Return to Innocence

    Why not have: Anger, as anger finishes all wisdom; Ego, as ego finishes regard; Worry, as worry eats away your life; Bribery, as bribery  finishes all justice; Greed, as greed  finishes all honesty; Fear, as fear eats away a human being.   Deep Silence When the soul goes deep into silence, easiness emerges. The deeper I go into silence, the greater will be my power of tolerance. It is in very deep, extreme silence that the soul becomes elevated. It is in deep, deep silence that God can come in front of the soul.  The Spiritual Sculptor And The Piece Of Art A sculpture is a three-dimensional artwork created by an artisan, a sculptor, by shaping materials which may be hard like wood or stone or soft like clay. God or the Supreme Being also has been remembered as the spiritual sculptor. With that consciousness, I being like a rough living block of wood or stone or a plain piece of clay, place myself in his safe hands. There are three types of faith in this consciousness:- 1. the faith in the Sculptor, 2. the faith in myself and 3. the faith in time. It’s my first faith, my faith in the Sculptor, in his vision of his finished work i.e. a perfect and complete me, which he foresees, waiting to emerge from my present imperfect self, that allows me place myself in his hands. His vision of perfection is so clear that knowing it, I feel I must regain my original condition. Also when I come in front of God, who is a perfect spiritual being, his love and the...

Complaining about the Weather

  When it’s too hot, we complain, too wet, we complain, too cold, we complain, too windy, we complain. The next time you catch yourself complaining about the weather, stop. Remind yourself to enjoy the change. Appreciate the gradations within the heat, cold, wet etc. When you stop complaining you can then do something to make the situation more bearable. For example, if it’s too hot, pour yourself a cold drink and then continue with your tasks!   Live by Values The highest discipline is to live by the values that are dearest to us. To do so we may have to sacrifice something, for example, praise, money or status. However, the rewards are enormous: self-respect, self-confidence and an ability to face adversity with courage and optimism. Seeing With Spiritual Eyes My eyes are the most powerful medium through which I, the soul, not only absorb information from the outside to the inside but also express myself to others from the inside to outside. All that the soul possesses inside it or is made up of in the form of thoughts, feelings, attitudes, positive virtues, even weaknesses, in fact all personality traits, are expressed through my eyes to others and shared with others. As I look towards others, my eyes can be used to shower others with pure love, peace, joy, power etc. and the same eyes, if not used appropriately, can shower others with anger, jealousy, criticism, hatred etc. My eyes also express whatever wisdom or knowledge I possess inside. When I stay in the awareness that I am a soul, a spiritual being of subtle light, situated at the...

True Benevolence

  There is no greater teacher than one’s own practical example. To be really benevolent therefore means that I must first change, then I have the power, the knowledge and the experience of thinking and doing for the ultimate benefit of all. Inner Happiness Protecting our sense of optimism is the best way to remain cheerful. We can do this by starting the day with meditation to pour light and love into the scenes we are likely to find ahead of us that day. And then if we keep touching base with God’s mind and His benevolent way of seeing things, the inner happiness we experience will help us pass through any situation without feeling weary. Different Shades Of Attachment To Opinions And Ideas  The attachment or detachment to one’s ideas not only comes into play while giving an idea or opinion, but even when accepting or receiving or listening to an idea from another person from the group. The more the attachment to one’s own ideas, the more will be the tendency to resist or reject the other’s idea. A particular person, with the objective or resisting or rejecting the idea: * might try to do the same through different means like putting up a seemingly valid or even an invalid objection to the idea in front of the whole group which may seem very reasonable to the group and may be taken or accepted by the group or the person objecting may try to ensure that happens or * he/she may quietly disassociate from the group if the group begins showing interest in the idea (sometimes the influence of the position...

Changing Others’ Behaviour

  Can we change another person’s behaviour? We can make them aware of their behaviour and make a polite request for them to change. When they don’t make the necessary changes, accept that you can’t change others. The only person you can change is yourself. Adapt, be flexible, and adjust your expectations to accommodate their behaviour. When there is change in yourself, you can become a catalyst for changes in those around you, but don’t expect others’ to change.   Divine help Many times people report the feeling of divine help and strength when they come close to breaking point. Actually divine help is always there, but we are usually so busy doing things in our own little way that we only look for it when we face absolute defeat. The tranquil nature of enlightened souls comes from their ability to take God’s help constantly. A state of true surrender will lead to feeling of victory in everything we do. Different Shades Of Attachment To Opinions And Ideas Very often in a group or team, whether social or official, while moving towards a common goal or objective or purpose, different people in the group or gathering give their opinion to make the objective of the team possible. While giving their opinion, one very commonly sees two different categories of people. The first category contains type of people who are attached to their ideas (to different extents) while presenting them to the group and the other contains type of people who are extremely active, positive and authoritative in giving their ideas, when they are required to do so, but are...

The Spiritual Aspect of Healthcare

      Silence, happiness, love and blessings are important aspects. Happiness leads to good health. It is only you who can give this medicine to yourself. Some bring illness to themselves through anger, greed, unfulfilled desires, expectations, suppression of feelings and relationships not based on true love. Look in your heart, you will know where your illness comes from. There are three ingredients for a long and healthy life: live with attention but without worry; use time in a worthwhile way; keep your thoughts pure, positive and filled with strength. Humility Humility grows a little more each time we step away from our own feelings and opinions and genuinely listen to the experience of another human being. Humility is dedication to the extent that no acknowledgement is sought for the self. Only when we have learned to value others no more no less that we value ourselves can we be said to be truly humble. Playing My Part As A Hero Actor  While just as beings we reside in the soul world, as human beings we play our many roles through many physical bodies in this beautiful world drama on this amazing, colorful and round stage called planet Earth. Each day is filled with multi-million scenes in different locations on this very big stage. Some scenes are directly related to us, some indirectly and a lot many aren’t related at all. Each scene that we are directly involved is an opportunity to not only play our role in the best possible way but also as a result shape the role in the most appropriate way possible. Therefore, we are...

Bright Hope

When things look bleak, bring back hope. How? Find a bright spot and shift from bleak to bright. When you feel brighter, you feel hopeful. Have hope. Hope for a brighter future. Hope doesn’t sit around ‘hoping for the best’. Hope allows you to be clear eyed, so that you can recognize opportunities, and take action – because your future begins with what you do today. The Power of Silence It is when we silence the chattering of our mind that we can truly hear what is in our heart and find the still, clear purity that lies within the soul. Spiritual love carries us into the silence of our original state of being. This silence contains the power to create harmony in all relationships and the sweetness to sustain them. And it is when we are silent that we can let God into our heart and mind, filling us with peace, love and power. The Method Of Realizing Your Purpose Throughout our daily routine right from the time we wake up till we go to sleep at night, we all always have something to think about, to say and/or something to do. We are occupied and are busy. The question is whether everything that we do forms part of our life purpose or whether we are simply occupying time spaces and using our mental, verbal and physical energy in activities, tasks and conversations that do not lead us to anything substantial or whole. We simply pass time doing and talking, but without a sense of purpose. Although the things we do and/or speak about are necessary to be done,...

Pessimist to Optimist

  If you have the habit of seeing things from a pessimistic viewpoint, then all you need to do is broaden your scope for a moment and step outside of your negative perspective. View the situation from a different light. See the opportunity in every difficulty, not the difficulty in every opportunity. Focus on the possibilities and not the impossibilities. Be more optimistic and you’ll be healthier and less stressed than when you were a pessimist.   Focus on the present Worries are an illusion. They make you live in the future, giving you the belief that you are very busy and takes you away from the present. Worries are an excuse for not doing what you really have to be doing. A reactive person appears very busy and worried. With worry, no problems can be resolved. A proactive person focuses attention on the present, acts with initiative, and the understanding that being calm and free from worry is far more effective. Internal And External Attachments  Each time we attach ourselves to anything which is external or internal (we have mentioned some common examples of both types of attachments in the last two days’ messages), we create fears, amongst which the main one is the fear of loss of what I am attached to. The attachment not only gives rise to fear but also brings with it emotions like anger, ego, sadness, jealousy, greed, comparisons, hatred etc. All these emotions have their roots in attachment, which gives rise to insecurity. Any type of attachment out of the ones mentioned in the last two days’ messages or some other is a sanskar that is so...

Courage

  Courage is taking a step forward into an area of difficulty without a solution in mind, trusting that whatever help you need will become available. Responsibility Accepting responsibility without feeling burdened by it may seem unrealistic. Yet it is possible so long as we stay close to our inner self and strength. If we are willing to trust them, spiritual principles and values work like unseen hand guiding everything in a beneficial direction. When we remain aware of this force at work, we can accept responsibility and strive to fulfill it without worrying about results. Listening To The Voice Of The Intellect The subtle or non-physical sense organ of the non-physical soul which we use to judge something as right or wrong, good or bad and then make a choice or decision is the intellect. When we are body-conscious, we are attached to many things such as people, our role, objects, money, even our own ideas and beliefs, etc. Due to these attachments, we are constantly creating emotions of fear and anger in the energy of our consciousness. It is these two emotions which then overpower or influence our intellect and stop us from judging clearly and correctly between right and wrong. This constant inner emotional noise of worry and irritation (the seeds of fear and anger) do not allow us to hear the deepest part of our intellect, which is our intuition. When we are soul-conscious, we are free from attachment and therefore fear and anger. Our consciousness is calm, focused and keenly aware of the quiet, but extremely wise voice of our intuition (inner wisdom). Decision-making is easier and choices are...

Get Through the Day

    For the days when you wonder how you’re going to get through the day, what do you do to give yourself that extra oomph to keep going? Try this: take a break, even if it’s just a few minutes. Find a window and look out to catch the light, the space and the possibility of seeing something new. Clear your head. Go from a frown to a smile. Let the brow become smooth, the features soft. Feel free, feel new and notice how the day changes for the better. Faith When we are continuously being battered by the storms of life, and our very spirit is ebbing away, then all we need to do is hang onto that gift called “Faith” that one support which will weather the storms. Faith does not depend on a clever head, only belief; belief in the self and the strength that lies within. Faith is the seed of victory and the foundation of making the impossible possible. Absorbing Spiritual Light Just as darkness is the absence of light, negativity which manifests as vices and weaknesses inside us is merely the absence of spiritual light. Through the influence of negativity, the sense organs waste away the light. The question of vice, or sin, has been of a lot of importance in religion. No matter how much political or religious control has been imposed, nothing has been able to block the internal wasting away of the “light” of the soul. Light has a source but darkness does not. Darkness is not created by any source but is rather the absence of a source. In...