Archive for April, 2016

“Troubled by Fear? Just Change Your Channel!” Sadhguru.

April 12, 2016

Another great video on overcoming fear, the product of our imagination.
Fear means that you are producing your horror movies and nobody is watching it.

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J.Krishnamurti on the role of school teacher

April 12, 2016

If parents really cared for their children, they would build a new society; but fundamentally most parents do not care, and so they have no time for this most urgent problem. They have time for making money, for amusements, for rituals and worship, but no time to consider what is the right kind of education for their children. This is a fact that the majority of people do not want to face. To face it might mean that they would have to give up their amusements and distractions, and certainly they are not willing to do that. So they send their children off to schools where the teacher cares no more for them than they do. Why should he care? Teaching is merely a job to him, a way of earning money.

The world we have created is so superficial, so artificial, so ugly if one looks behind the curtain; and we decorate the curtain, hoping that everything will somehow come right. Most people are unfortunately not very earnest about life except, perhaps, when it comes to making money, gaining power, or pursuing sexual excitement. They do not want to face the other complexities of life, and that is why, when their children grow up, they are as immature and unintegrated as their parents, constantly battling with themselves and with the world.

We say so easily that we love our children; but is there love in our hearts when we accept the existing social conditions, when we do not want to bring about a fundamental transformation in this destructive society? And as long as we look to the specialists to educate our children, this confusion and misery will continue; for the specialists, being concerned with the part and not with the whole, are themselves unintegrated.

Instead of being the most honoured and responsible occupation, education is now considered slightingly, and most educators are fixed in a routine. They are not really concerned with integration and intelligence, but with the imparting of information; and a man who merely imparts information with the world crashing about him is not an educator.

An educator is not merely a giver of information; he is one who points the way to wisdom, to truth. Truth is far more important than the teacher. The search for truth is religion, and truth is of no country, of no creed, it is not to be found in any temple, church or mosque. Without the search for truth, society soon decays. To create a new society, each one of us has to be a true teacher, which means that we have to be both the pupil and the master; we have to educate ourselves.

If a new social order is to be established, those who teach merely to earn a salary can obviously have no place as teachers. To regard education as a means of livelihood is to exploit the children for one’s own advantage. In an enlightened society, teachers will have no concern for their own welfare, and the community will provide for their needs.

The true teacher is not he who has built up an impressive educational organization, nor he who is an instrument of the politicians, nor he who is bound to an ideal, a belief or a country. The true teacher is inwardly rich and therefore asks nothing for himself; he is not ambitious and seeks no power in any form; he does not use teaching as a means of acquiring position or authority, and therefore he is free from the compulsion of society and the control of governments. Such teachers have the primary place in an enlightened civilization, for true culture is founded, not on the engineers and technicians, but on the educators.

 ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

 From ‘Education And The Significance Of Life’, ch. 5

My thoughts on the great insight on the role of a school teacher by J krishnamurti.

When education becomes a business, a job, and a competition, then it is ugly. The purity or the essence of teaching, like that of the ancient gurukula system, is lost. I see schools sprouting everywhere in nepal (with flashy names), which is pure business. Atleast, it generates employment for teachers.
But this is a consequence, a symptom of not having much alternative in a poor country. All these things will keep happening as long as the root, the human consciousness, is decayed.

Stand out quote:
An educator is not merely a giver of information; he is one who points the way to wisdom, to truth.

The link for the article i copied from.
http://life-after-joining-ishayoga.blogspot.ca/2016/03/jkrishnamurti-on-role-of-school-teacher.html?m=1

The Divide – A Poem by Sadhguru

April 11, 2016

Is it the lines
drawn by the unseen hand

Is it the lines
traversed by the planets and stars

Is it the lines
drawn by the social norms and taboo

Is it the lines
etched upon one’s hands or feet

Is it the lines
of one’s prejudice and pride

Lost in this needless
intrigue, one lets life go by

Should humans explore
the borderless nature of one’s being

Lines have no meaning
for a being lost in love

Love and blessings,

Sadhguru

No Fear in the Now. Sadhguru.

April 11, 2016

My first proper introduction to Sadhguru 5yrs ago, and his crystal like and unmatched clarity, blew me away.

China: Humanity decayed in the absence of Religion.

April 9, 2016

I criticise religions, but despite its limitations, one good thing about it is that it gives hope to people, that there is something good in the world, which is worth protecting. It also prevents many people from bad deeds, out of fear for reverence for god, and also for next life. Terrorists are a different case. Much have been written about them, and will not be covered here.

China is a communist country in general without religion, which gives people nothing to fear, since they dont believe in god, and the downside to it is that humanity is at its worst there. Their human value has rotten to the core. They are among the lowest of the lows. They are cold, with no warmth, no manners, and indulge in all kinds of cruel activities, without any fear of karmic retribution.

Without religion, they dont know what is good and bad. A nation of psychopaths. Without religion, they have not much hope. They only see money. Everything else goes out of window. Without god, they consider themselves superior, and everything else is to be dominated and exploited. Being fearless is good, but they are heading in the wrong direction, without a proper foundation.

Some videos still haunt me, like the one kid run down by car, and passersby ignored the girl. There are many videos titled under chinese worst behaviour. I’ve yet to watch them, but have heard some description.

Their photos also are disturbing. One collection of photos i saw at dharamsala, india near his holiness entrance, has one chinese proudly ripping out skin of a live cattle. And many more. They get thrills out of such cruel activities.

This doesnt mean hating or condemning the chinese. His holiness says condemn the action, not the actor. They are just ignorant. Therefore, a wise person will feel sorry for them and have compassion for these demented people. Forgive them, for they know not what they are doing. But applying it will be much harder.

It also doesnt mean going soft on them. You have to take a stand when it matters, in the same spirit that you cannot keep appeasing spoilt kids with tantrums, hoping problems will go away.

Its not just china but everywhere. It reflects the state of today’s world. Everybody making a living by ripping off each other in blind pursuit of money, regardless of their conscience. The business practices of today are all about maximum profits. Charge as high as they can. People want to achieve their goal at all cost, regardless of whether their ways are good or bad. This is a materialistic consumer world, where everything is a commodity, to be used and thrown.

Honesty and integrity is rare, and more so among politicians. People get surprised to hear of honest politicians ‘cos the expectations are almost nil. But politicians are just a representation of the nature of that population. You get what you are. If people are corrupt, then so will be their politicians. After all, corrupt people are electing a corrupt politician. What else can we expect? There is no place for honesty in this dog eat dog world.

Faith and corruption dont go together, as told by his holiness to indian politicians.

These are just my opinion, trying to piece together their twisted mindset. This doesnt represent the whole population, but gives some indication of their general mindset.

In a nation of billion plus people, not all chinese are non believers. There are many people practising buddhism, falun dafa, taoism, christianity, and other religions. Many are also into spirituality.

Life. What and how? A way to the flowering of the child.

April 7, 2016

What does a life want? It wants to live.
How does a life want to live? It wants to live to its fullest expression, like flowers.

I’m writing on how to raise a child, despite having no children of my own or real experience of going through the parenthood. I havent been through the stress of sleepless nights that comes with newborn baby. So, my writing may just be an easy talk, but i still wanted to share my views. My apology if anyone feels offended.

My writing is based on my observations of other parents dealing with their children, and my feelings on their interaction. I felt i could sense the hurt faced by children. Sadhguru’s talk on raising a child is also a big influence in my writing.

I’ve realised that happiness isn’t necessarily the right answer and it could be misinterpreted. A person maybe happy on the surface, but is he living to the full? Many people philosophise their way to happiness to play safe. Nobody is living to his full potential.

Everything in nature is presenting themselves in its fullest form, which can also be deemed orgasmic. Sun gives us heat and light. What happens if sun feels moody and decides to cut down on its energy and function only at fifty percent, like humans? Thankfully they dont. They are just on.

When everything else in nature doesnt hold back on any of its potential, then why do we humans do so? Why are children told to be sushed, if they get too excited. Why are parents unknowingly in a hurry to make an adult out of children?

We all know how joyful grown ups are. So, why snuff out the joy of a child? Let the child be. The happiness of child is more important than the small disturbance caused to others. Little bit of chaos is good, to make us feel alive. Too much mechanical makes us robots or on autopilot mode, like in west. Some balance is good.

But the good thing about the west is the stability in the system, and the availability of all the basic needs like water and electricity, which is scarce in many parts of the world. Nepal is a mess, with daily power outage.

While growing up, we get conditioned in many ways, like culture and religion, which are the cause of miseries. We get identified with so many roles, and struggle to fulfill all those roles and expectations. Too much conditioning.

The conditioning makes division between us and them, and we fail to see that we all are one, not separate. The moment you idenitify with something, you have caused a division and the potential for conflicts starts brewing, as you see people as either on your side or the other side.

Spirituality is all about deconditioning, to see who you really are, ‘cos the natural intelligence in us has the ability to show us the right path. Therefore, children can be a great start and an easier process ‘cos they arent conditioned yet, hence they are more joyful.

Just let them be, and their natural intelligence will flower on its own. Dont impose anything on them, like our religious beliefs. Dont mould them or shape them. Guide them where necessary, but dont interfere much or give orders in stern voice. They are not pets. Dont sow negativity traits in them, which you will regret later. Children observes the parents and imitates their behaviour, and it gets ingrained in them. They have just entered the world, so give them some break.

The human nature is such that our mind is full of thoughts that are denied to us. Look at the suppressed sexuality of indian society, which makes the men lustful all the time. A women in delhi just cant walk alone, even in daytime. Men will denude her with their wicked stares, and aggressive ones will cross the line.

Same with kids. If you tell them dont do something, they will do just that. Most choose to punish them for disobedience, which has negative impact on their psychology. You can adopt a gentler approach, by explaining them the consequences of their actions.

There is no fixed approach to anything. That would become rigid. If you develop sensitivity and awareness, you will know what would be the right thing to do at that particular time. We can be wrong sometimes, but we learn from it, just like kids will also do, as part of growing up.

Raising is child is a minimum 20 year project, as told by sadhguru. So, its a long project. Its not easy to raise a child, so the role comes with many responsibilties, and one needs to be well prepared.

Its not necessary to have children if you dont desire or are not ready. If you are not a good parent material or dont think so, then you might ruin someone’s life. There are news about crazy parents killing their own children, female infanticide or honour killings.

A life chose to come through you. It doesnt mean you own them. No life is a property of anyone. A life needs to be handled with care. Your children represents the next generation and your proper upbringing determines whether they contribute to it, or breaks it.

So, some balance is needed in parents themselves, if they want the project to be successful. It would be nice for the child to have more secure environment emotionally, not just financially.

I wish to see each child blossom to their full potential, outgrowing the previous generation, and making the world an even better place, beyond our imagination.

This post is dedicated to my two nephews, Khyentse and Shenphen, born last year and to all the children. I’ll try to be the best uncle to them.

A child is yours, but he/she is not to be possessed. It is just life. Sadhguru.

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The universal power of pursuing your dreams.

April 1, 2016

When you take one step towards the universe, the universe takes nine towards you.

There is immense power behind taking a first step towards your dreams. The biggest step is the first one. Everything happens when you decide. And once you decide, the universe arranges itself with that decision. And everything that happens aligns itself to support you in that decision. Oprah winfrey.

Never wait until you are ready or you will live the rest of your life waiting.

No plan B. Plan B indicates a disbelief in plan A. You must believe. Go all out and die trying. Regrets come from not trying.

Speak your dreams. Draw them, doodle them, tell people. It signals the universe that you mean business. Shawn proulx.

Kehte hain agar kisi cheez ko dil se chaho … to puri kainaat usse tumse milane ki koshish mein lag jaati hai. Dialogue from om shanti om.

It is saying that if you really desire something from the heart … then the whole universe will work towards getting you that.

My list of dreams so far.
Overcome fear completely.
Dont hold back in anything i do.
Enlightenment
Free tibet. Dont be preoccupied and a standby.
Genuine and eternal world peace.
Find the best girl.

What is your dream?

The inspirational link to the original post.
http://www.toronto24hours.ca/2016/03/31/spirit-in-the-city-how-oprah-changed-me