Thursday, March 18, 2010

Critics are disguised Compliments, so get Inspired and do your best for Success in your life

After a long time I got a chance to share some thoughts with you. I had gone through some books this time again, I am learning a bit of knowledge every time from them. While reading about Lord Rama in Bhagavatham I was so inspired by the way Lord Rama treats his brothers. Rama is a good example for a son, brother, husband and for a great emperor as well.

There is an incident in Ramayana in which Rama was playing with his brothers and after the play was over Rama went to ‘Kaikeyi’ (his step mother) and told her that he was defeated by Bharatha (his brother) with a large smile on his face and happiness, but Bharatha complained that Rama was losing the game every time to make Bharatha happy and win the game.

The lesson we can learn from it is those who serves others will reap more. Giving is a joy in comparison to Receiving. This is a simple principle in life ‘the life lead for others (for other’s happiness) is more worthy and has a meaning for it.’

For a man to live without selfishness he should overcome the qualities like Krodha (Anger) and Matsarya (Jealousy).

One of my friends has sent a quote to me once which says, “Don’t ever be angry upon your friends, because up to the end of life what hurts us is not the words of enemies but the silence of our friends.”

Remember that for every 1 minute of anger you will lose 60 seconds of happiness. The words which we may utter in anger will spoil the beautiful relationships between us. Recollect the words of Mother Teresa, “Don’t expect your friend to be a perfect man, help him to become perfect.”

Critics are the disguised complements, it has a good meaning. We generally feel disturbed when someone criticizes us about our work which may fetch hatred towards that person. Many great people has their own weaknesses but they have succeeded because of their hard work. They have converted their weakness into their strengths with the help of patience and determination. When someone is criticizing us certainly there should be something that we should improve yet. Critics make you know the truth and help you in achieving your goal soon.

The best example we can have is Sachin Tendulkar, he’d faced a lot of criticism but he has never spoken a single word, just he accepted them all with a smile and worked hard to improve his game. Today he is the legend of cricket and even more called as God of Indian cricket and more over called as the master blaster in the cricket world apart from being acclaimed as the ‘The Greatest Batsman ever’.

We cannot achieve anything within a day or night, we need lot of patience and hard work. As told by Robin Sharma in his book the ‘Monk who sold his Ferrari’ goal should be specific. It should be clear and well defined. The fact is that everything in this universe is created twice in this world. One in the mind and the other in the physical world. Those who can see his outer world dreams and who see the inner world awakens. The set goal should be concrete in our mind too then it will make you achieve your goal.

I request you to please read any books related to personality development or of great personalities because they inspire you a lot and show you the way to achieve the self mastery. We need to work hard to achieve something but there should be some sort of inspiration for us, and that inspiration we can get through books only.

Success can be achieved by 1% inspiration and 99% Perspiration. But if we don’t get this 1% inspiration, we don’t even think big to set up our goals or commit for 99% perspiration. But if you have that 1% inspiration from these self-development books, you will automatically be empowered by your inner will for your 99% perspiration. All the best!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Tapatraya (3 Cravings) of Humans and the suitable methods to suffice them

Tapatraya in Sanskrit, means 'The 3 Cravings (Anxieties)' of the Human Life. Trying for a thing or for a purpose with undue longing and anxiety is generally called as Tapatraya (Craving). This is the common man’s view. But spiritually this has got a different meaning, a meaning in true sense.

These three kinds of cravings termed as Tapatraya are  - 1. Aadhi Bhouthika (Physical), 2. Aadhi Dyvika (Mental), and 3. Adhyatmika (Spiritual).

The explanation of these three may differ from one school of thought to the other. But let us think according to our view.

Satya Tatvam (Truthfulness) is greater than Religious rituals and Sacrifices

Satya Tatvam in Sanskrit, means Truthfulness or Honesty. 'Telling what is heard and what is seen as it is' is called 'truthfulness'. One who tells the facts without any hypocrisy or cunningness in mind is called a man of truthfulness. Leading this kind of life is not an easy thing. The Mahabharata, the Indian epic tells about this truthfulness as follows:
“Even if you compare with thousand performances of religious sacrifices, Truth proves its greatness more than them. The pious dipping and worshiping in all sacred rivers and making pilgrimages are also not equal to truth. Truth is the highest virtue”.
Only speaking the truth is not a limit to a truthful person. Not crossing or acting against what he himself said is real truthfulness. In Indian epics, we find the king ‘Harischandra’ having such a truthful personality. He stood very firm to fulfil his words given to Viswamithra Maharishi. He sold away his wife, his child and he himself became a watchman to a burial ground to safeguard his word given to Viswamithra. Mahatma Gandhi also got inspired by Harischandra and has adopted the same truthful nature throughout his life.
There was a ruler of three worlds called Maha Bali. He also proved himself as a truthful person. He has also stood by his word and gifted everything including his kingdom consisting all the three worlds and was thrown to the Underworld (Suthala). He knows it well in advance about his downfall. But he has not stepped back in fulfilling his promise given to Sage Vamana. Even after everything is lost, he says that he cares not for wealth, kingdom, even death and Hell, but he cares for truthfulness. Such a truthful king he was and hence his name and glory are being remembered even today.
We are generally accustomed to tell lies even for simple things. While going out of home, if anybody in our home asks, “Where are you going?” we simply reply that “No where! I will be back soon”. When you return home and knock the door, someone in your home may ask you, “Where have you been?”, also to this question we may simply say, “No where! I was just here around”. These two answers are no doubt lies, but of no serious nature.
You might have uttered those lies in the sense that they are unimportant. Such lies may be taken as silly things and can be ignored. But better if we take care of them also. In some exceptional cases telling truth may harm others. In such cases it is felt that not telling truth is in  no way wrong. Once a robber chases a traveler to loot and kill him for money. The traveler hides in a hut of a sage. When the robber asks the sage about the traveler, he says that nobody came in that way. This is no doubt a lie, but by that a life has been saved. So this kind of telling lies (untruth) is no sin.
There is a tale in a book meant for Children, which speaks about the danger of telling untruth. Once a boy shepherd cried loudly, “Tiger! Tiger is attacking! Save me, save me”. The farmers in the nearby fields ran up to help this boy  and found no tiger. The shepherd laughed at them and said that he called the farmers for fun. The same episode ran twice or thrice. A few days after, a tiger really attacked the boy and his sheep. The boy cried for help, but no one turned up, thinking that the mischievous boy is a liar. There the chapter of that boy ended with his doom. This is a well known old story, but its essence is ever new.
So we should know the real value of truthfulness and act accordingly.
Entering  the real world of Spirituality, like joining and becoming an Abhyasi (Trainee) of genuine spiritual organizations like 'Sahaj Marg' one can find one's way to live a truthful life and to reach the destination (the Ultimate). For more information and confidence about Sahaj Marg, please go through the other spiritual articles posted on this website labelled as 'Sahaj Marg'.
Courtesy: Sri P. Subbarayudu (Preceptor) and Sri. B.E. Sampath Kumar (Abhyasi) of Sri RamaChandraji Maharaj Seva Trust, Kadapa.

Ahimsa (Non Violence) is the greatest virtue for any human being

Ahimsa (Non-violence) is the highest virtue. It is accepted by each and every religion and sect in some form or the other. But is there anyone who follows non-violence 100%? The answer will be no in all the cases, because taking vegetarian food is also not out of violence. The vegetables like leafy plants, roots, fruits and also grains and pulses all are with life and eating them also is violence. So in the ‘Mahabharata’ (an Indian epic) in ‘Aranyaparva’ non-violence is defined as follows:
"There is no one on the surface of earth without committing violence.
But one should keep away from violence to the extent possible.
So keeping away from violence to the extent possible is itself called non-violence."
To all the living beings eating is a must to survive. So eating for survival is not violence. But living for only eating is not acceptable as non-violence. Hence one should only eat to live and not live to eat.
So doing minimum harm to the co-living beings for survival is to be observed by all the human beings. People in Polar Regions and in deserts may have to depend on meat for survival as they can’t find vegetation suitable for food. However in the countries like India one can comfortably live with vegetarian food safely, happily and healthily.
Nowadays the science has also declared that vegetarian food is the best for humans and the human digestive system is fit for vegetarian food and not for meat. The scientific fact that has been discovered is that the human digestive system is more similar to that of the herbivorous animals than the carnivorous animals.
Therefore what is decided is to live in least violence. That means almost in non-violence.
Definition & Types of Violence
Again in ‘Anusasaneekaparva’ of Mahabharata, it is said that not only killing animals is violence, but also thinking bad about others, hurting others by words and manhandling are also categorized as `violence’.
So violence is of four types and we should be more careful towards them. In another instance that is in ‘Santhiparva of Mahabharata’, it is said that non-violence is like a foot print of an elephant, in which all the other foot prints disappear.
That means all other virtues include in non-violence itself. Having kindness towards all the living beings is the greatest virtue to be adopted by the humans. Because everything is created by God and thereby all the creatures are His progeny and so the relation between all the living beings is nothing but brotherhood. On account of this brotherhood all the living beings have the equal right to enjoy the God’s creation i.e., the nature.
‘Vasavi Devi’, the Goddess of ‘Vysya’ (merchant) community has proved herself an embodiment of non-violence. The king called Vishnuvardhana forced her to marry him, otherwise he would declare war against her country. She consoled her father and brother not to resort to war and she along with her followers entered fire and sacrificed herself to avoid war and violence. This story may be a point of inspiration to Mahatma Gandhi to fight with the weapon of non-violence against the British Rule in India.
Gautama Buddha has propagated non-violence in his preachings. He forcefully stopped killing animals in some of the Yagas (sacred fires). He used to tell those who wanted sacrifices that if they felt it sacred to kill animals, they could kill Him instead of those poor animals. He has spread love and non-violence by his preachings in the world. The greatest Indian epic ‘Mahabharata’ also stood against killing animals in Yagas. In Anusasaneekaparva, ‘Bhishma pitamaha’ clarifies to King ‘Yudhistira’ (the eldest of Pandavas), his grandson, “Following non-violence is better and greater than performing ‘Aswamedha Yaga’, where there is violence of killing the horse used for this Yaga”. He added that killing and ordering or helping for killing are the greatest sins.
So the humble and sincere advice is to follow non-violence and proceed on the way of realization of Supreme God (the Ultimate) by following Sahaj Marg (The natural Path of Realisation) System of Sri Ramachandraji Maharaj of Shahjahanpur. To know more about Sahaj Marg and the effective use of this system, please read the other spiritual articles of this website labeled as Sahaj Marg.
Courtesy: Sri P. Subbarayudu (Preceptor) and Sri B.E. Sampath Kumar (Abhyasi) of Sri RamaChandraji Maharaj Seva Trust, Kadapa.

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