Monday, December 14, 2015

The song of life

The mother I never knew
While looking at the Ocean
The Ocean …

This is a haiku by Issa, who lost his mother at the tender age of two. Those who are blessed with a mother and father till they grow up should consider themselves lucky. It’s important to get the affection of mother and father, both. Throughout our lives, when times are tough, we need the support of those who love us. This itself is breather. However, we need to get up and solve the problem that we are facing. In life, be it any situation, we do not get problems that cannot be solved by us. The problem may look menacing, but we are equipped to solve it. And then we learn from the problem. We become tougher. While walking, what do you think when you come across a big stone ? Some people wonder who put the stone in front of you. They may even curse the person who did this. Some other people, step over the stone or move it and keep walking, without complaining. This is the difference between a negative and a positive person. Let me repeat this : We are not given a problem without being given the capacity to solve it. It’s all in the attitude. Do you see the problem as something good or bad ?

I recently saw a movie called ‘The good dinosaur’ . In it is the story of a dinosaur called Arlo, who crosses over his fears to become a strong adult. That is also our story. Sometimes we have to let go of our fears, which traps us. The effort to grow beyond one’s self has to come from us only. And if we look deep down below, we are nothing but our parents, ancestors and much more. Live, so that you may love and be loved by others. We can ask God to show us the way and he always does. But walk, we must. The action is ours and we have full right to it, the willingness is also ours. But what happens, is not within our control. Treasure those experiences. To experience the future, we must embrace it fully. Ask yourself this question – ‘Am I willing to risk it’. This means letting yourself be vulnerable to the next moment. Are you experiencing the moment and enjoying it, or are you on the defensive ? Seize the moment – because that’s all you have.

You really don’t have to struggle always. If we are following the rhythm of the Universe, things will begin to unfold in your life. One by one, your dreams will come true. But you have to have the patience to wait. You feel the struggle when you want the Universe to work your way, rather than the other way around. Trust me – It’s much easier to follow God’s plan for us than having our own plans. That is what is called submission to the will of God. This does not mean that we don’t make any plans. We can and we must. But if the plan doesn’t work out as expected, let it not break your heart. Probably God has better plans for you. Don’t sit and grieve. Get on with the next task. Desire is good, but attachment to desire is not good. Do what you love and leave the rest to God. The money, the fame or whatever it is that you crave for, will follow. Don’t try to change the world, change yourself. By that, I mean your attitude towards life.

In programming when we write code, we also write what is called as exception handling – in other words how to handle the errors. Apply the same to your life. Have a Plan B and a Plan C. One of them is sure to take off. But most important, work for work’s sake and do not hanker for the results. Pay full attention to what you do. Because finally speaking, it’s not your words but your actions that matter. If you are energetic and intelligent, you will make a mark in the world. By intelligent, I don’t mean the IQ,EQ or SQ, but simply your attitude towards life. Passion has to be transformed into action and the results are sure to follow. Work hard and smart. There is no such thing as just good times. You will have both good and bad times. The good times are a bonus from God, the bad times are to make you grow. Like Arlo, the dinosaur, we all have to keep growing, till we meet our creator, when this song of life ends. So don’t you muffle the music in yourself. Release it. Unleash it on the world.

To your success …


Saturday, December 05, 2015

You don’t get what you want, you get what you need

Once you know the essential nature of something, you know everything that is to know about it. For example, water is the same whether you see it as ice, liquid or vapor. All of them are the same H20. The manifestation is different depending upon the circumstance. Thus, through the arrow of time, we take up different bodies – child, teenager, adult etc. But who is inside is the same person or the same Consciousness. That is the only real. This deep down awareness that I’m. While reading these words also, are you aware of this presence ? This undivided, always the same entity is what we are, deep down under. Rest all – our bodies, our emotions and our thoughts are all a temporary impermanent blip in eternity. These will all go away, but the experience will stay. In fact, if you try to understand the purpose of life, there is none, except for this experiencing. The whole world arises and subsides in God’s mind, as if it were waves in an ocean. Know that you are not just the wave of the ocean, but the ocean itself pretending to be a wave.

It’s not possible to contemplate the Ocean with our puny mind. However, we can experience it, in moments of silence. Which means when the mind is quiet – no thoughts are being produced. This doesn’t necessarily have to be when we are meditating. When we are involved in a work that requires all our attention also, we can get an awakening experience. When we are playing with 100% concentration, we can have the experience. The only difference between meditation and these kinds of experience is that while meditation is done consciously, the others happen unconsciously. Mind you, in all these, the experience is of prime importance. Whether you are in a room or whether you are outdoors, what matters is what you are experiencing every moment. In short, at any point of time, it’s the sum total of your emotions, feelings and thoughts. Are you feeling high or low ? Aim for the experience that makes you forget yourself.

For God, this is all just a lila or in other words a play. If you ask a child why it’s playing, there is no answer or the best that can come by is because it feels happy when it plays. For God also, life is this huge game that goes on and on, where waves arise and subside, where the flower blooms and sheds its fragrance on the wayfarer’s and then withers away. We don’t have to artificially control any of this process. Everything happens automatically with precision. Life is this big party going on, where everyone is invited to play his/her part. Your life indicates what kind of party are you having, The kingdom of God is only available to those who accept life as a play or in other words are like children. It’s for the large hearted man having fun in all that he/she does that God showers his gifts. Actually God does love everyone equally, his gifts are readily available to those people who don’t have mental blocks. In other words, to those who have a clear channel with God.

God gives us what we need, not what we want. We may want a lot of things that may not be appropriate. Hence God filters all that and gives us what we need to go to the next level. All we need to do is to remove our discriminating mind, which comes in our way of receiving the gifts from God. Basically, there are two approaches to life:

  • Be a victim of chance
  • Dictate what you get

In the first case, we pretty much become an instrument of destiny. In the latter case, we write our own destiny. Remember, deep down we are creators, as a reflection of being God’s child. We are endowed with powers which we cannot contemplate that we possess. Take a deep dive into this reality and write your own script, because you are worth it.