Yatha Drishti Tatha Srishti


 

One’s thoughts and feelings both determine one’s karma.

The way one perceives people and things around himself, they will appear in that very same way to him. People will appear to you the way you perceive them to be. If you see a person as a friend, he will come across as a friend to you. If you consider someone as your enemy he will behave like an enemy to you. Then they will appear as your enemy to you even if they do not do anything.

As is one’s vision, so is one’s experience.

 

We all want to be happy, healthy and successful and we strive to avoid sorrows and suffering for they interfere with our happiness. As souls, we are programmed to seek joy. The trouble  is so often, other people / things / events manoeuvre us into situations that upset our happiness and we feel manipulated,  controlled and helplessly stuck. The real cause, however, is not other people / things / events, but our wrong attitudes and poor self-management. We try to change others in stead of introspecting and changing ourselves. We can experience the world as we choose to see it. Yatha drishti, tatha srishti….

 Senior managers and executives busy themselves with managing / changing other people but are poor managers of  themselves. Any positive change must begin with ourselves. Only a person who is calm, poised and in full possession of himself, can effectively guide, help, and inspire others.

 But most of us live and work like automatons. Like slaves, we have no love for our work, we do not love the customers we are supposed to serve, we are enslaved to our habits of body and mind, but all the same, we want to manage and master others. We do not love ourselves truly, because we do not know ourselves, and we profess love for others. We do not get along well with ourselves while we strive to get along well with others.             

William James of Harvard University says “The most important discovery of my generation is that human-beings can change their lives by altering their attitudes of mind”. What we are today, we have chosen to be and so we can make ourselves what we want to be. The power to reform ourselves is right within us. We only need to be aware and take charge.

Self-management means : Managing the body,  managing the mind & emotions, graduating to soul-consciousness  by controlling our ego, and accepting the inner guidance. The   analogy of the chariot with five sense-horses describes us             truly.

We have to understand the motivators and  drivers within us, learn to give and take compliments / criticism  and manage emotions positively (i.e. develop EQ and SQ). Awareness,  introspection, watchful analysis and meditation, positive attitudes and cheerfulness help.

Through Yoga-Meditation, we expand our consciousness and illumine our understanding. Realizing that we are souls of divine potentialities and that others are but only an extension of ourselves, we gradually develop compassion and empathy, bring moderation into our likes and dislikes, learn to live in joyful balance and always in the present, foster true values and evolve our great potential. We learn to rationalize our personal  ambitions and harmonically synergize them with our organization’s  goals. A new team spirit awakens in us and we discover within us a leader with endless love, joy and positive assertiveness. Our efforts get afire with a new zeal and failures do not discourage us.  We learn to disassociate our successes and failures from what we are. 

We learn to be in control.

Ananta Krishna.


LORD KRISHNA

evam uktva tato rajan maha-yogesvaro harihdarsayamasa parthaya paramam rupam aisvaram

aneka-vaktra-nayanam anekadbhuta-darsanam

aneka-divyabharanam divyanekodyatayudham

divya-malyambara-dharam divya-gandhanulepanam

sarvascaryamayam devam anantam visvato-mukham

The Supreme Lord Krishna exhibited His omnipotent and almighty universal form of innumerable faces and eyes, revealing innumerable miraculous wonders, decorated with innumerable, dazzling ornaments, armed with innumerable gleaming weapons, magnificently attired and resplendently garlanded, annointed with equisite, celestial fragrances; phenomenally astounding, unlimited, effulgent and all pervading.

Bhagavad-Gita, chapter 11, verses 9,10,11

Detachment and Attachment _ Padma Patraami Vambhasa


lotus leaf water

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-oLTinpSTk

The Bhagavad Gita is both specific and poetic about detachment. Lord Krishna tells Arjuna, “Therefore without attachment, do thou always perform action which should be done; for by performing action without attachment man reaches the Supreme.”

The Gita then urges us to be like a lotus-leaf, which shrugs off the water that falls on it and remains unaffected–padma patrami vambhasa. Fair enough. But how?

I am constantly faced with people who ask me about relationships. As part of a reiki healer,  as I counsel and listen to them, half of their challenges in life are to do with relationships. Sometimes it is easy to listen to them.  The issues are just to do with personality clashes, cultural mismatches, diverse ideologies and beliefs about life.  Some other times it is not so easily discernible. The issue is to do with boundaries. Personal boundaries that a person erects for no reason at all. These are subtle and cannot be surmounted unless once understands why the wall has been erected primarily.

Joy is the foundation of life. What gives you joy? Joy comes from the inside to the outside, and in the process of knowing yourself you learn what you love about life. Once you know what you love, allow it for yourself. Give to yourself that which you love. Allow to come to you, that which is joyful. That is the art of giving to yourself, the art of allowing.

But if one is skilled in self denial or isolation for reasons of self protection from hurt, it is almost as if one is living in the world without allowing oneself the vastness of the happiness and love that can be experienced, in myriad little ways.

Everything cannot be encapsulated in boundaries, dogma, social structure and norms. Love and life and abundance are infinitely available through allowing yourself love. Trust the power inside to heal you, to bring you home inside, to solve your problems. Rest your mind in the divine and the divine will prove its love to you. This omnipotent, omnipresent power loves you infinitely. There is so much love that it is incomprehensible to the mind, flowing in an open heart, there is a sea of love.

Amidst all this, what is really meant by the term, Padma Patraami Vambhasa ~ Life is like a droplet on a Lotus Leaf ?

  • It means live life in and as of it; but not allow an attachment to consume you; become addictive such that it obliterates your own identity, and others that perceive your attachment devalue your person.
  • It means to love in a formless, completely selfless manner; and be a part of life, but accept everyone around you unconditionally. Despite their inherent flaws, despite their relationships with you and how they connect to you; your Love for them surmounts all and you retain your core person intact. Remain centered always to the soul within. When all of life and its vagaries, disappointments, rejection, separation, disloyalty, ridicule, sorrow have come and gone; this center remains intact. It picks your broken pieces up and makes you whole again.
  • It means to love yourself and forgive yourself unconditionally, since you are also human. To live in complete surrender and gratitude to who-you-are! What makes you a special and wholly unique person and what your core make-up is. What makes people choose you over others for friendship, love, laughter and life. What makes you specially take a birth on this planet with a core purpose attached to your life? What inherent talents you have. Love all of this. Understand all of this. Listen to the inner you, your Being that urges and nudges and talks to you and makes you the person you are. Realize yourself. This will make you achieve your Inner Being’s vision. This will make your life purpose actualize. This will make your reason for being here happen to completion.
  • It means you find your anchor, it can be Sri Hari or Vishnu, it can be Allah, it can be Christ, it can be LaoTzu, Buddha, your fig tree outside your window, your teacher, your friend, your wife or husband, your parent, your dog…anything. just a symbol of what will make you whole again. it can even be your magic pebble that i referred to in an earlier blogpost. why not? just find your anchor and remain centered. do not let attachment to that camouflage you. you are the sun in your life orbit, everything else is a satellite. your anchor is just a symbol that represents you eventually, your hopes and dreams.
  • This is non attachment. Everything else is transient.

You are not Attachment. You are Love.


you are not your body. when i surmounted ill-health, i knew this.

you are not your mind, when i faced life with heart and feeling, and felt-right; not thought-right; each decision that life made me take, i knew this.

you are not your material possessions. when i lost or gave away. so many many times i knew this

you are not your relationships. when each phase of life made me lose loved ones,  and sometimes when they lost me similarly, i knew this.

you are not your ability to survive, your mind or intelligence, your success and failure. the footprints of life taught me this innate awareness.

When all has come and gone, there is just Love.  Nothing can give it to you; no career, relationship, life turns, mind, material aspects, can give this to you.

It is who you already are. you are the Love that you seek. your Source is Love, your final rest is Love.

A person free of all attachment, ability to control his senses through the principles of freedom, many lifetimes of learning, knows that I am the Cause of all causes and surrenders completely to Me – he shall attain salvation. Krishna [ Bhagavad Gita ]

What goes around…


Comes around. I have the deepest conviction of this. In India it is called karma – the fruit of your actions, the result of your deeds, cause & effect…the most rational way to look at life.

Most religions espouse this, ” Do unto others as you would have them do unto yourself.”  says the Bible. which interprets to seeing the One in all, see thyself in others…

“karmanye vadhika raste, Ma phaleshu kadachana;
ma karma phala he tur bhuh, ma te sangvasta karmani”  – “…Seek to perform your duty, but lay not claim on its fruits. Be you not the producer of the fruits of karma , neither shall you lean towards inaction…” says the Gita.

 If you look at Hindu philosophy, karma or duty or action is advised; the fruit of one’s action is free in the ethos. It will come to you, but as a cumulative effect of all your past actions, which again interprets to a question of whether the good of your current deed merits a positive outcome based on all of your earlier deeds. This is slightly different.

It is also is not as simple as ” Do unto others…”. It has an embedded constraint that one has to ensure that all of one’s deeds are essentially good, correct & in accordance with moral standards. In such a case, the good will eventually return. So it binds one to continuous good – in thought, speech and action.

This means that each good thought and action may not necessarily produce a similar result that returns to the doer. An action is performed, and then released in and as of itself. The result is left to  karma. And karma is not limited to this lifetime, it sort of accumulates over lives, hence you are a result of all of your past lives. The way your life unfolds is a result of your karma. The blessings you accrue in your life, your success, fortune, competency and gifts are a result of your karma.

Taking it to the deepest level, this means “Do unto others…” in every deed that one performs. The core of your existence is devoted to goodness. Every day, every phase of your life brings you the fruit of your actions.

This is where the converse comes true. That your bad also unfailingly comes back to you. But let us focus on the goodness. 🙂

I have been stupefied many a time in my life, where I have seen that invariably what I have given has returned to me tenfold. Life has been immense in its generosity each time I have given. While I never conduct my life with premeditation, I fully realize life’s blessings when they come to me.

I also realize that loss happens to me suddenly, without warning and I can rationalize it most times to an action or choice that I had made earlier on, thus reinforcing the causative nature of life.

Most times, Loss teaches us to relinquish, to renew, to realize afresh the specialness of  loss and learn the embedded life lesson within. Loss forces reinvention and recovery. Loss enhances and grows one. Making way for the goodness that fills the void of loss. And surprise of surprises, Good in turn teaches us to relinquish, to renew, to realize afresh the specialness of  good and learn the embedded life lesson within. Good enlivens, creates and attracts all of the universe’s blessings. Good enhances and grows one.

Circle of life.  I am sure you agree.