Archive for December, 2015

Scholars study the world. Buddha studies himself. Part I.

December 16, 2015

I got an inspiration for the post from this above quote of mooji.

If you go deeply into one problem, you will find answers for the many. Go into many and you will find fragmentations.

The problem with buddhism and all other religions is that they are full of scriptures. You are the scripture. Study yourself. The truth can only be in you. Everything else is a story. A belief. As jesus says, the kingdom of heaven is within you.

Anything that is not in your experience is only a story for you. It becomes a knowledge, which can guide you but wont walk the path for you. Similarly, Buddha can only show the path, but he cannot walk the path for you. You have to walk your own path and find your own truth.

Scriptures can be a guidance but dont keep on sticking to it. Eventually a baby has to walk on its own feet. No one will feed him to the end.

Dont waste human life, for liberation is possible only in this life. Only the human mind can contemplate the consciousness, and merge in it. Dont wait for next life. There is no guarantee that the next life will be of a human. Dont prolong your miseries. Come out of it.

Follow self enquiry and find the self.

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Overcome fear and stop running. Short and simple video by Mooji.

December 15, 2015

When will you stop?

December 15, 2015

We are all running endlessly from something, from some deep unknown fears. We dont want to face our deepest fears, keep avoiding it, and seeking escape. This is what keeps the whole drama going. Nobody wants to stop.

Buddha stopped. Thus he asked the same question to notorious bandit, angulimala. And this question is still very relevant to today’s world and goes to everyone.

When will you stop? This question is not between you and god. Its for you. This question will determine your life.

Tamasha movie: my thoughts.

December 10, 2015

I dont watch movies much because most of them are simply an entertainment, an escape from reality for few hours. But some movies can inspire a generation with a great insightful messages and are worth watching as they are not merely an entertainment. They go beyond it. Tamasha is one of them. I’ve to thank my cousin for recommending it, otherwise i would have missed it.

The theme is very relevant to today’s world of monotonous lifestyle and a rat race for money, and a beautiful presentation of the movie touched my raw nerve, something which wasn’t dead, but buried for long time under layers of fears and insecurities. The movie was a vindication to my life long struggle with fears, monotony and conformity.

The whole world is going round and round like a bee or a machine, without any real purpose, and not stopping to see where they are going. Just half alive. Nobody wants to be left behind. Sab lagey hue hai race mein. As long as they are getting somewhere, its good enough. Its safe enough.

Survival or security has become the greatest trap for the mankind. Everybody is in a race to live well financially, but nobody wants to be alive. Most of the world is on auto pilot mode, half alive.

The bills have to be paid, but are we happy? Are we alive? We are just comfortable and breathing. Nothing more. And we all stop there, because survival needs to be taken care of first. Dreams are for later on, maybe next life.

This movie is against the trap of monotony and conformity, which has plagued the whole world into zombie like, auto pilot mode. It is something that i’ve always struggled with, for i dont follow others blindly.

In the world of industrialisation, we have all become a cog, a part of the greater machine, which goes on relentlessly, lifelessly, without any emotions. This is where the decay sets in, and we start to rot. We’ve lost touch with ourselves.

Everything looks normal as long as we conform to others expectations, and when we try to come out of it, we are looked upon as crazy.

Dont go for dull monotony. Be spontaneous. Break free from the shell of comfortable and convenient life.

Break free from any tag or image. They are a trap. Dont let them dictate your life. Live your own life. You are the master, not the mind. People say, you are so nice and kind. Dont fall for it. Dont pretend. Dont try to be anything. Just be. There is no effort or thinking in just being, in being who you are.

I loved the scene where the main character tells his story to his family in the end.

In today’s world, childhood or innocence is snuffed out as people grow up. The aliveness is gone. We sacrifice ourselves for a stable, comfortable life. The fear of instability and losing control haunt us all the time.

Growing up means killing the child in you, which makes you feel alive. We all know who is more pure and joyful, the child or grown up? We’ve to listen to many people and take on various responsibilties, keep on compromising, and sacrificing yourself to please others. You die under all that pressure, barely feeling alive, just breathing. Kis kis ki sunoge? It doesnt have to be that way.

We bury the main button of aliveness deep inside for the fear of losing control. If feeling alive involves lots of risks then its worth dying for. I want to feel alive, but the layers wont go easily. The familiar comfortable and numbing feeling of anxiety gets back in. We are afraid of new experience and continue to hold onto our anxieties as they are a familiar and comfortable feelings.

Monotony or a comfortable shell is a trap that we need to come out of. I hate conformity or formality. I dont like to do anything just for the sake of doing it or because everybody are doing it. I’ve to feel it, to be driven.

I am still working on my fears, and i myself have no definitive answers yet. Sometimes i dont feel like i am the right person to lecture others, when i dont have my own house in order. I’ve to keep persevering.

But my message is that dont hold back. Dont be comfortable with what you have. Dont settle for less, and think that this is it. You are way more.

So am i. My goal is world peace. So, i’ve got to be way more than what i am right now. Otherwise, i’ll be shortchanging myself. I falter a lot, but i’ve a steady determination. Where there is a will, there is a way.

This is another problem that i see everywhere, that nobody is living to their full potential.

We all are endlessly running from something, from some deep unknown fears. We dont want to face our deepest fears, and keep avoiding it and seeking escape. This is what keeps the whole drama going. Nobody wants to stop.

Buddha stopped. Thus he asked the same question to notorious bandit, angulimala. And this question is still very relevant to today’s world and goes to everyone.

When will you stop? This question is not between you and god. Its for you. This question will determine your life.

Everybody is somehow managing their life accidentally, in their cosy shell. Nobody dares to do anything different. I would like to change it, but i myself have to get out first.

Mistakes will be made, but they are supposed to make you grow and make you more mature. We are afraid of making mistakes and we hold back. I do.

Nothing is easy in life, and facing your demons and being alive, thats the hardest of all. But being alive is worth any risks. When we look back at any accomplishments, we see that all the struggles and hardships were worth it. But we can only see this from hindsight, not beforehand. So we need courage to break free and sustain it.

It is the struggling out of a cacoon that gives the butterfly its strength to flap the wings and fly away. Come out of cocoon like the butterfly.

Break your limits, whatever is binding you.
Be free and unbounded. Be the natural yourself. Be true to yourself. Dont go with manmade restrictions.

Beliefs: the source of conflicts.

December 4, 2015

Thoughts without belief have no power. But thoughts with belief can start a war. Belief is the crux of the problem. Mooji.

There is no difference between religious extremists and the radical groups that are opposed to it. Both are blinded by their ignorance.

We see muslim terrorists, and then some idiots starts targetting that whole religion, mainly the innocent ones. One believes in something, while another is against it. So, both are believing in something, but their belief clashes with each other, and results in conflicts. Both are extremists, and you cannot tell good and bad between them.

Therefore, sadhguru rightly says that the majority of world conflicts is not between good vs bad, but between different belief systems. A non believer believes in nothing, but its also a belief. Its not from experience.

Belief is the source of conflicts. But if you go deeper, you will find that the real source or cause is ignorance, the ignorance of not knowing.

There is a great wisdom in I do not know, if we just accept it, and not suppress or hide it. A genuine seeking emerges from I do not know. But ignorance gives rise to only false beliefs and confidence without clarity. A conflict becomes inevitable.

Life advice for those fixated with image, what others think of them, for those who try to please others and also for selfish, manipulative ones.

December 3, 2015

Why do people worry so much about what others think? Do you honestly think they really care about you? People like to look down on others to boost their ego. Their mouth is not just for eating, but also for yap, yap. They like to gossip for entertainment, for time pass. They are not concerned for you. They will not help you when you need help. They will not feed you, give shelter or any financial help.

His holiness the dalai lama says that you can help others, but atleast dont harm them. The negative comments, gossiping or backbiting do just that. There is no compassion in backbiting or gossiping.

So, why make so much so fuss or stress about what others will think of you? Why worry that your ego will be hurt and others will look down on you, and make fun of you. Why worry needlessly that your honour or image in front of others will go down. This mentality is not healthy. the negative opinion of others is not worth it. It will only make you feel down. If its helpful and constructive, then consider it, otherwise brush it off.

Have a strong heart and mind, and dont fall for such lowly traps. Let people yap yap, like barking at the wall. They will get tired and quiet down eventually.

A true friend will never look down on you, and will always be there for you, no matter what you do. But others will. They will be apathetic to your needs. They are like fake friends that comes and goes with your success or money. Depending on them will be utter foolishness. So, dont give a damn about what others says or think. You do what you think is right, according to the situation, as long as the intention is good and that there is a clarity of mind. You can take suggestions, but the decision is yours.

Live life on your own terms, not on ones dictated by others. Dont live a diplomatic life, trying to please everyone. You will go crazy. Do what you think is right, and what is needed to done. Mistakes will happen, but they should make you wiser. You are here to live your life, not for others.

Ultimately, your own happiness matters most. You can help others, but dont let them dictate you what to do. Dont let others take advantage of your kindness. You may help, but you are not a servant. So, dont let others suck life out of you. This is what happens for those who are too busy trying to please others all the time.

One day you will look back with regret, at the all the time and life wasted, and realise that the people you tried to please so hard are not even grateful or appreciative of the sacrifices you made. Your life went in vain, and you are nowhere near any happiness.

Let your honour be decided by you, and not others, ‘cos only you know how much of a clean conscience you have and how selfish and manipulative you are. Only you know how much you have sinned, whether you want to ignore it or not.

People can be so ignorant doing crazy stuffs and writing inhumane things, especially online, thinking that no one is watching, but they dont see that they are generating a lot of negative karma, which will get back at them eventually, especially afterlife. You cannot escape karma. You generate karma with each thoughts and actions.

You have a choice of what type of karma you would like to earn. you cannot bribe or cheat karma by doing some charity or meritorious deeds on the side. The quality of next life is decided mainly by the karma you generate, not by merits.

Everything comes down to your conscience or intentions and how pure it is. This afterlife thing may not be agreeable to some, then so be it.

Most friendships or even relationships are not deep, and i myself have experienced those friendship and it hurts. My effort and time goes waste, ‘cos nothing goes in their head.

I hate wastage of any kind, especially my time ‘cos i dont discriminate between people and i give my time and attention to everyone i meet, and not just close friends, and then they show their ugly nature of shallowness. This is the reason i cant stand shallow, plastic, selfish people. My blood boils.

I am walking on spiritual path, but i still dont have the capacity to forgive them ‘cos i get sucked into the intense hatred for them, even though they are just following their habituated pattern, out of ignorance.

I boycott selfish, deceptive, manipulative people, or if i get some impressions. I’ve nothing to do with them. And those who get manipulated, they are themselves to blame. But if others truly believe that i am mistaken, then i am open to listen to their case. Otherwise, any further manipulations may backfire.

Being with me is not easy. I dont read scriptures on morality and conscience or any self help books. I am the living, breathing, scripture and conscience. I follow my own conscience, by measuring the costs of actions.

There is a cost to every action, and its a matter of choosing which one has greater fruits or consequences. But there are times when i also get laxed. I am still a work in progress.

If people find some wisdom in my words, then i am happy. But for those, who find this truth too bitter to swallow, they can unfriend me. You can escape from this, but for how long will you keep running, this life or till next hundreds or thousands of life?