Ever wondered how conscious is the world around you? Overall consciousness level of the World is improving with years, days and by each passing moment. Average consciousness level of the world is something to lookout for and there are always 2 to 5 % who are ahead of rest all in terms of consciousness, intelligence, awareness, etc. These people are flag bearers… the Genius! Lot of great people throughout history like artist, scientist, etc. got famous posthumously… Have you ever wondered why? Because they were ahead of all peers… And if a person is too far ahead in his thoughts and actions than rest of the world… then no wonder that his true contribution would be recognized only when majority reaches the consciousness level to understand the true worth… Only when it’s too late for that person… Ever feel pity about such people? But I think that usually doesn’t hurt the genius that much… Because he was devoted single heartedly… not to get any recognition, success or fame, but because he had to contribute… Because he realized the talent he had been gifted… And because he was doing it not for fame but for himself… For the ultimate happiness within!

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Oh Captain!!

Posted: March 4, 2013 in Uncategorized
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 Life has got its own way of hitting you hard and directing you towards the bigger purpose…  towards your higher goals.

When you start getting used to circumstances, when you start submitting to situations and when you start getting cozied up in a different zone than where you naturally belong… It creeps in behind you… in a stealth mode… and it hits you. You wake up all of the sudden from a bad dream it seems. Realizing that all this while you were wrongly placed… and you knew that you were wrongly placed… but you were in a comfort zone, which was difficult to break through. Now, all of a sudden, you realize and you know that you were standing in a wrong place. You were working hard… but working to hold on an unnatural thing. All your energy… all you efforts… were being used for holding a thing that doesn’t naturally belong here… or there. And now you know… that it’s no use to hold (wrong) things any longer… because you were holding on… in anticipation that you would move with the wave… even when you knew that your resources (talent/time) were being wasted… even when you knew that you were not using the best within you… the circumstances never wanted the best… and you never gave the best. You held the boat with just the required effort so as to make sure that it never leaves the shore. To hold the boat was a misfit in the first place. The wanderer in you wanted to dream and explore… yet you chose to be at the shore… more safe and more average. You just slept and crept into your comfort zone. And now… Captain is all set to sail again with promise to be back in some time again… Then one day… life hits you again… Captain is about to leave and without you this time… and you realize now… that if you want to dream and explore… you should develop those wings before the captain leaves… And suddenly the time starts ticking. This is your last chance… your only chance. Learn to fly now or submit to captains’ wishes forever. Oh Captain!!

 

This is the life’s way. It gives you some opportunities to discover your true self… to be true to yourself… and be the being that life wanted you to be. So, develop wings and fly. Fly high… as high as you can. Don’t fritter a second… because now each second counts. It stands between you and  your true self. Trade it wisely.

There has to be a synchronicity and perfect peace if things are actually happening as they are meant to be. Uneasiness, unhappiness, dissatisfaction, low productivity, stress at work, tension at home, etc. should all dissolve away if things are in perfect balance. This is in line with the law of nature and the resultant bliss is the ultimate aim. This can’t be compromised for long. If you are continuously not happy with one thing or another, think again! Something needs to be changed to find this tranquil harmony and reach that ecstatic state. Keep looking!

“Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.” – Pablo Picasso

‘One should do (work) what he really loves to do’
This we have heard very often… but the thing is that we love so many things. So, how to be sure of what we actually love and what we would actually love to do?

I have read many pointers on arriving at the answer. Just sharing few of them.
1) What things would you do if you have billions of dollars?
2) What things would you do if you know that you wouldn’t fail?
3) Listen to your heart. (This one is a bit ambiguous)

Now, I have been through these pointers couple of times and they are helpful. I would like to add a few practical ones to the list to add the confusion 😉

4) What takes you to the flow state (‘Flow’ psychology – where a person gets intensely immersed into the work at hand and loses the sense of space and time. People can work for long hours in this state)
5) What are the things you would love to learn more and more about. Things that you want to learn all by yourself and keep improving. In such things you are very positively involved out of your own interest. In such things you take all the feedback and comments sportingly and want to improve with every given opportunity.

Last two must be doing rounds but I somehow couldn’t find them when I needed. And I feel that they are really important and practical pointers. At least I found my affirmations using them.

Find out that one thing and strive for excellence! Success ensues!

This is part-II of the series ‘The Quest’. First part can be accessed here (Part I)

In earlier post I tried to show the complex side of ‘The Quest’ – Search of the meaning, in this post I am making a humble attempt to see the simpler side (though through a bit complex explanation).

At the grassroot, it is somewhat apparent that the ultimate aim (as stated in religious scriptures, Vedanta, philosophy, etc.) is the state of bliss! Absolute happiness!

If you refuse to believe what you have not seen and experienced yourself, you should dwelve into your past experiences and see what has brought you a good amount of happiness if not absolute bliss. And how can you identify such experiences than other infinite experiences you have had – It’s by observing emotions. Such moments evoke extreme emotions within. You would still remember them vividly, no matter when they actually happened.

If I were to list some such experiences (purely personal view based on my personal experiences):
1. Extreme performances by others in sports, arts, music, work, etc. – Kind of things that touch your heart within, where it is apparent that nothing better could have been achieved and when personal excellence and divinity manifests in person through his act.
2. Perfection at work – when you have performed to best of your capabilities and are convinced that it’s the best that you have achieved. When output is beyond any compromise.
3. Acts of humanity and selfless service – When you get touched by sincere concerns of people around. When you see people helping others selflessly. When you see/read in Schindler’s list that ‘He who saves a single life, saves the entire world’.
4. Acts and examples of grit, determination – When you set a clear goal and failures after failures you still continue to pursue that and eventually you achieve it.
5. Sudden relief of prolonged stress – Mostly happens when you have lot at stake and when you want something from deep within (passion) like positive examination result where you have prepared for years, successful surgery in case of complicated medical condition
6. When you enter into the ‘flow’ psychological state – When you are absolutely absorbed in activity at hand and loose sense of time and space like playing video games, painting, arts, etc. (Wiki: Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity)

Well, I can list few more but don’t think it’s needed any more, as I can now clearly see the pattern emerging.

Is it so that the things that really matters (to reach that blissful state) are – humanity (pts 3 and 5 above) and personal excellence (pts 1,2,4, 5 and 6)

A. Serve humanity – selflessly – do good to others – save a life – save the world – till there is even a single being hungry in your premises, your whole religion is to feed him (Adapted from Swami Vivekananda) – Vedanta
B. Personal excellence/perfection – Achieve your highest potential – be the best you can – squeeze out all good within – be productive – don’t stop – don’t give in – don’t submit – use all your forces – be ONE with your work – to attain this you need to be loving what you are doing – so listen to your heart – give your best without any expectation – Karma yoga – Philosophy – Vedanta

Cannot we see it all emerging (and converging)? – Everything leads us towards the same pattern, doesn’t matter how we attempt to understand/explain this – bottom-up or top-down; choose what suits you best. ‘The Truth’ emerges from one source ‘the heart’ and converges into another one ‘the perfection’, ‘Perfection’ which can also be called manifestation of the Truth.

[On a side note: The aim and nature of whole existence is to move towards absolute perfection, as we can see in evolution of species, cultures, etc. (ref: ‘The powers of the mind’, Complete works of Swami Vivekananda on Wiki, a must read).]

So true, you can reach perfection only/mostly in things where you have got a lot of interest i.e. where your heart lies. In hindsight this looks so obvious.

It’s complicated yet so simple! Isn’t it!?

‘Listen to your heart!’

Keep It Simple Stupid! (KISS)

Osho says keep the question open and keep clinging to it. He says that when the answer strikes, you would know it but you would not be able to frame it or tell it to anyone. This is somewhat mystical. As such, if I am to share my experience, I would say that there are lot many things I have been reading, understanding, contemplating and writing privately (Yeah, all about meaning and philosophy of life). Things are more clear than they were some time back. These philosophies individually, makes a lot of sense. But it is at this time bit difficult for me to combine them and comprehend the whole picture. And somewhere I know that all of this connects somewhere into one single bigger thing. So, there are these pieces of philosophy (I would say truth) and experiences which make perfect sense. But where and how of the bigger picture is the question. I know it will appear to me eventually, just that it might take some time. I need to live with the question open.

And life is about that. You dwelve deeper into it and it becomes more complex and I believe it would become more and more complex. Until one day, a point will come where it will just strike as a bolt and everything will be crystal clear. Till then the aim is to see, read, percieve, believe and keep questioning whatever is coming to you. Keep the quest alive. Keep it complex stupid! (KICS!)

‘It’s not what all you accumulate during your lifetime but what you leave behind really matters’… Just a passing thought.