Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Love & Smile

We should not differentiate between people based on the work they do. He may be a CEO, software engineer, a clerk, peon or a toilet cleaner - at the end of the day each person is a human being. Everyone should be treated equally without differentiation.

GOD sees people as they are inside, not for what they do.

This world is a beautiful creation, where it is meant to be filled with love and happiness. Love is the very nature of the soul. Without love the soul dies and the world would too.

Every person wants to be loved. When you love a person without seeking anything in return or without any expectations, such a love is said to be unconditional love. Here you love a person because you love. When you do this and when you smile everything changes around you. You create a strong vibration of love and positive field around you. People start responding to you nicely, nature starts responding to you. It has been found by scientists that even plants respond when you love the plant and nurture it. And if you have pets you can understand what I am saying.

You feel good when you love whole heartedly. At the same time when people reciprocate you feel overjoyed but we should not worry about whether they reciprocate or not.  One day or the other they will reciprocate. This is the beauty of love. Have you ever wondered why people like to love small babies and to play with them? It is because babies smile and love everyone around them without differentiation.

Authored by GANDHARV

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The 4th State

Dream is such a beautiful phenomenon - when we dream we don’t realize that it is not reality. We only come to know this when we wake up. In that state we experience and act as if we are living that particular dream. Each night we don’t go to bed with a story in our head, but our mind is so creative it creates a new story each time we go to sleep. Some dreams are pleasant and some may be scary. It is a world of its own reality. This is just a clue from nature how reality can alter and can make a person believe what he is experiencing as reality.

How many people have tried to figure out the secrets of Maya of this very existence and have found the truth of reality?

When we start to discover our self and world of reality in which we are living we come across so many questions and one gets lost in them. One such fundamental and curious phenomenon we experience is the states of reality. We all are aware and have experienced 3 states of reality namely, dreams, deep sleep: no dream state and waking state. Almost all our entire life, at any point of time, we can be found in either one of these three states. We would not have given much thought to it and would be busy in the daily rat race of life: Eat- Work – Sleep

Our scriptures say there is one more state of reality: Super conscious state. Westerners call it as Christ consciousness and easterners refer it to as Krishna consciousness or Awakened state or Transcendental consciousness. We are not "consciously" aware of this fourth state in the normal course of living. However, in certain moments that can only be described as sublime, we get a hint of this fourth state which exists within us, which is all ours to explore.
It is also called “turiya” experience of pure awareness.

The fourth state of consciousness is beyond the states of waking, dreaming and deep sleep and stringing together all the states; the Metaphysical Consciousness distinct from the psychological or empirical self; the Saksi or witnessing consciousness; the transcendental Self.

Yoga is meant to lead a person towards this direction, to experience the Truth as it is. Experience is the only direct way of understanding the truth. Without experience everything seems like a concept or a notion. The question here is how many are ready to come out of the rat race of life and know for themselves the reality of truth? If they are not experiencing this state of existence then they are missing the truth of life.

Authored by GANDHARV

Monday, March 7, 2011


A man shapes pottery as it turns on a wheel
Native American Pottery

Creating a vessel from clay is an ancient art. Since the beginning potters have come out with some priceless vessels that have withstood the test of time. Each step in the overall pottery process is an art in itself, the glazing process, firing techniques, preparing the clay and shaping process. Now you must be wondering why I am talking about art of pottery making? Character is similar to this process. It is how we mould our self to become perfect.

It has been said that CHARACTER is the foundation for all true success. A person may have money, position, or power, but unless he has "good" character he or she is not considered to be truly successful.

So, in the full knowledge that there may be other just as valid lists of character traits, I am presenting below one list that has been very helpful to me.

List of Character Traits

1. Alertness - Being aware of what is taking place around me so I can have the right responses.

2. Attentiveness - Showing the worth of a person or task by giving my undivided concentration. 

3. Availability - Making my own schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I serve. 

4. Benevolence - Giving to others basic needs without having as my motive personal reward. 

5. Boldness - Confidence that what I have to say or do is true, right, and just. 

6. Cautiousness - Knowing how important right timing is in accomplishing right actions. 

7. Compassion - Investing whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others. 

8. Contentment - Realizing that true happiness does not depend on material conditions. 

9. Creativity - Approaching a need, a task, or an idea from a new perspective. 

10. Decisiveness - The ability to recognize key factors and finalize difficult decisions. 

11. Determination - Purposing to accomplish right goals at the right time, regardless of the opposition. 

12. Diligence - Investing my time and energy to complete each task assigned to me. 

13. Discernment - Understanding the deeper reasons why things happen. 

14. Discretion - Recognizing and avoiding words, actions, and attitudes that could bring undesirable consequences. 

15. Endurance - The inward strength to withstand stress and do my best. 

16. Enthusiasm - Expressing joy in each task as I give it my best effort. 

17. Faith - Confidence that actions rooted in good character will yield the best outcome, even when I cannot see how. 

18. Flexibility - Willingness to change plans or ideas when necessary.

19. Forgiveness - Clearing the record of those who have wronged me and not holding a grudge. Letting go.

20. Generosity - Carefully managing my resources so I can freely give to those in need. 

21. Gentleness - Showing consideration and personal concern for others. 

22. Gratefulness - Letting others know by my words and actions how they have benefited my life. 

23. Honor - Respecting each other 

24. Hospitality - Cheerfully sharing food, shelter, or conversation to benefit others. 

25. Humility - Acknowledging that achievement results from the investment of others in my life. 

26. Initiative - Recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it. 

27. Joyfulness - Maintaining a good attitude, even when faced with unpleasant conditions. 

28. Justice - Taking personal responsibility to uphold what is pure, right, and true. 

29. Loyalty - Using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to those I serve. 

30. Meekness - Yielding my personal rights and expectations with a desire to serve. 

31. Obedience - Quickly and cheerfully carrying out the direction of those who are responsible for me. 

32. Orderliness - Arranging myself and my surroundings to achieve greater efficiency. 

33. Patience - Accepting a difficult situation without giving a deadline to remove it. 

34. Persuasiveness - Guiding vital truths around another's mental roadblocks. 

35. Punctuality - Showing esteem for others by doing the right thing at the right time. 

36. Resourcefulness - Finding practical uses for that which others would overlook or discard. 

37. Responsibility - Knowing and doing what is expected of me. 

38. Security - Structuring my life around that which cannot be destroyed or taken away. 

39. Self-Control - Rejecting wrong desires and doing what is right. 

40. Sensitivity - Perceiving the true attitudes and emotions of those around me. 

41. Sincerity - Eagerness to do what is right with transparent motives. 

42. Thoroughness - Knowing what factors will diminish the effectiveness of my work or words if neglected. 

43. Thriftiness - Allowing myself to spend only what is necessary. 

44. Tolerance - Realizing that everyone is at varying levels of character development. 

45. Truthfulness – Walking on the path of truth. 

46. Virtue - The moral excellence evident in my life as I consistently do what is right. 

47. Wisdom - Seeing and responding to life situations from a perspective that transcends my current circumstances.

Authored by GANDHARV