Archive for the ‘Truth’ Tag

Secrecy, In Fact, Is Our Only Salvation

Don’t whine about life. Accept where you are, the people around you, and the events of your life as divine gifts. You are where you should be, in the era and society that is best for you, chosen by the Divine. The spiritual part of a human being is like tuning fork; it vibrates to truth as a tuning fork vibrates when its pitch is played close to it. Trust that God put you where you are, when you are, and with whom you are, for a reason. Believe that there is a plan, that your life is not random, that it matters where you are, when you are, and with whom you are. Recognize that because it was God who decided these things for you, you have a purpose to fulfill or a special accomplishment to achieve that can be done only because you are where you are when you are, and with whom you are. I am a very religious man and believe in predetermination; that our lives are guided by the God who has a plan for every human. Trust your first instinct, do not try to change who you are, do not try to change the people around you, and accept your fate. There exists one’s true self, buried beneath the false image we try to convey to other people. Peel that false image away, and we are all the same at the core. Society is always moving forward against chaos and darkness. You cannot just expect to learn self-reliance in one day and without self-reliance, you will not get very far. Any work done in God’s name does the greatest good. No work can be accomplished without the help of others. Believe in your work and ignore the criticism of others. Every heart vibrates as its own guidance, not the direction of others.

We can talk about our troubles to those who can give us direct help, but even in this case, we must come to a carefully thought out conclusion before the consultation. We have to be perfectly clear to ourselves about our own limitations. Most of us have a foolish trick of applying for help before they have done anything whatever to aid themselves. We try to talk to our self into clearness of insight and intelligibility. The only way such people can think is by talking and their speech consequently is not the expression of an opinion clearly thought and formed, but a manufacture of it. One should be very careful when we speak about our pained emotions. The expression is apt to carry with it exaggeration. By being reserved, we are able to attach less importance to that which is not worthwhile to mention to others; therefore, secrecy, in fact, is our only salvation. Keeping one’s problem to oneself will lessen the severity of its impact on us.

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Clarity Comes From Engagement, Not Thought

You’ll never find your truth or the best way to move ahead by sitting on your couch and thinking about it. You have to get engaged and take action. When you take a step in any direction, you activate your natural knowing, your intuition and begin to feel your way to truth, from the inside out. This works for relationship dilemmas, business decisions, and big life choices.

Wisdom often defies logic. Pros and cons lists are rarely the best way to decide if you should stay in a relationship, start a new business, or even have dinner at one restaurant.

The next time you find yourself wondering what you should do, stop thinking and start taking action. Choose one option and start moving towards it. Pay attention to how you feel. Your truth will step forward on its own accord.

 

Go For Quality Rather Than Quantity

A Complicated and Elaborate Dream, Crafted by the Mind

 

Whatever we see around us is a mirage, a result of causes and conditions. What is the Buddhist viewpoint of the global financial crisis? The material world that we are pursuing is essential, but we need to engage with awareness. Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it’s a materialistic truth. From the Buddhist point of view, I think we need to develop our inner qualities that help us understand the value of inner and outer wealth. We need to stop overemphasizing material wealth. The main ingredients are inborn qualities in human beings such as wisdom and compassion; they play an important part in knowing how to use material wealth.

Young people need to take small steps. If each individual decides to make a small change in himself then the sheer size of the young population will ensure a big change in the country. It could be in terms of just raising their awareness level and looking inwards. If we enhance our sense of compassion, we can live in a peaceful way without any revolutionary change. There are many qualities that we have when we are born, such as patience and enthusiasm; they are priceless inborn qualities. Just by taking small steps and focusing on these qualities, we can bring synchronized changes within us.

Truth is of two kinds: absolute and relative. To be able to understand it, you have to go through several processes of meditation, gaining a lot of experience and knowledge. You need to see that the knowledge you receive matches your experience. Then you can find out what is correct and what is not and you can find wisdom. It’s what the Buddha taught; the method is very special. A confused mind wants to engage in something concrete and real; it wants to know reality. Truth can be shown by certain signs, but it cannot be explained by words. When we are curious, we ask a question and we get an answer; sometimes we want to know if there is something more to the answer and in doing so, we actually miss the original answer.

One has to go about it in a balanced way. If you put pressure on yourself, it won’t last long. If you don’t have a goal, then just by taking baby steps and without breaking the rhythm and practice, it is possible to achieve a lot of things. When we evolve mentally, our mental wealth also increases. The more a realized being understands about himself, the richer he becomes in every way. They don’t have to doubt their material wealth and they don’t have to worry about it as it is not a priority for them. If there is a need, they can acquire it with little difficulty.

The mind makes its own realities. The more challenging part for us is to understand relative truth. The absolute truth is simple — everything is selfless, that’s all. It’s the relative truth that’s more challenging. The whole process of meditation and of being a practitioner is trying to understand the relative truth because the absolute truth is simple, and there is nothing much to explain there. It is the relative truth that is very complicated. One is true relative, and the other is false relative, but it is very difficult to understand that. Once you have understood the false relative and the true relative, you will soon come to understand the absolute truth.

The nature of relative truth is like a veil, with which people cover their face. You feel that there is something, but you can’t really explain it. We cannot understand what is really out there. For instance, the idea of self is a relative truth. We want to know whether there is a self or not. We must take time out to think how we want to live our life. You might have to make sacrifices. Meditation is not like a painkiller; it’s a medicine, and it needs to be applied like a therapy. You have to sacrifice some time for it, have a proper routine, and gradually, you will be able to concentrate.

When we talk about primordial wisdom or compassion, table or pen, from a Buddhist perspective, we talk about the unborn mind, an unborn table or an unborn pen. Primordial means that though there is a beginning, it really is beyond comprehension. Our ordinary mind cannot perceive it. That’s why there is no beginning, because nothing is born. If something is born, then there are many contradictions about it. For instance, if the table is born, does it have a cause, a tradition and an effect? If there is a cause, then it will be difficult to say that it comes from a chemical compound. Then where do the chemical compounds come from? The idea of the ‘Unborn’ was introduced by the Buddha and later emphasized by other great beings. It means whatever we experience, see, hear, touch, and taste are nothing but certain conditions that come from certain causes.

The unborn self is like a mirage. This unborn truth can be described better by using classical examples of a mirage or magic shows by magicians. Everything that appears is unborn; it never really existed — like a rainbow or a mirage. Sentient beings go through multiple births because of this mirage. They see a mirage and they follow it. For instance, water is unborn. Human existence is like a complicated and elaborate dream, crafted by the mind.

Never tell a story because it is true: tell it because it is a good story.

John Pentland Mahaffy


Posted December 22, 2012 by dranilj1 in Life Lessons

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What Makes Creativeness


What did Albert Einstein, James Clerk Maxwell, Isaac Newton, Van Gogh, Richard Feynman and Leonardo Da Vinci, all have in common? First, they were all creative and second, they had no idea where their creativity came from. James Clerk Maxwell, the Scottish mathematician who came up with the equations that unified electricity and magnetism, had a strange confession on his deathbed. He insisted that “something within him” discovered the famous equations, not he. He admitted that he had no idea how ideas actually came to him – they simply did.

Sometimes, creative people invent causes to their creativity and how they happened to have gotten their ideas, but it’s a lot like a post-hoc explanation. The explanations are often not very convincing, and are most likely wrong. While we do not explicitly know about how the brain gives rise to creativity, we do know about the outside influences that cause the brain to be creative. The chief component of creativity is obsession. You have to be obsessive in your domain to get creative results. You have to keep working at it, day after day, month after month and sometimes for years depending on the complexity of the problem, before you get your creative idea. Einstein didn’t come up with relativity in a month. If your problem is great don’t expect it be to done in a short time.

All creative processes need preparation. This is the part where you work hard. If your area of creativity involves information, you have to get all the relevant information into your head. If you are going to paint, you will have to make sure that every brush stroke is perfect. Michelangelo supposedly drew 4000 paintings as practice before painting the Sistine Chapel (I can’t find the source at the moment). You have to do the preparatory work of laying out the foundation of your creativity. You will relax and let the brain do its thing. The one who is creative is not you, its your brain. You have to give it freedom to work away at the problem and not be bogged down by thinking about the immediate environment and everyday life. Creative people are often very absentminded. Programmers will often say that when they come upon a problem that they cannot solve, they solve it by taking a break. Most programmers will tell you that they solved their programming problems when they were nowhere near their computers. The break allows their brain to disengage from the world and work on the problem. When I say brain, I mean the unconscious brain. When you are taking a break don’t try to force your thoughts, space-out and let your thoughts go where ever they might. In this stage your brain is working on the problem incognito and making new connections, new connections you have never made before. If the problem is great and consequential, you will be making connections no one has ever made before. Check your creative idea against the cold, hard truth of reality.

Creativity has nothing to do with intelligence quotient. You do not have to be highly intelligent to be creative. There is no relationship between intelligence quotient and creativity. There is a much greater relationship between obsession and creativity. A lot of geniuses, such as Albert Einstein, were not young superstars. The solutions to great problems are often very simple and elegant. We have a bias to think that great problems require great solutions but that isn’t necessarily always the case. From Albert Einstein – ”Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction”. Occam’s razor – ”simpler explanations are, other things being equal, generally better than more complex ones.”

Being a little crazy makes you more creative. A little crazy means you are thinking in ways no one else is thinking in and you can see things in ways other people cannot. Eccentric people have different brain connections and are able to connect things in different ways. It helps in creativity if you tryout lots of different things, no matter how bat-shit crazy they sound. Very often what you take for granted may be the exact thing you need to scrutinize to figure out the solution to your problem. It is important to rock the boat, so to speak, question everything; most often scientists who become famous are the ones who successfully rock the boat. You don’t know it’s crazy until you try. It’s very easy to open yourself up and come up with something brilliant, but then, when you think about it rationally, shut it down with a, maw, that’s just too crazy. One of the skills of the creative person is the ability not to reject ideas based on fear or even rationality. Just go with it. If it really doesn’t work, you’ll run out steam. If not, you probably have something.

Creativity requires that you be courageous and try things that you wouldn’t normally do. When you try new approaches, things can go horribly wrong, but don’t be discouraged, be persistent. You will be wrong more often than you will be right. Even if you are wrong it means you have figured out one more things that won’t work and have taken one more step towards the solution. Thomas Edison once said ”I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Being wrong is not a bad thing. You won’t be right unless you are wrong. You are not creative, your brain is. You must relax and thus allow your brain to work on creative problems. Take a stroll in woods, have a lie down, take a walk, whatever it takes to disengage your brain from everyday life and zone out. Creative ideas come when you aren’t thinking about how to be creative. So relax, put in the hard work and get everything in your brain, and let it worry about how to connect it all together, that’s what it is good at.


What Are Your Core Beliefs?

I’ve learned that childhood is simply too precious to ignore. Have you ever stopped to think about how your childhood affects you? Childhood is the ground level in this life. It is our foundation. We simply cannot say, ‘What happens in childhood stays in childhood,’ because the truth of the matter is, it doesn’t stay anywhere. Our childhood is our base for this life that we lead, and without a strong foundation, we struggle to navigate the waters of life. The good news is… it’s never too late to create a strong foundation for your children or yourself. Within the first five years of our lives, our core beliefs are set.

What are core beliefs, you say? Core beliefs are beliefs that we have about ourselves or life in general that are deeply engrained within us from a young age. An empowering core belief might be, "The Universe supports me and all is well." A damaging core belief might be, "I’m not worthy or I’m not enough." These core beliefs are formed early in life, during childhood, as we watch, listen and learn from our parents, caregivers and teachers. We all have some empowering core beliefs and some harmful core beliefs. Unfortunately most of us have a tendency to hold onto the negative longer than the positive in life. If you’re feeling ‘stuck’ or a bit discouraged, I can guarantee you that there is a damaging core belief at the root of that feeling.

The bright side is that there are only a few core beliefs that generally hold us back in life. Some examples are: I’m not worthy; good things don’t happen for me; or I’m just not enough. You may or may not know exactly what core belief is holding you back, but it’s truly not necessary to know in order to repair and strengthen your foundation. All you really need are the 7 Essentials of Creating Strong Foundations for Children & Adults.

Love Yourself: Take the time to look in the mirror and see how important that person staring back at you is. Not because others have told you how important you are, but because you see the light within. Spend time nurturing and loving yourself just like you would nurture and love a child or pet that depends on you.

Feel Your Feelings: Don’t let anyone tell you what you do or do not feel. Get out of your head and into your heart. Feel what’s right for you in life and allow all feelings to process through you even the dark ones.

Quiet the Mind: Take time every day to be mindful. Just feel the breath in your lungs, feel the wind in your hair, or marvel at the vast and beautiful Universe.

Put Your Listening Ears On: Listen to that inner voice. Not the voice of fear, but the voice within that guides you based upon how something feels.

Remove Toxic Thoughts: Understand that we are driven by only two forces: love and fear. Release the negative thoughts and replace them with inspiration and positive thoughts.

Speak Your Truth: Be true to yourself. Don’t hold in your feelings. Communicate your thoughts clearly and effectively, without blame.

Plug In: Understand that we are all connected to something much bigger than ourselves and plug into that energy daily. Whether you are creating a strong foundation for your children today, or repairing and strengthening your own foundation…Childhood is too precious to ignore!

Who You Are?

 

Who U R

Take a look at the mirror. Is this who you are? If yes, then who is the person in the 10-year-old family portrait? And where will you be when the mirror shows a wrinkled face with grey hair 20 years from now? Are you the person who was sure he could not live without a certain somebody or the one who is now cursing the day he met her? What is it that attracts you to another body — for a short while, temporarily, but enough to enamor you and make you regret later when it is too late as your body has aged? Think about it. What is it in this body that is you? What is it that makes you who you are?

People tell me ‘we are the soul’ but then where is the soul? What is the soul? All these are just words till the time you actually have an experience of it. The truth is we do not know who we are, what we want or why we are here. So when we have no idea of what or where we are, who is that we are serving? We spend our life and birth chasing things that we think we want or need and the incredible part is, these too keep changing every instant.

The situation may be compared to a treasure hunt, where the participants are blind men and the treasure is the color red. None of them know what that is, and every time they stumble upon something they think that is the treasure, only to realize that it isn’t. The irony is, even if they find that treasure, they would never know they have found it because they are lacking the sense that is needed to comprehend it.

The only fact and the truth in this hunt would be that the body will go, your senses will fade away and you will be scared and confused with just one desire left — to look the way you used to and go on for more years. And go on why? For how long? Even you don’t know, but you just want to go on.

Posted November 14, 2012 by dranilj1 in Life Lessons

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