Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Experiencing God

How do you experience God? In normal state of consciousness, it’s not possible. Simply because there is too much of background noise. By that I mean distractions from outside and our own thoughts running amuck in our brains. God can only be experienced when the mind is calm and we are in an altered state of consciousness. This state can be induced through techniques such as meditation. Or some people just seem to snap into it, for no particular reason. I have had such experiences when all I feel is an awareness of something so powerful communicating with me, unstoppable tears and a feeling of awe in everything that I see. During the moments, I feel perfectly at peace with myself. The feeling is there for some time (hours and minutes) and then I return back to my normal state. I’m sure everyone experiences this in their lifetime.

Objectively experiencing God is through convincing  our logic which really is not that effective. If you are looking at an object, who is the person that is observing the object? That you can say is yourself. But you get a feeling that you are aware of you watching this object. Where is that awareness coming from. There cannot be two of you. One watching the object and one watching you, watching the object. This awareness simply is called consciousness. The first one watching the object is simply trying to analyse the object, which is our brain. In other words it is our thoughts. The second person who is watching all of this is consciousness. In fact, if you look clearly, the first person is a myth. It’s just a thought. It exists only for a second or two, but the second person is always there watching us. And this is our consciousness.

When our mind is quiet, we can experience this watcher first hand. It does not judge, nor does it discriminate. It just observes. And that’s all it does. So what’s the point? The observer is experiencing the world through us. We are just a medium. Why does the observer do that? Well, the world is full of so many wonderful things that the observer is enjoying what it perceives. So who is this observer? It’s our consciousness. If you read the Bhagvad Gita, God says that he/she is the knower of the field. In short, this observer is God. The field refers to the external world. Or nature. Going a bit further, God also says that he/she is the field itself. In short, God is observing God created things. This is to get that feeling or experience.

As we go progressively in various stages of meditation, we come across both of these. First stage : we feel that we are the knower of the field. In short, we are experiencing purusha or our soul. The second stage: We feel that we are Prakriti or nature (what is being observed) which simply means that we are also the observed. And the final stage: There is no distinction between the observer and the observed. Both are myself. And now the wall crumbles down. We are in union with the universe, where we feel that we are the universe itself. It’s very tough to explain this. We have to experience it ourselves. The best way is to calm the mind and start meditating. We don’t need external stimulants to achieve this. We are all individual waves in the ocean that connects us all. Souls immersed in a universal soul. In short, we all come from the same place and return to the same – the ocean. This life is just a short itinerary in those millions of voyages that we have to undertake till we become one with God.

Best Wishes,

Guru30

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Consciousness explained

Consciousness is an elusive thing, because we all have it, but somehow we fail to nail it, as to what it is exactly. Some people correctly identify consciousness to be something we have all along except, when we are in deep sleep. Even while dreaming we can be aware of consciousness. Some think that our brain produces consciousness. This theory does not hold water, as in deep sleep also, the brain is active. So where does our sense of consciousness go during that time ? The greatest damage has been done by Descartes saying ‘I think, therefore Iam !’ Thinking is not to be equated with consciousness. Our thoughts emanate in the brain. And consciousness is not in the brain. It’s non-local. So here are some aspects of consciousness to ponder upon :

1. It is fundamental

Like mass, space, time etc, consciousness seems to be a fundamental concept imbibed in our universe. This calls upon a scientific theory for the same. However the reason why we have not been able to make much progress in this front is because consciousness is subjective. Although we all seem to have consciousness, our experiences are varied. No two are the same. Neuroscience suggests that there are trillions of possibilities embedded within our brains. These possibilities are images and stories. We always connect our experiences with these built in possibilities, and either strengthen or weaken them. Where do these images and stories come from ? Well, they are collected as we grow from childhood to being adults. Some even say past karma. However these memories don’t suggest that they are the only ones out there. Some spiritualists also claim that we have access to Akashic records outside the brain. This brings us to the concept of mind, the brain being the physical expression of that. The mind is thus much more than the brain.

2. It is universal

This is the panpsychic theory of consciousness which suggests that consciousness is embedded into everything from a human to a sub-atomic particle. However their complexity varies. While we are much complex creatures, a subatomic particle has a very low degree of consciousness. This theory seems to be a natural offshoot of the above point that we made a while ago. Thus we have group consciousness, societal consciousness, internet consciousness, global consciousness and a universe that is sentient. The idea in religious literature is of a super soul that is God and we being a miniscule part of it. However, small it may be, it has the same properties and potential of the super soul. Like the poet Rumi said it ‘We are not a drop in the ocean, but the ocean in the drop’. Even worms, insects and cats have soul’s. Forget that, even walls do. Everything is immersed in the soul energy. However, the degree of awareness is different. For eg: your cat may have an awareness that does not exceed yours but does when compared to an earthworm.

3. It is non computational

Not all theories can be explained by mathematics. There are many places where mathematics simply cannot answer the conundrums. For eg: parts of

  • Classical Physics
  • Field theory
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Things outside quantum mechanics

The soul does not seem to work on computations. The experience that we go through, is not a set of ADD, SUB, MUL, DIV instructions. It’s a feeling, that is produced by various factors like the emotions, senses, processing, memory etc. Spiritualists give the term ‘Qualia’ for experiences that are fundamental for example the shape circle or the color red. These somehow add up to give us a summative experience. We are not sure as to how it works, but it does. The difference between a computer and consciousness is that a computer cannot be selective about it’s input, whereas consciousness seems to know what to filter. This property can also be seen in the brain.

4. It is information intensive

The more the information a system holds, the higher the degree of consciousness in it. This is naturally so. We are complex beings and we have a high degree of consciousness. A computer which holds lesser information is not as conscious as we are. However, the difference is in the processing. Unlike a computer which executes a set of instructions, consciousness can be experienced through things like epiphanies, deja-vu’s and law of attraction, to name a few. Our experiences seems to have visualized the state before itself. A computer cannot beforehand predict the outcome, without going though the instructions. Yes, looking at the data, some amount of predictions is possible. But in the case of consciousness, even data does not seem to be required. It’s a far more form of an advanced technology.

If in some words, we were to explain the term beauty, only consciousness can do that by giving us the experience of it. Can you ever define it? The beauty of a sunset can only be felt and never be explained by words.

To your awakening,

Guru30

Monday, August 10, 2015

Software is eating the world

Software is eating the world. (Marc Andreesson)

Software comes in various flavours. There is the OS, the middleware and the applications. There is a host of other software falling into categories like utilities, plug-ins, games etc. Software has the following characteristics:

  • It works on top of hardware. Thus hardware is a must.
  • Software has a personality.
  • Deep down it’s a bunch of zeroes and ones.

Here are some varieties:

The know it all

This kind of software is the one which chases the holy grail. The best example is Windows 10 which claims to work on all kinds of devices (hardware). That is as far as the OS is concerned. In applications, it would be ERP, which claims to work for the entire organization. These software tries to keep up to the integration challenge.

The specialist

This is a niche seeker. For example, Salesforce.com which is a CRM software. These software solve a single problem of an individual, a department or the organization. Most of the software in the market follow this model.

The change seeker

These kind of software keeps on getting updated with changes which are frequent in nature, say in days and weeks. Good example would be OS’s which keeps releasing patches or anti-virus software which keeps updating its signature list.

The leader

The software in this category aims at a leadership position. The no. 1 database software is ORACLE which until now did not have a contender. Another example would be Wordpress, which seems to vie for the position of blogging leader.

The follower

For a particular category of software, there are many followers. For instance, blogger and tumblr are followers of Wordpress in the blogging world. ORACLE ERP is a follower to SAP. SugarCRM is a follower of SalesForce.

The above is just a peep into the many more kinds of software categories. Software development is both art and science, as well. The new category of self modifying software is quite eerie, as they promise a world of software which will arise without human intervention. Whatever maybe the case, we are in a world where we cannot live without software.

Best

Guru30

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

How are we similar to a Machine

If you consider yourself as a Computer, there are five things important to you :

  • CPU
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Bandwidth
  • Network

CPU

Our brain acts like a parallel processing computer. One where there is no single CPU but multiples. These CPU’s crunch incoming data from our senses and produce reactions. There are three parts of the brain:

  • The reptilian brain (Fight / Flight Response)
  • The Limbic system (Emotions)
  • The pre-frontal cortex (Day to day survival needs)

The reptilian brain is synonymous to exception handling in CPU of a computer. The limbic system are the instructions which trigger the output- for example displaying a video. The pre-frontal cortex is like the Operating System which does things like Garbage cleaning (some are done by the compiler/interpreter itself), Deadlock resolution etc.

The brain can be in any one of the states of consciousness:

  • Beta (awakened state)
  • Alpha (Relaxed state)
  • Theta (Nearing Sleep)
  • Delta (Deep Sleep)

In a CPU this correlates to the Clock speed of the computer. The CPU further consists of the microinstructions (instruction set), the registers and memory. In our brains, this is the beliefs and values and the different kinds of memory that we possess.

Memory

The brain has memory (both short term and long term). Even the cells have memory,in it’s DNA. Memory that is used for day to day activities is the short term memory, whereas memory inside a CPU is in the ROM (instruction set) . The long term memory is the RAM of the system. Note that when we sleep, the RAM is no longer required. But the short term memory is. (Instruction set in ROM)

Storage

For a computer, the storage is in the form of Hard Disks or SSD’s. For the brain, we have memory in the form of subconscious which can be compared to storage.

Bandwidth

Is the throughput, or how much of data can be processed. This refers to the size of the data bus of a CPU. (32 bits / 64 bits etc). For our brain as it’s a parallel computer and responds through many neural pathways, the bandwidth can be very high.

Network

This is the external senses through which we perceive the world and respond. For a Computer it can be the ethernet connection or the Wi-Fi speed.

It looks like we and our silicon neighbours are quite identical and as time passes by we will see the similarities increase, till a point where a human will be half machine and half human.

And that will be the arrival of Kalki, the next avatar of God.

Awaiting

Guru30

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Till death do we part

Do not get attached to the thoughts that come in your mind. They keep coming and going. No reason to get stuck to any of them. In the same way, do not dodge emotions/feelings that make you feel bad. Let them come and go. As you know, none of these thoughts or emotions are permanent in nature. Pretty much like life. Still we take life so seriously. We plan, strategize, do all that makes us feel good. Not knowing that the average life span of seventy-seven years will pass like a blink. Whichever way you may have lived, you have come here with empty hands and will go back empty handed. Ironic, isn’t it ? But during the time that you are a guest of this beautiful planet, you have a job to do. To make it better, in any way, that you are capable of. Fend not just for yourself, but others too. Bring a smile to one more face or a million faces, if you can. And you would’ve lived your life well…

So what is the purpose of all this? Well, the answer is zilch. Nothing. You have to find your own purpose, or better yet, create it. You see, life is like a football match. Some get to play the goalkeeper, some get to play the referee. When the match starts (when you are born) everybody is cheering you. You have a limited time (a lifespan) to play the match well. When the match ends (death) everyone returns back home. In the meanwhile, either you have played well or not, your turn is over. People may remember you, if you played well. Or else your name gets buried with the names of those who did not make a difference. Playing a match is not that difficult, however scoring a goal is. That is what makes you a winner. No matter what, you must score.

There will always be people who are antagonistic to your ways. You just can’t avoid that. But the magic is to keep believing in your dreams, still when the opposition is loudest. Do not give up your dreams and goals. Do not stop and falter, when you are in adverse situations. You should bounce back even more when the circumstances are harsh. That shows that you are made of metal. So strong that pressure does not bend it. Water does not rust it. The wind does not erode it. Once you have figured out what you want to do, go right after it, with full determination. To rest for  a while, it’s OK. But do not quit. Failures are just breakpoints. You need to watch your moves – your strategies – if they are not getting you where you are headed. Make the appropriate change and then get on it.

Now what if you pass away in the midst of all the action- with some unfulfilled dreams? Do not fret. The fact that you have tried your best is enough. Maybe you won’t end up in the legends list. But you will also not be on the wayfarer’s. There is a lot of scope for someone alike you, who (he/she) can complete your dreams. Give it a chance. But you must have had some traction with your goals. Things that you count as important. Some milestones achieved. Say you are a businessman who dreamt of building a billion dollar business. And it’s still in the millions when you had to go away. Maybe someone will pick up the threads and make your dream complete. You see – the dream is important – not who does it. Because folks – this life is a very short affair – live it to the best you can, when you can, till you can.

To your dreams,

Guru30

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Seven spiritual laws of success

1. Know thyself
It’s very important for you to know yourself. This is the secret to realizing God. When you know your self (soul), you get to know God. You will feel an overwhelming sense of peace thereafter. Get to know your emotions and thoughts well. See clearly the actions that you take based on them. Get rid of negative subconscious beliefs. Know your strengths and weaknesses clearly. Work on them. Despite all shortcomings, learn to accept yourself the way you are. But work towards improving each second. Because the only purpose of life is growth. Raise your vibration level, till you achieve the sublime. Propel your strengths and realize the gifts that God has given you. You are a blessed person. Understand that and above all, feel that in your day to day life.
2. Pay attention
If you don’t have a focussed mind, you have work to do. Pay attention to everything around you. Notice the subtle and the not-so-subtle. When listening, listen with your full energy. If some things are not clear, wait and listen again, till it so becomes. If your mind is distracted, learn to bring it under control. Point it to the thing you want your attention to dwell on. The mind is like a drunken monkey, but we can learn to keep it under our control. Try Yoga or meditation. If you are paying proper attention to life, you will always be in awe of it. You will wait for everyday to begin and accept the things that come your way. Just pay heed to them and take action after fully attending to them. Focus.
3. Act
Do not procrastinate. The shortest distance between your current state and future is intention. Be hard core about it. You cannot achieve your future state unless you act on that intention. The law of attraction says ‘Ask-Believe-Receive’. But between he last 2 steps there is one thing missing and that is action. Too many people dream about success without acting. These dreams do not have enough gravitational pull to make them manifest. Only your actions can make them do so. It’s very important for you to take steps towards your dreams everyday. Maybe baby steps, but walk you must, on the road to your dreams.
4. Accept failure
Despite your best intentions, you may not succeed in some of your ventures. Accept them gracefully. Dissect them. Learn from them and let them go. Move to your next plan. You see there is not a single person on this Earth who ha not failed. Failure is a lesson to us, that we did not make proper moves or maybe did not plan enough or maybe mixed up emotions or whatever it may be. This is a step towards our eventual success. Failure is akin to darkness. You need that in order to see light – our success. That has a sweeter taste. Celebrate your failures like success.
5. Make Friends
In this short life, one way to go about is by making friends all the while along. You see friendship is a gift from God. You can choose them, unlike relatives where you cannot exercise the choice. But making friends today is easy. Facebook. Bebo. Myspace etc. But these are virtual friends. Nothing beats the feeling of having real friends and downing a pint or two with them by your side. The talks are the cake’s icing. So make as many friends as you can. Share your story. Listen to theirs. Smile at them, be supportive and empathize. There are 7 billion of them waiting to hear from you. You may run short of time, but not friends.
6. Follow your love
Its very important to spend time on that which concerns you. Do only those things that you long for. Do not be in a job which you hate. Follow your call. If you love to dance, be a dancer. If you love to run, be an athlete. If you love to talk, be an anchor. Do only that which comes naturally to you. Your gifts from God have to be exercised. Do not waste time running after that which you detest. This life is a short phenomenon. Make sure that you have lived it to the fullest by working on your desires and see your dreams taking shape before your eyes. Only do that which appeals to you. Do not go against your inner nature.
7. Thank God
Everyday. Every single minute. You owe that to God.You are in this current state for reasons that are beyond your guesses. Only God knows your way ahead. He has already given you a lot of gifts. Like say your health. Your family. Your friends. And there are so many other wonderful things that he has sent your way that it is not enough even if you say thanks to him. Believe in his power and believe in yourself. Keep thanking him. It will open your channel to God and he will shower his blessings on you. You may have been in a war-torn country or other situations that would have been really dis-tasteful. Thank him that you have a life that you look forward to and remember all that he wants from us is to grow towards him. Step by step. Second by second. And that too is in your favour.
To your best,
Guru30

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Spirituality and Reality

Spirituality is about the inner us. Reality is about the outer us. When the inner constitution of an individual is strong, he/she does not get fettered in the advent of adversity. If you are, as dianetics calls you a ‘clear’ person, you have nothing to worry about. As long as you carry the baggage of judgments and other experiences imbibed into you from various sources, and see the world through those eyes, it’s very difficult for you to appreciate life and progress. Most of the people are caught up in the same rut. They have different kind of fears. Fear of failing. Fear of getting rejected. Fear of lagging behind. And so on. All these are picked up in the so called ‘experience’ of life. Mind you, as a child you never had these fears. But as grow up, we tend to pickup these non-existent fears.

The only way to a better ‘you’ is an elevated consciousness. If you are not aware of yourself as a part of ‘God’, you are missing out on some very juicy aspects of life. Know that you have infinite potential – to be who you are, as you have aspired for it. Everything is possible – all you have to do is raise your frequency. The universe will automatically plot a path for your dreams to flower. But say if you are yearning to earn more, whereas most of the time you are focussed on the lack of it, the universe will give you more lack of it, as per the law of attraction. The key here is to shift your thoughts. From a mentality of shortage, you have to switch to abundance. There is so much of goodness (for the lack of a better word) in the universe, that everyone can claim his share and still be left with more to desire.

You see, you are where you are because of your actions. Do not blame anything else. The only way to ‘up’ your situation is to plant good seeds of thoughts into your mind and then take massive action. If you do not get out of your old mind patterns, you are likely to stay in the same place, day after day, year after year. So how do you get rid of these old habit patterns ? Well, the answer is simple. Firstly, you need to identify those mental blocks which are hampering  your way ahead. Once you have identified them, every time you come across the same set of thoughts, you have to consciously be aware and not follow them. I personally use a ‘switch’ system. Whenever these thoughts bother me, I say to myself aloud ‘Go’ and I’m back to my new avatar. If you keep doing this, soon you will find that the destructive thoughts subside with time.

Reality is different. There are many ways to navigate the real world, with it’s own rules. You may have reached the peak of consciousness, but to make progress in the real world, you have to follow it’s ways. Some of these may be straight and some crooked. Only yield to those that match your value system. For example, if you are not in favour of bribes, don’t give or accept one. You can still survive. The road to success is usually a long one. So do not take any shortcuts that you may have to regret later. As you progress more on the path of revelation, you will find that your definition of success also changes. Think of a goal more than yourself. Maybe you have helped one other person besides yourself to find the shore. That’s good enough. Anyway, you have to give meaning to your idea of success. And if it doesn’t seem enough, go make some changes to reality. Better yet, change yourself, as it is acceptable to you.

May you find and walk your path.

Guru30

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Will machines take over us

There seems to be a big debate regarding whether AI(artificial intelligence) will cause a problem to human beings in the future. There are 2 opposing views: Some people like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk think that machines will supersede us in intelligence and that can be a real problem if they disobey us. Others like Deepak Chopra think that such a scenario will never happen. To understand which camp is right, we have to first understand what is intelligence. There are different levels of intelligence that every one of us is endowed with. Intelligence is detecting patterns within data or information. One property of intelligence is that it enables us to take action very much like knowledge, the only difference being that it is backed by memory (data mostly).

You see, there are 2 types of intelligence: One that is backed by data and one that is based on actuals (where memory is not involved). The latter is more powerful as you get to see the world as it really is without any past reference. As far as machines are concerned, they will just have one type of intelligence viz. one that is backed by memory. In this intelligence they will definitely supersede us. It’s just a matter of time. But the other form of intelligence is something that a machine will never be able to have, as their view of reality will be based on a lot of data. The see-through intelligence that I just described can never be the domain of a machine.

Although in reality, we don’t see people using the see-through intelligence much, we are accustomed to the memory backed intelligence. Not that it’s not useful. It has it’s own place. Most of the stuff that we have created in this world was from this type of intelligence. However that has not lead to our ultimate quest – which is of well being or happiness. That is because memory backed intelligence, along with joy brings misery. If we misjudge this kind of intelligence it can have bad ramifications. But a fraction of the people have applied the right wisdom to get traction out of this type of intelligence. However, see-through intelligence always brings joy.

Hollywood has a strange way of depicting the man-machine conundrum. Movies like Terminator which depict humanoids in a dangerous manner can really affect people’s thoughts. That is why when you talk about Robots, in the U.S. people simply think that they are going to take over. In a country like Japan, they are more welcoming the robotic revolution. Their view is that robots are going to supplement human work. Whether robots exceed our intelligence or not, one thing is that they will have a different kind of consciousness, unlike humans. We have intuition on our side, the equivalent of which is not seen in robots. Maybe they will have wisdom too, a trait that we proudly consider ours. Whatever may be the case, this world will change. We are going to be seeing machines implanted into us to enhance our limitations. Robots will become mainstream. Maybe they will function as good teachers or administrators. Only time will tell.

To your future

Guru30

Sunday, May 17, 2015

In search of true freedom

Whatever you do now or that which you have planned in the future is simply for one thing : you want to feel happy. Now happiness is an enduring state of the mind and body where you simply feel good. The emotion that comes out of this state is Joy. Of course, you want to be joyful all the time. But emotions do not last forever. Feelings do. Happiness does, joy does not. To feel in a constant state of happiness always, means a lot of work. We have to get rid of our negativity that is buried deep inside. Embrace all that is positive and keep negative things away from you. Actually speaking in absolute terms, there are no negatives. Either something does not exist (zero) or it does (positive). While this may be true, there are some emotions and feelings that we don’t feel good about. We need to address them instead of avoiding them before they become chronic in nature.

In fact, deep down all we are doing is attaching meaning to symbols. These when done in a repetitive fashion leads to deep rooted feelings. Imagine a lion in front of you. Now imagine a deer in front of you. Both lead to a different emotional response. While the first may trigger a sense of fear, the latter may evoke a sense of joyfulness. How we respond to events creates different emotions within us, but mind you, these are temporary. They come and go. However, feelings are more permanent in nature. They are attached to our fabric of life – by that I mean our outlook on life. Our beliefs – cultural, ethnic, political and so on. Our state of mind reflects this always. Have you noticed that some people are always happy and some are downright miserable. This are the feelings that are deep down. Difficult to change, but not impossible.

Now coming back to the question of why people do what they do. Well, think of a parent seeing her baby in danger. While she may spank the baby for a wrongdoing, her love for the baby is eternal. Temporarily it manifests as a emotion called anger. While this may seem to label love as a feeling, it’s beyond that. Love simply transcends emotions and feelings. Love is not just within us, it’s found everywhere. In our absence also, it exists. It’s kind-of-hard to define what love is, but it seems to be universal. While we may mistake happiness (A feeling) and joy (An emotion) with love, they are simply  a form of  Love that manifests within ourselves.  It may be true that ‘Love makes the world go around’. In this search of the self, finally we all stumble upon the same thing – Love.

Why do you think you are reading this article ? It’s not for the understanding, but for the temporary emotion that it evokes in you – joy , disgust or whatever. Or maybe it resonates with your feelings and gives you happiness. Whatever may be the case, the fact is that it is not knowledge that you are looking for but the feeling that it can give you. Because deep down,  feelings are tied to our sense of identity – our systems of rights and wrongs. Something’s just feel the way they do, because that is what we have been believing in. In the yogic system, the mind or the buddhi is the first layer (of the four) through which we perceive. This is through our coloured lenses (called values and beliefs). Internalize one more learning into your beliefs and you got one more coloured lens. True perception is when the mind disassociates with memory and sees things as they are. This part of our mind is called chitta. It’s an awakened being who can see the world through this layer of the mind. Because if you do, feelings and thoughts won’t distract you, as all objects that the mind perceives are nothing but the manifestation of God. And you are seeing truth, as truth was designed to be. In short, your search has come to an end. You are baby steps away from Mukti (true Freedom).

Wish you the best,

Guru30

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Thoughts and Emotions–Friend or Enemy

Can a bunch of symbols, mean anything intelligent ? Yes, they can. If they are arranged in a particular order. In fact, that’s what we are. Deep down, we are nothing but a bunch of symbols being represented as a human because we have formed complex patterns. Our brain is one such evolution. So is our DNA. Although, we may have forgotten a lot of things, our body remembers everything. For instance, the eyes that you may be sporting may be your great-great-grandfather’s eyes. The body remembers everything. And by that I mean the DNA inside us is a living proof from where we have descended. Strange as it may seem, this memory is much more exhaustive than our brains. To cut it short, our body has more memory than our brain.

Our mind and brain are like software and hardware. Some people mix the two up. But they are distinct. Software includes our thoughts and emotions. Some thoughts lead to emotions and some emotions leads to thoughts. For some people thoughts are predominant over emotions and for some people it’s the other way round. So much emphasis has been given to thoughts in the recent times, that we have forgotten that emotions can also trigger or be triggered. While thoughts can exist outside a body(like that of a computer), emotions need the body to express them. We act on our emotions, not thoughts. That’s the way we are wired, unlike a computer for which there are no emotions. Still people think that computers will be able to emote. They may, but it will not be real.

Like a mango cannot be known without tasting it, we cannot know the world just by observing it. We have to taste it – by that I mean we have to live it – with our emotions. Emotions are the outward expression of the experience we are having. Hence it’s very easy to change ourselves. Change the thoughts and emotions associated with the experience that we desire to have and wallah, we will experience the way we want to. For those who are stuck in a rut also, this applies very well. Direct your emotions at will, with the conscious mind. Herein comes the usefulness of memory. We can relive some our memory and make us feel exactly the way we want to. Finally, it’s about those deja-vu emotions that make us feel in a particular way.

If life gives you a lemonade, make a lemon drink. Don’t complain that you did not get orange. But there is no harm in aspiring for orange. After all, we have the power to achieve what we seek. But in the end, it’s about thought and emotion culture. A well trained mind will be able to achieve anything it likes, whereas a mind that is gone astray, will sway about, reaching nothing. Good, positive thoughts and emotions will make us feel good. If we chose otherwise, we will feel that way. I know that life is not easy. It’s not always possible to remain in a calm mind. Sometimes we burst. But it is exactly these destructive thoughts and emotions that we must master and supplement them with good ones. Taking up a practice like meditation can also help. Clear the clutter and make it better. You are a born winner, and you will reach your goals by having a healthy mind.

To your well being.

Guru30