Posts Tagged ‘spirituality’

Suicide: not the answer, nor the end. Just more karma.

August 2, 2017

From a larger perspective, a suicide will never be the answer or the end to anything. They only create more karma which keeps the whole cycle rolling even further. By taking their precious human life for one worldly cause, the tibetan self immolators have denied themselves a possibility of buddhahood in this life. What happens to them next is all speculation and i dont want to get into that.

No matter how great the cause, tibet’s cause is one of the many worldly causes ‘cos there will always be strife and conflicts so long as the ego remains. Therefore, going to your own root cause is the only lasting solution.

Those martyrs took their life ‘cos they wanted to do something but didnt know what, and felt suicide was the only option left.

From a greater perspective, it was an act of extreme attachment towards one’s cause, so it was an act of ignorance, and a life got wasted in the process and i dont want that to happen. Same thing with the monks and nuns inside tibet.

My message for future potential self immolators is to channel their energy deep in spirituality. If buddhism didnt help in taking their mind off of a worldly cause, then have an open mind towards other spiritual paths.

I dont want to see any loss of lives, whether its self inflicted for a good cause. Suicide is a violence, a violence to yourself.

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Visiting isha yoga centre: my experience.

February 20, 2017

I’ve been to Sadhguru’s Isha yoga centre in coimbatore, in south india, and i wanted to give my honest opinion on it. Its a short one.

Not everything was great. I went there in jan of 2015, and the place is completely different from other spiritual retreat centre. Its a bustling centre full of devotees, but I found some ego among the staffs, as they can get annoyed easily. Indians generally have a lot of egos. So, its not perfect, but it works. In the buddhist centres, the places are quite and remote, and the staffs are more reserved and calm, but here they are boisterous. But Sadhguru is all that matters to me.

The food offered is vegetarian and it is great. I’m also not much of a foodie and didn’t miss the usual food. There is an option for food without spices for westerners. The meals is only twice a day and not thrice, but it was enough for me. I only ate outside when I wanted to try something different.

There is two eatery of ashram for those who wants more in between. One is inside the ashram and another is outside, with more food options like dosa.

There are different options for accommodations, including the option of budget friendly dorm rooms. there is also an option of free accommodations for full time volunteers, with 8hr of volunteering. Laundry service also available.

They have some daily schedules, but the choice is upto the visitors. Most mainly come for the specific yoga programs and then leave.

South india lies in the tropics, so the weather is hot and humid all year around. i took jeans  in the winter, and it sat unused, cos it would have been unbearable. There is a garments shop in the ashram where you can buy cool light khaki fabrics cloth, which is suited for the weather. it can be a bit expensive due to its high quality, or you can buy your own beforehand.

No photography is allowed in the ashram.

All the travel related service also available in the ashram, if you plan to go elsewhere from there. There is a bus option to goto ashram from city, to save on taxi costs and if you don’t have much luggage. Ask for the bus no. The bus stop is across the railway station. There is a gender segregation in the bus with women in the front and men at the back.

I plan to go to Isha yoga centre again in 2018. I eventually do plan to stay long term there next time, to follow up on sadhguru’s advice of staying at the ashram, whose video is posted separately in my blog.

The registration needs to be done in advance. I’ve posted the link below, but you can contact them for more information.

http://www.ishafoundation.org/Isha-Yoga-Center/isha-yoga-center-india-dhyanalinga-yogic-temple-isha-foundation.isa

Tear down the walls. Sadhguru.

February 8, 2017

Taken from isha blog with same title. A much needed post on our current reality.

On this Spot, Sadhguru shares how painful it is for him to see people unknowingly shutting themselves off from Grace and ultimately wasting their lives. He says, “Walls of self-protection are also walls of self-imprisonment.” In his latest poem “The Wall,” he describes how assumptions can be deceiving and deprive us of the experience of union with everything.

Travelling all over the world, I see too many people walking around with bitter, depressed, or resentful faces. There are many problems in the world, but every problem is a possibility. Only if you grab each problem by its horns and see how to turn it around will you unlock your genius. Only then will you touch the inner dimensions of intelligence that every human being holds. If the deepest dimension of intelligence opens up, you are as good as the Creator. You can do just about anything that can be done within the laws of Nature.

Walls of self-protection are also walls of self-imprisonment.

If you resist, there is no possibility of transformation and growth. A seed that does not sprout is a wasted seed. To sprout means to be willing to shed everything that you were and become something new. There is safety in a dormant seed because there is a shell. If you become a tender sprout, you are vulnerable. If you are not willing to be vulnerable, you are not willing to transform. Whatever does not transform, whatever does not change, is as good as dead. Anything alive is always changing.

Being on the spiritual path but building your own silly attitudes and philosophies to seal yourself off from the rest of existence means wasting your life. Coming in touch with this Grace is an opportunity of many lifetimes. It pains me to see people wasting this possibility and their lives by building walls against everything around them. Walls of self-protection are also walls of self-imprisonment. This is what this poem is about.
The Wall
A cricket’s call could

be a heart-rending

love song. The growl

of the Tiger could be

of loneliness rather

than ferociousness. The

howl of the winds may

bring fortune of rain

and not a trail of

destruction. A serpent’s

hiss not always venomous

Are you missing all calls

for Union and walling yourself

up against life.

Love & grace.

Sadhguru.

Isha Hatha Yoga’s Mannequin Challenge. Mind blowing.

February 7, 2017

Mind blowing mannequin challenge by isha hatha yoga teacher trainees at isha yoga centre in south india. Includes a great fusion of flute music. i couldnt resist sharing. Its a six month hatha yoga teacher training course held every summer. 

A Generous Gift. A short video.

February 7, 2017

What does God look like? Sadhguru. A Short animated video.

February 7, 2017

Giving.

January 30, 2017

Giving less and taking more is considered a smart way to live, while the other way around is considered stupid. 
If all the mothers had not been stupid, then where would you be?
How can you expect a peaceful world, when you have no peace in your heart, with such stingy attitude? People scamming everywhere. The cycle has to stop somewhere.
Make your life a giving. No matter how much you give, you will always be full, not less. 
Serve others before self. Be considerate to others. Look beyond your self interests. In the happiness of others, lies our happiness. 
Make your life a service. This is a beautiful way to live. A meditative way to live. Just keep giving and your ego will crumble. 
If giving is stupid, then so be it. Doing it consciously will help you overcome people’s opinions, and break your limitations.
Only one who gives totally will know life in its totality. Others will not know it. A quote from Sadhguru.
When people have to get something, they lose all logic. When they have to give something, they get perfectly logical! This calculation is killing humanity. 

Another great quote from sadhguru.
The concept for this post was taken from one of sadhguru’s video but i dont remember the name. I just extended it with my own touch.

Raising a child with a minimum restraints.

January 8, 2017

A child needs a maximum space and freedom to express himself, which bolsters his confidence, and makes him a healthy child in every way. Too much pressure and restrictions will make him weak. He’ll falter at every step. This is not the time for discipline yet. Nurture the seed first, to make a stronger plant. He is new to the world. Let him grow first and enjoy his childhood. You enjoyed your’s, let him enjoy theirs. Dont be in a hurry to turn him into another miserable adult, like so many out there. There is a scarcity of joyful beings on the planet. So, atleast let the child stay as one.
When i look at a child, i just see them as another person, who is new to the world, and yet to grow. Thats all. I see them as a flower bud, and i want to see it blossom into a full grown flower, in its fullest expression, without any restraint. I dont want them to go through the restraints that we all did.
The various religions says, treat others the way you like to be treated. This sums up my simple philosophical approach on child raising.
How do we feel when someone, whether its family or anyone, tries to put a restraint on us, by saying, dont do it or that we are not good enough for it?
We feel deeply hurt as it hurts our self esteem and lowers our confidence. Therefore, when we dont like any restraints on us, then how would others feel, especially a child, when we put restraints on them.
This is it. Treat others the way you like to be treated. Put yourself in the shoes of the others, to feel their sorrow and pain, to empathise. Put yourself in the shoes of the child to feel their pain.
Think of child like any other being, not a property or possession. So, treat them like you would like to be treated by others, with respect and honour. Their only fault is that they cannot voice their pain, except cry. And also that, they are new to the world, and not know what is right and wrong.
A child should be raised with a minimum restraint.
The child raising project should be child centric. Thats obvious. So, even if guests come over, a child should not be restrained. The ego should come later. The priority should be on the child, all the time, ‘cos his actions do not yet have the evils of malice and hate. If he creates some nuisances, he is still innocent, and the guests should be mature enough to understand how a child behaves.
There should be some tolerance to the antics of the child. Give him space and freedom to explore and express himself. Only interfere when his safety is at risk.
Teaching a etiquette should be kept to a minimum. A child is too small to understand the ways of the world, and is unnecessary. He shouldnt be concerned about society stuffs. He is just come to the world. Let him loose and be carefree. Let the child express himself to the fullest. Let the child enjoy his childhood. Dont take away these precious moments from him. Those maybe the only pleasant ones left after growing up. Let him have some good, carefree memories.
My dream is to see that no child is conditioned with any kind of beliefs. I want them to see the world through their own natural intelligence, and let them decide everything, without any contamination of conditioning. Our natural intelligence has this much capability.
A child will naturally have many questions. Answer them to the best of your capability. If you dont know, then admit that you dont know. As my guru says, there is a great wisdom in I do not know. All seeking arises from there, as our mind will naturally not rest till we find the right answer. Dont shape them with beliefs. If they didnt work for you, it will most probably not work for your children.
This dream of mine is also a contribution towards world peace. When there will be no beliefs system, there will no conflicts, resulting in peace. People will seek, not believe.
A child is delicate like a flower. Putting any restraints on them dont look appropriate and hampers their growth. They are not a pet to be leashed.
But it doesnt mean spoiling them or letting them climb on top of your head. Just see that they do not cross any line, but try to set minimum line. See that they maintain their innocence.

Only interfere when the contamination starts seeping in as they grow up.
A practical way to deal with a child.

We all know that children are good observer, which makes them a good imitator. It means that they can also observe your pain and sadness if you can interact fully and openly with them. A child also has a common sense, and he should stop repeating any actions which hurts your feelings. A sensible child will not cause a repeated pain like some maniac. Their innocence will be their virtue.
Non cooperation is the best way to deal with the child, without the use of violence, like gandhi.
I’m only showing the way without the need for threats or violence, which has unfortunately become a common practice. But it wont still be easy. You’ve to set aside your ego, and be on level terms with a child. Let him see you as just another being that he can relate to. A sincerety is needed for such honest relationship.
All these measures are idyllic and may not be considered. In the economy of the never ending trap and grinding of survival mode, many parents may not have time to consider all these suggestions, and that also from someone with no experience of parenthood. Maybe, somethings are best observed from the distance.
Whatever action you may take, the brunt will be felt by the child. They do not have the capacity to fend off for themselves yet.
Be a friend to them, not a threat. Authoritarian approach never works. They are used for supression, not for building bridges.

A child needs a friend, not a boss.
It is not my intention to judge anybody or show my superiority. It is just a natural response to the consequence of the ignorant action of the parents, which i think will have on the child and his delicate psychology, which will affect his whole life.
I’m only thinking of the child’s welfare, just like any parents would do, and i’m writing with only the children in mind, as to how to keep alive their joy and exuberance, and see that those qualities are not suppressed in ignorance.
I can relate to a child as I’m a child myself.
Posted below are photos of sadhguru with quotes. They can be found on his facebook page.

 

Dancing your heart out on new year’s eve.

December 31, 2016

​Looking forward to dancing full out on new year’s eve. I see dance as a therapy where i can be myself and express myself. Actually, its more of getting in sync with the music and freeing your body and mind and then letting the music coarse through you.

A state where you as an ego disappear and your natural free spirit comes out. A blissful experience.
Everything is a stepping stone to the divine. Anything can be used for enlightenment, if you give your all fully, where you disappear and only the dance remains, for example. You make space for something else, for the divine within you. Ego can be greater than the world, and both the ego and divine cant coexist. 
People take drugs for same purpose to disappear, but dont last long. Dance is the healthier way. 
You can describe a thing from many ways, and same thing with the enlightenment, though i’m only inferring from some glimpses here and there.
Shiva is called nataraja, the lord of dance, for a reason. He embodies divine and also has a statue in nataraja form. Only the indian gods in the whole world are known for dance, with another great dancer being krishna and his raas leela in his childhood days. 

History wise, mevlana rumi, the great sufi poet and an enlightened being, had his dance of whirling dervishes, called sema. Sufism is known for their offering of love to the divine through music. So did the great devotees of krishna, like meerabai and tulsidas. Music comes naturally with devotion.

Divinity has no limitations. Why deny or suppress something which is natural? I’m only talking spirituality here to make my points, and not about religion. They just happen to be connected. In essence, they are same. Becoming more than what you are right now. Becoming boundless.

I want to go and get some rhythm and nataraja moment going.
Dance is a free movement of hands and legs. It can be anyway. Feel the flow inside you. Be the dance.
Let this night be a blissful conscious night, not the unconscious one with drinks. Put a limit. Making memories and passing out dont go together.
Happy New Year. Welcome the new year with a new you.

I wanted to get a statue of nataraja, like the one, mooji has besides him during the satsang, but then i found out that it is not advisable to keep the statue of nataraja, as his dance of tandava symbolises the destruction of universe. So, better play safe. But positively speaking, shiva is known as destroyer, that is of ego.

Socrates triple filter against gossip.

December 21, 2016

​One day, someone came up to him and said, “I want to tell you something about Diogenes.” Socrates said, “I have a simple principle. Whatever you want to say, you must put it through the triple filter.” The man asked, “What is this triple filter?” Socrates said, “First thing – whatever you’re going to tell me now, have you ascertained the truth?” The man said, “No. Someone just told me this.” Socrates said, “So it doesn’t pass the first filter. The second filter is, is it something nice?” “No, quite the contrary – that’s why I want to tell you this.” Socrates said, “Then it doesn’t pass the second filter either. Is it something useful?” The man said, “No, I don’t think it’s useful. I just want to tell you this.” Socrates said, “That means it doesn’t pass any of the filters.”

You should never take pleasure in someone else’s problems by gossiping about them. 

Taken from sadhguru’s isha blog.
http://isha.sadhguru.org/blog/sadhguru/spot/make-your-life-spectacular/