only the amount of land he could till or get others to help him till and cultivate. If he wanted to get more plants, he had to engage the help of family and friends. Today one man can farm and till a land meant for probably hundreds of people and produce a lot more. This seems very positive and people may wonder what is wrong with such a great positive step in our endeavors as humans. Well with excess comes waste, a couple of years back France put a prohibition on food stores and supermarkets throwing away “unfit food”.

This naturally brings us to the next point, in an attempt to create our own concept of “perfectly shaped and good looking food” we have altered the chemical composition of our food and plants and have created poison which is now exterminating us in droves through the disease called Cancer. A good number of years back, no one cared if the vegetables didn’t look perfectly shaped as far as they were not rotten or spoilt and people had their health intact. Today we have perfect vegetables but very bad health, so what advancement have we really made? How is this perfect and complete?

Just before my reader begins to think this writer is anti-technology or anti-improvement, I’ll like to crave your indulgence by saying I am not and the very proof is I am using one of the inventions of technology to share this thoughts with you. What I speak up about is the exploitation of nature, with disregard and little or no recognition for the proprietor. Without stretching this topic too long I’ll say the last 48 hours gave some time to reflect in the absence of these amenities. I hope we all take time to do so once in a while. Till next week do have a great day ahead.

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Meditation 2

Dear readers,

It’s a pleasure to be able to share with you all once again yet another interesting topic this week, I hope you all are faring well.

Last week I started a discussion on Meditation and I promised that we’ll try to do a second part where by we focus more on “chanting meditation”. In order to be able to fully appreciate this topic I suggest that those of you who are new to yoga or meditation in general, should kindly read Sound Vibration, and the part one to this sequel.

Having said that, let’s take a look at meditation by sound vibration or chanting.

What does it mean to chant? A chant is a rhythmic repeated phrase, usually chanted or shouted by one or more persons in unison. When the chant is of a sacred text then it becomes a mantra. Mantra is a Sanskrit word which means that which liberates the mind. Since meditation is more of a subtle thing than a physical feat it is very important that the practitioner has the desire, ability and training to curtail the excesses of the mind. When we allow the mind to run loose then our meditation is hampered and we find it difficult to attain the desired result we are looking for.

How does chanting meditation differ from silent meditation? As I mentioned in the first part of this blog, in silent meditation we are at the mercy of our mind’s dictate and prancing, if we cannot tame it. Usually many people start out as neophytes on the part of meditation and usually after a while they feel frustrated at the antics of the mind and just give up. They become helpless in the face of the situation and they conclude it is rather impossible to meditate. However if these practitioners can adopt the method of “chanting meditation” not only will they achieve success in their meditation process but they will also achieve the wonderful feat of curbing the mind’s excesses. In this light the major difference between both forms of meditation is that in the silent form of meditation, the practitioner is quiet or silent while in the second form, he does his meditation by using a chant, hymn or mantra.

Is it not distracting to chant while trying to meditate? On the contrary, it help one to focus. One learns to focus initially by concentrating on the words of the hymn, chant or mantra. Then as time goes on, one learns to concentrate on the meaning of the words, each time trying to see how best to exemplify those meanings, and in a more advanced platform one uses the mantra, hymn or chant, as a vehicle or medium to connect with a higher reality. The mantra thus acts as a conduit that transports the practitioner to a realm beyond his immediate physical reality. For gaudiya vaisnava’s who are on a more spontaneous level of devotional practice, the mantra is the wave which they ride in order to be able to fully associate with the Divine couple in their daily meditation of the lord’s pastimes.

What if while chanting I still get distracted in my meditation? This is not a new occurrence and it is bound to happen, the fact that this is happening and you can notice it means that you are beginning to keep track of your mind’s activities. Something that would have been difficult prior or with another form of meditation. The response to this will be to continue to chant while being aware of our chant, gradually with time and more practice the mind becomes steady and accepts the mantra.

Of what benefit is chanting while meditating? The benefits of chanting while meditating are innumerable. First and foremost the chanter gets a lot of spiritual merit for reciting such sacred prayers, hymns, etc. and because he is reciting it in a manner that is audible to others, all those who hear also get benefits. By constantly reciting the mantra, he gets purified of his misdeeds, especially if the mantra is the maha mantra. In addition to this he/she is in a constant contact with the Supreme Lord, because the Lord is non-different from his name or paraphernalia. Thus by chanting while meditating, the practitioner is soon to realize that he is more than just matter and that if he pays more attention to the chanting process, he can very soon identify his true identity.

Must the chant be sacred, can one chant whatever he likes as far as it is repetitive? The mantra has to be of sacred value and substance for it to help our mind, and connect us with the Supreme Lord. Just as it is impossible to quench one’s thirst by simply saying water and by actually drinking water, similarly mere repetition of words cannot help us connect to the Supreme Lord, because those words do not represent him. Moreover, by calling the name of a friend, it is certain that there will be a response, as opposed to saying gibberish and expecting our friend to respond. If we desire to connect to a higher reality way beyond our present reality, if we desire to tap into the waters of transcendental unlimited bliss then the chant has to be of sacred spiritual value. One of such chants is the maha mantra. ( Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare), or whatever chant that represents sacred value in one’s spiritual practice. The Christian can recite the Lord’s Prayer in Psalm and the Muslims can recite Al fatiyah (Bismilai rakmani Rahim).

Invariably the goal is to focus the mind and senses on a higher object and free ourselves of our base tendencies as we meditate and chant.  Meditation and chanting are actually very sublime processes with which we can connect with the absolute truth provided we engage in them with the proper mood and mindset.

I hope this sheds some light on the topic till next week when I shall bring you another topic. Do read, internalize and share. Follow this blog for more and you can now listen to this blog on my podcast(http://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-c2pam-6d5530).

Meditation

Dear readers,

It is a great pleasure to have such a wonderful opportunity to share with you all today, yet another interesting post. As I was going through my previous blogs, I suddenly realized that there is a very important topic I am yet to deliberate on. This topic is no other than the revered subject of  Meditation.

What is Meditation?

This is a process whereby we think deeply or focus our mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation. In as much as this definition does some justice to the word, as a practitioner of Bhakti Yoga, I can’t help but notice that it says “focus the mind”, however the definition doesn’t tell us on what to focus the mind. In previous ages, when people had the ability and the physical attributes required for meditation, it wasn’t uncommon to see many people engaged in meditation. Meditation is one of the eight process of yoga called Dhyana. This is actually the 7th stage of the eight fold process of mystic yoga.  For those who are conversant with the nature of yoga in details, it comes as no surprise to see meditation as the stage before the final stage of “perfection”.

Thus the natural question would be; what about the other 6 stage before this stage. Well in brief they are Yama and Niyama, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhayana, and Samadhi. The natural process would be to follow up the stages through from Yama up to Samadhi. However in our Jet aged society, many people have neither the life span to go through this process nor the mental equilibrium to see it through. In order for one to fully master the eight fold mystic yoga process, which is very arduous, one needs to practice for many years, thousands of years. Unfortunately in this age we do not have such a potential. Nevertheless there is a different kind of meditation recommended for us in this age and it is meditation accompanied by chanting. Before I delve fully in to this part of our discussion I would like to say here that even though meditation as it should be is rarely practiced now, the pseudo form of it that many engage in, still has a lot of benefits.

In a society today, where there is an unending influx of negative energy and vibes, meditation has helped many people to find a safe haven amidst all the chaos. People from different walks of life, of different ages are now seeing the immense value of engaging in meditation. In fact recently there was a video online, on social media that had Hollywood celebrities talking about how meditation had greatly helped them. The other interesting side was the fact that even those we least expect to engage in meditation were also involved. There was an interview where Oprah Winfrey had with popular rap Artist 50 Cent, and he admitted to be engaged in meditation. It came as a shocker to everyone. He (50 Cent) went on to say that meditation had helped him a lot in controlling his emotions. Many corporate individuals are leaning towards meditation now as a form of de-stressing themselves after a stressful day at work.

The advantages of meditation cannot be over-emphasized and for this reason it is safe to say those who engage in it can draw a lot of benefit even if the end result or motive is material or temporary. Now back to the initial point I made, meditation has to be done with a specific goal and object in mind.  The “focus” has to be directed somewhere. New age meditation “gurus say that there is no need to focus on anything, as the process of meditation is in itself self-focusing. This concept is however erroneous, as many of us will remark that when we sit still to “meditate” with little or no focus, two things happen; we either fall asleep or our minds begin to race about. The essence of having a tangible focal point is to help the mind and restrain it from “running wild” by gently persuading it to focus on the focal point/object. If we intend to captivate the mind then we must present to it, an alternative that is most attractive and captivating. We will all agree that in this material world, it is difficult to find something that can sustain the interest of the mind for long. Thus the sane thing to do, is to give the mind that which captivates everyone’s mind. The Supreme Lord is known as the “all attractive one; Krishna”, thus we engage the mind in thinking of the name, form, qualities and pastimes of the lord. This way the restless is curtailed and we can hope to achieve a better meditation process.

There is no gain saying that for one to be able to practice meditation properly there has to be a Guide, not just any guide but a spiritual guide who understands the intricacies of mediation and is not just searching for cheap fame, and money from students in the name of offering meditation. If the guide cannot himself meditate peacefully on the name, form, qualities and pastimes of the Supreme Lord then he cannot fully deliver the meditation process to anyone. The purpose of meditation has been different among various people, and we can say it ranges from the desire to obtain mystic powers and opulence, to the desire to control, the desire to obtain material opulence, or even for the simple reason of keeping the mind calm and at peace.

If the objective is however not geared towards pleasing the Supreme absolute Person, then we are sure to encounter lots of difficulties and even have to repeat the entire process. In this light weather we are engaged in silent meditation or chanting meditation ( I hope to write about this next week), we should endeavor to always remember that the ultimate purpose of engaging in meditation is to place the mind at the lotus feet of the Supreme personality of Godhead, in constant and total absorption.

I hope this sheds light on the subject, till next week do read, internalize, share and follow for more.

If you don’t MIND,Then it doesn’t MATTER

Dear esteemed readers,

I hope you all had an amazing Independence Day celebration last week. My week was intensely busy as I was also involved in a festival a few days after, needless to say it was a grand success.

Last week I was having a discussion with my Father about certain philosophical topics and I was really trying to understand certain things about the human way of thinking, willing and feeling viz a viz the opinion of others. It was at this point in our discussion he made a point or a phrase which kind of stuck. He said “If you don’t MIND, then it doesn’t MATTER.” Now there is a bit of Pun (a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings.) If we look at this statement from the contextual point of view, we can say it means, if you don’t mind (care, bother, worry) about a situation or circumstance, then it doesn’t matter ( it’s not an issue).

This is a simple yet powerful meaning which I must say if applied one will naturally evolve to the much more esoteric meaning. Usually in life we tend to worry so much about stuff that actually aren’t worth worrying about. Often times we worry about how we look, what we wear, and what people say or think about us, etc. The truth of the matter is a good deal of the time, we actually create these situations in our head. However in a scenario where maybe there is an actual situation where there is a second or third party opinion about us, still if we don’t MIND, then it doesn’t MATTER. When we MIND (worry, care, bother) we are actually giving the situation life and feeding it to grow. Such situations need us to “mind” in order for it to thrive.

The second meaning is a lot deeper and more esoteric. There are basically two factors in life; MIND and MATTER. Mind represents all that is subtle and spiritual, while MATTER represents all that is gross and physical. In order for us to grow as spiritual practitioners, we must focus more on the mind than on matter. When we try to cultivate things of the mind then we try to reach or tune ourselves to a higher frequency, while focusing on matter does the opposite. It is worthy to mention here that when we say “if you don’t mind” it is not a way of saying have a carefree attitude. No, rather we are saying give your energy to those things which are worth your energy and time, and those things that can impact you positively, keeping you energized rather than drained. The entire process of spirituality is actually getting to train the mind to focus on the finer aspects of spirituality rather than on the gross things of matter. To the degree that we can achieve this to that degree we actually understand the real meaning of the words “we are not this body”. As eternal spiritual beings we must understand that it is better to be in tune with our spiritual side than with our gross and physical side if we must make considerable advancement.

There are people who have been able to work on this second aspect and have achieved extraordinary feats. They have been described by many names such as yogis, sages, mystics, or simply those who apply the principle of “mind over matter”. We have seen folks who have been able to levitate objects with their mind, all by harnessing the power of the mind. As spiritual practitioners who are on a mission of discovering our original identity and serving the Supreme Lord, we actually desire more than being able to do “amazing feats” with our minds. We actually want to transcend the mind and connect to that which is greater. So when we say “don’t mind” as spiritual practitioners we are saying “go beyond” the mind”. This naturally brings us to the third interpretation.

The third meaning enables us to see things from the perspective of a spirit soul, completely detached from the dualities of material designations. In this light when we “don’t mind”, we actually saying go even further than operating on the subtle-mind platform, go deeper. When we say “then it doesn’t matter”, we mean; by trying to go deeper than the level of mind control we get to the level of spirit soul connection. We then realize that we are souls with a body and not vice versa.

I do understand that there are folks are who are a lot simpler in mind and are not so philosophical and would like to know what way they can apply this principle in their lives in the simplest way possible. To them I say “If you don’t mind the constant influx of desires the mind throws at you, if you don’t mind the constant criticism that come from different types of people, if you don’t mind the natural setbacks we have to face and deal with in life, then you will definitely realize sooner that it doesn’t really matter. There are a lot of things in life that deserve our real and genuine attention; things that add to our growth materially, spiritually and otherwise. If we can learn to red-direct the “mind” to those things that actually “matter” instead of focusing on just “matter” then we can hope to attain some level of peace and tranquility.

In conclusion, I would like my readers to make a concrete effort in identifying those things that actually don’t matter but take up our minds. When we can identify and isolate these things then we can slowly begin to take back control of our lives and there is a one interesting point. Those who operate on this level deeply, begin to amaze and surprise people, because they do not fit into the “regular type of people” any more. Once you stand out then it becomes easier.

Till next week, do read, internalize, share and follow this blog for more.

Surmounting Unreasonable Situations

Dear readers,

I hope you all are faring well; it is great to be here today to share with you all yet another interesting topic.

The topic at hand today may seem pretty straight forward however when scrutinized in the deepest sense of it, one can see that it is very intricate. The first part to getting a thorough grasp of any situation we deem unreasonable is to first ask ourselves; by whose perception is this situation being seen as unreasonable? What we may term as being unreasonable, may be seen by someone else as totally reasonable. So there is a question of perception. It is natural for many of you to start to question this point right away saying, “what does he mean by this?”

Usually when faced with an unreasonable situation our first response is to react accordingly with what we deem as “reasonable” and thus shut out anything else that is opposed to our ideology. Speaking from personal experience I must say that the instance we take a moment to reflect and analyze a situation critically not from our perspective but wholistically, we begin to see through the unreasonableness. My Dad has the habit of saying “it is unreasonable to act unreasonably in a situation we think is unreasonable”. Sounds like a pun, but truth be told many people can’t even tell the difference. I know it sounds kind of contradictory to say that situations which we perceive as unreasonable are due to our perception and then few minutes later, tell you that people cannot tell a reasonable situation apart from an unreasonable one.

Allow me dispel this doubt, by citing an example. To an adult it is unreasonable to run around in one’s underwear and roll about in the sand, but to a kid this is fun and in fact you are missing out if you cannot join in. This is a situation of perception due to difference in ideology. Now should the adult spank the kid or try to give the child a sermon about how to be properly dressed at all times, the effects could be counter-productive and even brew hostility. Both parties here are right in their own perspective and trying to sway one from one side to another wouldn’t help much. With time the kid would grow up and also someday understand that he/she cannot expose themselves in public. This example is quite simple and many of us may have other examples which are a lot more complex and probably even more “unreasonable”.

One strong method to surviving unreasonable situations is to “do nothing”. Yea, coming from someone who is an advocate of being productive and active, doing nothing sounds like a bad advice but in a minute we shall see why. Take for instance you are having your bath, and you are covered in lather and suddenly a known lunatic comes into the bathroom and grabs your towel and dashes out. You have two options, jump out of the bathroom naked, covered in lather and give the lunatic a hot pursuit in the attempt to recover your towel, or just remain calm and stay put in the bath. If you decide to take the first course of action of chasing the lunatic, you have just succeeded in making a lunatic out of yourself. People already know the guy with your towel is a lunatic, but seeing you running around naked, covered in lather, they may also draw the conclusion that you are probably insane too. If you choose the second option, you save yourself the embarrassment by refusing to act unreasonably in an unreasonable situation. This you have achieved by actually doing nothing.

So yes, sometimes life or people may throw situations at us which are seemingly unreasonable but our response to such situations show how much we really want to surmount them. Another aspect to unreasonable situations is what I refer to as the “back door” effect. When we deal with people we judge them based on what they say, do and what we think. In some cases we may also try to extrapolate their words or actions in order to try to “figure them out”. Thus naturally if someone bumps into us on the street, we immediately feel, “he/she is rude and lacks courtesy”. If we however try to see through the “back door” which is the underlying and unseen reason why most things happen we may be lucky to see a lot more. A person who bumps into you in a mall, may have been shoved by someone else from behind unknown to you, they may have tripped on someone’s foot, or maybe they were about to fall down from fatigue or an illness and you happened to save the fall but it appears as if they bumped into you. Seeing through the “back door” is just my own way of saying be more compassionate and try to walk a mile in the other person’s shoe before we try to crucify them.

What if they were actually just being rude and disrespectful? Do we also bump into them in retaliation? Do we hurl insults and curses at them? No, these only add to the unreasonableness of the entire situation and it could degenerate into something really nasty in a very short time. Again we do nothing, and just keep moving, and if it was unintentional, usually the person would apologize. If it was intentional, still we are not a victim, we don’t aggravate the situation and thus we surmount the unreasonable.

Thus a brief recap;

  1. Most unreasonable situations are to a large degree associated with our perception.
  2. Try to see through the “back door” for underlying reasons, thus giving the situation a better look.
  3. Be compassionate
  4. Accept the situation
  5. Do not act in an unreasonable manner, if you cannot tell the difference, Do nothing.

In life most things won’t make sense to many people, at least not when they happen at first and usually it takes a lot of time of reflection and even experience in life to be able to deduce lessons from the events in our lives. How can we learn if we obstruct those lessons by constantly acting in a manner that is also unreasonable?

I hope this sheds some light on the subject, till next week do read, reflect and share. Do remember to follow this blog for more.

 

 

Humans, Elementals, Aliens and Demigods

Dear readers,

It is with great delight that I again share with you all yet another interesting topic on this platform. I Hope you all are faring well.
In previous articles I have made it a great point of duty to share information that helps people in general irrespective of their socio-religious affiliations and to achieve this I have taken great care to divulge things that are easy for everyone to assimilate. Today I shall however go outside my usual circle of operation and divulge a little more about some very interesting topic, one that usually generates a lot of controversy or even conspiracy theories. The million dollar question is; are we alone in this universe or even on this planet? Well believe it or not, the answer is NO, we are not alone. How do I know? There are a myriad of ways to prove the existence of other beings present in our universe and even planet, that are beyond the scope of science but logical enough go be understood scientifically.
I shall start my dissertation by elaborating a little bit more on the most familiar of all the above mentioned beings; Humans. It may come as a surprise to some of you that there are thousands of species of human beings, probably many people only know of white, black and brown humans. Well there is more than just three species of humans. The Eskimos may be seen as brown but do not necessarily fit into the category of brown people from Asia, because we all know they can survive at temperatures that many people cannot. Another interesting fact is, if you take one person each from west, north and south Africa, the chances are you will get three very distinct and different looking people with very different physical attributes even though they are from the same continent.
Besides physical characteristics which science may try to attribute to adaptation and evolution, we can see that there are many other attributes which make us very distinct individual species of the human race. Some human species can do favorably well in hot climates and even have bodies designed to resist heat and ward of radiation while others cant even stand such temperatures. On the other hand we have other species who have become so in tune with nature that they seem to possess abilities which others see as supernatural. I wont dwell too much on human beings as we have enough examples around us to study with our physical eyes and all we need to do is step out of our little bubbles. I shall however spend more time talking about those beings many of us cannot see with our naked eyes, at least until we either develop ourselves spiritually enough to see them or are in their own dimension.
Next on the list are beings called elementals, they are so called because they have bodies which is predominantly dominated by one of the elements and are found to live in that element.
The elements are Air, Water, Fire, and Earth with a fifth Ether. Some categorize them into gnomes, undines, sylphs and salamanders, just another way to describe them as per the elements. Elementals are similar to humans in certain ways and also different in certain ways. Depending on which element they originate from, their attributes also differ. For example elementals of the Earth element are strong, they live long, they possess great wealth, healing abilities and vary in height. Water elementals are elegant, beautiful, possess great wealth, healing abilities, very knowledgeable and can unravel mysteries easily. The air elementals are strong, some are mischievous, rather easy to communicate with as compared to the other elementals, they are good in revealing knowledge which is not easily attained etc.
The fire elementals are very powerful, good teachers, possess healing abilities etc. it is worthy to mention that the above characteristics are just a brief description of their qualities, as to describe in detail their qualities here would be impossible. This is because every elemental is different and unique and each has very outstanding qualities. Now one may begin to imagine that these beings may be very powerful and even superior to human beings, but it may come as a surprise to hear that despite these amazing qualities that the elementals possess, they are still inferior to human beings in the hierarchy of living beings and with the right training and practice they could be seen and even made to carry out different tasks.
Many psychics of the past and even the present have been able to communicate with these elementals and have gained a lot of knowledge from them. Next on our list are Aliens, or at least what people refer to as aliens. Contrary to what is depicted on TV and movies these beings are not all slimy and deformed. However one correct depiction of them is their advancement in technology. The reason been these beings come from realms which are not as conducive as planet Earth and as such need a lot of technology to survive. I know many people feel technology is a sign of advancement but to be honest, the level of advancement of a civilization is the degree to which they are not dependent on technology. If people need technology to do everything then it shows how un-conducive their environment is, and how limited they are. The elementals for example do not need machines to move from place to place and can move at the speed of their mind and thoughts; this is a much superior means of transportation as compared to machines with issues of pollution. (I know this seems contradictory as I said humans are superior to elementals, however the positive side of being human is we can develop abilities too and even surpass them).
It is also a wrong idea to think that there is no life on any other planet in this entire universe just because we cannot “see” them yet. There are so many things we cannot see that exist right before our very eyes, but with the right help we eventually feel their presence or see them. Before the electron microscope was invented, no one would believe that there was a thing called bacteria or even virus, but now we do. If I have to parachute from another planet and land in the sahara desert, I just might leave thinking that there is no life on Earth, because there will be most probably just sand and dust all around. To think that an entire planet exists “vacant” is even contradictory to the laws of science which says there is no empty space, even the most empty of spaces has air and air has microbes, etc.
I would like to take a pause here and let my readers digest these and next week I shall deliberate more on Aliens and Demigods. Till then have a blissful week and do read, like and follow my blog space.

Managing Desires

Dear readers, it is yet another week for sharing wonderful insights on very esoteric topics. I hope you all had a great weekend.
Today we shall discuss on a topic more personal and relevant in our spiritual quest and something we all face practically everyday; the concept of desires.
As living beings with various impressions and contacts with different forms of energy and multi interactions with numerous people we are sure to be subject to a wide range of desires acquired through these various channels. We also live in times when there is always something out there to desire, to want and to long for. The media constantly feeds our mind and we are almost at the mercy of the steady influx of advertisements which further stimulates our thoughts and desires.
Due to the fact that we are entities with desires, one sure factor which we cannot rid ourselves off is the factor of desires. We will always have them, we cannot be “desire less”. Contrary to some school of thought who claim to be able to rid people of their desires by teaching them some “techniques” or meditation process, it is rather more of an irony as the desire to rid oneself of desires is also a desire in itself. Suffice it to say that due to lack of proper understanding of the concept of desires many people have fallen into such cheap traps.
So what is wrong in having desires anyway? Well to be frank there is absolutely nothing wrong in having desires; provided they are selfless and God centered. The average person has many desires run through his mind and consciousness everyday but how many of theses desires have anything to do with pleasing the Supreme Lord or even geared towards that direction. We desire big houses, big cars, big bank accounts, big titles, honorifics and positions, we desire to basically dominate everything that we see or interact with. Why is this so? The intrinsic nature of the soul which is our very core and essence; our true self, is that of one without limitations. So naturally it has the nature to want to do anything it pleases unrestricted. Second and most important reason is because the nature of the soul is that of eternal bliss. Thus the soul is constantly searching for that which will give it unlimited bliss. The only problem is that it does so by trying to connect with limited things.
One cannot find unlimited bliss in objects that are limited in themselves. It would be as though we try to power a torch eternally with cells that last only a few months, futile one would say. Well the sad part is despite the fact that we never seem to derive that unlimited bliss while constantly trying to fulfill our desires, we somehow or the other think if we can just fulfill the next desire maybe, just maybe we can get that bliss unlimitedly. So how does one get this unlimited bliss that I speak so much about?
We have to redirect our desires to an unlimited source,one that is inexhaustible and one that is very similar to our very own nature. This source is no other than the Supreme person from who we have all emanated and so it is only natural that when we dovetail our desires with activities related to the supreme person then not only do we get the satisfaction of fulfilling our desires but we also have the great benefit of pleasing the Supreme being from who we then derive unlimited bliss. By using our desires to please the Supreme being we are sure to get unlimited bliss because the Lord is sure to reciprocate with us and His reciprocation is always more than we can imagine.
One important idea to consider with desires is that they don’t reduce by trying to satisfy them neither can we fulfill them all. Trying to satisfy our endless stream of desires is like trying to put out a flame by pouring fuel. It only gets bigger and bigger and burns with more intensity. Thus naturally we should try to seek the company or association of those who aren’t into the “fueling” business, that is we seek the association of those who know how to redirect our desires not by trying to endlessly fulfill them all but by using them for the satisfaction of the Supreme being.
The explanation given here is the gross form of desires which most of us have and can easily manage, with the right training, attitude and association. However we also have desires which are subtle and beyond what we have usually. This is a lot more difficult to deal with and is what many spiritual practitioners face as obstacles in their spiritual quest.
I will speak about this in my next article, probably a part two of this or a continuation. Till then do have a blissful week ahead.
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PRAYER

Dear readers, it is a pleasure to be with you all once again. I hope you all are faring well. The last week has been pretty busy but quite interesting. I have been able to reschedule my activities and we are in ‘god-speed’.

Today I felt I share a very powerful topic with you all, Prayer. Irrespective of your religious background one thing that is sure is we are all encouraged to pray. Prayer is a form of communication with a divine force, energy or person. Just like we have chats, dialogues, meetings etc. on our physical realm, we also have prayers as a means of conversation beyond the physical. The question is why Prayers?

Besides the obvious fact of communication with the supernatural, prayers have been an integral part of the existence of living beings. In order to get the audience of a respectable personality here on Earth we have to write a letter requesting for “audience”. In this letter we employ the choicest of words and usually speak in a mood of reverence. When this letter gets to the person in question he/she pleased/displeased by the words may or may not grant the audience. In the Vedas we have numerous cases of the Demigods, the administrators of the supreme Lord, offer various prayers to Him in various occasions. Sometimes, they offer a prayer to seek audience, sometimes they offer a prayer to ask for protection, or sometimes just to glorify the Supreme Lord. The previous and present prophets and spiritual teachers have made very conscious efforts to teach us the mood, words and attitude to employ when praying to God.

In the Bible, Jesus Christ taught his disciples how to pray by employing the Lord’s Prayer; Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name…..” It is interesting to note that the introduction of the prayer gives praise to the name of the Lord. For in prayer the name of the Lord has to be employed. It is further mentioned in the Bible that the Lord is present where two or more are gathered in his name. This is also very vital information. First the Lord is non-different from his name and second by calling his name he is personally present. (Of course to the degree we surrender to his name to that degree we feel his presence, or even see him).   The Koran advocates the calling of the names of Allah, and all true Muslims are expected to daily recite his name and glories on their prayer beads. The next question is how should we pray? Well nowadays most people “prey” on the Lord, thus the need to learn from the past and present saints how to pray to God. The idea of going to God with a list to always ask for something is not the best of prayers.  Sometimes some of us even forget to pray until there is something really bad happening in our lives then we suddenly remember God. This is not the best way to make use of such a wonderful relationship.

No doubt it is given that irrespective of one’s material inclinations, weather full of desires, no desires or desiring liberation, one should worship the lord, it is still a 100 times better to worship and pray to the Lord without desiring anything in return. A simple prayer could be; O lord, O energy of the Lord please engage me in your service. This prayer is totally selfless, asking for nothing but to be engaged in the Lord’s service. By rendering service to the Lord the devotee derives great satisfaction because the Lord is equally satisfied by this service. One might ask here, how can there be freedom of expression if one is ‘taught’ how to pray? Well the truth is just like any endeavor in life, one needs to learn the basics and with time when maturity comes there can be spontaneity. There is no harm if we express our feelings in the most genuine manner however if we desire to give real satisfaction to the Lord through our Prayers then we need to follow in the mood of spiritual mentors, prophets etc. They can show us how to pray with a mood devoid of offenses. Thus in order to make quick progress in our spiritual endeavors it is in our best interest to constantly call upon the names of the Lord in our prayers. The Bible says that from dusk till dawn one should call on the name of the Lord.  There is no limit to how many times we should pray. Our prayers should however be genuine, selfless and filled with love. Prayer is the direct contact “number” we have to reach the Supreme Lord. It is free, and the only “Wi-Fi” required is our faith. Unlike other forms of communication, the Supreme Lord is never too busy to answer or “calls” or prayers. He is always on the line speaking to us; the truth is we are the ones rather not listening to him.

I hope this short dissertation on prayer begins to affect our mood towards prayers and how we pray. I hope it motivates us to genuinely pray from our hearts with love and devotion.

Please feel free to share this with family and friends. Till we meet again next week, do have a blissful week ahead.