The “I” must go. I, I, I, aren’t you tired of saying I? That “I” is the problem. Throw it off. That “I” is to be pushed out like shit. All your insides are constipated with ego. Take an enema. Break your image. Get the shit out. ‘First, stop chattering, “I did this, I did that, did, did, did.” Can you sit quiet for a moment doing nothing? Not this, not this, what then? Nothing, no-thing. Sit quiet, sit silent, be still. Stop doing. Shunya, nothing, clean slate, unalloyed joy!
DR Sahadev made it big in business. He spent money buying a piece of land in the town of London and built a 3 -storey villa. He had an impressive swimming pool in the garden with a 100-year-old Lychee Tree in the backyard. In fact, he bought the property precisely because of this tree. His wife loved eating lychees.
During renovations, his friends urged him to get guidance from a Feng Shui Master, just to thread on the side of caution. Dr Sahadev never quite believed in Fengshui yet surprising he took the advice to heart and went out of his way to engage a feng shui master from Hong Kong. The Grand Master was Master Cao who’s been in the profession for over 30 years, renowned in the Fengshui circle. They had a meal in the city then flew to the City of London…..After reaching London Dr Sahadev…. Who had a heart of gold….. drove the Master to his house. Along the way, when cars behind them tried to overtake, he would simply give way.
The Master laughingly remarked: “Big Boss Dr Sahadev….. your driving is really safe.” He spoke really fluent mandarin for someone from HK.
DR SAHADEV… laughed at the remark: “Usually people who need to overtake have some urgent matter to attend to, so we shouldn’t hold them up.”
Arriving near the house….. the streets grew narrow and so my good friend Dr Sahadev…….. slowed down.
A giggling child suddenly darted out from an alley and as the child ran across the street, Dr Sahadev…… still didn’t speed up. Instead, he kept his gaze on the alley, as if waiting for something. Out of the blue, another child darted out, chasing after the child ahead.
Master Zao was surprised and asked: “How did you know there’d be another child the following suit?”
Dr Sahadev…. shrugged: “Well, kids are always chasing after each other so it’s impossible for a child to be in such glee without a playmate.”
Master Cao gave him a big thumbs up and laughed out loud: “That’s really considerate of you!”
Arriving at the Villa, they got down from the car. Suddenly about 7 to 8 birds flew off from the backyard. Seeing so, Dr Sahadev…. said to Master Cao: “ If you don’t mind please wait here for a little while.”
“What’s the matter?” Master Cao was taken aback.
“Oh, there’s probably some kids stealing lychees in the backyard. If we walk in now we might give them a fright, let’s not risk anyone falling off the old Lychee Tree.” Dr Sahadev….. replied humorously.
Master Cao stayed silent for a while before stating matter-of-factly: “This home doesn’t need a Feng Shui evaluation anymore.”
Now it’s Dr Sahadev ‘s……. turn to be shocked: “Why’s that?”
“Any place graced with your presence naturally becomes the property with the most auspicious Feng Shui.”
When our minds prioritize others’ peace and happiness, the one who benefits is not just others, but ourselves too. When a person is considerate of others at all times, then this person has unconsciously accomplished sainthood.
The saint is, in fact, a person who through benefiting others become enlightened.
Hope your home too, does not need a Feng Shui master
A Story With A Moral….Being Thankful.
A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help.”
There were only a few coins in the hat. A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words.
He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were.
The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”
The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way. I wrote: “Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it.”
Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind.
Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?
Be thankful for what you have…
Think differently and positively.
When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile.
Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear.
The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling… And even more beautiful, knows that you are the reason behind it!!!
Once in a town, a sage visited, who used to do Satsang.
A man used to go for his Satsang every day. This man had a parrot which used to live in a cage.
One day his parrot asked him, ‘Where do you go daily?
He replied, “I go for Satsang to learn good things.”
Parrot Said, “Can you do me a favour? Please ask that sage – When I will be able to get freedom?”
Next day, a man went for Satsang.
After Satsang was over, he went to Sage and said, “Maharaj, There is a parrot at my home and he wanted to know when he will get freedom?”
Just after listening to him, Sage got unconscious and fell.
The man saw this, he got scared and left from there silently.
When he reached home. His parrot asked him, ‘Did you asked my question to Sage?
The man replied, ‘I did but it seems you have a bad luck. As soon as I asked him your question, he got unconscious and fell.”
The parrot replied, “It’s ok. I understand.”
Next day whether n man was leaving. He saw the parrot unconscious inside the cage.
A man went towards the cage and opened it to check if parrot was dead…
but as soon as a man opened the cage and picked the parrot out of that cage to check, it woke up and flew away.
Man, as usual, went for Satsang.
When sage saw him, he called him and asked, “Where is your parrot now?”
A man replied sadly, “In the morning when I was about to leave, my parrot faked being unconscious and fell inside the cage. And when I opened the cage to check on him, it flew away.”
Sage smiled and replied, “Your parrot is more intelligent than you. He understood my little hint and got his freedom.
But you have been stuck in the cage of worldly illusion, even after listening to Satsang for so many days.”
Lesson: Purpose of Satsang is not just pious entertainment, but to transform our life towards freedom from material bondage.🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
YOUR SELF-TALK IS YOUR SELF-IMAGE !
Some years ago an article in Reader’s Digest told of an experiment conducted with a class of high school basketball players. These young men with similar skills were divided into three separate groups.
Group One was told not to practice shooting free throws in the gym for a month.
Group Two was told to practice shooting free throws in the gym for an hour every afternoon for a month.
Group Three was told to practice shooting free throws in their imaginations for an hour every afternoon for a month.
At the end of the month, the players were tested for their performance.
As expected, Group One’s free-throw average fell. Group Two increased its average by about two percentage points.
Group Three also increased its average by the same percentage as Group Two.
In your imagination, you never miss—that is, unless you want to or unless you’re in the habit of negative self-imaging.
Negative self-talk can follow a success or a failure.
For example, when you close a sale or turn in a report on time, your negative self-talk afterwards might be, “That was a lucky one,” or “I sure hope I don’t miss the deadline next time.”
On the other hand, if you lose a sale or make a mistake or deliver an assignment late,
Negative self-talk might be,
“There I go again.
I’ll never get it right.”
Self-talk disintegrates into
“I knew I couldn’t do it,”
“This always happens to me,”
“Why do I even try?”
Just as important as your self-imaging before a task,
your self-talk immediately after confirms your self-image or knocks it down.
But, after a mistake or failure, the person who has learned the principle of positive self-talk will say, “That’s not like me,” “Next time I’ll take a different approach,” “I’ll get up and do it again, but this time prepare more effectively.”
In a way, learning how to succeed in spite of failure is like learning how to walk.
The effort results in a number of falls, bumps, near misses, and landing on your rear end. The difference is that the child does not associate falling with failure, but only as a temporary inconvenience. The child’s next thought is to get up and try it again.
The same should be with us. We set a goal in our minds, we try, we fall, we see the goal again, perhaps with renewed vigor or from a different angle, our self-talk reinforces the desire to succeed, and ultimately we do. This experience is then stored in our inner video cassettes to replay when we next need to.
Be doers of the word,
not the hearers only!!
એક બાળકને સ્વર્ગ અને નરક જોવાની ખુબ જ ઇચ્છા હતી. એ રોજ આ માટે ભગવાનને પ્રાર્થના કરતો.
એક દિવસ ભગવાન તેના પર રાજી થયા અને બાળકને સ્વર્ગ તથા નરક બતાવવાનું વચન આપ્યુ.
કોઇ એક ચોક્કસ દિવસે ભગવાનને થોડી ફુરસદ મળી એટલે એ પેલા બાળક પાસે આવ્યા અને કહ્યુ, “ચાલ બેટા, આજે તને સ્વર્ગ અને નરકની મુલાકાત કરાવું. બોલ તારે પહેલા કોની મુલાકાત લેવી છે?”
બાળકે કહ્યુ, “પ્રભુ, પહેલા નરક બતાવો. પછી સ્વર્ગમાં થોડો સમય આરામ કરવો હોઇ તો પણ વાંધો ન આવે.”
ભગવાન બાળકને લઇને નરકમાં ગયા.
દરવાજો ખોલીને અંદર પ્રવેશ્યા.
સૌ પ્રથમ ભોજનશાળાની મુલાકાતે ગયા.
બાળકે જોયુ તો ત્યાં અનેક પ્રકારના ભોજન હતા.
જાત જાતના પકવાનોના થાળ પડ્યા હતા.
આમ છતા લોકો ભુખના માર્યા તરફડીયા મારી રહ્યા હતા.
કેટલાકના મોઢામાંથી સારુ ભોજન જોઇને લાળો ટપકતી હતી પરંતું એ ભોજન લેતા ન હતા.
બાળકે ભગવાનને પુછ્યુ, “પ્રભુ આવુ કેમ ? ભોજન સામે હોવા છતા આ લોકો કેમ ખાતા નથી અને દુ:ખી થઇને રાડો પાડે છે?”
ભગવાને બાળકને કહ્યુ, “બેટા, આ તમામ લોકોના હાથ સામે જો. બધાના હાથ સીધા જ રહે છે. એને કોણીથી વાળી શકતા નથી અને એટલે એ ભોજનને હાથમાં લઇ શકે છે પણ પોતાના મુખ સુધી પહોંચાડી શકતા નથી. ભોજનને મુખ સુધી પહોંચાડવા એ હવામાં ઉંચે ઉડાડે છે અને પછી પોતાના મુખમાં ઝીલવા માટેનો પ્રયાસ કરે છે પણ એમા એ સફળ થતા નથી.”
બાળકે દલીલ કરતા કહ્યુ, “પ્રભુ આ તો નરકના લોકો માટે હળાહળ અન્યાય જ છે. ભોજન સામે હોવા છતા તમે કરેલી કરામતને કારણે હાથ વળતો નથી અને એ ખાઇ શકતા નથી.”
ભગવાને કહ્યુ, “ચાલ બેટા હવે તને સ્વર્ગની ભોજનશાળા બતાવું. એ જોઇને તને નરક અને સ્વર્ગ વચ્ચેનો ભેદ બહુ સરળતાથી સમજાઇ જશે અને હું અન્યાય કરુ છુ કે કેમ ? તે પણ તને ખબર પડી જશે.”
બાળક ભગવાનની સાથે સ્વર્ગની ભોજનશાળામાં ગયો. અહિંયા નરકમાં હતા એ જ પ્રકારના બધા ભોજન હતા અને એવી જ વ્યવસ્થાઓ હતી છતાય બધાના ચહેરા પર આનંદ હતો. બધા શાંતિથી ભોજન લઇ રહ્યા હતા.
બાળકે ધ્યાનથી જોયુ તો અહિંયા પણ દરેક લોકોની શારિરીક સ્થિતી નરક જેવી જ હતી. મતલબ કે કોઇના હાથ કોણીથી વળી શકતા નહોતો.
પરંતું લોકો ભોજન લેતી વખતે એકબીજાને મદદ કરતા હતા સામ-સામે બેસીને પોતાના હાથમાં રહેલો કોળીયો સામેવાળી વ્યક્તિના મુખમાં મુકતા હતા અને સામેવાળી વ્યક્તિના હાથમાં રહેલો કોળિયો પોતાના મુખમાં સ્વિકારતા હતા.
બાળકે ભગવાનની સામે જોઇને હસતા હસતા કહ્યુ, “પ્રભુ મને સ્વર્ગ અને નરક વચ્ચેનો તફાવત બરોબર સમજાઇ ગયો.”
સ્વર્ગ મેળવવા માટે મરવાની જરુર નથી. એકબીજાને મદદ કરવાની ભાવના હોય તો આ ધરતી પર જ સ્વર્ગની અનુભૂતિ થશે.
‘તારુ જે થવુ હોય તે થાય હું મારુ કરુ’ આવી વિચારસરણી જ્યાં છે તે નરક છે અને
‘મારુ જે થવુ હોય તે થાય પહેલા હું તારુ કરુ’ આવી ભાવના જ્યાં છે ત્યાં સ્વર્ગ છે.👏
A girl by name Deepa went to school in the neighbouring village where she wasn’t known well.
For three weeks, she came to school late and every day the teacher punished her.
On the fourth week, Deepa didn’t attend school at all and many thought she had GIVEN UP on school due to the everyday punishment.
However, Deepa reported again on fifth week and this time she came earlier than everybody.
When the teacher came to class, Deepa was punished for not attending school the previous week but the teacher was also kind enough to commend her for coming early that day, stating that the punishments had finally yielded some results.
Just then, Deepa asked if she could say something and the teacher gave her permission.
She started :
” I’ve been raised up by a single mother without a brother or a sister. Five weeks ago, my mother fell ill and was hospitalized. The three weeks I came late, I had to prepare something for her every morning and pass by the hospital to deliver the same. Unfortunately, my mother passed away last week and that’s the reason I didn’t come to school. We buried her last Friday. Today I came early since I didn’t have to prepare anything or even pass by the hospital. And now that she is gone, I will always be here early”
As she sat down, no one in the whole class was able to hold their tears, the teacher was not spared either.
How many times do we judge others for things we know not ?
We ask questions like :
– Why you are not getting married?
– Why you are not having kids ?
– When will you find a job ?
– When will you buy a car?
– When will you build a house?
Do we attempt to understand their situations or we just judge from the case scenarios
Some situations are not relative and what we think could be very far from the truth.
Don’t assume you know what others go through or that people move in the same pace or direction as you.
Be kind, always…… Be nice to others.
Once, it so happened that Lord Krishna was standing in front of the mirror decorating himself. He was trying on different crowns on his head and putting on some fine jewelry while his charioteer waited outside with the chariot ready.
His charioteer waited and waited and thought to himself – usually Krishna comes immediately, today he has still not come. So, out of curiosity he went inside to find out if the program was still on because Krishna was very unpredictable, anytime anything could change. So, the charioteer goes inside and he sees Lord Krishna standing in front of the mirror admiring himself.
He politely asked, “My dear Lord, tell me, why are you dressing up so much today. Where are we going?”
Lord Krishna said, “I am going to meet Duryodhana.”
The charioteer said, “You are dressing up so much to meet Duryodhana?”
Lord Krishna then said, “He cannot see my inside, he can only appreciate my outside. So how I am dressed will impress him because he cannot see my inside.”
Then the charioteer said, “You are going to Duryodhana? You should not go, he should come to you. This I cannot accept.”
Many times, the drivers and assistants give you more advise than needed. He continued to say, “This is not fair. Look at your status and look at him! You are the Lord of the world. You should not go, let him come.”
Krishna turned back, looked at him, smiled and said, “Darkness does not come to light, light has to go to darkness.”
These few words silenced the charioteer. 😇
Who is your life partner???
Or someone else… ????
Remember ! Your real life partner is Your Body.
You and your body stay together from the beginning of your life till your last breath.
You enjoy each relationship in this world that you feel is good for you..
But you also play an important role with your body.
What you do to your body is your responsibility and that will come back to You.
The more you care for your body, the more your body will care for You.
What you eat..
What you do for being Fit…
How u deal with stress (physical/mental/emotional)
How much rest you give to it..
Will decide how your body gonna respond in your day to day life.
Remember your body is the only permanent address where You live.
What your body wants is?
Your body is your responsibility.
You are Your real life partner.
Be Fit forever.
જયારે મારુ મૃત્યુ થશે તો
પરિવારજનોને મળવા આવશો
અને મને ખબર પણ નહિ પડે તો
હમણાં જ આવી જાવો ને મને મળવા.
જયારે મારુ મૃત્યુ થશે
તમે મારા બધા ગુનાઓ
માફ કરી દેશો
જેની મને ખબર પણ નહિ પડે તો
આજે જ માફ કરી દો ને.
જયારે મારુ મૃત્યુ થશે ત્યારે
તમે મારી કદર કરશો અને
મારા વિષે સારી સારી વાતો કરશો
જે હું સાંભળી નહિ શકુ તો
હમણાં જ બોલોને.
જયારે મારુ મૃત્યુ થશે ત્યારે
તમને થશે કે માણસ
ઘણો સારો હતો એની સાથે
થોડો વધુ સમય વિતાવ્યો હોત તો
સારુ થાત તો
આજે જ આવી જાઓ ને.
એટલા માટે કહું છું કે
રાહ નહિ જુઓ
રાહ જોવામાં ક્યારેક
બહુ મોડુ થઇ જાય છે..!!
મળતા રહો મિત્રો
- ઑશો રજનીશ