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You, Your Desires and Rebirth !!

You, Your Desires and Rebirth

You are what you desire. You take birth because you desire an experience. Depending on your desires, you take up a body; not the body you see in the mirror but what extends beyond to include the five sheaths – annamaya or physical body, pranamaya or life-force, manomaya, vigyanmaya and anandmaya. An ordinary being desires only the physical and exists at the level of the annamaya which in turn is controlled by the prana. The soul stays in the body till there is prana in it. What we call as death, is when there is no prana left in the body and the soul leaves the body.

There are many who have survived near-death experiences …  healers could revive them because there was some prana left in the body and the soul took shelter in that prana. Healers then replenished the pranic body and restored the person back to health. But once the soul leaves the body, it cannot be brought back.

The soul might leave the body, but is still tied to its desires and karmas. Alexander the Great had asked his General to leave his empty hands hanging out of the coffin upon his death to show that you enter and exit empty-handed. But Vedic sages knew that you take with you your desires and karmas and they decide your next birth and body. So if all your life you have desired being looked after, in your next birth you could be a Queen but you could also be a Chihuahua!

The thought of what lies ahead troubles all. There is nothing called a solution or ‘upaya’. A problem is just a manifestation of your negative karmas – you may look at it as the fruit of your wrongdoings or a divine chance to improve your karmic balance or you may continue fooling yourself by looking for solutions. The science of mantras and healing can temporarily stop your karmas from playing out, but they cannot dissolve your karma for you will have to bear the effect of your karmas, sooner or later.

If you have strong desire for being looked after and leading a life of luxury, and have the backing of strong karmas, you might be born to a privileged family in your next birth. If, however, despite the strong desire your karmas do not allow this, you will still be given what you want, but at a lower level of existence – maybe as an exotic pet. Your desires determine what you get but your karmas decide how you get it.

There is no end to desires. King Yayati, even after enjoying youth for a thousand years, was left wanting for more. However, resources are limited, wants are unlimited. So whenever you take more than you need, you are doing it by depriving someone else and hence, adding to your negative karmas. So if you have been born to a good family and still you are busy collecting for yourself, be rest assured your next birth will be a much lower form with similar desires, but with less means to attain them. And it will become a vicious circle of births and deaths, your desires and problems remaining unchanged and your state deteriorating constantly.

You may continue going downwards or change your desires, to elevate to a higher state. So learn to transcend your desires.

Knowledge Source: Yogi Ashwini

Capture The Spirit Of The Season!!

It is refreshing to be able to answer ‘Yes’ when a child asks, ‘Is St. Nicholas real?’, especially if he just found out that Santa Claus, as most of us know him, isn’t for real. Linda, pastor of a small friendly church, made me aware some years ago, that the original St Nicholas gave only to those in need, but today Santa Claus seems to have become burdened with some of society’s current challenges including materialism and hype.

While all of our extended family love the lights, baubles and the tinselly madness that are part of this celebration, we wanted to recapture more of the spirit of the season. Tired of the buying spree that tends to dominate the Christmas season these days, we chose to have good friends over to a lunch, instead ,on December 6, the feast of St Nicholas. So our tree is called the Giving Tree, and while there are gifts for all who come beneath it, each person gets three small, thoughtful presents, with a message that says she must find someone to pass one of them on to. This year, the Giving Tree will also have beside it, a box for collecting books and contributions for the libraries being set up for children in remote areas.

I love this tree. It has several interesting decorations hanging from its branches, which always get interesting conversations going. Look – is this a silvery spider’s web? Yes, it came as a gift from Irina, and has a story:

According to Ukrainian legend, there was a family in the village too poor to have a decorated Christmas tree at home. The mother hung some nuts and fruits on the small tree outside their door to bring some cheer to her children’s celebration. On Christmas Eve, the spiders heard her prayers and wove their webs all over the tree. As the sun came up, its rays shone on the dew that was sprinkled on the webs, making them silver and gold. A spider or spider’s web bauble reminds us of the thoughtfulness of small, sincere, beautiful gestures.

Look – here is an angel, but with only one wing. “Oh, how sad …” some exclaim. But they are invited to read the quote on the other side of this gift from Paula: “Each of us is an angel with only one wing; we can only fly by embracing one another.”

Capture The Spirit Of The Season

Every Christmas, Zia includes a beautiful handmade tree ornament in the gifts given to each of her children. This family tradition begins with each child’s first Christmas. As they grow older, they might get excited by other, bigger presents, but are especially eager to see what new ornament they will get each year.

When they grow up and leave home, they have a collection of precious ornaments to decorate their own first Christmas tree that will evoke nostalgia and fond memories in the years ahead.

To remember that St Nicholas was known for secret acts of charity and love, in one family, they draw names out of a hat as part of their St Nicholas Day celebrations. Each one is the ‘secret angel’ for the next 19 days to the person whose name they drew, for whom they can do many small, helpful tasks – all as secretively as possible! When they perform a good deed for the secret friend, each places a small piece of wool in the manger of the Christmas nativity scene and so each secret, kind act makes a softer bed for the Christ Child, and helps keep the true spirit of Christmas alive.

By: Marguerite Theophil

Know Why Failure is Necessary?

Nobody wants to fail in his/her life, but failure is inevitable. Virtually it’s impossible to be immune from failure, one day everyone has to face it in any arena of life. But failure isn’t that bad as we perceive and it’s just a phase of life. Failure teaches us many things which we wouldn’t have otherwise learned from just being successful, like:

  • Value of Time: Time is the most precious thing in this universe, unfortunately its true value is only known after tasting the failure. The more early the failure comes into our life, earlier we become more smart. If one always gets success then gradually he loses value of time and success, it becomes routine for him. He might even become complacent. Once a person has tasted failure he will realize the value of time and will thrive for success.
  • True FriendsWhen we are in good pace we have lots of friends who are there are for us all the time. But only failure shows us who our true friends are! Chanakya was right in quoting that its adversity which shows our true friends! Only those who are with us in our thick and thin are our true buddies.
  • Our True worth: We all formed some perception about self, which is naturally different from our real self. Either we are over confident about self or we underestimate self. A failure provides us opportunity to do a self assessment and SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threats) analysis and we discover our real self or near real self. This is the moment when we discover the hidden talents in us and we actually realise who we really are!

Every human goes from success to failures and vice versa, and the cycle goes on. This is life and we must always keep hope and be humble when we are successful and be calm when we face failures in our life. And most important we must be compassionate with people who are struggling with their failure. Failure makes us a good person!

Right Vs. Right

Right Vs. Right

When faced with choosing between two rights, how should we go about resolving the dilemma?
I don’t want to fight,” Arjuna confessed, lowering his bow and arrow on the battlefield at Kurukshetra. “What good will we get from killing our own kin?” he asked Krishna. He had two choices and both to him seemed morally correct. He had to choose between killing his extended family and upholding his dharma as a warrior-prince or decline to fight and lose any share in the kingdom, and perhaps live the life of a beggar. “If I kill my near and dear ones, I will have to enjoy pleasures smeared with blood – not something I want to do,” Arjuna says to Krishna when asked to stand up for his rights. To fight or not to fight, was his dilemma.

Nature Vs Development
More often than not, life brings us face to face with similar dilemmas where the choices are not all that black and white or between right and wrong. How then does one make the appropriate choice between right and right? One is faced with making the choice between what is right and again, what is right – a situation not just confined to the epics. We face such challenges in almost every sphere of life. Take, for instance, what policymakers face at the national level in areas such as apportioning of national resources. Should auctions determine who gets what and income pumped into public healthcare and education or ought resources to be given away at a token price to competent companies despite the risk that it could lead to monopolies and arbitary pricing?

English: bronze chariot of Lord Krishna and Ar...

English: bronze chariot of Lord Krishna and Arjuna at Kurukshetra (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The other sticky dilemma is making the choice between development projects that could provide jobs and generate income or refrain from doing so in order to preserve the environment. Should we build more factories and bigger highways for more production and faster movement of goods and services or should we let nature take its course, and have more of flowers, trees and meadows? Experts would probably say that with advances in science and technology and the creation of greater awareness, there is scope for sustainable development that would take care of both in some measure but this does not seem to be happening as yet and so the dilemma remains.
Employer Vs Employee
The trick is in finding the right balance between what needs to be done and what is doable, financially and ethically. Managers are often confronted with the unpleasant task of laying off staff to rein in expenses. Cutting costs help companies streamline operational expenses, increase profits for shareholders and raise salaries of remaining staff. From the employee’s point of view, however, it is denial of their livelihood for no fault of theirs. And what about the richness of experience that comes with long years of work? Is that now worthless? Here again, a conscientious manager would have to choose between employer and employee interests despite knowing that whatever he chooses to do, both are right.

Professor of business ethics at Harvard Business School, Joseph L Badaracco Jr, says, “Sometimes a manager faces a difficult problem and must choose between two ways of resolving it. Each alternative is a right thing to do, but there is no way to do both.” He says ethical dilemmas are part and parcel of a manager’s life. When facing odd situations, ‘thoughtful managers’ find themselves wondering about their values, all that they care about and how much they are willing to sacrifice.

You Are What You Choose
Gautama Buddha said that we are the result of choices we make in our lives. Every action we do leads to certain consequences. When we take ownership of the task at hand, a lot of thought goes into what we do or don’t do. “A mountaineer, close to the summit, finds a dying man on his way to the top. What should he do? Go for the summit or rescue the dying man? It’s a case study we did,” says Anant Nadkarni, corporate sustainability champion. The mountaineer he met told him that since he could do nothing to save the man, he waited with the man till he died. “To be able to take a courageous decision, you need to listen to your inner voice and this comes with practice,” adds Nadkarni.

Sri Chinmoy also suggests sitting quietly and listening to the inner voice: when you follow a spiritual path, your conscience will tell you what to do and what not to do. But to be able to use your conscience as guide, you have to be careful and remain calm and quiet; otherwise, your vital being will imitate the voice of your conscience and confuse you. It will make you feel that what you are doing is right, even though it’s wrong. So, if you listen to the voice in your head, perhaps you’ll never
go wrong.

You Are The Instrument
“Don’t despair,” Krishna tells Arjuna at Kurukshetra. “Even without you, none will be spared. All these warriors have been previously slain by me – such is the design. You are merely the instrument. Just fight and surely you will overcome your enemies in the battle.” Hearing this, Arjuna makes up his mind to fight.

Source: TOI – Speaking Tree

A Journey Without a Goal!

Nearly every activity we do has a purpose, a goal in mind.

We drive to get to work, to the store, to a class or party. We walk for fitness, or to get to a specific destination. We work to achieve something, to reach certain numbers. We workout to get healthier, to get a nicer body.

But what would happen if we gave up the goal?

What would a journey without a goal be like?

Imagine setting out for a walk with no particular purpose — you might go in one direction because there’s a nice explosion of flowers over there, but then explore a different direction when you see someone playing music, then go in another direction because you’re curious about what’s there.

No destination in mind. Nothing to achieve. Just curiosity, fun, not knowing.

What would it be like to work without a goal? You might write something for fun, because you want to get it out of you, without knowing what the effect of the writing would be. You would figure out the work as you go, without knowing what the finished product would look like.

What would it be like to live life without a fixed plan? Without knowing where you’ll be living in five years, or what you’ll be doing, or what you want to achieve?

I don’t know the answers, but I do know that I’ve been freer as I’ve learned to let go of goals, fixed plans, fixed destinations.

How to Flow

I’ve long been a planner and a goal setter, but I’ve been learning a different way over the last few years. It’s a radical shift in thinking and doing, to a freer-flowing mode of being.

How does it work? Well, to be honest, there’s no one way. But it goes a little something like this:

You wake up, excited about being alive. You wonder, “What do I feel like doing today?” You aren’t constrained to anything at this point, but the question is important.

So you get started, doing something you’re excited about, having fun doing it. Is that thing you’re doing a destination, a goal? Well, in some ways, yes, but it’s not fixed. There’s no set plan, and the destination doesn’t matter as much as the process, the journey.

You start, but you might shift as you go, depending on the flow of ideas, on working with others who might have ideas you didn’t foresee, on things that happen along the way. You couldn’t have predicted these things when you got started, so you have to adapt — no plan can anticipate all of this, no goal would be adequate to the task.

You might even completely shift, if something new comes up, if a new opportunity presents itself. You let go of your idea of what today was going to be, because these ideas of what should be are lightly held. They mean nothing, really, and the important thing is the flow.

You learn to be flexible instead of set. You learn to be good at change and uncertainty, instead of fearing it.

As things arise, you adapt, and let go of your plans and goals. You move with the flow of water, with the changing landscape. You are free to do this because you don’t care where you end up — you just want to be present in your journey, be compassionate with each step, have fun each moment along the way. The destination becomes irrelevant.

No destination or goal matters if they are all good. Each step along the way, then, becomes the destination, and is exactly where you should be.

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