Holstee_Manifesto_Poster_Letterpress_Print_1024x1024Loved this!!

From http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/12/03/anais-nin-love-debbie-millman-1/

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Discipline or breaking rules?

How fun is it to even think of breaking rules! Isn’t it? I remember the days when we used to break the school discipline!! And also used to feel proud after doing so.

In fact, we love to know about individuals who don’t go by the norms but are capable of setting their own rules. Although we often have great attraction for the rule-breakers, the fact is that we need laws everywhere. And with the policies on paper we also need people who will go by it.

Anarchy is the name provided to such situation where people don’t follow the set protocols. Just imagine a situation where nobody wants to go by the rules, rather they all want to set their own terms.

Sure, it is very difficult to go by the rules. Procrastination is a bad result of inability to follow rules. And that is where martial arts training, yoga training, etc. help. They often help us become strong enough to be able to keep a check on our attraction towards momentary pleasures for reaching the larger goals.

Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.- Jim Rohn

That is where I would bring spiritual life into scene. It is not very much concerned with God and religion, but with living a disciplined life. And that is what the lives of Swami Vivekanand and Muhammad Ali has taught.

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Experiences and transformation

I believe we all exist in this world for ‘experience’. These experiences allow us to reflect, learn and change in the manner we want to. After going through new experiences, our perspectives often change and we start to look at things differently. download‘Looking at it differently’ implies that our attitude towards those elements also change and finally changes our behaviours. We decide differently as we start to think differently.

Actually, in the beginning, majority of us are trying to make sense of whatever keeps happening around. Many questions starting with ‘WHY’ pass through and we keep seeking answers for them. We seek answers in our books, in our past experiences, from our gurus…mentors…. and in the day-to-day incidents around us. Answers come – a few immediately – and others – probably after years. And the answers again mould us. Such existential questions also improve our Spiritual Intelligence.

Also, it is not just the views about things that change! We also change our views about people. And the resultant is similar! Due to change in our view or perspective about any individual we will find a change in our attitude towards him or her. It will finally lead to a major transformation in our behaviours.

Now, it is difficult to comment anything on whether the change is good or bad and there exists no better judge than the person himself or herself. However, it is still extremely important that any such change should be in line with the changed perspectives and values.images (1)

In fact the total wiring must change. If it does not, as mentioned in this post, we will never feel happy. Narayanamurthy, one among the Infosys founders, said that he was a strong Leftist in the beginning, but an experience in Bulgaria transformed him. And only when his wiring changed could he become so determined that we got a leading software giant in our  world.

Swami Vivekananda, one of the greatest monk who walked on our planet, was very critical about women in the beginning. But through his experiences he was transformed to become one of their greatest supporters.

It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute… that gives meaning to our lives.

It is not money or what we  have that will ever satisfy us. But who we become. Because owning things can never end – bike, car, house, bigger house, etc., though our experiences can definitely help us understand when to finish this run. And still live a full life.images

For me, I earlier wanted to become a monk in any jungle once. But my experiences helped me understand that everything is essential and I stayed…

What about you? How do you think you have changed through your experiences?

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Riddle of Life

I read a FB post and it has caught up my mind. My previous post is about the power of clarity, which is very necessary.riddle And this post is for the same.

Actually, I have friends with a question lingering in their minds. They say…. “I often get confused whether to go ahead towards my goal that is now very much visible. Or to walk away towards other things around me?” They further show their pain by saying, “The problem is that IT is what I had been struggling for all these years/hours. And I am so close! Should I let it go? Now such confusion really kills me.” Nono! I am not saying that I never face such days in my life.

I watched a movie a few days ago. Have you watched it – Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade? It’s old but worth a watch. IMDB has given it a rating of 8.3 and the movie has also won an Oscar. Nice comedy with a very similar story. Throughout the movie, several groups and individuals continue following a precious Grail. But finally, after crossing all the struggles, when the Grail was a few inches away Indiana had to let it go. And it was the right decision for him there.

But is it so for everyone? Of course, the riddle is for the particular individual to solve. But I just want to know of your experiences – whether it appears in your lives. And how do you finally decide – if you do? When do you follow it and when do you let it go?

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2014 ends, a NEW 2015 has opened up

Another year has fallen off the tray.
Wanted it to stay.
Many great moments there – I say.
But it didn’t care,
and not a day did it stay.

So I say – better it went away.
2015 will be  much wonderful in every way.

And it is true for every departing moment.
What begins sure has an end!

Let’s watch out 2015…


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What is ‘wrong life’?

1350671455216I have often heard people say – ”This is not what I wanted to do, but…!”, “My father pushed me into it!”, “Had I been…” etc. And worse is when I hear – nothing can be done now. I really can’t disagree more.

Primarily, I very strongly believe what I heard in one of the speeches by Anthony Robbins – “Life doesn’t happen to you. It happens for you.” Now this might not be completely true and you have full liberty to disagree, but I have found that having such belief is really helpful to meet and win the challenges of life.

Again, the problem with the remarks mentioned in the first sentence is that it leaves us completely powerless. We start to feel like a victim, which blocks our ability to act.

Yes, in life, we do get into such criticism gear. But we have to take control and move towards our goals. And believing that life happens for us is a strong way to take a step towards it.

Most of us have been through this victim-like feeling. It’s really painful! But through my experiences I have learnt that nothing went waste. All my (said to be wrong) education, all my failures, all my bad experiences were actually building up foundation towards creating the person I am today.

Further, whatever activity you do, there is something it will teach you – if you reflect and try to learn. I attended a few seminars and presentations during my Post Graduation that most of my classmates found useless. But during my exam, I stumbled upon ideas – born out of what I had heard during the seminars. I was – “WAAOW – here I have something to write”. Also, there were ideas for my research work. So I can’t call it useless. This was a tiny example in the context.

Did I see the benefit immediately? Of course not! I even did not expect it when I was attending the seminars. Nevertheless, it showed up – over time! Gita says, “Act without keeping the fruits of your action in your mind – act selflessly”.

Big words? But makes sense – isn’t it? So, I think it becomes very important that we act and wait for the turning up of events while thanking for all we currently have. What about you?

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