The only way to know that you have grown in life is when you have helped others to grow. You expand when you move away from the individual to the collective and adopt a vision that sees and works for a broader spectrum.
So just let yourself expand. 😊
Problems and conflicts are a part of life. Often we get stuck with them and don’t look towards finding the solutions. The way out is to shift your attention away from them and focus on the solutions.
Just like heat is inherent in fire, coolness in ice, wind in air and breath in the body, love is the very basis of your existence.
To fall in love you don’t need a partner or an object. Realise that you are yourself that love which is permeating the whole planet. 😊
So today is the beginning of one of the most auspicious festivals of the Sanatana Dharma ( Hinduism),’Navratri.’ Apart, from the rituals and traditions will be aboded by at everyone’s place, I would encourage everyone to have a deeper experience during this Navratri.
Navratri is considered to be the most auspicious and powerful time in the universe. It is the time when positive vibrations are at its peak. It is the time when you should sit down for sometime and get in touch with the universal source. Do some meditations, listen to chantings, read or watch some knowledge videos ( even if it’s just a verse).
Ours is a generation which is very ambitious. We have big dreams and big plans. This makes it necessary for us to have the experiences that make us move forward to realising and executing these. This can happen only through meditation. Meditation gives you that peace and contentment which brings forth creativity and efficiency. Our Pujas use and honour all the five elements ( air, water, earth, fire and space.) This symbolises the aspect of harmony and respecting every creation of the universe in our traditions. Much beyond the rituals it’s about celebration. Celebrating the diversity in the creation which merges into the universal. Our eyes and our senses make us feel and experience the diversity, closing down our senses sit down, relax and meditate. This makes us experience the universal. It’s such a beautiful and serene experience that you would fail to express it in words.
Some of you might be away from home and might not be able to be a part of the celebration back home. There is no need for you to feel disheartening. You can just meditate and take a dive into the celebration, wherever you are. So this Navratri not only just do your Pujas, fasting and rituals but also meditate and get in touch with the universal source.
Some recommended Meditation and chants that you can do –
Guided Meditations by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar –
1. Breath of Relaxation
2. Sound to Silence
1. Devi Kavacham – Armour of the Goddess
2. Laxmi Ashtottara
Knowledge Videos –
1. Bhagwat Gita
2. Patanjal Yoga Sutras
3. Significance of Navratri
Happy Navratri to All.
Often we get disheartened at not getting what we desired for. The wise thing is to always ask for what is best for you from the Divine. You may always be asking for more money but there might be an unending dance of love and joy with a little less of money, waiting for you.
Life is much larger than our small cravings and aversion. There is an ocean for us to embrace, so why should we settle for a well or a pond. Have faith and belief that this life only the best is going to come to you.
Surrender is not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength.
You not only surrender what you have but also what you don’t. You have a desire to achieve something or possess something. You don’t have it but yet you want to have it.
Surrender is letting go of the feverishness of the desires and setting yourself free.
Grace, gratitude and faith helps you to surrender effortlessly. Next time when you are bothered don’t become weak and crib about it. Be strong and surrender your botheration to the divine ! 😊
It is true that good things take time to come. But if you start being good all the time, good things will come to others right away.
Its been almost a year (One year,two months & 11 days precisely!) since I embraced Yoga. The journey since then has been surreal. There is an ocean of opportunities that seem to be within my reach, ever blowing winds of joy touching me and an abundance of blessings that keep showering love on me.
The journey from the outside has turned inward and the love that used to be confined has become my very nature. It has become difficult to get angry, feel depressed or feel disheartened for all these feelings have transcended to become bliss, that which remains unshakable come what may! Time seems to be working in accordance with me, efficient and reliant. It has become easier to accept the people as they are and have a greater understanding about what they feel. Giving has become my very nature, be it a box of sweets or a moment of joy, the moment feels totally incomplete if there is no one to share it with.
There is so much of change and yet it becomes difficult to answer the question people often ask-
“What Change Has it Brought into Your life?”
There is so much to say and so much to show but everytime I answer this question I realise that it somehow always remains incomplete. For I am never able to explain the magnificent change it has brought into my life. For some it may seem to be a transformation, for some it may just seem to be a transition but to me it is transcendence. Oneness of this whole creation has now become a perceived reality, that which is absolute and truth. The love for the supreme has been discovered with an unmatched exuberance. It is difficult to explain in words completely, for words are not enough to do justice to it.
So the next time someone has this question, I would can only simply say –
“I can make you an offer that you can never refuse.”
And the offer is –
” You can give all your problems and sorrow to me and I promise to share all my love and all my joy with you.” 😊
For once calm down, relax and observe everything that is going on in your life. Even as an ocean gives rise to turbulent storms and waves, your life brings many adversities and challenges on your way. Sitting at a beach and observing the waves and the vastness of the ocean brings a sense of calmness and contentment to your being. So will sitting back and witnessing everything that is going on in your own life will.
Just like the waves rise and vanish, so will all the advertisities and challenges that comes in your way. Realising about the infinite of things will make you leave the grasp of the finite. Look at the vastness of this world and make yourself a part of it. Sit, relax, close your eyes and let yourself get mixed with the infinite ocean of existence.
You know sometimes I used to wonder that when I have come on the path of spirituality, daily meditations, yoga along with breathing exercises would bring so much peace and calmness to me. But strange as it seemed, the memories of the past events would sometimes still come back to haunt me. Add to that the experiences or moments that had made me feel at unease would be crossing my mind again and again, uninterrupted. Much difficult it was for me to gather the courage that would help me in erasing it from the consciousness for it is certainly not easy as one,two,three owning to the fact that on the path of spirituality your consciousness expands and does not gets diminished, certainly. Good or bad,present or past the memories may have been they are all alike, only the intensity of their impact and perception about their negative consequences changes.
To jump you must take a leap,likewise for the past impressions to be diminished they must transcend from your mind to your expanding consciousness which does not equate them with a prejudice but accepts it as it is. What one needs at this juncture is faith, faith in the divine, a divinity that binds us together and makes our being possible. Have the knowledge that things will be better for the sun sets only to rise again. Don’t be bothered by the memories of the past nor blame yourself for the things you did or others for what they did to you. It was all a part of the destiny which has rightly placed you where you are now. A sapling braves the roughest of weather only to blossom and become a tree with much to give to all. In the same way you must just go with the flow and let it all go. Your greatest weapon would be to serve without any intention or expectations but only with a commitment for the greater betterment of all. It brings peace and bliss for you are not asking anything in return, the act of a wise. An arrow to be released needs to be pulled back, in the same way for the sorrow to go it needs to be pulled to the consciousness so that it can be released from the cocoon of perpetuity. Just be an observers to the changing thoughts and experience the beauty of mind. The best way to battle the mind is not to battle at all but to be a witness to its play. Only then will one be able to let it all go.