Friday, November 11, 2011

The Essence Of Spirituality

Spirituality is the essence of life. Spirituality brings to us the real picture of the life. Spirituality introduces us to our reality. Spirituality is the science of spirit.
By the term of spirit, people generally conceive of ghost. Soul is a bigger realm of which ghost is just a part. We too are spirits. The only difference between us and ghosts is because of the type of body we possess. This is getting profound. Today the meanings of the words have been lost, because of ignorance. People make the words or explain them to other in the way they understand without bothering of the real meaning.
We are souls. A very easy explanation to this statement can be the ultimate reality of life i.e., death. Many believe that life is just the result of combination of certain compounds but if it were true then the death cannot be explained. What does a person loose at the time of death to get transformed into a dead body? Of course, nothing material, it is we ourselves. It might be a little tricky.
When someone dies, we say, he/she is no more. This statement is generally misunderstood it must be understood that “he/she is no more” means that the spirit is no more in the body or on more in the easily perceivable form. We can call the state of the spirit after the death to be in-manifest.
It is a long journey that we are going through. There are numerous bodies that we take in the run with every single body associated with a birth and a death with life in between. It will be discussed later.
In this way spirituality starts with the spirit and then finally merges with the Divine. God is also a soul. We have a very small difference.
The way He (the Divine) manifest himself is the universe. The span of His manifestation is a numerous times longer than that of ours. He controls His manifestation and ours too but we do not.
All of us might have heard of dissolution. This is nothing but just the process of change of Divine’s state from manifest to in-manifest.
This universe is beautiful and big, very big. As we live on the earth but do not come to know of its shape and assume it to be flat. Thanks to our astronomers to bring the truth to us. Similarly we do not come to know of the reality of the universe even and just remains busy discussing its infinitesimally small part but do not even think of its essence as the Lord Himself. This is something due to which we are now looking at the God as a mystery. Thanks to the sages of India.
But as the sage reached the end of the knowledge by knowing the essence of the universe, we too can.
We have always been searching of a single thing that should be known to know about everything else. For example as we know that sugar is sweet we can easily tell the taste of any disk prepared by using sugar.
God is that one thread on which everything else is resting as beads. He is the one reality to know whom, the goal of our lives is. As after His knowledge happiness, death, life, sorrow, good, bad everything ceases. It is something like meeting of a son to his father after ages, but infinitely intense.
This is all of spirituality in small chunks. Ages have passed discussing on these topics. Knowledge has no end other than the God Himself. So spirituality is not something that leads to God in fact. But God Himself leads to Him by something that is known as union or yoga.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Quest For Knowledge

Quest for knowledge does not end till we feel enough and we feel enough only if we know it is enough for the purpose. We know it enough for the purpose only when the purpose is achieved. And the purpose is achieved only when the time comes. So, when further knowledge does not seem useful, we must keep patience and wait for the appropriate time. Before it unnecessary loads of knowledge will not do.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Importance And Tips Of Inclusion Of Balance In Life

Life is the name of perfect balance among different aspects of nature. And when this very balance is disturbed, the life becomes hell. Of course, our lives start with a greatly balanced state but with the influence of the interaction of external and our internal nature(sattoguna, rajoguna & tamoguna), this balance is generally lost. Once this balance is lost, we get disturbed and distracted from our paths.
Even in Shreemad Bhagavad Gita the Lord says that one whose life is not balanced, can't be a yogi.
Now, how to inculcate this perfect balance back into our lives? I have again the same simple answer i.e., renunciation. What we need to do is to bring renunciation in our lives.
I know that those who are new to spiritual discussions might be looking at the word renunciation as a mystery. But don't worry as I am soon going to dedicate a post on the simple ways to inculcate renunciation in our lives.

Renunciation

Our goal is to reach the Divine, to experience His presence, to realize Him and to attain Him. But, at many points of time this seems tough. This is an effect of our attachment(s). Here comes the time to bring renunciation into our lives. Renunciation, as per general belief forces one out of his or her house into a lonely forest or uphill. But, renunciation is far more than it. In fact, spirituality never forces anyone for anything. I really don't wanna criticize those who renounced their homes in past. And who am I to do so? But I just wanna tell that it is not always the same that the spiritual seeker needs to go out wandering in bushes in search of peace as it always reside inside us alone.
I mean to say that renunciation is more mental less physical. We need to detach ourselves from the things which have taken over us. We just need to overcome our weaknesses. We just have to raise the capability to picture ourselves without the things or person without whom we don't expect an easy life.
However, it is very difficult to attain but possible and important. In ancient times sages used to leave their homes and family behind as this makes the practice of renunciation a bit easier. But anything easily attained is vulnerable.
Another thing is that when someone takes the taste of sweets he forgets the sweetness of tea. This is the reason why in Gita it is told to fix the mind on the Lord as He is far more blissful than any other attachment of this mortal world.

Importance Of Flag Posts In Temples

Temple Flag Post


A temple's flag postJust like the television station transmits signals to various televisions through antennas, the grace and blessings of the deity in the temple are transmitted to the whole world through the antenna called the flag post (Dhwaja Sthamba). When the consciousness is infused into the deity during the Kumbhabhisheka – called as the consecration ceremony of the temple - the same consciousness is also permeated into the flag post (Dhwaja Sthamba). When this is done, from a mere stone idol, the deity becomes the very fount of cosmic energy. This energy is reflected onto the sacred flag post (Dhwaja Sthamba), which stands directly opposite the deity, and is transmitted to the entire cosmos itself. -As explained by revered Swami Nimishananda

Change For Better

§. Change your thoughts if you wish to change your circumstances. Since you alone are responsible for your thoughts, only you can change them. You will want to change them when you realise that each thought creates according to its own nature.
Paramhansa Yogananda
§. Everything changes, nothing remains without change.
Gautama Buddha
§. Change in society is of secondary importance; that will come about naturally, inevitably, when you as a human being bring about the change in yourself.
J Krishnamurti
§. The entire world may not change./ The entire world cannot change./ The entire world even will not change./ But your tiny world you can and will change forever/ at this very moment with the help of your confidence-heart./ Yours will be the unparalleled victory.
Sri Chinmoy

Bhagavad Gita Summary (In English)

The Bhagavad Gita ("Song of God") is the essence of the Vedas and Upanishads. It is a universal scripture applicable to people of all temperaments, for all times. It is a book with sublime thoughts and practical instructions on Yoga, Devotion, Vedanta and Action. The Bhagavad Gita has influenced many great thinkers over the years. Why do you worry without cause? Whom do you fear without reason? Who can kill you? The soul is neither born, nor does it die.
Whatever happened, happened for the good; whatever is happening, is happening for the good; whatever will happen, will also happen for the good only. You need not have any regrets for the past. You need not worry for the future. The present is happening...
What did you lose that you cry about? What did you bring with you, which you think you have lost? What did you produce, which you think got destroyed? You did not bring anything - whatever you have, you received from here. Whatever you have given, you have given only here. Whatever you took, you took from God. Whatever you gave, you gave to him. You came empty handed, you will leave empty handed. What is yours today, belonged to someone else yesterday, and will belong to someone else the day after tomorrow. You are mistakenly enjoying the thought that this is yours. It is this false happiness that is the cause of your sorrows.
Change is the law of the universe. What you think of as death, is indeed life. In one instance you can be a millionaire, and in the other instance you can be steeped in poverty. Yours and mine, big and small - erase these ideas from your mind. Then everything is yours and you belong to everyone.
This body is not yours, neither are you of the body. The body is made of fire, water, air, earth and ether, and will disappear into these elements. But the soul is permanent - so who are you?
Dedicate your being to God. He is the one to be ultimately relied upon. Those who know of his support are forever free from fear, worry and sorrow.
Whatever you do, do it as a dedication to God. This will bring you the tremendous experience of joy and life-freedom forever.

Anger: The Biggest Enemy Of Intellect

I know that all of us get angry now and then. Anger is an outcome of unwanted situations of life. Some people feel it as their strength. But in fact, it shows the weakness of a person. It is only when a person feels himself poor before the problem, he takes up unnecessary way to tackle the problem that leads the person to more problems. I feel both ignorance and anger as complementary to one another. As ignorance leads to anger, anger leads to more ignorance. The Lord, when incarnated in the form of Shree Krishna, explains, "From anger arises delusion; from delusion, confusion of memory; from confusion of memory, loss of reason; and from loss of reason one goes to complete ruin".

Swamiji Says

§. There is a vast difference between saying "food, food" and eating it, between saying "water, water" and drinking it. So by merely repeating the words "God, God" we cannot hope to attain realization. We must strive and practice.
§. Only by the wave falling back into the sea can it become unlimited, never as a wave can it be so. Then after it has become the sea, it can become the wave again and as big a one as it pleases. Break the identification of yourself with the current and know that you are free.
§. True philosophy is the systematizing of certain perceptions. Intellect ends where religion begins. Inspiration is much higher than reason, but it must not contradict it. Reason is the rough tool to do the hard work; inspiration is the bright light which shows us all truth. The will to do a thing is not necessarily inspirational.
Courtesy: "Selections From The Complete Works Of Swami Vivekananda" published by Advaita Ashrama

Foundation Of Yoga

It's not possible to make a foundation in Yoga if the mind is restless. The first thing needed is quiet in mind. Also to merge the personal consciousness is not the first aim of the Yoga: the first aim is to open it to a higher spiritual consciousness and for this also a quiet mind is the first need.
Courtesy: "Bases Of Yoga" by Sri Aurobindo

Happy New Year 2011

First of all wish you all a very very happy new year 2011. You must be having special planning to make the year happy. Arranging party and taking resolutions are two of the most popular activities. A party can make you happy for some time so I recommend the second way, as it is more effective if practised rightly. Apart from this, some more tips to make the new year happy are as follows:
1. Meditation: Meditate regularly if you are irregular in meditation. If you have not even tried, then start it now.
2. Speak lesser: Try to remain quieter and talk only when required. This will keep you focussed on your goal and avoid unnecessary attachments.
3. Think positive: Be optimistic and try to think good for all people and events. Emphasize on positive aspect of an event and be ready to face its unfortunate negative aspect.
I hope this will help you all a lot to make your new year happier. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2O11.
(Posted on 1st January 2011)

It's Time To Pack Up

As the hand of our clocks rolled, we find us on the verge of end of 2010. We have also started wishing happy new year 2011 to our near ones. But, we also have to bid farewell to this year. How can we do this?
Just think when we leave a place where we had been for long time as guests, we thank the host and also say sorry for our mistakes made either knowingly or unknowingly. The same thing is to be done here also. Today we just need to thank the year for giving us an year long refuge. We should thank our friends and relatives for everything they did for us. We need to thank the Master (God) for his kindness. We should say sorry to everyone whom we think were hurt by us. We should sit alone and repent before Almighty for all our mistakes which seems unforgiveable to us. I am sure, His eternal kindness will make us free from our sins. This will make us purer and we'll be able to feel the freshness of 2011.
(Posted on 31st December 2010)

Merry Christmas

On the occasion of birth anniversary of the great, kind and most humble Jesus Christ, I wish you all very very merry christmas. To make our christmas meaning ful we must strive to bring the virtues of Jesus in our lives.
(Posted on X-mas day 2010)

God Is Ready To Help

I belong to a lower middle class family of Jharkhand, India. I am now persuing chemical engineering in Birsa Institute of Technology, Sindri (popularly known as BIT, Sindri). It's a challenge for my father earning Rs. 25000 per annum to run my family and our (me and my elder sister) studies. Yet, he never thought of giving up. Recently, he discovered of a scholorship. Knowing me eligible for it, he made me follow the formalities. And I am glad to announce that yesterday I recieved a check of Rs. 25000. This shows that the Almighty always helps those who help themselves. I am very thankful to the non-governmental organization of America, Foundation For Excellence (FFE) and other local body Lions Club, Sindri whose joint venture brings this immense help for needies. I would like to thank Mr. Bikash Roy, a member of Lions Club, Sindri and Mr. R. Prasad, a facilitator of FFE for their help. I also thank all generous donators for FFE, through whom the Divine makes this auspicious work possible. At last I want to say that just do your duty even in adverse conditions, if you are loyal towards your duties then the Supreme always stands with you.

Is it possible?

This is the question which is very frequently asked in spiritual discussions by new learners. Let me tell you a real incident to illustrate you the fact that everything or anything in this world is possible.
It was the time of my maternal grand-mother's paternal grand-father. Really very long ago. He was a potter. He used to live in a small village Ganauni in Darbhanga district of Bihar. Once a saint came to his house and asked for some food. My maternal grand-mother's paternal grand-father welcomed him with due respect and offered him the food with extreme reverence. After getting satisfied of the services offered, the saint said that after two days a typhoidal epidemic is to strick the village, but none of the potters has to worry. Then the saint was seen walking slowly towards a Peepal tree where he disappeared. After two days really a very cruel typhoidal epidemic stroke the village. Many people died. Almost every house lost three to four of its members. But the saint was completely true. So, none in the Kumbhartola (part of village where potters reside) had to suffer.
This is one of the incidents that also suggest that anything or everything is possible.

Sacred Word Are Way To Divine

  • Its your right 2 speak & its your duty 2 speak true. So, speak.
  • Fighting 4 anything is futile s even light cant exist without dark. Everything is complimentary 2 something.
  • Religion is just the path to Divine. Just tread to reach your goal instead of being attached to it.
  • The Day of Judgment is an important notion; but that Day is always with us.
  • Alfred North Whitehead
  • 2 things which constitute life r planning & working accordingly.
  • Practice makes a man perfect and only practice can.
  • What you do is always more important than what you just know.
  • All other thing is transient except the God and we the Soul or the God/all pervading Soul.
  • Meditation brings perfection to your personality by unleashing your infinite potentials free. Keep meditating & be happy.
  • Everyone is unique with his/her unique point of view. Never expect everyone work & think as you do.
  • Peace is one of our virtues. Hence, peacefulness allows us to work more effectively.
  • Meditation helps us to see inwards so as to make us conscious of our real being.

Strive For Freedom

Freedom


Dear friends,
Hello,
You are reading the first post of this blog (excluding welcome, as this is the first post relevant with the subject).
When we got these bodies, right from that time our needs started driving us, which is very obvious. But the problem arouse when our controls were handed over to our desires, by our needs, on finding us unconscious of our potentials. And this problem has now taken the form of an enormous hurdle in the path of our success, as most of us are yet driven by unending desires.
The only thing I want to explain is that if you haven't identified your potential yet, please stop for a minute and think of the reason why have you got this body? Is this merely for enjoying this transient world? If it is so why does one have to move in a circle and come back here again. Nay, in the form of this body, we are blessed with the most sophisticated instrument to work for our salvation.
The Master being very kind, has not only provided us these instruments but also shows us the way to use it for the same by different ways (this blog may be considered as one).
Try to hear, the cry of your soul, as I have heard. It neither asks money nor fame nor any thing else. But it cries for freedom, peace, bliss etc. which can only be achieved on Divine realization.
With this blog post, start your life with a new vigor and move towards Him more confidently.
Trust me, its not from our side only, He is waiting for us too...
Keep visiting for more.
Thanks.

Requirements For Meditation

Dear friends,
Hello,
Knowing about your eagerness to move towards the Goal, I am back with the grand new as well as important spiritual topic i.e., meditation.
Books, theories and philosophies are undoubtedly numerous and it is almost impossible to learn all of them. Hence, we take the refuge of practice to reach our Goal, remember, a drop of practice is better than thousand of theories. The most important of all spiritual practices is non other than meditation.
Meditation means deep thinking, as per popular dictionaries. But I would like to define meditation as the way to the Divine.
Meditation is as important for a soul as to breath for a living-body.
Meditation is the application of high concentration for cutting down the shield of impressions all around us.
So, no one can meditate(actually) in one go. First step is to develop your concentration up to the extent to convert it into meditation.
Thanks.

Close Look On Concentration

Dear friends,
Hello,
By now you know the importance of concentration for meditation. The method of development of concentration can easily be developed by anyone by regular practice. It is observed that the concentration is developed best by trying to perform the task for which the concentration is to be developed. An archer develops his/her concentration by practicing archery itself. So for the purpose of meditation you should meditate and not wait for the development of concentration. When a new sadhak(one who practices) begins meditation, his/her preliminary meditation automatically accounts for the improvement of his/her concentration. As the distinction between development of concentration and implementation of the same is superfine, the sadhak's meditation starts bearing fruits even without him/her being aware of the fact that he/she has already developed a very strong concentration. Now, next is the method of meditation. There are several methods of meditation. Read the simplest and most effective of all soon.
Thanks.

Inviting Childhood

Dear friends,
Hello,
We have always been hearing that children are nearer to God. Knowing the reason of this, can take you, nearer to Him too. The reason of this is the difference in the level of purity. Children being purer are nearer to God. Children mentally are unaware of the hooks and crooks of this world. They don't know the act of ditching others. They don't harm others. They spread love, joy and purity. They bring smile to the lips. This is childhood. This is innocence. All of up should try our level best to bear this innocence throughout our lives or to regain it. This makes our life easy to live. Lets allow our childhood fall upon us back.
Thanks.

Motto Of Religion

Dear friends,
Hello,
"Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity within, by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy- by one, or more, or all of these- and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details." These are the words of Swami Vivekananda. Today it has become important to understand these words deeply as violence in the name of religion has increased too much. We, the souls are manifestations of Divine. But it seems irrational just because of the contamination we have got due to the impressions of our activities driven by desire. Our goal is Divine realization, where the divinity withing us is manifested. This can be achieved by our purification by work, worship, controlling mind and knowledge of soul and Divine. Its your right to choose the option which suits you best. This is all about religion. Religion is practical. It leads you free. Delivering lectures, following rigid rituals, murmuring books, building and fighting for shrines will not do without knowing the motto of religion.
Thanks.

Meditation, The King Of All Spiritual Practices

Dear friends,
Hello,
The importance of meditation can never be estimated less than the importance of breathing. Meditation is the outlook of reality. Meditation is the single practice which can help us more than thousand other practices taken together. Meditation should be done daily in the morning around four o'clock for almost an hour. The practitioner should maintain fine internal and external purity. The practitioner should sit in the most comfortable posture with back straight and eyes gently closed. The body should be kept relaxed. During the course of meditation, complete inactivity should be maintained but with keen observation on thoughts and experiences. Meditation is less doing than observing. The quality of meditation can be enhanced by gaining spiritual knowledge on daily basis. This is the simplest and most effective method of meditation.
Thanks.

Gaining Spiritual Knowledge

Dear friends,
Hello,
As per the great statement of great Vedas, we must welcome knowledge from all sides. Its very important to gain some spiritual knowledge on a daily basis. Spiritual knowledge is the set of instructions for a successful life. It not only helps us to solve our problems efficiently but also make us optimistic and enhances the self-confidence. The best way to gain spiritual knowledge is to meet experienced experts. But in today's context they are very scarce. Another way is reading scriptures, or biographies of extraordinarily spiritual people. Always try for the first but never leave the another aside. I hope it will help you a lot.
Thanks.

Tips For The Inculcation Of Renunciation In Life

Renunciation Life Tips


I am glad to claim that by now, reading my previous posts, you now know the importance of renunciation and are willing to make it an integral part of your lives. So, today I am going to write some simple tips for the inculcation of renunciation so that we could become free from attachments and bondage.
Spiritual freedom is the zenith of blissIf you really wanna attain spiritual awakening or Divine realization then I request you to follow these steps as we can't move towards Him without being free from our attachments.
Here we go:
Speak less- We must speak only what is needed and only when it's needed. Speaking less never means that we should not speak at all, but as these days I find everyone speaking more than enough, I am bound to write "Speak less". Useless talk is a wastage of time and energy. Also it distracts us from our Goal and destructs our spiritual earnings during meditation.
Follow a time-table- Niyam the second stage of Yoga emphasizes on routine. We must follow some routine. Our sleep should be fixed and controlled. That means we must go to bed everyday at a certain fixed time and also rise early in the morning after proper sleep duration at a fixed time. We must take our meals, breakfast, lunch & dinner at fixed timings. Similarly we should fix time for all our daily activities.
Maintain cleanliness- Cleanliness is another important factor that keeps us enabled to receive the grace of the Lord. We must bathe daily. Application of a lot of chemical products on the body is not recommended. It might make you feel yourself beautiful but it never makes you so.
Meditate regularly- Make meditation a part of your life. Do try to gain spiritual knowledge as it helps you to discriminate between right and wrong.
Watch TV lesser- Useless programs shown on TV leaves great impact on your mind. TV is meant for telecommunication purpose so news is worth watching.
That's all for now. Best of luck.

Benefit Of Being With God

In this world, almost every attachment brings pain to us. Because they are changeable and not firm and when we try to get hold of something which itself is firmless, it is tough. Yet we try to get engaged with the Divine. And believe me He is the only part of and above this world whose attachment doesn't bring pain but bliss and ever increasing bliss. The reason is as simple that He alone is unchangeable, firm and able to hold us high in this examination of life.

Attachments Weaken Our Will Power

At many instances in our lives, we fail to stand true to our decisions. We even find ourselves unable to trace, where did we make mistake. I was set to do the work, started nicely and then... The day passes and the work remains unfinished. This is just because of that single point of time when our attachement gets hold of us. We get off the work in order to return after sometime. But our attachement weakens our will power and never allows us to return back.

Bases Of Yoga, Calm-Peace-Equality

The first thing to do in the sadhana is to get a settled peace and silence. Otherwise you may have experiences, but nothing will be permanent. It is in the silent mind that the true consciousness can be built.
A quiet mind does not mean that there will be no thoughts or mental movements at all, but that these will be on surface and you will feel your true being within separate from them, observing but not carried away, able to watch and judge them and reject all that has to be rejected and to accept and keep to all that is true consciousness and true experience.
Passivity of mind is good, but take care to be passive only to the Truth and to the touch of the Divine Shakti. If you are passive to the suggestions and influences of the lower nature, you will not be able to progress or else you will expose yourself to adverse forces which may take you far away from the true path of Yoga.
Aspire to the Mother for the settled quietness and calm of the mind and this constant sense of the inner being in you standing back from the external nature and turned to the Light and Truth.
The forces that stand in the way of sadhana are the forces of the lower mental, vital and physical nature. Behind them are adverse powers of the mental, vital and subtle physical worlds. These can be dealt with only after the mind and heart have become one-pointed and concentrated in the single aspiration to the Divine.
Courtesy: Bases Of Yoga by Sri Aurobindo

The Real Hero Enjoys The Life Alone

Almost every time we talk of enjoying the life. And what this enjoyment means to most of us is attending parties, eating at expensive restaurants, dancing in a club or spending time with the girlfriend. But is this the enjoyment, we seek for. No this is not, this don't give us the pleasure we want.
Swami Vivekananda has once said that the real hero enjoys the life alone. In this world everyone is different. Everyone has to face different situations in life. Most of use have to struggle a lot. We think of easy alternative at every point of time.
Now think a bit, a person is walking on rose petals and suddenly steps on the grassy path, another person walking on a stony path steps on the grassy path. Who do you think will be happy?
Simple answer is the second one. Yes life is also the same, Grassy path represents normal conditions that everyone has to face. The second person is the real hero as he has fought with and won over the tough side of reality. And the real hero alone enjoys the life in fact.

Religion, Spirituality, Goal Of Religion, Motto Of Spirituality, Relation Between Religion And Spirituality

Today I firmly feel to discuss the basics of religion and spirituality once again.
Religion is a set of rituals framed to teach us the act of behaving. Religion avoids indepth details and frighten us with the punishments described for going against the rules. Religions are developed by different enlightened men differently in order to suit everyones style. Religion teaches us many necessary skills namely; patience, truthfulness, optimism, faith and much more.
Spirituality is a higher arena. It is the knowledge of soul. After one has understood religion completely, can jump into spiritual journey. Spirituality deals with everything in a very rational and scientific way. Some of the important areas covered under spirituality are God, soul, their relationships, their nature, illusion etc. It is the knowledge that take us to the Divine. It has less number of rituals to follow but it needs a higher level of control over mind.
We will discuss these thing in fine details in future.

Brief Overview Of Religion, What Is Religion? What's Its Importance? Which One Is The Best?

Religion, the most common word, yet the top search query on the internet. What is religion? What's its importance? Which one is the best? and much more blah blah.
As I explained earlier that religion is simply a set of rules framed to develop necessary skills namely; patience, truthfulness, optimism, faith etc. in us, through the practice of numerous rituals under the fear of the punishments for going against the rules.
Religion is meant for the beginners, those who can't understand the simplicity of spirituality with their gross minds. Religion is the base, or one can say that it is the staircase to reach the level of spirituality. The skills developed through religion are doubtlessly very important for the spirituality.
All religion has the same GoalThe question of unending debate between so called religious personalities is which one is the best, whether yours or mine. There must not be any discussion of this kind that which one is better or best as all religion has to do the same work. It never matters which one you choose and, why to choose even, among the same things, when you already have one with your birth. Religion is not a thing that is defined by the actions of a religious leader or by the infrastructure of a religious tomb. It is something that is defined by the experiences and the positive changes brought into a real practitioner. Religions are explained in the scriptures, read them and follow them.
And the last thing is that, religion leads to spirituality. So, when you feel that even after having all the knowledge of religion, you need more, convert your religion into spirituality.

Stepping Into Spirituality, Importance & Requirements

Although religion itself is a lot entertaining for those who have been good at compromising, working under some force.

But if you really wanna progress, really wanna reach the Goal of our human incarnation, you need to step into spirituality, with the experiences gained by religious rituals, shedding religious rituals behind for other newbies.

Spirituality, the science of spirit, pulls off the curtain of illusion, as soon as it starts acting on you, declaring us as souls. So, for going further with spirituality, few mentionable requisites are faith, patience and firm determination of continuation.

Spirituality leads to freedom.

While explaining the importance of spirituality, I wouldn't keep myself off repeating a famous statement, "As an airplane can't fly with only one of its wings, no soul can be happy without having a balance between both of its materialistic and spiritual wings.".

Haven't you felt that our thirst of desire never gets satisfied. If not, you couldn't be here.

In fact, I sometimes feel that maintaining your spiritual ideals keenly leads to auto maintainence of your physical life.

Friday, September 2, 2011

WORK

What is work? Let me make it simple, what should be our work?
There has been a lot of debate on what should be done or not? Many think that everything should be done and tried in this life. They also sometimes call it “enjoying the life”. Some think nothing is worth doing and hence try to escape works. Some are idle enough to think about doing anything. Some do some works as they have been seeing their parents and forefathers doing it.
But, yet what should be done and what should not be done, question yet lies unsolved.
It is very important to discriminate among the activities as they not only require effort but also create impact on the doer and the medium and also on the surroundings.
We should work for the good of the society, the nature, the world and our real Self. We should work for the sake of work. We should work for mentioning our presence. We should work to make our existence meaningful.
We should not work for the sake of selfishness. We should not work for imitation. We should not work for the sake of transitory happiness. We should not work to show our ability.
To cut down a long story short, we should only work to complete our duties, our duties towards our Self, our parents, our society and the nature.
It is quite true, that one can’t leave working ever. So, working for completing duties is the only way to get rid of the impressions of our activities. Also, we are just the means. All the works are done by the nature alone.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

MEDITATION

Meditation is the most important and helpful spiritual practice. Meditation literally means deep thinking. But, on deeper study of the subject one can find that the literal meaning is just a single aspect of meditation. It will be explained in the later section of this article.
Meditation has always been a topic of constant discussion due to its reported benefits. It truly helps a person to progress both in physical as well as spiritual worlds by increasing the control over the mind and hence desires. Some of the worth mentioning benefits of meditation are:
Increases concentration: It is said that meditation is the advanced state of a concentrated mind, which is true. But, if the practitioner does not have good concentration, in that case too, meditation aids for the development of the concentration. Hence we can say that meditation help to meditate.
Enhances the peacefulness of mind: Meditation generally, develops a sense of disinterest towards worldly things (if the object is chosen correctly, otherwise this can affect adversely), and hence limits our desires. As a result the practitioner’s mind remains stable and assists the person more effectively. Thus meditation also increases efficiency.
Apart from this, there are many more advantages of meditation. Since all of those are interrelated, I skip discussing them. I must say that only the person who practices it regularly can know its benefits.
Now the question is regarding the technique of meditation. There are innumerable techniques of meditation. The techniques of meditation vary greatly depending upon the religious belief, the state of practitioner and environmental conditions. But, here I discuss few important technique which I feel must be known to everyone so that the person could chose the best one for him.
Mantra meditation: This is the easiest kind of meditation, which anyone can start with. This is the grossest form which uses certain words. The practitioner recites these words continuously either verbally or mentally. These words are generally names of God or His praise. Bhajanas and Kirtans are meditations of this kind. Sometimes people also use beads to count the recitation.
Contemplation: By contemplation I mean the second kind of meditation in which the practitioner thinks continuously of the object of meditation, which is generally the God. This does not include repetition. This is generally done mentally.
Thoughtless meditation: This is the kind of meditation which is the best and most fruitful. It cannot be done directly but it is a stage that is attained by regular practice of lower forms of meditation. During thoughtless meditation the mind stops thinking and becomes steady waiting for the instruction of the Master (Soul is the Master of the mind).
Other common practices while meditation is:
Closing eyes and choosing a quite place: This helps to be focused.
Sitting straight: Keeping the back and head erect allows the Divine energy to flow easily and uniformly throughout the body.
Timings: It is preferred to meditate in morning because of the calm environment. I should be performed twice (morning and evening) or thrice (morning, evening and night) as suitable, everyday.
In some organizations such as Brahmakumaris, a soft music, is played while meditation to tune the mind also. This music is termed as meditation music.
Meditation is the seventh stage of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga system; it leads to Samadhi (complete bliss or Final Union). Again yoga also has been classified as Raj Yoga, Karma Yoga, Kriya Yoga etc. and the technique of meditation also vary accordingly.
Although meditation is very powerful spiritual practice but its effects ripen on proper combination with other spiritual practices.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

WHETHER THE GLASS IS HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY


In order to find the attitude/approach of a person, there is a very popular experiment. The instructor puts a glass half filled with water before the student and asks whether the glass is half full of half empty. If the student says that the glass is half full, the instructor announces it to be the optimistic approach and if the student claims it to be half empty, the instructor blames the student to have a negative attitude. Recently, one of my friends, Neelabh Kshitiz also faced this question. And amazingly he proved to the instructor, that saying it half empty is not the negative attitude by stating that saying half full shows satisfaction and hence snaps our path to progress. This compelled me to think that for a single situation if two decisions will be equally right, then how one will make a decision because decisions are a part of our lives and without it there is no progress. This forced contemplation brought me to the solution to this problem. It simply depends upon the situation, whether the student has the ability to fill the glass or not. It the student is given the power to fill it up, and then my friend stands true. If not, the general opinion is acceptable.
Now, let us make it practical. If the question is regarding our progress and we must not be satisfied and feel ourselves restless and if the question is regarding the part of nature not under our control i.e., climatic conditions, behavior of others, we must feel content and should not be annoyed of it.
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Monday, August 29, 2011

LIMITATION OF WORDS

Whenever we speak or write about the God, we just try to describe something with words which is beyond it. Therefore is can’t be correct, if correct, can’t be perfect. This is valid for all writings and speeches also. Then, should we completely discard these things? No, although they are not perfect, but are nearer to the Reality. Nearer than us at least. If we have to reach the roof of a building, we must step on the first then the second and then the third and so on. We can’t think of reaching at the top at once. But also you can’t reach to the top till you leave the present step for the next one, on knowing its limitations. So, all writings and the sayings of great men are quite helpful for ones progress, till you have got the real idea behind and once you are finished with that, it becomes futile. Remember, nothing is perfect, except the God Himself, at least, till His Realization.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

GLIMPSE OF BHAGAVADGĪTĀ

ॐ श्रीपरमात्मने नमः
  • Arjuna, howsoever men seek Me, even so do I respond to them; for all men follow My path in everyway. (Bhagavadgītā, 4.11)
  • For the protection of the virtuous, for the extirpation of evil-doers, and for establishing Dharma (righteousness) on a firm footing, I manifest Myself from age to age. (Bhagavadgītā, 4.8)
  • However, he who has true insight into the respective spheres of Guṇas (modes of Prakṛti) and their actions, holding that it is the Guṇas (in the form of the senses, mind, etc.,) that move among the Guṇas (object of perception), does not get attached to them, Arjuna. (Bhagavadgītā, 3.28)
  • Arjuna, as the unwise act with attachment, so should the wise man, with a view to maintain the world order, act without attachment. (Bhagavadgītā, 3.25)
  • Arjuna, there is no duty in all the three worlds for Me to perform, nor is there anything worth attaining, unattained by Me; yet I continue to work. (Bhagavadgītā, 3.22)
  • Therefore, go on efficiently doing your duty at all times without attachment. Doing work without attachment man attains the Supreme. (Bhagavadgītā, 3.19)
  • Arjuna, he who does not follow the wheel of creation thus set going in this world i.e., does not perform his duties, leads a sinful and sensual life, he lives in vain. (Bhagavadgītā, 3.16)
  • The virtuous who partake of what is left over after sacrifice, are absolved of all sins. Those sinful ones who cook for the sake of nourishing their bodies alone, partake of sin only. (Bhagavadgītā, 3.13)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

UNDERSTANDING SPIRITUALITY


ॐ श्रीपरमात्मने नमः
Hello friends,
Spirituality is a state when one sees everything in relation with the spirit, either personal or Universal or both. But this short definition can’t be understood so easily, without having the experience of it.
Spirituality in fact, can have numerous definitions. If, one says, spirituality is love, it is true. Swami Vivekananda indirectly said spirituality is terror; he was also true, as he worshiped the goddess of terror, Kali.
So, to understand spirituality, practice is inevitable requirement.
But, one may ask what the requirement of spirituality is. Did we ask the need of study in our childhood, but we gradually understood. Similarly, one understands the need of spirituality also during practice.
This indeed is a very vast topic and can be discussed for ages. Although practice is most important aspect but discussions also take us nearer to truth.
Let’s commence this eternal discussion with the view of social service and universal uplift.
Thanks.
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