Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Getting closer to God

Fasting is a spiritual exercise. It makes our body and mind strong by disciplining it. Spiritual because it makes us look inward. Another spiritual practice is meditation. This also helps us to focus on our inner selves. We think that the world outside is real, but that is just a delusion. What is real is what exists inside each of us. There is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered.

The elusive Higgs Boson particle (also termed as the God particle) is just a wild goose chase. God is neither a particle nor a wave or a string. God is an experience and the highest form of this experience is love. Love is that which is felt, that which is shared and that which is given without any conditions. For many of us, the meaning of this will become clear when we leave this body.

For the remaining people, love can be experienced while living. The best expression of love is to do something for others. That is the shortcut. We should learn to love ourselves also. Remember this life is a gift given by God to realize him. Love has different forms. But the highest is the love for God or Bhakti, as they call it. When we die, we are left with nothing but love.

Sacrifice for a noble purpose is also love. Some shrinks term it as repression. They further call it as self-inflicting pain. But then what is physical exercise and fasting. The strength that we get when we sacrifice something for a higher good is enormous. And moving towards God is becoming strong in all its annotations. In body, mind and spirit alike. Sacrifice with perseverance always pays.

But it’s not easy. We require a lot of willpower and strength. And for those who do, remember, If Mohammed doesn’t go to the mountain, the mountain will come to him.

Happy Eid.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Facing the global crisis

I do not believe in doomsday because I’m fairly sure that there is no such thing. Although the stocks are crying right now, I believe it to be cyclical. What goes up, comes down and goes up again. Maybe there will be a double dip recession or maybe the global economy will slow down, but there is nothing called as a stop. Probably it will take time for market to come to real evaluations, and it will happen sooner or later. We will still continue as a legacy of our forefathers who had dreamed of great nations.

Let me turn your attention to the internet economy. By that I mean ecommerce on the net. Right now the phase of consolidation is happening all across the web. Larger players are devouring small mom and pop stores. And soon we will be left with players who can be counted. The long tail is dying. Seriously, it’s time to do something different.

Gold is slated to touch 2000 USD / ounce by end of the year. Will it happen? There are proponents of both sides tooting their horns. Gurus are springing up faster than you say cheese. I myself, lost a fortune listening to one great guru. But make no mistakes. I take full responsibility for my actions. And I firmly believe that times are going to change.

One thing I have noticed is that we all get caught up in this rat race, once too often, which leaves a big gaping spiritual hole inside us. Do we even get time to reflect? Soon the hairs start turning grey and kids are grown up enough to advise us. This I feel is much more lethal than a global economy gone bonkers. No matter what happens to the outside world, if we are calm in our center, no apocalypse is going to touch us. Let’s restore back peace of our being and then face the world through a new set of spectacles.

That makes sense I think. Someone once said, ‘To change the world, change yourself.’ That is the biggest challenge we are facing. Are we up to it?

Ask yourself sincerely ...


Thursday, August 18, 2011

S.O.S - Mother Earth

Messaging is a universal phenomenon. To understand the importance of messaging is to understand how God communicates with us and vice versa. We are constantly receiving his signals. They seem to be one way, but our reaction to them decides on what happens in this action playground called Earth. If you have seen the James Cameron movie Avatar, they talk of Eywa, another name for God and to follow Eywa is to follow the way of life.

To swim against the river current is foolishness. A rebel may try, but will finally give up. Because what works is natural laws and nothing can alter it. Yes, there are higher intelligences who assist us getting there, but we are sometimes so wrapped up in our own problems that we fail to notice the omen. This doesn’t mean that we have to be superstitious. In fact the opposite is true. But we have to be alert.

God gets down to our level and tries to lift us up - To each according to his level of awareness. There are millions of chances that we get to rectify our erroneous ways. He is the master of forgiveness. But how much is the big question? For him it’s not difficult at all. For a human unless we exterminate anger and apathy from our makeups we won’t be able to tolerate a lot of things. It’s only a Seer who can have a fraction of the patience that God has towards us.

Imagine – we plundered mother earth in all ways. Now when global warming has started showing signs, we complain. Nature simply works on Newton’s law: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. God can intervene and he does also in subtle ways, but we need to become more aware and alert to such foolishness that goes around in the name of progress.

Such selfishness on our part without regards to others can prove to be detrimental. We have begun to pay the price and what about our next generation? Are we going to leave them a plundered place devoid of even clean air and water. The choice is with us and with God’s help we can. But first we have to do our homework and work harmoniously in saving the most beautiful planet in the whole of the universe.