Make Up

  While we spend much time ‘making up’ our faces to ensure our appearance is beautiful for others, we forget to make up our minds. This is not about making decisions. Making up our mind means ensuring that our thoughts are positive and our feelings towards others are filled with good wishes. When we do, others begin to sense a deeper beauty emanating from behind the skin! This is inner beauty. Don’t hide behind your face. Let the real you show through. When words are sweet, there is a positive impact.  Sweet words are like flowers, when given to others brings happiness and spread love. On the other hand, harsh words are like stones that hurt. Harsh words emerge when there is some weakness working within me. Harsh words means that in some way I am feeling helpless and am resorting to something which is not so constructive. Today I will not say anything that is not sweet. If a situation does arise where I have to say something not so good and nice, I will move away from there. Till I am sure that I will not speak such words, I will not come back to that situation. In fact, I will try and resolve that point in my mind so that I don’t speak anything negative. To Be Aware But Not Judgmental On the path of Raja Yoga meditation (taught by the Brahma Kumaris) there is a saying, “See, but don’t see! Hear, but don’t hear!” which means to remain aware of all realities, including the negative, but not to focus on them. We get caught up...

Say ‘I’m Sorry’ and mean it

  Is simply saying ‘sorry’ enough? To make your apology sincere and authentic: Make a commitment to change yourself and resolve the issue for the future; Have a determined thought, ‘I am not going to do this again’. True Independence Liberate yourself from the bondages of the mind. It is wasteful thoughts that won’t allow you to attain true freedom. True Independence is to be, in dependence of only GOD. A Spiritual Perspective Of True Love Emotional love can flower into true love when the fire of emotions cools down and is substituted by a wiser and more mature relationship. True love needs a fresh and renewing atmosphere, without fears. When you feel spiritually full, you feel flowing over with pleasure, happiness, wellbeing, and that state helps you to accept the one whom you love as they are, because from your fullness you give and share and you don’t need or expect anything from the other. While you need something that you want the other to satisfy, you will have expectations and the fear that those needs might not be satisfied, and you will get frustrated more easily. When you feel like a being of peace, a being of love, a tranquil being, a being that is spiritually full and satisfied, your relationship with others is a relationship of sharing on a level on which fear is not generated. You are not asking for or taking anything from the other. An elevated sharing of love, of happiness, of knowledge, of wisdom takes place, in which you do not generate a dependency on the other. Attachments and dependencies, fears and...

Harmonious Balance

  We all know the old adage – what you give out you get back, or what goes around comes around. But we forget this cast iron law which is found everywhere in the universe. The energy of life is constantly moving at physical, mental and spiritual levels. And if we stand back and just observe, we see it moving in the process of exchange. In the context of our relationships, we give and receive energy, and when we are truly giving and receiving positive energy there is harmony and balance. But when we do what we are taught to do, which is to take and to keep, then we destroy the harmony and the balance of our life. When we say possession is nine tenths of the law we give life to the illusion of ownership which blocks out the truth. It is possession itself which is our attempt to break the law and it is that illusion which lies at the heart of all human pain, discomfort and disharmony. While many ‘things’ will come to us, we possess nothing. We intuitively acknowledge this when we say to each other, “You can’t take it with you when you go.” Can you? Visualization  In your morning commute, take a minute or two to create a positive vision of yourself. Be creative, but as realistic as possible. The more you explore positive visualization, the more you will become it. Then, in your minds eye, visualize the positive qualities you would like to bring into your day. Focus on, explore and experience the qualities. Visualize your goals, set your desired outcome...

The Tree That Bears Fruit Will Be Stoned

A common saying in the Tamil language warns that the tree that bears fruit will be stoned. Sadhguru responds, only when someone sees the value of the fruit and longs to taste its sweetness, will they take the effort to throw a stone. Article Mar 6, 2017 Q: There is a saying that the tree that bears the fruits will be stoned… Sadhguru: Oh, I know that better than anyone! They will keep throwing stones. If somebody has to take a stone and throw it at you, it takes lot of effort. They are throwing it at you because you are of some value. You are a valuable target! Who would throw a stone at someone who is not worth anything? Unknowingly, unconsciously, people know the fruit is valuable. So we have been stoned quite a bit. But over the years, many of those people have turned around. They are standing under the tree waiting for the fruit to fall into their mouth. That is always how it is. It is alright if people throw stones at you. Bearing fruit is more significant than being stoned. Just because somebody is going to throw stones at us, should we remain without fruit in our life? That would be a tragedy. It is alright if people throw stones at you. Bearing fruit is more significant than being stoned. Bearing the fruit is what makes your life significant and worthwhile. Stones or no stones, what does it matter? They will only throw stones at you, but they will never cut you down because they want the fruit. Anybody who has known the value of...

Full of Drama

Take life as it is, full of drama and adventure.  Experience the fun and the excitement, if not, it’ll turn into melodrama! So, the next time things get dramatic in your life, add the ingredient of humour and go from feeling heavy to being light. Lighten up and you’ll lighten up the situation; going from melodrama to enjoying the drama of life. Wasteful Thoughts By having the sanskars or personality of wasteful thoughts, you increased the duration of a situation. When you have wasteful thoughts, you understand that they are wasteful, but just as there is great force of a river or an ocean, so the flow of wasteful thoughts is so fast that they pull you. No matter how much you try to stop them, they still continue to flow. You understand and you also think that it is not right; you understand that it causes a great loss, but you still continue to allow them to flow. What is the reason for this? The lack of the power to transformation. The Filtration Process In The Soul The mind and its creation i.e. thoughts, in these times, in most people, are controlled by three main factors: i. their habits or sanskaras ii. their past experiences, and iii. information which they are exposed to and which they imbibe.  The intellect is like a filter which has the function of discriminating, of judging the thoughts and deciding which ones to put into practice and which ones not to, basically filtering them. Presently the filter of the intellect has become weakened, confused and unsure; it has become blocked by many incorrect beliefs, due...

The Quality of Mercy

A person with the quality of mercy works on such a subtle level that the support given never demeans or implies weakness in the other person. Smile You never have to be miserable because of someone else’s bad attitude. Your own attitude is yours to control, and you can do with it what you please. Others will often attempt to draw you into their negativity. They may whine, scream, glare, pout, or call you all sorts of names, but never does it mean that you must pick up on any of it. You can lovingly and politely choose to stay positive. Simply realize that another person’s negative attitude is that person’s problem, and does not have to dictate your behavior in any way. The most powerful response to negativity is not more negativity. The most powerful, confident, effective response is to keep yourself focused on moving positively forward. Smile, and know that you are in control of how you feel, what you think and how you act. Offer your best, most sincerely positive face to the world, no matter what kind of faces you find looking back at you. Rather than being pulled down, you’ll be lifting up. And that’s a powerful, effective place to be. Defining Failure Given below are some definitions of failure: Soul Sustenance Imbibing (Absorbing) Spiritual Knowledge The first step into experience, particularly the meditation experience, is knowledge. What does it mean to ‘know’? Knowing involves four steps, which ultimately give the meditator the experience of realization: The first step of knowing is information. With information, our intellect opens to new ideas and opinions. The second step of...

Make Worry Work for You

If you’re worrying about something, address the worry, there’s obviously something that needs your attention.  Worrying serves no purpose unless it spurs you to move into action. Ask yourself, if what you’re worrying about were to happen: How bad would it be?  How would you deal with it? Is there a positive possibility within the worry? Turn the worry into something positive and make the worry work for you! Celebration Normally we celebrate for some time and at that time forget our worries. But once the celebration is over we come back to our routine thoughts. Celebration is seen as something temporary and is in the company of those dear to us. But not always do we get such a chance to celebrate. Hence we usually keep looking forward to some new celebration. Real celebration is to enjoy the beauty and joy of each and every moment. This moment is special and it is this moment that is the real celebration. Such celebration keeps us in constant enthusiasm. So we will stop looking for special occasions to be happy but will be able to make the best use of this moment and give others that experience too, instead of being dependent on others for celebration. Crossing Negative Circumstances Or Situations  In order to have a wider perception and not to drown in any negative situation i.e. not to get affected by it, you can position yourself in a positive way. Instead of losing respect for the self and developing a negative consciousness, if you make your consciousness positive and stabilize yourself in respect towards yourself, in maintaining your positive and...

Secrets to Overcoming Procrastination

Procrastination is not only the thief of time, it is the creator of subtle inner tension. You know you are cheating yourself. There are three secrets to overcoming procrastination. One, don’t wait till you feel like doing it – the feeling will come when you start doing it. Two, list all the things you have to do and thenprioritize the list. Three, create a vision of the result and be motivated by the vision of the outcome, not the thought of the process. Control Normally control is understood as something which we need to have over others or situations. So when things go wrong, the first thought is to control others. But since neither the situations nor the people are in our hands, we are unable to succeed in controlling them. Instead of trying to control something that we have no control upon, we need to start with ourselves. The more we are able to keep a control on ourselves with constant attention, checking and changing, the more we will be able to have everything in control. Message for the day Humility is to respect everything that comes our way. In Spiritual Service, Brahma...

Mind the Gap

  The gap between what you say and what you do, between what you promise and what you deliver, is like a drain in the road. The drain is where water escapes, just as your power will seep away if there is a difference between your words and your actions. Ask yourself every day, were your thoughts, words and actions aligned? Ask someone else what they saw in you too. Feedback is the food of all positive change. Being Aware of Specialties Normally to be special we believe that we have to get a chance from the situation. So when the situation is good we are able to use our own specialties, but when the situation is not so good, we tend to come back to ordinary or waste. So we are constantly waiting for opportunities to reveal our own specialty and at other times being coloured by the negativity or ordinariness of the situation. When we are aware of our own specialties in a conscious way, we are able to add quality and beauty to everything that we speak or do. Nothing of ours is then waste or even ordinary but everything we do becomes special. We are able to make everything more meaningful and powerful. We are not caught up with the ordinariness or the negativity of the situation, but are able to enjoy the moment by colouring it with our own special quality. Freedom From The Dependency On The New  In the market, there always appears the novelty (newness) of the same product wrapped differently. There always seems to be a new soft drink, a new...

Real Renunciation

On the path mapped out by the true spiritual philosophers and pioneers, there is great emphasis placed on the idea and need for renunciation. It is seen as the way to enlightenment, and freedom from the attachments which we misuse as sources of limited happiness and contentment. Renunciation does not mean giving everything away, shaving our heads, saying farewell to family and friends and finding a Himalayan mountain top. It means seeing our attachments and dependencies, our weaknesses and our evasions, and consciously giving them up. There is no sense of loss. The material necessities still come to us, paradoxically more will come. And when we renounce our own weaknesses and dependencies, there is always a strength and a new freedom to be found hiding underneath. Renunciation is a pathway to a simpler life and a highway to spiritual freedom – one of spirit’s deepest yearnings in ‘the age of accumulation’. relax7 Change To bring about a change within is to bring about a change outside too. When there are challenging situations, the usual way is to react to them and expect them to change because of these reactions. But the only way to change these situations is to bring about a change within the self. When there is the ability to do this, there is the ability to use all the resources for this purpose. When I have the commitment to bring about a change within myself, I am able to be confident and courageous in all situations. There is neither fear nor the desire for things to change according to my wish. I am willing to work...