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Monday, May 30, 2011

Lessons of Higher Consciousness



In this post, I wish to share few lessons of Higher Consciousness. And when I say lessons, these are not observations of myself - a single individual but by a group of individuals, for lessons can only be appreciated by a collective approach to understand them. I invite you to read, participate and comment on them. The process of learning is an eternal one and your comments will definitely help us learn more from our experiences.  

Lesson # 1
We are not here on earth to struggle for a satisfying existence, or just exist aimlessly to the whims of our destiny. The Vedic view is that cessation of all misery is the purpose of human birth.This can be achieved only through complete liberation of our consciousness. Good and evil, happiness and misery only exist in the mind of the observer. The conditioning of the mind is dictated by the manner in which we live. No one on earth can live a self-indulgent, indiscipline and want-on life and hope that this lifestyle will not affect his state of mind, for it would impact all his perceptions and circumstances.


Even our subsequent departure from this world would not alleviate our distress, because the cycle of birth and death is endless. Only Self-knowledge can free us from miseries. Self-knowledge can be achieved by living right. According to the Vedas, there are four values that are to be cultivated by any individual for living right.That is, there are four main purposes to human life. They are: Moral perfection, worldly attainment, fulfillment of legitimate desires and liberation. The first three values have meaning only when they are aimed at the fourth one. Only when the major aim is liberation, can an individual remain centered while following the other three tenets, else he may tend to become arrogant, greedy, power-hungry and immoral.

Lesson # 2
We live a life of moral perfection when we live in tune with our real Self, thereby always being in tune with the rhythm of life. We discover how to function in an optimum manner, and have the full support of Providence to evolve because Nature is always inclined towards progression. This is also known as 'the righteous way to live'. Our behavior then becomes constructive, life enhancing and appropriate. When we have a harmonious relationship with the Universe, it provides for all our needs. Whatever is required to make our lives satisfying, unfolds spontaneously. We are always in the flow of harmonious relationships and supportive circumstances. But we should also cultivate the faith that whatever is showing up is for our highest good. Impatience does not have spiritual virtue. With unshakable faith in God, we should be joyous and enthusiastic always.

When our life-enhancing, legitimate desires are fulfilled, life is fulfilling, enjoyable and we can devote ourselves to higher learning and practice. As spiritual beings we have this ability to have our desires fulfilled by gentle intention. We do not have to apply great effort or struggle to have them fulfilled. As our awareness increases we are naturally in a state of fulfillment. We only need to acknowledge our desires and have complete faith that they will be soon fulfilled.

Lesson # 3
As spiritual beings we cannot be satisfied only by living a life of contentment, worldly attainment and having our desires fulfilled. Without spiritual unfolding of our consciousness, we would always remain disgruntled and despite the fulfillment of the first three ideals, we would still be prone to getting waylaid. The first three practices make our lives satisfying so we can devote ourselves to the fourth and most important ideal. All four resolutions are interrelated and work in conjunction. We can demonstrate commitment to spiritual practice by making it the focal point of our lives. All actions and thoughts should be conducted from that platform. As we keep progressing on our path with full dedication, we are forever assured of a graceful life.


More to come...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Dignity March


Rachel closed her eyes, and was gasping for breath. The letter she was holding in her hand was the last that Albert wrote to her. She struggled to breathe normally, her pulse rate was high, and she could feel her heartbeat. She thought about how she put Albert repeatedly through emotional pain - with her blatant lies. The painful days after every discovery of her ways of life, were blur to her now. Now, what she has done is beyond repair. Rachel, slowly turned over the envelope, and opened it. She pulled out the letter, and immediately stuff it back. She was fragile, and did not have the guts to read through the letter.

She started breathing heavily, as if she needs to catch up with her pounding heart. Well, the very least she could do to understand the pain she has put Albert through was to read the letter. That is all that she has to go through. She pulled out the letter... 

Dear Rachel,

Our relation has been a gripping portrayal of my courageous struggle to deal with a vicious cycle of your conscious prejudice. It is the journey of how my tolerance is sniped at both by your acts of indecency and desire to live an imposturous existence. I approached our relation as a temple of trust, seeking refuge from the falsehood all around me. Ultimately the trust I sought was met with revelations that the differences that blind us both actually span a far smaller divide than we could have ever recognized. Yet, your intention not to reveal widened the gap, which underlines the clich├ęs influencing your sensibility of and respect for my emotions.

Continued...
P.S.: This blog post presents a first view/glimpse of chapter titled 'Dignity March' of my book (not yet published) titled Precocious Truth: Unrequited Love. You may read the prologue for the same here.
Photo Credit: Kelly Kumi

Friday, May 20, 2011

Crucifixion: My Dignity

With my mind full of despair…
And heart full of gloom.

With my fervor melting away…
And apprehensions to bloom.

With my existence sans joy…
And dignity has no room.

With my heart filled with love…
And emptiness to thread my loom.

With my life without you…
     And it is an impending doom.

I...Stand.

                                            - Abhijith  

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sunshine Through My Window



You,

I begin this letter with a bit of hesitation: Should I begin this letter with dear you, or rather stick to just you, I do not know whether I continue to enjoy the privilege to do so, or am I stripped of it? I choose the latter…it represents the necessary you and that will stand forever.

As a child, once spring came around, my mom would throw open the windows to air outside the house and give the place a good scrubbing from the attic down to the basement. While I'm not as much of an enthusiastic for spring cleaning, I do have the urge to clear out clutter and do a bit of cleaning once the weather warms up and the world outside starts turning green again. And it happened every year.

Our lives and relations are similar, we enjoy a relationship…living within closed quarters and need nothing else, completely absorbed by the warmth of it. And when it does not work out…when we throw open the windows; we are lost in transition…absorbed by the dust...painful remains of long structured emotions. We fail to notice the sunshine through the windows, and then we want to close the exposure…remain in our quarters...away from the light.

Life was and is just the same. For a while, I valued our quarters more…life had the same respect for me all through and even now. I learnt… and I shall look through my window…and embrace the warmth that life offers me.  It was the same day then; same day now and it will be same again tomorrow. Yesterday, I failed to realize it. But today, I will not ignore to embrace it.

I realized there's nothing like the freshness that life presents us with … to go along with the fresh breezes of this spring…and I hope it will be a new start this spring…


With dignity,
Me.

Date: Unknown
Location: SFO, USA

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Reflection Theory of an Emotion


Emotions and subsequently relations take birth through communication which is a result of interplay between significant gestures in the form of symbols and appreciation. The most important category of symbols is language. One’s senses and assimilation of such communication are characterized by the processes of understanding the meaning of one’s reflection. I wish to propose a reflection theory of emotion: The reflection of any emotion is the value of appreciation needed to maintain a relation, if it exists.

If relation does not exist, then the value of such an appreciation is the effort needed to create one. A possible anomaly is when individuals under the influence of their intentions put up a ‘front’ through disturbed patterns of socialization and act to standardize their behavior while others come to believe it to be true, only to be deceived later.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Moods




Are you familiar with the expression "to live in the moment?" This is the ability to be fully present and aware of yourself and your surroundings as you live each moment...with a pleasant mood and have a happy living experience. Rather than as few unfortunate and confused souls think “to live in the moment” is to live the present, and do not really worry about what lies beyond. Achieving such a state requires observation, appreciation, patience, quiet, and the ability to turn off the clock and put away the calendar. In this post, I wish to discuss how it is indeed possible to work on our moods...and reflect on living every moment to the fullest. 

While most of us don't experience such times frequently, this is when we feel the most alive. In theory, being present involves learning how to pay attention, and the process of getting there is far easier than you might think. Before we proceed, I wish to present a small experiment that you can try right now to help yourself and pay attention to your life experience in a very positive way.

Set a few quiet minutes aside each day to close your eyes and take stock of what you are feeling, no matter how good or bad those feelings may be. Don't judge your feelings, just allow yourself to become aware of the emotions behind them.


Next, send your attention outward and become aware of things around you. Notice if you feel warm or cold, what your clothing feels like against your skin, the feeling of the air moving in and out of your lungs. Let the sounds around you filter through you and notice the underlying noises that you may have been tuning out. Next, open your eyes and notice the colors and sights around you in this same subtle, attentive way.

By the time you are halfway through this little experiment, you may be surprised at how much you actually notice about your internal and external presence. If you try this, you will probably find that "paying attention" will take on a whole new meaning, and it will be a very nice one at that.

Coming back to what I want to present in this post, I think it is a fact of life that every once in a while we find ourselves in a bad mood. Sometimes we know why we are in a bad mood and sometimes the reason may not be an evident reason at all. Even though we all certainly experience times like this, it doesn't mean we have to be stuck in them. Bad moods are often an indication that we need to check in with our feelings and do something about them or take action to shift our energy in a more positive direction.

If you are not sure why you are in a bad mood, imagine what you would say if you were allowed a very secret few minutes to complain about anything that is going on in your life. Chances are the things that come up may be tied to how you are feeling. The good part is that once you pinpoint why you are in a bad mood you are in a better position to do something positive about it.

Sometimes when we are in a bad mood, the energy we give off simply attracts more negative things our way. That's why some “bad mood” days can spiral even further downhill with problems and annoyances that appear to validate our discontent and frustration. When this happens, consider doing something nice for yourself. Enjoy your favorite beverage or snack, find a funny movie or sitcom to watch, or just go for a walk in the park. Allowing yourself the time and opportunity to do something pleasurable is a positive step that could help to break the negative energy and hopefully shift your mood.


Sometimes, we just have a day that isn't so great, but if you find yourself in a bad mood, there is a need to look at the bigger picture. There is enough reason to be happy...for now and beyond. It is for us to seek!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

V – Key Leak Cable: Osama Calling Obama

Osama:  Hello Mr Obama!
Obama:  Holy Lord! I never knew technology got us connected to hell! Why don’t you leave US alone?
Osama: Hell? Me? Ok if it pleases you. I never say no.
Obama: WHAT?!?! Never say no?
Osama: I understand these little games of polity.
Obama: Polity? You are a serious treat! And we got you!  (signaling for the phone tap record) God bless United States of America!
Osama:  Running for your second term, no credible success stories, huge unemployment figures, invested 1.3 trillion USD over 10 years and Pakistan feeding on you for nothing. You needed me, and I never say no.
Obama:  Non sense! What do you mean?!?  I said yes I can!! And we got you!
Osama: Morphed Images of beginner level Photoshop, DNA link up with about to die sister (did she die yet?), Buried near the Sea – Shutting down with dignity and saving money on Pakistan for free!
Obama:  We got you! And it is true! Why would a self respecting dignified American lie? And for you! Never!
Osama: Dignified Americans wont, but politicians do – running for the re-election is never easy! I helped Bush too! I never say No!
Obama: Why did you call me now? What is it that I can do?
Osama: Yes you can! And remember, I never say no.
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It is a rarity that I write about polity and related issues on my blog. But ever since I heard the news and facts associated with it, there was a possible theory hitting my mind, with an explanation: How the entire episode can truly be stage managed, and more so it has far reaching effects. Running for the second term, with little or no success story to claim – Brand Obama needed a jolt, to revive ‘Yes we Can!’  Passion. Costing over 1.3 Trillion USD for ten years now, with Pakistan feeding on American Aid, there should be a way to end all this in style and dignity – save money, claim the honor, revive One America Spirit – get re-elected!  

With morphed (may be?)  Images as proof, DNA sample tested against a dying sister (No trace of her soon?) and burial by the Sea (Nail any possible evidence?) – scripted perfectly and Director Obama charms us all! Yes he can!
Disclaimer
This post and the transcript is a work of fiction. If the content, despite being fictional, proves to be a little offensive to few parties; I apologize for hurting your sentiments in advance. After all, it is works of fiction so do not take it seriously.