Friday, November 26, 2010

Killing your Dreams - (Reproduced from Paulo Coelho’s blog)

Found this inspiring article on PC's blog......Enjoy!!!

"The first symptom of the process of our killing our dreams is the lack of time. The busiest people I have known in my life always have time enough to do everything. Those who do nothing are always tired and pay no attention to the little amount of work they are required to do. They complain constantly that the day is too short. The truth is, they are afraid to fight the Good Fight.

The second symptom of the death of our dreams lies in our certainties. Because we don’t want to see life as a grand adventure, we begin to think of ourselves as wise and fair and correct in asking so little of life. We look beyond the walls of our day-to-day existence, and we hear the sound of lances breaking, we smell the dust and the sweat, and we see the great defeats and the fire in the eyes of the warriors. But we never see the delight, the immense delight in the hearts of those who are engaged in the battle. For them, neither victory nor defeat is important; what’s important is only that they are fighting the Good Fight.

And, finally, the third symptom of the passing of our dreams is peace. Life becomes a Sunday afternoon; we ask for nothing grand, and we cease to demand anything more than we are willing to give. In that state, we think of ourselves as being mature; we put aside the fantasies of our youth, and we seek personal and professional achievement. We are surprised when people our age say that they still want this or that out of life. But really, deep in our hearts, we know that what has happened is that we have renounced the battle for our dreams – we have refused to fight the Good Fight.
When we renounce our dreams and find peace, we go through a short period of tranquility. But the dead dreams begin to rot within us and to infect our entire being.
We become cruel to those around us, and then we begin to direct this cruelty against ourselves. That’s when illnesses and psychoses arise. What we sought to avoid in combat – disappointment and defeat – come upon us because of our cowardice.
And one day, the dead, spoiled dreams make it difficult to breathe, and we actually seek death. It’s death that frees us from our certainties, from our work, and from that terrible peace of our Sunday afternoons ".

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Life is Management !!!!

Just stumbled on this great person (Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev), a mystic from Tamil Nadu - South India. He runs the ISHA FOUNDATION. Below is a 4 min video where he has explained beautifully how life is nothing but just management. Enjoy!!!

I will like to end by one of the poems he wrote long ago 
"I was born like you, 
I eat like you,  sleep like you 
and will die like you. 
But the limited has not limited me, 
life's bondages have not bound me. 
As the dance of life progresses, 
this unboundedness has become unbearably sweet. 
Become love, reach out, become me"!!!!

I do not know what is so magnetic about these mystics.......

Ways to experiences Samadhi......

Here are some of the methods to get a glimpse of Samadhi. Each one has its own merits and de merits.
These are:
1. Drugs (Psychedelics)
2. Mantra ( a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that are considered capable of "creating      transformation").
3. Performing Austerities.

I will write about each of them someday. But as of now I will change gears and post some other stuff. This post I will complete later.


The Last/8th Limb - Samadhi -

When the subject disappears in the object, when the object disappears in the subject, when there is nothing to look at and there is no looker-on, when simply the duality is not there, that is SAMADHI. In other words, SAMADHI is made from the combination of 2 words – SAMA (Equanimity) and Buddhi (Intellect). Thus, when the intellect becomes equanimous i.e. when it looses the discriminatory dimension and just becomes perception; one experiences Samadhi.

Remember, this is the possibility for all of human beings. But the tricky part is when we experience the world we get smeared with the events so much that we forget about the ultimate human potential. In collecting pebbles and shells on the seashore one may miss the utterly blissful treasure of the ocean. This does not mean we do not enjoy the world!!! But the skill is not to get lost in it. Enjoy everything, but don't make it your very life then one will miss it. And remember, wherever we pay our attention that becomes the reality of life. If you pay your attention to pebbles, they become diamonds -- because wherever is your attention, there is your treasure. Sometimes the attention can be focused on the unreal and we start believing it to be real.
So make sure that real has to be sought. And the only way to reach it is, first, drop too many objects, let there be one object: second, drop all distractions. Let consciousness fall on that object in an uninterrupted. And the third (Samadhi) happens by itself. In that stillness, one can attain to the goal of life.