Sunday, December 27, 2009

Your perceptions create your universe

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तुम्हारी दृष्टी से तुम्हारी सृष्टि बनती है,  तुम्हारी स्मृति तुम्हे विचार देती है. वह विचार तुम्हारे संकल्प बनेंगे. संकल्पों से दृष्टि कोण बनेगा. कर्म कुछ भी हो, उसके नतीजे कुछ भी निकलें, उससे तुम्हे कुछ फर्क नहीं पड़ेगा. तुम्हारी स्मृति मैं वही बात जाएगी जो निष्कर्ष तुम पहले बना चुके हो. जैसे किसी को तुम बूरा मान चुके हो और वह अच्छी  बातें करेगा तो तुम शक करोगे की आज यह अच्छी बातें क्यूं कर रहा है, इसके मन मैं कोई खोट है. तुम परेशान हो जाओगे की आखिर यह मुझ से क्या चाहता है. 
If you entertain only positive thoughts in your morning hour of meditation then you will fill your memory with matters of soul. No matter how the day proceed, you will be reminded and be in continuous touch with your pure consciousness. "Your soul is pure" is not a plain sentence. Its a powerful belief that can create a perception in your mind that you are pure as well as your neighborhood is clean. Then, when you deal with souls around and you have realized the true nature of your soul, how can you miss the beauty that they carry. Its the same pure souls around too. 
What you see through your external senses and especially eyes is what the other souls have acquired. It is not them. The possession is not the individual. The body is not them. देह को नहीं देहि को पहचानों. Their dress is not their identity. Do not degrade the beauty of soul by drifting away to notice the body, by going further and seeing only the dress on body and then going even further and believing what others think about them. How can you have opinions on souls? 
When your perception changes, your destiny will evolve on its own. You will witness a life that was beyond your comprehension. Love of the soul is not constrained, confined, restricted. It is endless, pure, flowing and full of life. You are boundless energy. Feel the bubbles and let the streams break free, flow.

Source: Kanupriya and Shivani on Awakening with brahmakumaris on Aastha channel on 7:10 PM.

Buy washing machine in Bangalore LG Service

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Viveks personal had given up and said the LG technician would only come on Monday. I decided to try my luck with LG's customer's care service. I called them yesterday and they promised the technician will call me today at 11 AM.
It was obvious that the call would not come. I gave a grace period of a hour and called them at 12:30 again, empowered by the complaint number. The lady said she has already informed the technician and he would have called by now. I could have said Pinch me to believe that.
Again I held my sanity till 5:30 PM and called them back. Now showed some impatience and anger. He gave me the technician number and said he would come by 6 and that he would call me back now. I gave 5 mins grace period now and called back the number provided. You guessed it, the phone was busy.
I started to believe's Vivek's prophecy as they would know LG better.
To my surprise the technician did call me at 5:50 and told me he was at Marathahalli and would take about an hour to come.
He did come around at about 7:20 PM and can you believe it I got a call from Vivek's PR named himself as Dinesh wanting to know my feedback. I started to give my feedback and he jumped in with wishing me happy christmas and happy new year. He sounded blissful but in his happiness he forgot to take the complete feedback and all he understood was that "in exchange they should not take away the old washing machine until new one is installed either by them or LG". He said he would be sending the LG guy on Monday. I thanked him for doing so. Who would tell him that the technician has already begun his job.
The technician was more interested in selling the accessories like trolley stand and cover and presented a case in their favor. This was similar to the passion of the Vivek's salesman who wanted to push for accessories and did not care about installation. I guess LG does not leave enough margin for both of them and they have to make money on accessories. What do you think?
Before I leave you,
Do not buy LG washing machine from Vivek's on Friday or holiday that is close to weekend and even if you do obtain in writing from them or leave some money to be paid at home and which will be done only after they do the installation?
Secondly, LG customer care is 24/7 but their technicians do not work on Sunday so they will entertain you on weekend but your work will not be done.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Stages to manage mental blocks

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A typical scenario at workplace. You believe your progress is hampered by your superior. He is stopping you from getting promoted. What will you do in this situation?
You will fight and feel the weight and hurt of banging against stone wall.
You will  give up and allow your self-esteem to dip and accept your defeat. There is not much you can do because the other person has been in organization for a long time and any word against him would lead to your losing the job.
There are four stages when we have to address situations like these in our lives

  1. Obstruction  - A person or event or comment disturbs our mind. We feel stuck. There is no way to go around. There is no way to go through. You have to face the situation.
  2. Instruction - You either tell your mind "This person is in my way" OR "This person is the way". The first will leave you frustrated and second will create a positive perception. You are glad that through this person you will learn more. You will go deeper in your awareness of your capabilities, your talents.
  3. Construction - The positive perception will lead to construction of a new learning in your life. The learning about how to handle a situation or person of this kind. Were you able to handle it with your strength (affirmation/acceptance/thankful) or with your weakness (anger/talk behind back/search for ears who only hear). 
  4. Destruction - Your old perceptions, defeatist attitude or collision particles will wither away.

The same is true of gossip, either in office or in neighborhood. लोगों की सड़ी बातें सुनकर उन्हें अपने संस्कार बना लेना भी कुछ कला है क्या? यह व्यर्ध के संकल्प हैं. यह तुम्हे समर्थ नहीं करेंगे. यह सिर्फ तुम्हारी आत्मा पर वजन हैं, उसे भारी बनाते हैं. आत्मा मैं भारीपन होने से शरीर कैसे हल्का रह सकता है. इसलिए शरीर का भी वजन बढता है.

Realization is personal responsibilty

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An important step towards self realization is to go inwards. As long as the focus is outwards and on other person you will not be able to attain inner peace. The peace comes from self , within not without.

A software engineer doubts his spouse and appeals to a spiritual organization to call and correct his spouse.
A person who doubts is a person who is weak, who is low on self-esteem and who is already hurt and suffering.

On top of that if you add the weight of your anger, what will happen to your partner/friend/relative. Do you think your destructive approach, driven by your selfish ego will benefit the relationship. Are you sure you care enough to restore the dignity and peace in relationship?

You need a positive and peaceful environment for healthy relationships to flourish. If you have toxic thoughts what will happen to the organic life in spillage.

Why is it easy to accept people with physical handicap as they are? Is it easy for your ego to see the handicap and feel grateful that you are helping out the other person, or is it genuine concern thats reaching out in form of love.
Why is hard to see the mental handicap? A low self-esteem, an hurt ego, low confidence, weak and depleted soul. Why cannot you accept that person as they are? Why cannot you build an atmosphere in which that person gains confidences, builds self-esteem and feels dignified about themselves?

The only way you can do so is through self-realization. Introspect. Reach in. Touch yourself. Know who you are. A thought can shift your perspective.
Encourage positive thoughts. Its not natural for you to be positive in current mess but experiment and have faith. Your belief system and new perspective can do wonders on you and your neighborhood. Allow them. Give them a chance. Positivity is just a thought away.

Source: Awakening with Brahmakumaris - Shivani - www.brahmakumaris.com
Peace and Purity: The Story of the Brahma Kumaris, A Spiritual Revolution

Buy washing machine in Bangalore Viveks

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Vivek's washing machineLG : WM3431HS All-In-One Washer and Dryer TITANIUM delivery service is poor. They took away the old washing machine and left the new one packaged and in living room. When I called up Mr. Narayana of Vivek's JP Nagar 2nd phase, Bangalore showroom, here were his responses

  1. We are very busy these days and it is not our responsibility to unpackage and install the machine at location of your choice in your house.
  2. You don't like the package, Is it not looking good?
  3. I will inform LG tomorrow and they dont work on weekend so they can only come on Monday. They generally respond in 24 hours.
  4. Would you like to buy some accessories with the machine?
So, next time when you buy at Viveks understand their definition of service. 

I saw the LG customer care number 1-800-180-9999 on the cardboard package and called them. He said he was sorry for the inconvenience caused. He did not care to take the details on the dealer and thus I dont think LG has any policy of discontinuing service with a dealer branch if they provide poor service to their end customers. He promised that I will get call from their technical staff tomorrow at 11 AM.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Your soul is the actor, You are act

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Your soul is an actor. You body is the costume. You have come to play many roles in this world.
तुम्हारी आत्मा एक अभिनेता है. तुम इस अभिनेता का आवरण हो, तुम्हारा शरीर एक पौशाक है, तुम इस दुनिया मैं कई भूमिका अदा करने आये हो. तुम इस अभिनय मैं आत्मा से दूर चले गए हो. तुमने अभिनय को अपनी पहचान बना लिया है. तुन न तो अभिनय हो और न ही अशांति तुम्हारी प्रकृति है. तुम एक पवित्र, संपूर्ण, सूखी, शांत आत्मा हो. सिर्फ एक संकल्प चाहिए. मन से कहो संकल्प, बुद्धि से कहो मन को समझाओ, सांस से कहो इस संकल्प को अपने कण कण मैं पहुचाये. फिर अनुभव करो और खुश रहो.
Most of the times you get lost in the act and forget the actor. You are actor. You are not the act. Act are transient in nature. They are like sequence of steps in dance. लेकिन तुम्हे तो धुन गुनगुनाना है. You do not get lost in sequence. You are attuned to the rhythm. A rhythm of love, peace and happiness.
You are drifting away from your rhythm. You feel unhappiness, hatred, disturbances are natural. You have drifted from the actor to the act. You have identified with the act. The only way to come back is through regular meditation.
You can be peaceful and you can be ambitious. You can achieve in perfect harmony too. You can create wealth and grow while respecting and loving each other. You do not need to pull down, push hard, create panic, spread fear in name of deadlines. Your environment can choose to do so, you कैन choose to pause and apply common sense. You are scared of loosing job/relationship. So what.
Think of it, How does it really matter? What are you trying to keep? Your are losing your love, enthusiasm,vigor. What is the cost of all this accumulated loss? You only see the obvious loss. How about the side-effects? On your health, on your relationships, on your humanity.
If you cannot be in peace with yourself. If you cannot maintain and sustain certain level of dignity and self-esteem. If you cannot find yourself in crowd. Your life is a waste of your avatar.
Who is inferior? Who is superior? What is inferior? What is superior?
Can you compare soul? All souls are perfect, untouched and pure. By All I mean ALL. Your body is simply a reflection of your mind and your contribution to the karmic cycle.
Your physical assets are temporary. Your winning point is only for the second. Your punch line too has a natural death. How will a promotion help if you cannot remember your kids birthday? How will a team-building outing help if your spouse is drifting away from you? Does it really matter? Your possessions, your costume.
Play hard. Play in peace. If you cannot enjoy the game, don't play it.
If your belief system is bound to negativity. If you think you can perform by creating disturbance, then don't participate. Be audience. Retire. Find your cave. You are only good to clap and cheer. Leave the field to the peace loving and blissful souls.

Main idea - Shivani from www.brahmakumaris.com

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

How to manage change? How not to worry?

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Life will always present situations. You can call them problems. You can call them hurdles. It all depends on your english/native  vocabulary.
A divorce, bad boss, job loss, change of place, relationship breakdown, spoilt kids, demanding parents, forceful spouse, the list is endless. Name them and you have them. But what to do with them?
The only thing common amongst all three is CHANGE. We are cuddled in our comfort zone. It may smell of sweat and snores but you learn to adjust. Change is demon that must be avoided at all cost. Thus we choose to forego all learning from newer challenges.
You will only move when the earth below moves and your feet have nothing to hold on to. But you do move, A loss of any kind cannot stop you from living. You simply cannot waste the life force within.
You cannot create a rule of denying yourself of happiness, just for a loss. A loss is part of game as much as gain is.
The change mostly comes from external circumstance, external person and sometimes from within. Despite the origin, its upto you to make it good or bad and create learning in  your system.
Your belief system will help you tide over the loss or tide under the loss.
You can even choose to worry. Its a very strong belief system that we have inculcated in our society of identifying worry with concern/care. The later is a positive emotion and former is negative.
When in negative you cannot expect others to give back positive. When you worry you release negative energy in your environment and your surroundings will give it back to you. Thus you will deplete your energy reserves and enhance your negative environment.
You can even transform your belief system. Help it  distinguish worry from concern. A positive stimulant from a negative deterrent. A small test could be "How do you feel when you think about someone/something?" Do you get a tight pit in your belly or do you feel feather-lite?
When your spouse is late from office, तुम अपनी चिंता को चिता तक ले जाते हो. अब मेरा क्या होगा, अगर उन्हें कुछ हो गया तो मेरा ख्याल कौन रखेगा, मेरी परवरिश कौन करेगा, मेरे बच्चों  की पढाई कैसे होगी, घटना घटित हुई नहीं लेकिन तुम घटना स्थल पर पहुँच गए और क्रिया कर्म भी कर दिया. क्यूं इतना डर? वह है न ख्याल रखेने के लिए. 
And when your mind is relaxed you will find a way out, a solution, a job loss could be a temporary situation, a death, hunger and intensity of the moment can suck you and blur your vision. Rub your eyes and notice. Its just another day to play your role.

God gives problems and makes them obvious to your senses. He also packages solution in a gift wrap. Strengthen your faith through meditation and conversation, to discover the packages. A day will come when the solution will present itself before the problem becomes obvious.

Content Source, Shivani from www.brahmakumaris.com

Saturday, December 19, 2009

तुम इतने परेशान क्यूं हो?

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माया की सौ बातें, परमात्मा  की एक बात. माया कहती है, कहाँ? कैसे? क्यूं? किसने? कब? ऐसा क्यूं किया? मेरे साथ ठीक नहीं हुआ!, उसने ऐसा क्यूं कहा? परमात्मा कहतें हैं की सिर्फ मेरा नाम लो, मैंने तुम्हे इसलिए ज्ञान दिया और अछा अच्हा कहा की तुम दुनिया के काम आयो, इसलिए नहीं की मुझे तुमसे कोई उम्मीद है, लोग अक्सर अछा अछा बोलतें है जब उन्हें आपसे कोई काम निकलना होता है , लेकिन परमात्मा की मनसा ऐसी नहीं है.
जब ज्ञान लिया है, ध्यान  किया है तो परीक्षा तो देने ही पड़ेगी. यह परीक्षा साल के अंत मैं नहीं आएगी, बल्कि हर दिन और हर पल ऐसी परिस्थितियाँ  आएँगी  जो तुम्हारे ज्ञान का  खरा परिक्षण लेंगी. अगर तुम्हे लगता है की अछा सोचने से और इश्वर का ध्यान करने से ज़िन्दगी आसान हो जाएगी , तो ऐसा नहीं होगा. बस तुम्हारा नजरिया बदलेगा और तुम पर क्या असर होता है , वह बदलेगा.
बाकि तो तुम्हारा बीता हुआ कल और पराये लोग और उनके विचार तो हमेशा रहेंगे. अपने भूत काल को आज मत बनायो, नहीं तो वह तुम्हारा कल बन जाएगा. भूत को भूत मैं रहने दो, भविष्य को भविष्य मैं, खुद को खुदा मैं.
ज्ञान की बातें लो और उन्हें दोराहो, तब तक जब तक वह तुम्हारी आदत न बन जाए. मुरली कहती है की "इस नाटक मैं जो हो रहा है वह ही सत्य है ", तो आज दिन मैं जो कुछ भी हुआ हो उसे सत्य समझ कर, उस  कर्म का अंत वहीँ कर दो, उसकी अर्थी बना कर अपने साथ नहीं खीचो. उससे सवाल मत करो और न ही उसे समझो, उससे सीख लो और परमात्मा  की एक बात मैं खो जाओ.

Source: Awakening with Brahmakumaris, 7:10 PM Aastha channel, with दादी जानकी और शिवानी.

Monday, December 14, 2009

How to get rid of unnecessary metrics in Google Analytics?

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  1. Create a custom report and include the metrics you are interested in say "visits". This will remove the most popular calculated metrics like "bounce rates" etc., Save report as "mycustreport"
  2. Create an advanced segment and specify your criteria like "page exactly matches '/mypage/my.html'. Save it as "mypagesegment".
  3. Go to your custom report section. View "mycustreport". Choose "mypagesegment" from top right hand corner and uncheck "All visits" from default segment.
  4. Voila, you have a custom report that only shows the metrics you want (visits) and data that you want (which page of my website had how many visits).
  5. Use the Export/Email/Schedule option on top left hand corner and set up/share the report with your customers.
How simple was that?

How to sort your mind and clear way to beauty and love?

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How do you start clearing your accumalations in the memory, your storage from this and all past janmas? You sort. You open door. You keep outside. You only keep the learning. You only keep the knowledge. Then in your silence, you will have interactions instead of monologues.


You tell your children to clean their room and pack their things in order. Do you tell yourself? You know that sorting has to be done. Why don't you begin? There is so much clutter and so many thoughts coming from so many directions. How can you maintain your inner peace when there is so much violence within?

There are deeper levels of consciousness within. You can reach them and touch them, only when the roads are clear. How can you expect to appreciate the beauty of a city when you cannot release the tension in your leg tha is holding the clutch for first gear?

Your thoughts create a chain reaction. You had a bad day in office. You had chain of thoughts. The thoughts led to a feeling of hopelessness and irritation. You come home. You are with loved ones. You have the baggage of feeling too, although unnoticed. You shout at your kid, react wildly to your partner, you dont know why you are behaving like this?

Could you have replaced the original thoughts with positive ones? What directions would have your feelings taken if you could do that just at the moment they appear? What platform would it set for you if start your day by regular creation of such thoughts? Can you do a traffic control of your thoughts?

Situations come unannounced and they are always testing your patience and staying power. If your feelings are anchored in singular truth of atman then you can witness and get over them quickly. Otherwise you will simply flutter and wither away.

There is always a higher state of being, further from your ego, short sighted and immediate objectives. Find the balance. A trapeze artist knows how much to swing left or how is just enough for right, for outside world he may be rocking uncontrollably but deep within he only knows his balance.

Content Source: BK Sister Mohini ji and BK Sister Jayanti ji http://www.brahmakumaris.com/
Photo Origin : http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/news/insane-girl-clutter-000477

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Think no evil

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See no evil, Say no evil, Hear no evil. Have you considered "Think no evil".
Thoughts build destiny. Do you want to build or drive full blood with empty hopes?
Your morning should have a dose of spiritual intellect. Post meditation, it will be your guiding light, north star, for the rest of the day.
Thoughts have iron clad gloves to wrench you and squeeze the life out of you if you don't "Let Go", "Forgive".
People tell one word and go away to do thousand different things in their lives. You hold on to that word and make thousand versions/evils out of it. This is unhealthy and utter waste of your life-force. We go to ten people to validate our angry thoughts and justification. Is it required? Why don't you let healthy thoughts occupy you instead?
The only way is through love. There is no other way. Every other way might look to accomplish something temporarily. Create a purpose in life to "full it"

  • from peace to peace-full
  • from happy to happy-full
  • from energy to energy-full
  • from love to love-full
Imagine your FULL being. How beautiful and nourishing, both for yourself and for others in your vicinity? Fullfill your existence.


संकल्प कर्म इन्द्रियों से आते हैं या फिर आत्मा से आते हैं. हमें दोनों के प्रति सतर्क रहना है. दोनों की सुनो. आत्मा तीन रूप मैं प्रस्तुत होती है,

  1. मन - संकल्पों की शूरुआत येहीं होती है. कर्म इन्द्रियाँ या फिर हमारा निश्चय विचार लाता है.
  2. बुद्धि - विचारों को रखती है या फिर मन से कहती है की यह तुम्हारे लिए ठीक नहीं. कई बार हमें पता नहीं होता है की सही क्या है और गलत क्या है? हमारा विवेक साफ़ नहीं होता है. यह वक़्त है की अच्छे  संकल्प विचार धारा  मैं लायें.
  3. संस्कार - विचार जब बुद्धि से निकल कर कर्म बन जातें हैं तो फिर वह अनुभव हमारी आत्मा मैं एकत्रित हो जातें है. हमें कभी कभी भारी लगता है क्यूंकि हम अपनी आत्मा को नकारात्मक संस्कारों से भर रहें  हैं. 
हम निर्णय ले सकते हैं की हमारे मन मैं कैसे संकल्प आयें. कुछ आठ - दस संकल्प हम निश्चय कर लें जैसे की 
  1. मैं एक आत्मा हूँ. 
  2. मैं अजर, अविनाशी हूँ. मैं न जन्मी हूँ और न ही मेरी मृत्यू हो सकती है.
  3. मैं आनंद स्वरुप हूँ
  4. मैं शांत स्वरुप हूँ.
  5. मैं शुद्ध हूँ, निरंजन हूँ.
  6. मैं एक बिंदु स्वरुप चैतन्य  शक्ति  हूँ.
इन संकल्पों को दिन मैं बार बार लायें. यह संकल्प फिर हमें अपने आप परमात्मा का अनुभव कराएँगे.

Content Source. BK Sister Mohini ji . www.brahmakumaris.com 

Thursday, December 10, 2009

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How does your body feel from within?

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If you are feeling lighter than before. If the problems seems to getting resolved by themselves. Do you feel, sense there is a hidden scheme thats supportive and clearing the ways for you. It could be a sign that God is working hard to strengthen your soul.

But, if you feel heavy. There seems to a weight that you are carrying within, it could be a sign that विस्मृति हो गयी है और वक़्त आ गया है की स्मृति हो आत्मा की. Its a simple game of forgetfulness and remembrance of soul consciousness.
Your body consciousness leads to heaviness and soul consciousness leads to lightness. The principles are simple. How to reach out to soul is also simplified? Your purpose of coming here is also well defined. God has not pushed you out of your abode nor does he want to enjoy your pain. He has sent you with a specific mission एक विशेष लक्ष्य  and it has three purposes to fulfill

  1. Your soul is an actor. It needs a stage to perform. यह सृष्टि वो रंगमंच है जहाँ तुम्हे अपनी कलाकारी करने का न्योता मिलता है. इसे हमारे कर्मों ने दुःख रुपी बना दिया है, लेकिन अगर हम सोचें की जिसका सृष्टि कर्ता सुख का सागर है वोह दुःख का रूप कैसे बना सकती है. सोचो ?
  2. By sharing, the quantity of qualities of your soul grows. You share your qualities with God. But then he wants you to gather more, to expand. अपनी अनुभुतीओं को बाटों. आपके ही स्वरुप का विश्तार होगा. आप जो सुख के स्वरुप हो, प्रेम के स्वरुप हो, आनंद के स्वरुप हो. परमात्मा तो इन सब का सागर है. तुम उसका अंश हो. इस स्वरुप से ओर आत्माओं को अवगत कराओ. शूरुआत लेकिन आत्म स्मृति से होती है. 
  3. Show His mercy and bring back the rememberance that, He exists and He takes care. परमात्मा की भी चाहतें होतीं है, जब तुम उससे बात करते हो तो उसे भी बोलने का मौका दो. वोह सिर्फ येहि चाहता है की तुम उसको याद करो, याद रखो, उसकी स्मृति मैं ही तुम्हारी आत्मा की स्मृति, तुम्हारे परमधाम की स्मृति है, तुम्हारे स्वरुप की अनुभूति है. 
You may feel that god is not listening to you or not responding to you. But have you been considerate to his thoughts and actions. In meditation you go through following four stages
  1. Self-talk- => अपनी आत्मा से बातें करो, आत्म स्मृति करो. You need to talk to yourself first, listen to your concerns first.
  2. Talk to God => Then you talk to him. There are certain DOs and DONTs.
    • Do not ask him about materialistic goals like partner,house,car,job. DO thank him for whatever he has given you to enjoy in this materialistic world.
    • Do not seek forgiveness. He will forgive you. He can see your mistake. DO pray and take a resolve that you will not repeat your mistake. You will not be angry, hurt or harm others. 
    • Do not ask him for power and strength. You will get. Its your right from him. तुम्हारे पिता से तुम्हारे अदिकार हैं. Just thank him.
    • Do not ask him to punish others. Do tell him that they need his attention and provide them so.
  3. concentration - You listen with focus. He will communicate and transfer his energies. You get the charge.You feel his presence and power.You get the energy. You feel your depletion fulfilled.
  4. realization -  You experience his power through your expression in your environment. परमात्मा से तुम्हारा योग इस अवस्था मैं होता है.
Which stage of meditation are you? How does your body feel from within? क्यों वह तुम्हारी सुनता है?

Most of content is derived from BK Sister Sielu talk on Aastha Today between 7:10 to 7:40.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Does darkness has source?

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Light has got a source. You can turn towards light.
Darkness does not have source. If you face your shadows you will be in dark.
Light fills darkness. Shadows disappear. Could be fear. Could be mind.

Intellect causes visualization. Mind follows visuals. It runs after them.

Intellect is like a big brother who is nudging small brother the mind to come out of Mama's protection. Mama is holding the small brother, struggling to keep him in the kitchen and forcing him to sit in one corner. But ignoring the Big brother.

Learn to turn intellect towards God during your conversations with Him in Morning Meditation. Rote and repetitive mantras in ancient language may not help. Its simply unidirectional monologue.
It is natural for mind to have a steady stream of thoughts flowing. You cannot force it to stop thoughts. Forcing always has destructive consequences. Its like constructing a wall in middle of stream, someday the force of water will tumble the wall and then you will have to witness more rumbles from the mind.

Today had the good fortune of listening to Sister BK Usha ji.
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Saturday, December 05, 2009

Spiritual being on human journey

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We are spiritual being on human journey. We are not human being on spiritual journey. Spirit does not need a journey. By its very nature, its pure, truthful and embodiment of happiness. There is nothing to be accomplish there. Its already in state of being that is untouched and unperturbed.
It takes human form to take it through his human journey. There are certain acts to be performed , certain responsibilities and certain interactions that you just can not ignore. While doing so you may hurt the body now and then, mostly through external sources but you will keep the hurt in your memory museum.
Its like playing a team game like football. Sometimes you hit the ball. Sometimes the ball brushes against you, whiz past you or comes in front of your nose with full force leaving you bleeding and pleading. Remember its only a game. It happens.
As long as you have the soul perspective आत्म  स्मरण and continue to play your roles while respective the roles that others play like bosses,spouses,children,relatives, parents,friends. You need to know that deep within, no one can disturb your spiritual being. In every journey there are interactions. Treat them at soul level एक आत्मा का दूसरी आत्मा के साथ संवाद. Respect the role. Lose the fear that comes of degraded belief systems. जजमान से मिलते हो तो खबराहात क्यूं होती है, अद्यापक से डर क्यूं लगता है, बीवी के फ़ोन से क्यूं डरते हो , अपने आप से दूर क्यूं भागते हो.


Today heard BK Sister Janaki. The spectacular thing about Brahmakumaris is all speak the same language and they do not have a single face or superhero. It could be because of their foundations and belief system. But its simply amazing to hear an organization where the most senior to early adapters all speak the same language.
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Thoughts, visuals, experience

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आत्मा does exercise its power. It instructs the mind to create thought. Then intellect creates visualization of the thought and body experiences.
आत्मा  मन के द्वारा विचार प्रकट करती है, बुद्धि के द्वारा हम विचारो को देखतें है और फिर शरीर उनकी अनुभूति करता है. 
विचार, देखो, अनुभूति |
Thoughts, visuals, experience 
Imagine you think about your child. The image of your child comes along with thousands of related memories. Now, suddenly if the thought of your mother comes before the "visuals" of child and related memories come. Your visual will get shifted to your mother. 
How many memories and visuals do you have of परमात्मा/ God? Now, when the thought of lord comes, how long will it sustain? There is hardly any related content to support the thought and then you move on to next one. The next thought is from corporeal world, more physical, more can be seen, more can be touched/smelled kind. You hang on to it for dear life as reality. 
That is why Brahmakumaris have clearly and distinctly defined God (परम पिता), his abode - a place beyond universe/space/time shanti sagar , his visuals-bright reddish brown light-energy , his frequencies - beyond physical, his nature - peaceful+happy+friendly, complete storehouse of energy.
They have also define you to be शांति स्वरुप, निरंतर सुखी, ऊर्जा की बिंदु.

Now where is confusion. Will your mind still travel during meditation? 

Let be, Let go

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Let be.Let go.
Let your sorroundings be the way they are. Do not interfere in others life. Interfere in yours, if you really cannot live without it.
Let go of your attachments at physical level and reach out to them at soul consciousness level. With body you limit your reach and depth in relationships. With soul, there are no boundaries, there is no end. It's boundless,pure and enormous.
Do not control others, sorroundings or situations. You will be led to frustrations. You are not here to change the world, control the world. Can you influence by shouting? Influence happens. You cannot enforce it.
You will wonder "Why does not my child listen to me anymore?". Think of the moment when she started to drift away and reduced sharing. As kids, we share everything with parents. Its a beautiful exchange. But as you grow parents impose the right way and my way. You say "I will find my way". And then one day there is surprise for everyone. Drugs/Murder/Suicide/Mental illnesses,low self esteem etc.,
Accept your child the way they are. Then only good energy will fill your home and your children may continually share with you. WIthout acceptance, only resistance takes over the reins.

Is God a friend?
He accepts you unconditinally. That is why you reach out to him and offer him all your sharing/shortcomings/concerns. It is a relationship of equals but to sync up to his frequencies you have to make effort, go beyond the confines of your body consciousness to soul consciousness. He will not take a body and come in any form to you. He is energy and can connect with your root energy. Then you automatically gets charged. Till then you wither and wane and seasons dont seem to change.

What is the purpose of your life?
To nourish all lives that come to you and that crossover you. Its like the river. No matter what you are it will serve you water, you could be an insect, a root, human being. It does not matter to her. She simply provides nourishment and that is her true nature. And whenever she goes out of her way and try to extend beyond her regular course , there is flood and destructions.
So be in your path and nourish souls that touch you, reach out to you. Till then, wait and nourish your self to reach a state where you can relentless give. You should have enough energy in your soul to be able to give so much. If you yourself are drained out sponge then how can you expect to soften others.


Pass on.
Do not hold on to knowledge, skills, talents. They will only make you knotty. You will be entangled in false sense of superiority. Pass on unless you want to be tight inside. Pass on if want to learn more, new. Water does not learn by melting alone, it has to move, create way if none exists, cut stone, be lonely for hundreds of miles but move nonetheless.

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Talk less, sweet and slow

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कम बोलो, मीठा बोलो, धीरे बोलो
Can you do the above for a few days? See if your thoughts slow down the rampage. Observe the change. It does not mean that you have to suffocate yourself if you have a strong urge to speak. Do not muffle. Shuffle with the experiment for few days and see.

See if you can collect wasteful chatter that you were spilling out in anxiety/anticipation. Drink the words.


People will not fritter away when you don's speak. Anyways, how many days you have for this tongue to unleash? Do not assume that by speaking you are helping others. Essential talk is must and is good for relations building. Wasteful talk is loss of energy. Conserve.

Everybody here is for themselves. Its not selfish but true fact of living. You may have assumed that you are doing this for that or them. But deep within, its your desires that are getting fulfilled. Your destiny is in your hands. Again?

Your mind goes out and tries to hang on to outside events and people, hoping they will help him cross over to the other side.
When you slow your mind, it will be confused for few days but ultimately it will realize that peace and happiness are not results of great gold rush. They align and go-together well at an easy pace and rhythm. Can you feel that rhythm inside? You can if you slow your words, they lead to thoughts and ...

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Chanting Pranayama and relationship

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Chanting will divert your mind and will keep it engaged till the time you chant. You will receive positive energy that the sound brings, words like ॐ are very powerful energizer. What happens once chanting stops and you come back to the world, your कर्म क्षेत्र?
प्राणायाम is also good for the physical body. It will bring peace to the body when you are doing it. The peace will be at peak in the beginning. Its a surprise to the mind, it does not like thoughts stream to slow but when it does you gain the benefits. What happens say after a week or a month? Your mind gets used to it. It starts to wonder again, forget about the day, in the morning too when you are doing body योग और प्राणायाम. Mind gets bored with routine, very easily. 

Relationships go through multiple phases and essentially are of four types. 
  1. परिचय -  Lets say you want to organize a birthday party for your kid. You will have to make efforts to remember all those whom you want to invite. You will be worried if you forget somebody. The relationship requires efforts.
  2. प्राप्ति - When you are expecting something from somebody like in a business deal when you are expecting for customer to pay on a particular evening. You will wait for him for entire night even if he does not turn up. You will be disturbed till you get the money. Once you get the money the relationship dies. It is based on receiving something.
  3. सम्बन्ध - A girl who reaches age of marriage. She starts to imagine about her would be husband. Everything is in her mind. Once she finds someone who proposes to her or through her parents and or relations/friends efforts. Now she has associated her imagination with a human being. The relationship has found depth and is stronger. 
  4. स्नेह   - Relationship between a child and her mother. The mother does not need to make an effort to remember her child. She always is worried about her. Even if they live far apart, she can read her voice more than what she says on the phone. The relationship is effortless and is very deep rooted.
What is your relationship with परमात्मा?
ध्यान मैं ध्वनी होती है, तुम्हारे ध्यान मैं किसकी ध्वनी है!
Mind like conversations. Conversations build relationships. It could be a superficial Hi! How are you? और सब बढ़िया है| And then you move on and walk away. Or it could have more depth where you don't have to ask but realize the state of being of other person. The more you converse the more you exchange ideas and better is your sharing. In sharing we bond. Bonding leads to stronger relationships. Does it smell like attachments?
In meditations you converse with GOD. Its a two way flow of ideas.In prayer you TALK to GOD. Its a one way train.
The basis of strong relationship is thus LOVE and it leads to RESPECT. First you have high regard for your state of being and then you can carry that respect around. If you self-esteem is low and dying for attention and acceptance then your respect is in shadows of fear. In India, we have been told to Respect elders, teachers along with a warning that "if you don't then I will" type. Its a deep rooted fear that we have been hiding it and naming it respect. Come out.
You can dismiss the above as another belief system. Or you can make it your belief system.


Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Where is home?

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Who are you?
A sparkling dot of light called as soul or आत्मा
Who is your father?
Another sparkling point of light called as supreme soul or परमात्मा
Where does he stay?
Beyond space and time in a place which is full of unconditional love, silence, and peace. A place of reddish brown light?
What is basis of your relationship with HIM?
Love not fear. How can a soul immersed in ocean of love punish you/ become angry with you? Its HIS nature to be loving and he ONLY gives unconditional love. The ONLY one in whole universe where love comes with no expectations attached.
Who claim fear as basis of relationship?
The one who wants to exploit your fragile state of being. His only GOAL is for you to KNOW YOURSELF and come back to your TRUE NATURE. No amount of stones, rituals will happen as they are always external to your state of being.
Where is your home?
It is same place as of your father/परमात्मा.
Why do you come on this physical world? This is our workplace/कर्म क्षेत्र. It is like you stay in apartment on 5th Floor. You are a small child and you see kids playing in park from balcony. You go and tell your Father that you want to go down and play. He says Okay but take care of yourself, Don't get hurt. You enjoy for few hours and then you get tired, you are mocked by some, you are bullied by some, you are spirited by some. When you are hurt and tired you LOOK UP. For a moment you lose the pain and get strengthened and go back to play. But then comes a time when you can take it no more and then you go back UP, take rest for a while and then come back again next day. The nature of आत्मा is to work and this world is your workplace. But even while doing so you can maintain and restore your inner peace and happiness. You will be able to perform your कर्त्तव्य responsibilities with more vigor and love.

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[Content Inspiration] - Awakening with Brahmakumaris on Aastha Channel at 7:10 PM and 10:30 PM

You dont own feedburner's feed

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Blogger introduced adsense in feeds and the same is available under Monetize link in second tab. I clicked and it said that you will have to remove the feed address in Settings| Site Feed as I do not own the feed.
So I went to the settings and removed "http://feeds.feedburner.com/dsteps".
I went back to Monetize page and Google happily went ahead with the customization process. I went back to see the feeder link and Google had internally created my old feed link with nice name to something that was cryptic and machine like http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/EAJw.
I changed it back to old feedburner link and again the Monetize tab was smart enough to tell me that I did not own the feed.
I lost faith on my memory and went to Feedburner. It is now integrated with Google and does not require a separate login otherwise I kept forgetting my password and stopped going there. So I went along and checked whether I really owned the feed or not. And I did and along with my nice name feeder link was another created that Google created and which it judged to be owned by me. Both sitting in the same list, just above and below each other.
I guess their migration forgot something fundamental.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Experience to Expression

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In the morning you meditate and generate power to handle the day. The day will progress and will give you situations. You can be detached in the events. You can be passionately involved too. The choice is yours. If you get involved you lose trust in meditative power. Next day too you meditate but with lesser assertion. Slowly you wane away and drift towards old habits.

Every situation can be a reason to learn. Your thoughts shift from logical justifications to applying your sanskaar. When people expect aggression, anger ; Give them love and respect. Anyways, its for the eternal soul that your energies are now directed and focused. Both for yourself as well as for the world. The more you apply the stronger you make them.
Assert("I am peaceful soul. I am happiness. I am peaceful. I am pure.").
Regular Assertion is a reminder to ourselves as to who we really are. When you lose faith, you describe the assertion as hypnotism. God has to be a personal experienced. Knowing yourself is really about yourself. Both are highly personalized and customized solution.
It is your responsibility (Ability to Response) to create your destiny. Be your destiny. Live your destiny. When you hold the world responsible, you give the creation of your destiny to the world, to the people outside and then you dance and tremble at their whims. Spiritual organizations can facilitate but cannot substitute your efforts. The will has to come from you, the drive will have to be owned and then experience has to be personal. Expression has to be for the world. You will never be able to transform the world nor expect it run according to what you think is right. You will have to let go this disastrous assumption.
Meditation gives you glimpses of God. Extend those little experiences by expressing yourself. When you express it gains momentum and transposes your old nature. So you turn inwards. Turn and Shift.

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