Stability

Someone said it beautifully that everything is connected.

Human beings differ from others in one thing for sure.

The ability to take decisions. Mind controls what we decide.

Mind, like any other tool, can create or to destroy what it created. Can be manipulated too, for its naive, unless trained.

External factors could stain it, but a conscious mind knows, in time, that wakes it up to be normal again.

Stability is something you need, and more so it’s what your family needs. Stability is something invincible and also invisible. It’s a feeling of safety.

Sometimes, if you are the only earning member, you provide this stability to your family and all your decisions are going to either strengthen it or weaken it.

You give them that safety. The realm of hope.

Take your next five moves calculated well.

Not one should weaken it.

Soul – too deep!

Watching a movie again, or reading a book again almost always presents itself in a new perspective than it was when we first watched or read it.

Soul, a movie that I believe every soul must watch at every stage in their lives – a child, a teenager, young adult, adult, and when older than 50 years, and again if eyesight and grey matter doesn’t give in, after the 80s.

This movie summarizes one’s purpose in life is not about the purpose. It’s living. Appreciating that life is living, not about settling.

“Too deep for a cartoon” – I came across this phrase somewhere, for this very same movie.

Please watch it.

Again, watch it again.

After a few years, watch it again.

Power of Compounding

Here’s one of my favorite maths:

We run with our chores everyday with so much focus(?) that we tend to forget the ground rules of life.

Hard work always pays.

But then some say smart work beats that.

Agreed, but these phrases cannot be ‘blanket’ applied on everything in life.

Some demand hard and deep work, while the other needs smartness. The real ‘smartness’ lies in finding the difference and necessity for efforts.

This poster is a reminder that when we work more than what we can in tiny bits every day, consistently, the result is something that goes off the charts.

Books I recommend on these thoughts:

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  1. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
  2. The One Thing by Gary Keller
  3. Atomic Habits by James Clear

Clear

Sometimes, there is this feeling that we are not progressing in life.

But then again, I think, why is this feeling in the head, first of all?

Where did that creep in from?

Finally, after some empty staring into nothingness, and pondering, I felt almost close enough to satisfaction when this particular clarity set in: that from childhood, in school to be precise, there is this concept of studying in class 1, 2, 3, 4, so on, then write the final exam for the year, and move on.

We are updated, upgraded, moved into the next class and then sit in on its respective exam, and move up.

Like as if we are now clearing up a level in a video game and moving on to the next level.

Clearing up!

That’s why this mindset of “clearing up a level” sticks forever to the mind… it’s how every child is framed and designed to lead the life.

It’s how a college life is designed too. It’s how all the professional level exams are designed. It’s how even some workplaces function – work for few years towards the promotion, rinse, and repeat.

Not denying that all the professional level exams have their own rightful purpose to gauge one’s knowledge, understanding, and expertise before operating on someone, or helping file taxes, or flying a machine that has people’s lives at stake. Nevertheless, this mindset, when wrongly assumed to be the way how our lives are designed at large and if subsequently applied as our everyday compass to navigate our lives – it gets quite dangerous.

Crime, deception, disappointment, loneliness, depression, cast out feeling, nothingness – all creep in – because the world favors only winners.

Only the people who say ‘what’s next?’.

Only the people who moved on to the next level often gets remembered. There are billions of random regular guys out here in the world who gets ignored. There is nothing unique, except they are some random unique number for statistical population counts.

Life is not about clearing up levels, I guess.

It’s all about learning, loving, living, and failing in all of those three areas and then trying all over again.

To pass in life, we need to fail. We need to consecutively fail at many things. There is no such thing as success in life – it’s just the way of life.

But failure, it changes one’s mindset. Failing is the actual “clearing up”!

So, one could start anew, fresh. Success often gets with it a companion called “ego” – and a baggage – called “keeping up with it” or “living up to it” to eventually go for the next success. To maintain that image.

But failure has no baggage, no requests. It shouldn’t be seen as ’empty’, but conceived and perceived as ‘void’, where all that creation happens. Where value is born.

If adding up more trophies, more accolades, more certificates, more friends, more wealth is defined to be the success in this worldly life – then the natural losing and deduction of things, people, material things from our lives is how our lives are designed.

In the end, only one question remains – what did we do with our lives? It doesn’t have to be world-changing. Or leaving a dent in the universe.

Even if a child giggled because of you, consider your presence as “priceless”.

Nobody’s assurance is needed to feel your worth. Your heart knows it. That’s all it needs, that’s all it matters.

Failing is the new clearing up to move to the next level, not the success.

Try again. Fail again. But fail better.

“to become whole, first let yourself be broken!” – Lao-Tzu

Seeing

Look. See. Observe. Gaze. Watch.

How does it matter if you are looking, but are not taking ‘in’ the information, that ‘needs’ to be taken in?

Regardless of the situation¬†that we put ourselves in, if we learn to ‘see’ without labeling things, or events, or situation, or people as something, that our first hunch says, more information tends to flow in.

We tend to let that come in, without sticking a post-it note on ‘that’. So it could reveal what it has to – without our effort.

Next time, I need to understand something better, I will have to see, forgetting the name of the thing I see.

 

Who is God?

WhatsApp forwarded messages are a nuisance.

It takes away our precious time, energy, cognition and our conscious thinking powers. Sometimes, it takes away our ‘today’ into some distant memories, conflicts, and thought-processes which are seldom useful for our current life situations.

However, there is always a gemstone found among common stones, it just takes time to find one. Sometimes, it simply shines among the rest.

Today, I came across one such video from Mahatria Ra, Infinitheism. Below is the rough script from the video that I could write up listening to the video:

Who is God?

If there is an effect, there must be a cause.

There is nothing to discuss, like the Rig Veda says, we don’t what it is, but we know it is. If there is an effect, there must be a cause. There are creations around me, so there is a creator.

That brings us to the most important question to ask, who is this God?

The second law of cause and effect. Effect is nothing but “cause” itself in a different form. In a different manifestation.

The creator is embedded inside the creation.

Aren’t the sun rays the sun in a different form? Isn’t the gold necklace, gold in a different form? Aren’t the creations, the creator Himself in a different form?

Aham Brahmasmi!

I am the Brahman.

I am the creator.

I may not have been awakened until the point where I am able to see the divine manifestation within me yet, but as Bible says, God created the human being after his own image, which means, in essence, in every Jeevatma, there is some extract of the Paramatma which is deposited.

Effect is nothing but cause itself in a different form.

This explains the culture of this land, where they tell you everything should be worshipped.

People who do not understand the culture of this land, always say, in Hinduism, there are more Gods than people. But that is not what Sanatana Dharma prescribed or explained to us.

So, are we saying that God is omnipresent?

Yes.

If so, is the God there in our parents?

Yes.

In every creation, the Creator is embedded. In every form, the formlessness is present.

After all, in the presence of the formlessness only the form functions, otherwise it does not function. So in my parents also the formlessness is present, then God is present in my parents, which means our parents are God, and we must worship them.

Is it present in our children?

Yes. Then even children must be worshipped.

Is it there in your spouse?

The spouse must be worshipped.

Is it there in our money?

Oh definitely there is! Lakshmi! Money too should be worshipped then.

Is it there in my books? Yes, Saraswathi! Must be worshipped!

Is it there in the equipments, yes! Durga! Must be worshipped!

That is why, in this one country, even name board is worshipped. Bike is worshipped. Bulls, buffaloes, and cows are worshipped, because we say that the creation is nothing but the Creator embedded!

If you say, the effect is nothing but cause itself in a different form, which means every creation is the creator in a different manifestation, then in what the creator is not there?

When the creator is in everything, what cannot be worshipped?

Is it there in the moon? Yes, worship it.

Is it there in the sun? Yes, worship it.

Is it there in the stars? Yes, worship it.

Is it there in the fire, air, water, space, earth, yes, worship everything.

Is it there in the snake, tree, rivers, mountains, valleys – yes worship everything!

And he had the courage to ask this question – is it there in You?

Yes, even in me, the formlessness is there, that is why I am functioning, because in the absence of which I will not function.

So as long as you’re breathing, God is beating inside you, worship thyself to Aham Brahmasmi – not out of any arrogance for who I am, but out of reverence to who is inside me. Not who I am, who is within me is worshipped.

So, when I bow down to you, I am not bowing down to your M.B.B.S, CA, Money, I am bowing down to the divine presence within you.

That is why it said, I in spirit, and you in spirit are one and the same. I respect the God in you and please respect the God within me.

We may be playing all the fool outside, but deep inside, there is a divine presence.

Meditation

To each, his own.

Meditation is observation.

It’s to liberate oneself from mind, intellect, and ego.

Body, if left alone, either sleeps (if we possess consciousness) or dies (cells die) where we no longer are conscious within the realms of the body.

Having worked with taxation for quite a number of years, I have worked with States and Forms, but little did I realize that Meditation too is to work with states and forms, but in this case, it’s to go beyond forms, and states. Sorry, this pun was an intended one.

Some say to focus on the breath. That’s correct although that is not all. It’s the gate through which one passes to the formless state.

It’s to shun the senses (mind). Discard any knowledge (intellect). Not to get into friction with anyone (even the thoughts (ego)).

The vital thing to realize is we don’t pass or go into some far away plane. The journey is inward.

The worst thing is that all these words above are said and used by people whose count is in billions for so many years and have been passed on as routine; the words can convey only so much leaving the rest to an individual to travel on his own.

The experience is unique to everyone just like the fingerprint.

meditationTo each, his own.