Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Formless Self

What passes away is not eternal. Every form that is born has to pass away, but the underlying essence has no form and never passes away. If you attach yourself to a form, you make a big mistake. Even attaching yourself to the form of the guru is a mistake. It is not the form of the person that can give you light; it is something else that is deep within your own heart. That is your guru. That guru abides in the heart of all beings, not only human beings but also animals, birds, trees and plants. When you see your own essence, when you have that direct experience, you will see that every plant and animal is your own Self. They will all start to speak to you. This is the formless Self in the heart of all beings.

Papaji alias Poonja

Monday, January 29, 2007

To be blissful means to be alone

Man remains a slave of misery because he has chosen it .It is easier to be miserable because the whole crowd is miserable .It feels more comfortable to be with the crowd than to be alone .To be blissful means to be alone .To be blissful means to seek and search for something inside you and not to imitatate the crowd .


Saturday, January 27, 2007

The 5 Ss of Japanese efficiency

5S is the acronym for five Japanese words, seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu and shitsuke, which signify order, cleanliness, purity and commitment.
The 5S philosophy focusses on effective workplace organisation, helps simplify the workplace environment and reduce waste, while improving quality and safety.
Seiri (sort) means to put things in order. Seiton (systematise) means proper arrangement. Seiso (clean) implies keeping things clean and polished in the workplace. Seiketsu implies purity and focuses on maintaining cleanliness and perpetual cleaning. Shitsuke is commitment. This is a typical teaching and attitude towards any undertaking to inspire pride and adherence to standards established for the four components.
The principles underlying a 5S programme appear to be common sense -- and they are. But until the advent of 5S, many businesses ignored these basic principles .

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Mindful Breathing and Sitting as a Meditation

Mindful breathing and sitting (meditation) helps to relax and focus the mind. Just 5 minutes a day can make you feel more refreshed and energetic.

Here are some guidelines for practicing mindful breathing and sitting:

1)Make a special time and place for “non–doing”.
2)Adopt an alert and relaxed body posture.
3)Look dispassionately at the reactions and habits of your mind.
4)Bring your attention to your breathing by counting silently “1” on inhalation and “2” on exhalation, “3” on inhalation, etc. When you reach number “10”, return to number “1”. (If you go beyond the number 10, then you know your mind has wandered).
5)When your mind wanders, name what it wanders to and come back to the breathing.
Once you have practiced focusing on your breathing, you can use sensation, sound or watching thoughts as your point of concentration.

You cannot prevent stressful situations in life, but you can control your reactions to them. Practicing mindfulness can help in controlling your reactions .

Monday, January 15, 2007

Higher Intelligence at Work

You didn't create your body , nor are you able to control the body's functions . An intelligence greater than the human mind is at work .It is the same intelligence that sustains all of nature .You cannot get any closer to that intelligence than by being aware of your own inner energy field - by feeling the aliveness , the animating presence within the body .

Eckhart Tolle

Sunday, January 14, 2007

A true spiritual teacher

A true spiritual teacher does not have anything to teach in the conventional sense of the word, does not have anything to give or add to you , such as new information , beliefs , or rules of conduct .The only function of such a teacher is to help you remove that which separates you from the truth of who you already are and what you already know in the depth of your being .The spiritual teacher is there to uncover and reveal to you that dimension of inner depth that is also peace .

Eckhart Tolle

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Being Aware of Stillness

No relationship can thrive without the sense of spaciousness that comes with stillness. Meditate or spend silent time in nature together. When going for a walk or sitting in the car or at home, become comfortable with being in stillness together. Stillness cannot and need not be created. Just be receptive to the stillness that is already there, but is usually obscured by mental noise.

Eckhart Tolle

Friday, January 12, 2007

Observe the Painbody

. Observe the Painbody . Years of conditioned thought patterns, individually and collectively, have resulted in habitual emotional reactions with an apparent personality of their own. During 'painbody attacks' we become completely identified with this 'pain identity' and respond from its agenda - which is to create more pain for ourselves and others. Observing the painbody is awareness itself arising - as it allows humans to separate from this unconscious identification with pain.

Eckhart Tolle

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Accept the present moment.

Accept the present moment. It is resistance to the present moment that creates most of the difficulties in your life. However, acceptance does not mean that you cannot take action to rectify the situation you are in. What is important is to drop resistance so that you let the moment be, and that any action arises from deeper awareness rather than from resistance. The vast majority of pain in a person's life comes from resistance to what is.

Eckhart Tolle

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Only the present moment Exists

Only the present moment exists. That is where life is (indeed it is the only place life can truly be found). Becoming aware of the 'now' has the added benefit that it will draw your attention away from your (negative) thoughts. Use mindfulness techniques to fully appreciate your surroundings and everything you are experiencing. Look and listen intently. Give full attention to the smallest details.

Eckhart Tolle

Monday, January 08, 2007

You are not your thoughts

You are the awareness behind the thoughts. Thoughts are often negative and painful, yearning for or fearing something in the future, complaining about something in the present or fearing a matter from the past. However, the thoughts are not you; they are a construct of the ego. Awareness of your thoughts without being caught up in them is the first step to freedom.

Eckhart Tolle

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Who is a Successful person ?

One who can manage his wants is a successful person and one who allows wants to manage one's life is struggling to be successful.
Swami Dayananda Saraswati

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Love is a Verb not a feeling

Proactive people make Love a verb. Love is something you do: the sacrifices you make, the giving of self, like a mother bringing a newborn into the world. If you want to study love, study those who sacrifice for others, even for people who offend or do not love in return. If you are a parent, look at the love you have for the children you sacrificed for. Love is a value that is actualized through loving actions. Proactive people subordinate feelings to values. Love, the feeling, can be recaptured. -
Steven Covey , The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Friday, January 05, 2007

How does a liberated person acts .

Even a liberated person performs action in one sense and does not in another sense .He is free from the notion," I am acting" , that is , he does not impart doership to "I" .Thus action can be truly given up only in the knowledge of the actionless Self .If an ignorant person decides not to perform right actions , he will perform wrong ones ! So until knowledge dawns , it is better to perform the right actions .It is true that even the right actions bind a person ; they are golden shackles .But it is definitely better to perform right actions than to perform wrong ones .

Swami Dayananda ,Talks on Upadesa Saram

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Ramana Maharishi on "I"

That which rises as "I" in this body is the mind .If one enquires as to where in the body the thought "I" rises first , one would discover that it rises in the heart .That is the place of the mind's origin .Even if one thinks constantly "I", one will be led to that place .Of all the thoughts that arise in the mind , the "I" thought is the first .It is only after the rise of this , that the other thoughts arise .
Sri Ramana Maharishi in Who am I?

Monday, January 01, 2007

Swami Vishnu on Yoga

Yoga is not a matter of erudition; its roots lie in action .It must be lived to be learned .It is in oneself, and not others , that the rich source of inner development must be sought .Growth comes , but is gradual.Sincerity, regularity and patience will ensure eventual advancement .

Swami Vishnu devananda