THE KEY IS TO NEVER GIVE UP

Do you have what it takes to live your dream?

When we start contemplating living our dreams, we first bask in the possibility of what could be; we sit back and daydream about a better kind of life, a life of creative freedom, of starting our own business and being able to do what we want when we want. We see how big our ideas can be and then we come back to reality.

As we actually start to consider taking actions TOWARDS our dreams, that is where the fears, insecurities and doubts come up. And the biggest block of all is the need for security and certainty.

You see, you can’t been a Seeker on The Path and value certainty over the adventure of creating yourself. We have to learn to let go of our attachment to what’s comfortable, easy and safe and learn to become strong enough in our Faith to not avoid or prevent uncertainty, but to be solid within uncertainty.

The Path is one of uncertainty, of stepping out into the unknown and of being able to remain solid even when we don’t know what the next moment will bring.

So many people will never realize their dreams because they place certainty so high in their lives that they never break free and dive deep into the unknown. It’s a rare individual who feels the fear and does it anyway. It’s an uncommon person who steps out into the unknown and goes ALL IN with their dreams.

I’ve come to believe that when I personally take risks on behalf of my dreams that there is great certainty, not through facts, figures, metrics or physical proof, but through the faith I place in The Uni-verse. I have come to know that no matter what I will be taken care of, I will meet the perfect people at the perfect time and that right before huge breakthroughs are moments of big time doubt.

The goal for us is not to shy away, no, our goal is to step out even though we are terrified of the unknown. We are journeyers, we are travelers, we are Seekers on a Path into our own Highest Potential. We are not promised certainty from the world, but rather from our Faith. It takes a strong person to step out into the unknown, day in and day out, to risk being wrong, to risk making huge mistakes when the stakes are even bigger and to be willing to fail. It takes an even stronger person to fail and then to pick themselves back up and realize that failure is only failure if we give up. Instead, this strong person sees failure as a lesson, as an education and as a test of how much we truly believe in ourselves.

You see, success on The Path comes in two forms: the first is being able to keep going when you would normally quit (this is a HUGE win), the second being self-realized enough to be free from or at least understand your fear. These two things do not guarantee a huge financial pay off, but once you have these two things it makes it much easier to be a savvy entrepreneur because you will not only be fearless, you will choose a path that is based on the right livelihood.

As Russell Simmons says, “Money doesn’t make you happy, but happy can make you money.”

The key is to not give up, but to keep going.

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Money is just energy in physical form.

Abundance is something that many of us do not have a proper perspective on. We are on The Path; we desire abundance, yet it eludes us.

Many of you have heard that “money is the root of all evil”.

The actual translation from the original text is, “The worship of money is the root of all evil.”

That’s a big difference.

Money is just energy in physical form. Energy is what all of creation is made of. To hate money is to hate energy and to hate energy is to hate existence.

We just need to get our priorities straight. Money is not a cause; money is an effect. The cause of money in a spiritual life is The Uni-verse.

A MAJOR shift happens when we take our eyes off of the current situation of “limited finances” and focus on the abundance of the Source. I know that in this moment that doesn’t pay your bills.

But, over time, if you keep it up, your life will change.

What I can tell you is that from the beginning of any journey ; I have placed all my problems, desires and needs at the feet of The Uni-verse and turned it all over.

It was scary as hell, but I never went without. I had to make some very gnarly sacrifices, but, I had belief and passion and most importantly – TRUST.

I believed and trusted that no problem or bill was too big for The Uni-verse. I also followed my own intuition above what ANYONE else told me. I also still hold the belief that the nature of The Uni-verse is abundance and so that is my natural birthright, I just have to allow it.

Money is not evil, but loving money more than you love The Uni-verse and yourself sets you up for an insane ride. Money comes and goes like the tide, but you will always have you and the Love of the Uni-verse.

When we take our love off of money and place it where it should be, we begin to thrive in ways we never knew possible. It may be scary at first, but over time this will and does work.

The Path is a leap of faith. We must have faith that as we are walking our Path that even our bills will be taken care of, sometimes through effort and hard work and sometimes through Grace.

Let us take our self-worth and feelings of security off of something that always changes (how much money we have at the moment in cash or in stock) and put our faith in something that never changes, the Love of the Living Uni-verse that we came from and live within.

Money is a tool. Money is energy in physical form. The highest form of energy in The Uni-verse is Love; put your faith and eyes towards that, take actions towards that, and money will follow in perfect time.

Your job is to trust and make the first move.

Can Money BUY , HAPPYNESS !!

I was just pondering over a thought today that .. Well, money surely can buy happiness and its true in many circumstances, but not always, you need money for the basics alright, but its upto your material needs and desires to want more. The needs are always limited, its the wants that surpasses the needs.

One may recieve a certain salary, and he might be satisfied with it, while the other might be over satisfied with it, while one might not be satisfied at all.

So IS HAPPINESS , you own PERCEPTION ????

Well it truly is!

Money is needed for some of the best things in life, if you have enough and are willing to spend on your desires, you should go ahead and do it!

Some feel the need to buy expensive materialistic items with their money while the other might like to save , while some might like to give it in charity. It’s totally a person’s choice !

It’s all upto an individual, and his willingness to use Money , in his own way.

One thing I have observed that , people who Think they are Poor, are not exactly Poor. Well most of them , not all, have access to food, shelter and a daily income, while for the unfortunate rest, there are a lot of helping hands our there whom we do not know of, doing their little bit , trying to bridge the gap, & it’s a fact !

So it all boils down to one simple logic, that Happiness is just a state of perception, and money is just a flow of Energy (where energy is your labour involved in working at your workplace, to getting that salary, then using it to buy food, and then back to work) ,  to satisfy our materialistic needs.

I have found the image below really interesting, thought of sharing with all of you.

– Mustafa Mun

The Monk and the man with PhDs

A man with eight PhDs – he was proud of his achievement – met a monk. The monk asked him, “Why have you been so foolish in life?” The man said: “But I have eight PhDs!”

“I have understood you; it is foolish to spend the best part of life reading instead of enjoying the birds, stars and the moon”, said the monk.

“You may have knowledge but not clarity; you may know a lot and yet understand nothing”.

What does one have to understand about life?

You have many centres: Intellectual centre, an emotional centre and a body centre. In each centre, there is a mechanical and magnetic part. The mechanical part acts like a machine while the magnetic part acts with ore awareness.

You have to transform yourself. Your mechanical movements and thinking have to change. Your mechanical emotions like jea- lousy and hatred have to be overcome. You can do this by bringing in more awareness.

Then a complete being will emerge. When you increase awareness, even poison can turn into medicine; and with no awareness, medicine can become poison.

Why are we so mechanical?

A king dreamt that he was a beggar. His guru, in his dreams, told him the truth that he was a king and not a beggar. Now was he to argue with his guru or just wake up?

The question of “why” cannot be answered. When did time begin? You cannot answer such a question. Which came first, egg or hen? There is a logical fallacy in the very question. Realise that we are mechanical. Bring in more awareness and see the life-transformation.

Even inert objects have life. Treat any object with loving awareness and it will guide you mysteriously. Your intuition and purity have to increase to receive this message. When you bathe, lovingly talk to water.

We may think that no one knows what we are thinking, but our thoughts produce vibrations that can be picked up by others at a subtle level. Once, one of Emperor Akbar’s ministers advised him to be careful about what he thought of others.

The minister said, “Thoughts are very potent. Let us try this experiment. See that man coming down the road? As he approaches, i want you to think angry thoughts about him and let us see what happens”. The emperor looked at the stranger and thought, “This stranger should be beaten up”. When the stranger drew near, Akbar asked him, “What did you think when you saw my face”. “Excuse me, emperor, but i wanted to beat you up and break your head”.

No words were spoken; no actions were done, but the angry thoughts of Akbar towards the man were picked up, and the stranger was tempted to react in a violent way. We may not say anything, but our anger may create a negative vibration all around through aggressive body language, facial gestures, and angry tone of voice. This not only affects the recipient of our anger, it also boomerangs on us, disturbing our peace of mind.

We can deal with anger in several ways. One way is to project the long-term consequences of our anger as a deterrent. Or set a goal and then realise the effect that anger may have in preventing us from attaining that goal. A third way is to use meditation to break the physiological response to anger.

Projecting the future consequences of anger can prevent us from acting with anger. Becoming conscious of this could help us respond nonviolently to situations, as did Gautama Buddha when someone abused him one day. Buddha listened patiently and since there was no reaction, the abuses stopped coming his way.

If we set a goal to meditate every day, then we can guard against intrusion on that time. Say to yourself: “If i allow this anger to take control, then it is going to cause me to waste sitting and thinking about how angry i am. How can i calmly meditate and focus on what i am seeing within?” To have fruitful meditation we need to overcome anger, but to overcome anger we need to meditate. It is not so much a catch-22 situation, however, as it is a cycle of success.

No matter what level of meditation we are at, the time we spend meditating can calm us down so that we do not respond to a situation of anger. Meditation provides us with a physiological response to control the anger. Our heartbeat slows during meditation, which has the corresponding effect of slowing down our brain waves. We enter a more relaxed state of body and mind. In such a state, anger has less chance to gain strength.

As we calm down and our anger subsides, we can increase our concentration in meditation. The more time we spend in meditation, the more practised we become in being calm and balanced.

I did a great deal of sadhana in cremation grounds. These are good for sadhana, for realisation. Whenever I saw all those dead bodies, I would tell myself that eventually, this was going to be my state.

There, gazing at the grounds, I would recollect Kabir’s verse: “What is so remarkable about his body?/ What is so remarkable about this mind?/ What is so remarkable about your wealth and everything else that you have?/ As you are watching these things, they fade into dust./ Look at your own life/ As you are watching it,/ it just withers away”.

We cling to wealth, we cling to the mind, but in the end, none of these matter; they leave us when we die.

We fear death for no good reason. We are going to die anyway, so why not accept it with courage? Very few are happy about dying. People know that they are going to die eventually but they never want to die right now, in this moment.

When a person is about to die, all his actions – good or bad, virtuous or sinful – appear as images before him. There are two paths after death. One filled with light and joy, and the other with darkness and fear. If you have been virtuous on earth, you will attain heaven. But just as the pleasures of this earth pass, so do the pleasures of heaven.

As long as one has a fund of merits one can enjoy these pleasures, but the moment one’s merits are spent one must leave heaven and be reborn. One who has committed many sins will suffer in hell. But once he has undergone the consequences of his bad actions, he is reborn.

When a person dies, he has to abide by the judgment of God. We reap the consequences of our actions that are governed by the law of karma. The ways of karma are unfathomable but the fruits always correspond to the actions.

When an individual dies, the soul leaves his body and adopts the next form according to his karma. In the case of great beings who have become one with the highest, the prana does not leave the body as it does with ordinary people.

The Upanishads say that during a saint’s final samadhi, the prana merges in the sahasrara and does not leave the body; for such a being the cycle of birth and death has come to an end.

One’s condition at the time of death is the result of one’s actions. Therefore, one must meditate. Bhartrihari said: ‘‘As long as the body is healthy,/ As long as old age is far away,/ As long as your senses are strong,/ You should remember the Lord’’. To wait until one is dying is like trying to dig a well when one’s house is on fire.

There are two things one must remember all the time; God and death. Whatever a person thinks of when he leaves his body, that alone he attains. Therefore, whatever is in one’s mind at the moment of death is significant.

Holy chants keep reverberating inside us. Those who remember God constantly in this way will attain the state of God at the time of death. They have no fear of death.

There are hundreds of popular institutions that teach us how to make our lives better. To make them more healthy, more organised, more productive, more stress-free and, hopefully, more happy. Interestingly, though death is such an important happening in our lives, we do not pay much attention to it and there is no institution that really teaches about death, what it means and how it affects us. There seems to be no takers for a course in the Art of Dying!

All of us fear death because death brings to an end our life on earth and also because we are apprehensive of what will happen to us after we die. To not get intimidated by fear of death we must know the art of dying.

What is death? Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita that He is death ( kala ) in the form of Time (also kala ). Time consumes everything, from the tiniest atom to all those mighty universes in the material world. The Vedic concept of death is that it is an integral part and a recurrent happening in the continuous life of every living entity on earth. Krishna tells Arjuna in chapter two that there is no death for the jiva or soul, “Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor these rulers of men. Nor shall all of us cease to be hereafter”. Death pertains only to the physical body and “… the soul merely changes bodies just as the body changes clothes”.

The Katha Upanishad explains the Vedic concept of death and Garuda Purana deals comprehensively with rituals pertaining to death, graphically describing the soul’s journey after death to its next birth.

Most believe death is the ultimate happening in one’s life. But there is more, depending on your karma. Each new birth affords us an opportunity to better our circumstances through performing good karma, which means following the injunctions laid down in the shastras . We, however, choose to fritter away our lives in mundane activities mainly to satisfy our sensual cravings.

Adi Shankaracharya says that one is very fortunate to have got human birth for it is the only vehicle by which one can attain the ultimate goal of life, moksha or liberation, and hence it must not be wasted in living a frivolous life. More fortunate is he who has a burning desire for liberation. And still more fortunate is the one to get a bona fide spiritual master to take him to this goal.

Krishna says: “Whatever object a person thinks of at the time of death, he attains to that object alone… Whoever thinks of only Me even at the time of death, attains to My state on abandoning his body. There is no doubt about this”. He once again reinforces: “He who, at the time of his death, engages himself in remembering the Supreme Lord with full devotion, will certainly attain to Him”. This is possible only if one has Him constantly in one’s thoughts for which one needs to do spiritual practice or sadhana .

Some even crave a painful death so that they are forced to cry out to God, thereby remembering Him during the last moments. However, if your desire to be with Him is consistent and strong, it will manifest at the final hour so that you are united with Him.

We spent a tension-filled week in the office recently with many of us awaiting news of promotions and increments. As rumours snowballed, hurried meetings took place in corridors.

Some people were ashen-faced, others were jumping with joy. Some criticised the ‘system’, others consulted experts. I decided to escape to Haridwar and experience a peaceful meditative week.

The ashram was serene and peaceful. All one could hear was the chirping of birds. In the afternoon, a smiling boy of 25 came to clean our room.

He said he could not come earlier as he had to clean 50 rooms all on his own. Seeing my shocked expression the boy grinned and assured me that it wasn’t that bad a situation.

He revealed that he had joined just three days ago as a sweeper-cleaner. A month back, he was working as a motor mechanic in a private company but got laid off with many others.

Wasn’t that terrible, I inquired gently. “No, Ma’m. It’s all destined. I am young and hard working and I will find a good job again, God willing. Why should I worry?”

But a loss of Rs 5,000 wasn’t small, I pursued. “Money comes and goes, like this Ma’m”, he said and snapped his fingers. What a brave boy, I thought.

And here was I who had ‘escaped’to the serenity of Haridwar. Despite a string of academic degrees, achievements and experience we still panic because we are afraid we would not move to the next grade.

Life is in itself a laboratory that helps us observe and learn if only we keep our eyes and ears open. No wonder, a ripe mind like Dattatreya’s could learn from nature and make not one or two but 24 gurus from his wanderings.

These were: earth, air, sky, water, fire, moon, sun, pigeon, python, ocean, archer, moth, snake, bee, spider, firefly, fish, deer, hawk, honey-gatherer, child, elephant, sparrow and a courtesan, Pingala.

To learn from life and one’s experiences one must be open, receptive and flexible. Learning is a state of consciousness that enables one to learn from all situations if only one retains the innocence of a child.

Even a humble servant can teach us qualities of generosity, forgiveness, unselfishness and the strength to bear burdens.

Swami Chinmayananda said that the road sign ‘U Turn’ could be taken as an indicator that we ought to turn the direction of our life towards spirituality instead of trying to change others.

Ordinarily when we listen to saints, read scriptures and attend satsangs we examine and dissect the speech and actions of the saint, even if he is one’s guru.

Thus we shift from guru to guru, looking through the prism of ego. We are unable to understand the essence of teachings because we fail to become a disciple. So, even when Krishna Himself asks us to accept success and failure with equanimity once our job is done, we still get extremely miserable at failures and are elated at success.

To understand wisdom one need not listen to moralistic lectures, or intellectual sermons. All one needs is a childlike mind, a mind free of concepts and rigid ideas.

With such a flexible mentality, wisdom flows from every side; from road signs, servants, spiders, snakes, courtesans, children etc. Then all of existence becomes one’s guru because one is a disciple.

One would be able to face all kinds of situations and there would be no reason to run to sages for practical advice on how to manage one’s daily life.

Money Comes… Money Goes

Many of us like to hold on to things, emotions, past, feelings, people , clothes, books or anything that is close to you , maybe even a Teddy .. For a lot this thing is money, and they cling on to it really strong, promising themselves that it is a huge pillar of their lives.

I agree that money is the main factor of everything, it is energy, which drives everything around us. No money = Not So much of possibilities. In today’s world if you have no money you are going to face tough times.

But there are people who earn enough to clear off their debts or their loans, yet they are sad of not having enough. Some crib about not having enough to shop. Some cry about their salary. Some about not having good food.

Nobody is ever satisfied. That’s true , look around you , people do not just cry about not having enough money but also about other things which may look really stupid. Things which are too petty enough to be blown out of proportion.

A few may sit down and say , “Alright that’s it I am happy with my life what it has given me and now I shall have a happy end.” Well that may sound poetic, and less than 5% of the population of the world reach that state of mind , even after getting retired.

Money as what many see is a need for their daily living, Fair enough, not blaming this segment of people. The rest who think it is not enough to buy a new house or a new car or a new jacket , blah blah blah.. hmm, for them I would advice, please do not get carried away too much with materialistic items in this world. Well that’s just impossible to do and something what I would never achieve even if somebody told me “impossible is nothing” .

From all what I have experienced , I personally feel , us humans , are never satisfied, not even the most pious of us lot. Even the Religious leader of one community would want all people from Religion X to Convert to Religion Y or vice versa. Even they are not satisfied.!

People like to get what they want, and nobody can change that. The debate about having enough , can never end , all we can do is try to be more simple in our lives, by keeping our wants limited as much as we possibly can. This thought itself seems nearly impossible but not completely.

There are some really simple people in this world who do not care about anything too materialistic and live the life to the basic as much as possible.

Imagine if every consumer would be like them… 🙂 , Companies would be in recession all the time .. hahaha!

Give More …. Expect None!

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Brighton Trip

Today I went to brighton with a few friends, it is an amazing place , breezy and the beach is a nice place to relax and be with friends or family, brighton is a stony beach, so you cannot play most of the normal sand games which usually people do. I do not understand the reason why it has got an award for?

But overall it is a nice place for a weekend as there are a lot of sea surfing activities to do , if love doing it and also a few attraction around brighton which may interest you.

We all had a great time there and I hope to see brighton once again.

Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach

4 months 3 weeks and 2 days

The film follows the story of Otilia Mihartescu (Anamaria Marinca) and Gabriela ‘Găbiţa’ Dragut (Laura Vasiliu), two university friends in an unnamed Romanian town. The film is set in 1987,[3] one of the last years of the Ceauşescu regime. When Găbiţa becomes pregnant, the two girls arrange a meeting with Mr. Bebe (Vlad Ivanov) in a hotel, where he is to perform an illegal abortion (Communist Romania had a natalist policy against abortion).

At a college dorm Gabriela and Otilia go over the items they need for the following day, and as Gabriela nervously sits and waits in the room, Otilia barters and buys soap, cigarettes, etc. from school friends. Afterwards, Otilia takes a bus to visit her boyfriend Adi, from whom she borrows money. Adi asks Otilia to visit his family that night, as it is his mother’s birthday, and to buy flowers on the way, to which Otilia initially declines, but she relents after Adi becomes visibly upset.

Otilia heads to a hotel where Gabriela has booked a room, only to be informed by an unfriendly receptionist that there is no reservation under Gabriela’s last name. Otilia goes to another hotel, and after much begging and haggling is able to book a room at an expensive rate. Afterwards Otilia goes to a rendezvous point to meet with Mr. Bebe, although he had been told by Gabriela that Otilia was her sister, and Mr. Bebe grows angry upon hearing that Gabriela is not at the planned hotel, and that he has to leave his ID at the front desk, fearing that the arrangement might be a police trap.

Mr. Bebe discovers that Gabriela’s claim that her pregnancy was in its third month is a lie; in fact, it has been at least four months. Mr. Bebe ask for more money since a late term abortion is a much greater offense punishable with 10 years in jail. In order to help her friend, Otilia reluctantly has sex (and eventually Gabriela does as well) with Mr. Bebe so that he will not walk out on them. Mr. Bebe then performs the abortion by injecting a probe and some fluids into Gabriela, and leaves Otilia instructions on how to dispose of the fetus when it comes out. Otilia is visibly exasperated by Gabriela’s lies, yet continues to help her and care for her.

Otilia leaves Gabriela at the hotel to go to Adi’s mother’s birthday. She’s still visibly disturbed but stays and has dinner with Adi’s mother’s friends, who are mostly doctors. They all talk about trivial things while Otilia and Adi remain silent. The phone rings in the background, but no one answers it. One of the guests then starts talking about lost values and respect to elders when Otilia accepts a cigarette offered to her in front of Adi’s parents, which prompts Adi to bring the champagne in order to get the party over with. Adi and Otilia then go to his room where Otilia tells him about Gabriela’s abortion, and they start talking about what would happen if it was Otilia that was pregnant since Adi seems to be against abortions. After fighting with Adi, Otilia calls Gabriela from Adi’s house. Gabriela does not answer, so Otilia decides to go back to the hotel.

When Otilia enters the room Gabriela is lying on the bed, and she tells Otilia that the fetus has come out and is in the bathroom. Otilia then wraps the fetus with some towels and puts everything in a bag, while Gabriela asks her to bury the fetus. Otilia then goes outside and walks around for a while, finally climbing to the top of a random building, as Mr. Bebe had suggested, and dropping the bag in a trash chute.

Otilia then goes back to the hotel and finds Gabriela eating at the restaurant. She sits and tells Gabriela that they are never going to talk about the whole thing ever again.