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Indestructible Psyche

To possess an undefeated mind means not just that we rebound quickly from adversity or face it calmly, even confidently, without being pulled down by depression or anxiety, but also that we get up day after day, week after week, month after month and attack the obstacles in front of us again and again and again until they fall or we do. An undefeated mind isn’t one that never feels discouraged or despairing; it’s one that continues on in spite of it. While the ability to control what happens in life may be limited, we do have the capacity to establish a life that surmounts the suffering that life brings.

Resilience isn’t something that only a fortunate few are born with, but rather something that everybody can take action-steps to develop. Start with the scheme that all problems are solvable. Understand the meaning of victory. Look into the human desire to be happy, how to obtain benefits from adversity and why wisdom can bring an end to suffering.

Identify a personal mission; create a sense of purpose, then commit to that mission. Make a vow: Resolve to soldier on. Identify the obstacles. Overcome the barriers. Avoid distractions. Expect Obstacles. Make use of adversity, negative thoughts and the anxiety of uncertainty.

Accept pain, both physical and emotional. Let Go! Loss can be inevitable. Find the meaning in loss. Exercise self-compassion. Appreciate the good. Find and maintain gratitude even gratitude for obstacles. Encourage others and understand them. Helping others is to help self.

Experience the power of encouragement by mustering your courage against fear, even your fear of death. Resilience is essential for being able to meet life’s challenges. Anyone can increase his or her inner strength. All of us can have indestructible psyche.

Be You

Refuse to be anything you don’t want to be, and that’s it. Sounds simple, right? It is, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. I can tell you that this philosophy has helped me through a ton of crazy stuff recently. Are you facing haters in community or online? Refuse to be bullied. Do people say mean things about you behind your back? Refuse to be victimized. Are you shy or self-conscious? Refuse to be insecure. Do you feel as if no one is listening? Refuse to be silenced. Are things not going your way, in general? Refuse to be unhappy.

Wherever you are in your life right now, there are going to be ups and downs. Sometimes, the downs can totally outnumber the ups. But by refusing to be who you don’t want to be, you are accepting yourself for who you are and who you aren’t, accepting things for what they are and what they aren’t and sending a loud and clear message to everyone that you accept them, too–just as they are.

I’ve had a pretty cool life so far. I have a great family, amazing friends and wonderful profession. That doesn’t mean I haven’t faced challenges along the way. If you know me and my story, you know that I’ve been the target of some very harsh bullying online, more than once. For the most part, I’ve been pretty good about not letting things get to me. People who hate online don’t know me. If they’re okay with viciously hating on a total stranger, then they’re probably really hurting inside. One thing is for sure, I’m not going to defend myself or deny things that aren’t true anyway. I sure am not going to worry about what those people have to say. I will not allow them to ruin one single minute of my life!

I know sometimes the insults and name calling can be really hurtful. Every once in a while something someone says will hit me and kind of bother me. At times like these, I go back to what keeps me centered: my family, my friends, my pets, my art, my charity work. It doesn’t matter, just as long as I’m in a place where it’s okay to be me. I feel the love that exists in these places and I remember who I am, what I’m doing, and who I am becoming. I am proud of me and I refuse to let strangers make me feel otherwise.

So be you. No matter where you are in life, what you’re encountering, or what anyone else tells you. Refuse to be who you don’t want to be, and you’ll be ready to take on whatever the world throws your way.

Charter of the Hindu Faith

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Long after the English language has disappeared from India, the gift that has here been made, through that language, to the world, will remain and bear its fruit in East and West alike. What Hinduism had needed, was the organizing and consolidating of its own idea. What the world had needed was a faith that had no fear of truth. Both these are found here. Nor could any greater proof have been given of the eternal vigor of the Sanâtana Dharma, of the fact that India is as great in the present as ever in the past, than this rise of the individual who, at the critical moment, gathers up and voices the communal consciousness. Go you out into the entire world, and preach the Gospel to every creature! If one religion is true, then all the others also must be true. Hindu faith is yours as much as mine.

Indians do not merely tolerate, we unite ourselves with every religion, praying in the mosque of the Mohammedan, worshipping before the fire of the Zoroastrian, and kneeling to the cross of the Christian. We know that all religions alike, from the lowest fetishism to the highest absolutism, are but so many attempts of the human soul to grasp and realize the infinite. So we gather all these flowers, and, binding them together with the cord of love, make them into a wonderful bouquet of worship. None is foreign or alien. There exists only humanity and truth.

Behind every Indian lay an ocean, calm with long ages of spiritual development. Behind him lay a world that dated itself from the Vedas, and remembered itself in the Upanishads, a world to which Buddhism was almost modern; a world that was filled with religious systems of faiths and creeds; a quiet land, steeped in the sunlight of the tropics, the dust of whose roads had been trodden by the feet of the saints for ages upon ages. Behind Indian, in short, lay India, with her thousands of years of national development, in which she had sounded many things, proved many things, and realized almost all, save only her own perfect unanimity, from end to end of her great expanse of time and space, as to certain fundamental and essential truths, held by all her people in common.

All religions are travelling, a coming up, of different men, and women, through various conditions and circumstances to the same goal. Wherever you see extraordinary holiness and extraordinary power, raising and purifying humanity, know you that I am there. To the Hindu, man is not travelling from error to truth, but climbing up from truth to truth, from truth that is lower to truth that is higher. Man is to become divine by realizing the divine, that religion is perfected in us only when it has led us to "Him” who is the one life in a universe of death, Him who is the constant basis of an ever-changing world, that One who is the only soul, of which all souls are but delusive manifestations are great outstanding truths which is authenticated by the longest and most complex experience in human history.

Hinduism in its wholeness bases on the Vedas. All that is true is Veda. By the Vedas, no books are meant. They mean the accumulated treasury of spiritual laws discovered by different persons in different times. From the high spiritual flights of the Vedanta philosophy, of which the latest discoveries of science seem like echoes, to the lowest ideas of idolatry with its multifarious mythology, the agnosticism of the Buddhists, and the atheism of the Jains, each and all have a place in the Hindu’s religion. There is no sect, no school, and no sincere religious experience; however, like an aberration it might seem to the individual that might rightly be excluded from the embrace of Hinduism. The distinctive doctrine is that of the Ishta Devatâ, the right of each soul to choose its own path, and to seek God in its own way. No army, then, carries the banner of so wide an Empire as that of Hinduism, thus defined. Indian spiritual goal is the finding of God, even so is Indian spiritual rule; the perfect freedom of every soul to be itself.

This inclusion of all, this freedom of each is the glory of Hinduism. India’s supreme call, of sweetest promise is "Hear, you children of immortal bliss! Even you that dwell in higher spheres! India has found that Ancient One who is beyond all darkness, all delusion and knowing Him, you also shall be saved from death. Here is the word for the sake of which all the rest exists and has existed. Here is the crowning realization, into which all others are resolvable. Let everyone help in the building of a temple wherein every worshipper in the land can worship, a temple whose shrine shall contain only the word Om, there are some of us who catch in the utterance the glimpse of a still greater temple — India herself, the Motherland, as she already exists — and see the paths, not of the Indian churches alone, but of all Humanity, converging there, at the foot of that sacred place wherein is set the symbol that is no symbol, the name that is beyond all sound. It is to this, and not away from it, that all the paths of all the worships and all the religious systems lead. India is at one with the most puritan faiths of the world in her declaration that progress is from seen to unseen, from the many to the One, from the low to the high, from the form to the formless, and never in the reverse direction. We differ only in having a word of sympathy and promise for every sincere conviction, wherever and whatever it may be, as constituting a step in the great ascent.

I only reveal India of the treasures that India herself possesses in her. The truths revealed are equally authentic. The truths lain in its difficulty of access, in their want of modern clearness and incisiveness of statement, and in their loss of mutual coherence and unity. The texts that today carry the bread of life to thousands might have remained the obscure disputes of scholars. Plunge yourself into the depths of the realization and come back only to tell its secrets to the pariah, the outcast, and the foreigner.

Swami Vivekananda who, while proclaiming the sovereignty of the Advaita Philosophy, as including that experience in which all is one, without a second, also added to Hinduism the doctrine that Dvaita, Vishishtâdvaita, and Advaita are but three phases or stages in a single development, of which the last-named constitutes the goal. This is part and parcel of the still greater and more simple doctrine that the many and the One are the same Reality, perceived by the mind at different times and in different attitudes or as God is both with form and without form, He is that which includes both form and formlessness.

Here is the meeting-point, not only of East and West, but also of past and future. If the many and the One be indeed the same Reality, then it is not all modes of worship alone, but equally all modes of work, all modes of struggle, all modes of creation, which are paths of realization. There is no distinction, henceforth, between sacred and secular. To labor is to pray. To conquer is to renounce. Life is itself religion. To have and to hold is as stern a trust as to quit and to avoid.

This is the realization which makes Karma, not as divorced from, but as expressing Jnâna and Bhakti. The workshop, the study, the farmyard, and the field are as true and fit scenes for the meeting of God with man as the cell of the monk or the door of the temple. There is no difference between service of man and worship of God, between manliness and faith, between true righteousness and spirituality. Art, science, and religion are but three different ways of expressing a single truth, but in order to understand this we must have the theory of Advaita.

The formative influence that goes to determine this vision is threefold. There is, first, literary education, in Sanskrit and English. Second, the contrast between the two worlds will open that have with it a strong impression of that particular experience which form the theme of the Indian sacred books. Third, it is evident that this, if true at all, had not been broken in by Indian sages, as by some others, in a kind of accident; to a certain extent was it the subject-matter of a science, the object of a logical analysis that shrank from no sacrifice which the pursuit of truth demands.

The preparation for the task is not complete. One has to wander throughout the length and breadth of India, from the Himalayas to Cape Comorin, mixing with saints and scholars and simple souls alike, learning from all, living with all, seeing India as she is, and so grasping in its comprehensiveness that vast whole. These, then — the Shâstras, the Guru, and the Motherland are the three notes that mingle themselves to form the music of the understanding messages of Advaita. These are the treasure which is India’s to offer. These furnish an Advaita student with the ingredients whereof he compounds the world’s heal-all of his spiritual bounty. These are the three lights burning within that single lamp which India has lighted and set up, for the guidance of her own children and of the world Bless the land that bore message of Advaita and believe that not even yet has it been given to us to understand the vastness and significance of the message of Advaita.

Humanity and Truth

Indians do not merely tolerate, we unite ourselves with every religion, praying in the mosque of the Mohammedan, worshipping before the fire of the Zoroastrian, and kneeling to the cross of the Christian. We know that all religions alike, from the lowest fetishism to the highest absolutism, are but so many attempts of the human soul to grasp and realize the Infinite. So we gather all these flowers, and, binding them together with the cord of love, make them into a wonderful bouquet of worship. None is foreign or alien. There exists only Humanity and Truth.

Humanity and Truth

Posted November 24, 2012 by dranilj1 in COGNITION

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Simple Truths

The acquisition of knowledge doesn’t mean you’re growing. Growing happens when what you know changes how you live.

You can’t have good ideas unless you’re willing to generate a lot of bad ones.

A good idea without action is worth nothing.

Change is often resisted when it is needed the most.

Discipline is choosing what you want most over what you want right now.

People seldom do things to the best of their ability. They do things to the best of their willingness.

You can’t change other people; you can only offer guidance, and lead by example.

Right now, there’s a lot you don’t know. And if you never challenge your own beliefs, the list will never shrink.

If you’re talking to someone you don’t know well, you may be talking to someone who knows way more about the topic of conversation than you do.

The most common and harmful addiction in the world is the draw of comfort.

Growth begins at the end of your comfort zone. Stepping outside of your comfort zone will put things into perspective from an angle you can’t grasp now.

When you spend time worrying, you’re simply using your imagination to create things you don’t want.

It’s usually only as good or bad as you think it is. Most of what we see is only what we think about what we see.

Most of the bad things you worry about will never happen. Most of the bad things that do happen will have never crossed your worried mind.

Some circumstances are uncontrollable, but we can always decide how we react to those circumstances.

Those who complain the most, accomplish the least.

Whenever somebody discredits you, and tells you that you can’t do something, keep in mind that they are speaking from within the boundaries of their own limitations.

Every problem you have in your life right now is your responsibility, regardless of who initially caused it.

It’s not so much about finding opportunities as it is about creating them.

Having a plan, even a flawed one at first, is better than no plan at all.

Paving your own road is intelligent only if nobody has gone exactly where you are going.

What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while.

What you don’t start today won’t be finished by tomorrow.

If you’re waiting for the perfect conditions, ideas or plans to get started, you’ll never achieve anything.

Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing.

Putting something off makes it instantly harder and scarier.

You cannot change what you refuse to confront.

If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.

The harder you work, the luckier you will become.

Kindness and hard work together will always carry you farther than intelligence.

Lots of successful people have failed as many times as they have succeeded.

Failures are simply lessons that help you prepare for next time.

Being successful is a journey, not a destination.

To be successful does not mean you have to dominate others; it means you have to dominate your own potential.

Your success isn’t just about you. It’s about how you positively impact the lives around you.

Being busy and being productive are two different things.

Being happy and being successful are two different things.

You have every right to be happy, but it’s up to YOU and only YOU to exercise that right. Read Stumbling on Happiness.

Everyone you meet is better than you at something. We all have different strengths. What worked for someone else might not work for you.

When you’re worried about what others think of you, you’re really just worried about what you think of yourself.

The bad news: nothing is permanent. The good news: nothing is permanent.

You don’t have to settle. It’s simply a choice you make every day. If you don’t like your life, then it’s time to start making changes and better choices.

There’s no such thing as ‘risk free.’ Everything you do or don’t do has an inherent risk.

No matter how smart you are, you will make mistakes.

Problems, when they arise, are rarely as painful and hurtful as the process of fearing them.

Confusion isn’t a bad thing. It means you’re growing and thinking.

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

In the beginning, you need to say “yes” to a lot of things to discover and establish your goals. Later on, you need to say “no” to a lot of things and concentrate on your goals.

Even if it doesn’t cost any money, it’s not free if it takes up your time.

No matter how you make a living or who you think you work for, you only work for one person, yourself. The big question is: What are you selling, and to whom?

Money makes life easier only when it’s yours free and clear. The stress of financial debt can change a person.

The fewer possessions you own, the more you will use and enjoy them.

Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile.

There is good reason why you should wake each morning and mindfully consider what and who you will give your day to: Because unlike other things in life – love, money, respect, good health, hope, opportunities, and many more – time is the one thing you can never get back once it’s gone.

Cutting your losses is often better than the alternative.

We sometimes do things that are permanently foolish just because we are temporarily upset.

Screaming at people always makes things worse.

Everyone likes a person who gets straight to the point.

First impressions are oftentimes inaccurate judgments of a person’s true character.

When you’re up, your friends know who you are. When you’re down, you know who your friends are.

If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you. You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot.

When someone truly loves you, they don’t ever have to say a word. You will be able to tell simply by the way they treat you over the long-term.

We rarely lose friends, we usually just figure out who our real ones are.

Just because one person doesn’t seem to care for you, doesn’t mean you should forget about everyone else who does.

Family isn’t always blood. They’re the people in your life who want you in theirs – the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.

Good looks attract the eyes. Personality attracts the heart.

In human relationships, distance is not measured in miles but in affection. Two people can be right next to each other, yet miles apart.

Being nice to someone you dislike doesn’t mean you’re fake. It means you’re mature enough to control your emotions.

If you aren’t happy being single, you won’t be happy in a relationship. You have to create your own life first before you can share it with someone else.

Whenever you hate someone or something, you are giving that person or thing a piece of your heart. Read The Road Less Traveled.

Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.

It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company.

Saying “no” to right people gives you the time and resources required to say “yes” to right opportunities.

When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.

You can raise the bar or you can wait for others to raise it. Either way, it’s getting raised.

In life you get what you put in. If you want love, give love. If you want friends, be friendly. If you want money, provide value. It really is this simple.

Cynicism might seem warranted at times, but it’s never useful.

Everyone dies, some sooner than later, and often unexpectedly. To know this means you are alive, with a chance to make the time you have left count.

You are in competition with one person and one person only – yourself. You are competing to be the best you can be.

Trying to be somebody you’re not is a sure path to self-hate, and a waste of the person you are.

It’s better to be disliked for who you are than to be liked for who you are not.

Giving up doesn’t always mean you’re weak, sometimes it means you are strong enough and smart enough to let go.

Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.

You can’t make the same exact mistake twice. The second time you make it, it’s no longer a mistake, it’s a choice.

Not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

You never have to deal with more than one moment at a time.

Many of the greatest lessons we learn in life we don’t seek on purpose.

You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.

A harsh fact of life: Bad things do happen to good people.

Regardless of the situation, the sun rises the next day and life goes on.

You never know how strong you really are until being strong is the only choice you have.

We end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.

We meet no ordinary people in our lives. If you give them a chance, everyone has something amazing to offer.

Every passing face on the street represents a story every bit as compelling and complicated as yours.

People are not as beautiful as they look, as they walk, or as they talk. They are only as beautiful as they love, as they care, and as they share.

Silence is often the loudest cry. So pay attention to those you care about.

Making one person smile can change the world; maybe not the whole world, but their world.

Blowing out another’s candle will not make yours shine brighter.

No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.

Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out.

Life is short. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.

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