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Why Imitate? Why Copy? You are so special that there is nobody like you, you are unique and there is nobody out there like you.
Except you, everybody else is taken,
This universe is special because of you!
You have always been told and reminded again and again to become someone, you have been always taught that somebody else is great and you should become like him or her.
There is no need , with all flaws and flairs, You are the creation of this universe, That’s enough to make you special.
if only and if you can relax with your being, then you will see new doors openings for you, Struggle in life is always to become someone else. The moment you relax and accept yourself – you will see a great tension disappearing from you.
All schools and colleges teaches you at “pay attention” – “Attention” exactly means “at tension.” so in other words you learn soon to “pay at tension”
The moment you relax in your being then a great tension goes away. This tension is the biggest obstacle for your growth in life. if you remove this tension then sooner or later you will hear the tune of your life before the music plays!
The moment you relax and accept yourself, You start living in this moment and any one who lives moment to moment bound to receive universal grace, This whole earth showers you with goodies when you live in this moment and you will realise how special you are!
Remember -what others think of you is none of your business!
Today , just say – you are what you are and there is no need become someone special, because you are already special.
Mediation is art of knowing that everything in this universe is made of same stuff, Meditation is art of rediscovering you are special. You are already what you want to be!
PS: this photo is one of my all time favourites, It is important to teach children that they are special and teach them to accept themselves as they are,. only when they are comfortable with their nature then they can accept others. This whole world is a war zone because we cannot accept and respect each other for what we are.
Happy New Year to all my fellow readers!
It’s long time ! this is probably my longest break since I started this blog but it ‘s worth the silence! really…. the impact of Mumbai attack needed little healing!
Be light to feel delight!
Give yourself a minute or two! just think about number of things which are bothering you, you can see that you have endless list of pains around people, situations and lot of other things.
You are carrying huge burden of anger, frustration, guilt, hatred. There is a very little space for joy to come in, there is a very little space for silence to come in. think about it!
The reason why both inner growth and materialistic gains take sometime to achieve is because you are not nimble. In a sense you are not free-spirited to attract opportunities to life. you have a heavy wounded heart that is dragging you!
If you can clear some space for life to come in then you can attract whatever you want.
Forgiving is the first way of cleaning heart, Start with probably one a day and then clean up all your complaints, anger and hurt . there are no justified resentments! don’t justify or analyze. Just say to yourself I will let it go, till time is ripe for me to attend to the same. Lot of times you just spend justifying within yourself why you are right. Justifying is another way creating blockades inside you! Best is to let go and know that there is more joy and lightness available to you.
Forgiving is for giving……..the moment you start giving you begin to receive.
photo Copyright : NYtimes: People’s belongings are seen lying on the floor amongst streaked pools of blood at the shooting site in Chattrapati Shivaji Railway terminus in Mumbai on November 26, 2008. Young policeman is escorting a oldman out of blood smeared Platform. http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/images/photo/2008/11/26/1127-MUMBAI/25962244.JPG
Recently we suffered terrorist attacks. 10 misguided young men came and sprayed bullets across Mumbai, India. Nine of the terrorists died and one captured alive. There were a reported 151 people killed from 11 different countries – though nearly 100 were Indian. More than 300 injuries have also been reported
my prayers to all ten of those terrorists:
– next time or in your next life, if God permits – become my brother or son or someone I know. Let me show you Love, let me show you power of compassion. Let me show you that Rose is far more powerful than a bullet. Let me show you thousand ways to be Religious, Let me show you thousand ways to celebrate life. Let me show joy of helping and saving lives!
They came a long way to kill
people they never met
to murder someone they never knew
to hurt people they have never seen,
I do not know what drove them
but I bet
they have not prayed ,
Looks like they have never been loved and cared.
Bullets never listen to the prayers ,,,,,,
Bombs can never be made in God’s courtyard,,,,,,
It doesn’t matter
For every act of Evil
There is a million acts of kindness!
I send you love, ………………..Brothers in arms
PS: my hearfelt tears and prayers to those killed in Mumbai attacks. My your soul rest in peace!
Have you noticed? you tend to move more towards love as you finish a fight. Over a period of time “cat fights” have become aphrodisiac in your relationship. That’s because your mind moves from one extreme to another. That is the nature of mind.
Now psychologists say if you don’t fight often then your marriage is dead! mmm…
To me, Whenever two lovers are intimate with one another they become silent. It is not that there is nothing to express. On the contrary, there is an overwhelming amount to be expressed. But words are never there; they cannot be. They come only when love has gone.
If two lovers are never silent, it is an indication that love has died. Now they are filling the gap with words. When love is alive, words are not there because the very existence of love is so overwhelming, so penetrating, that the barrier of language and words is crossed. And ordinarily, it is only crossed in love.
Meditation is the culmination of love: love not for a single person, but for the total existence. Meditation is a living relationship with the total existence that surrounds you. If you can be in love with any situation, then you are in meditation.
Danger is beautiful! In deep danger we come alive and we come close to stillness!. That’s why millions of people are addicted to dangerous sports and dangerous games! They love to tread forests, climb mountains, and play with fire, Ride a bike on terrains! In flying, climbing – you will find moment of stillness. Next time when you brake your car against unknown obstacle- just watch yourself! You will hit a wave of stillness and silenceness. Because you are not used to stillness you interpret silence negatively as fear!
Watch children, Constantly they are doing something which makes parents go nuts!, They are jumping from wall, Playing with Electricity, doing something what grown ups call dangerous! Kids never find interest in something easy; they need something challenging, risky and dangerous! As adults we keep destroying that unique quality every kid is born with! Teach them common sense. Don’t teach them to be meek. That is ability to take risks, ability to do things to your heart content.
Allow your kids to grow up with a quality of Risk taking ability, yes, they may lose many times but they constantly grow. Unlike most of you where life is stagnated!
Meditation is probably the biggest risk you can take. When you die to past and future you live in this moment. Every moment then becomes a unknown journey. To live in this moment is totally dangerous in society’s eyes. That’s why you find few risk takers in history - A Jesus here, A Buddha there, A Einstein here, A Leonardo there.
You were born with potential
You were born with goodness and trust
You were born with ideals and dreams
You were born with greatness
You were born with wings
You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.
You have wings
Learn to use them,and fly.
Years back I used to fly Wing gliders and I had one small problem according to my coach!. I used to get lost while flying! I can say my first taste of meditation occured when I took my gliders early morning. Now I have realised that I don’t have go anywhere to feel light and flight. Just silent mind and awareness is enough.
Meditation is art of flying without wings . Go inside and find your flight! Unless you know your way into sky it’s difficult to find your path on earth!
Love and lots of it
If you love somebody then you need not be self-conscious, and if you are self-conscious, you cannot love because the ego will become the barrier. If you are not self-conscious, only then is love possible. That’s why the more egoistic a person is, the less possibility is there of love. And when there is no love you are in a vicious circle: you think people don’t love you because you don’t appear beautiful, so you try to be more beautiful; you become more and more self-conscious — the more self-conscious you become, the less a possibility is there; and if you become absolutely self-conscious it is almost impossible — nobody can love you. You will simply put off anybody who comes near. You are a closed person, nobody can enter you.
In other words the moment find love, you are at ease. The moment you taste love then you need not pretend. You need not wear masks. You will be just as you are and you will allow whole world to see you transparently. And then miracle happens, you will attract people who like you for what you are. All the unwanted relationships start withering away.
Love means you are at ease. Love means you don’t need to pretend anymore.
Meditation is a way of finding your love. In-fact when meditation happens to you then Love blooms inside you. Love is fragrance of meditation.
When I am in my mind
I see greed, cunning, hatred, angry
when I am in my heart
I see Love, compassion, beauty,
I have both heart and mind
I can choose the one I want
If my mind is Devil
If my heart is God
then Devil and God must be in me!
I guess Devil Must be God!
otherwise How else I know the beauty of God!
There are only two types of people in the world. there are people who are always asking for more and never enjoying what is available. When that which they are seeking becomes available they will be still seeking for more. they are not going to enjoy either. They will be postponing their enjoyment for their whole life. their life is nothing but a long long postponement;it is always tomorrow. Today they have to work, today they have to earn, tomorrow they will relax and enjoy. but the tomorrow never comes, It is always today. Hence they live life without knowing what life is.
The second category is those who enjoy that which they have,not bothering about more. And the miracle is that everyday they have more and more to enjoy. Their capacity to enjoy increase. they are constantly practicing it. Each moment they are enjoying:they become more skillful in enjoying, they become connoisseurs of joy, they become very very sensitive about small nuances of pleasure. All their sense become alive, they have become tremendously intelligent.
And out of this intelligence, awarenss, sensitivity, the next moment is born. of course they will be able to enjoy next moment more than they have enjoyed this moment.
Meditation is nothing but life in here and now. Meditation is nothing but recognizing you always get one moment to live but two moment to think(past and future).
Khajuraho temple is probably most meditative spot created on earth. Mystics of India dared to use life force or sex energy to convey Meditation.
I do not know how many of you have ever visited Khajuraho? if you haven’t then you should make it a point to visit this temple once in your life time. Periphery of this temple is carved with exquisite erotic sculptures. It’s Kamasutra in visuals!
This is not playboy or pornographic experience. Although this can beat playboy hand’s down. This is a school of tantra. Tantra is first school of mystics to use Base energy of Man. Some call it life force or Sexual force. Names doesn’t matter . what is important to know is that we all are part of this vital energy.
But the most famous part of the Khajuraho is always missed out in discussion. To me most beautiful part of Khajuraho is the center of temple. This is probably only temple in India which doesn’t have any Major God or Deity at the center. In other words inner core of this temple is empty. Extraordinary foresight to showcase most potent message.
At the heart of Love there is only silence!
At the heart of the orgasm there is nothing but silence. Psychologists now say addiction to sex is nothing but reflection of tense mind. Your longing for orgasm is nothing but longing for silence. Mystics say first glimpse of meditation has to be orgasm!. It is very difficult to explain Meditative experience But you can say it is closer to aha of Orgasm!
Have you looked at couples in Marriage Misery ? One thing which is sure sign of dead marriage is when couple cannot bear silence between them. Just take a look at them, they need constant noise around them. whether it is music, TV or children – whatever it takes but not silence between them! Isn’t it amazing that people in Love always love silence but in marriage they can’t bear silence!.
If you ask before marriage any couple they just say we enjoy each other company. they can look into each others eyes for a long time without talking. but just after Marriage- they cannot bear any silence in between them. It’s not only sign of Your love , it is also state of your mind!
If you need to be in Love then you need know how to enjoy silence. If you cannot enjoy silence then you cannot enjoy communication also. We make so much efforts to teach children to talk, communicate but we never make effort to teach them silence. That’s why growing they find so much difficult to find love. Love is a by product of peace, awareness and silence inner self. In Love you can relate to other only to an extent you can relate to yourself.
Next time find some silence before you make Love , you can go to depths you have not gone before.
Meditation is art of cosmic orgasm. Meditation is art of becoming love itself.