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The Bhagvad Gita explains that there are three paths to realizing the self. Knowledge (gyan), action (karma) and devotion (bhakti). Different people have the aptitude to adopt any of these paths.

As in case of all generalizations, we know this to be true. However, these paths are actually interconnected. Devotion or bhakti is the ultimate. Through knowledge and through karma, we ultimately realize that ultimate devotion and surrender are the final steps. And that comes from spiritual learning and action.

The main root of right knowledge is attachment. We are not our body, nor our minds. We are not our senses, nor the intellect or ego. We are not mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles. It is our role play that some take seriously. When you get hurt by these very people, this experience itself directs you towards the right knowledge and the right action. And then you realize that you are not in charge. You are not the doer. So, after exhausting yourself through ego driven actions, you finally lay down your weapons and prostrate before the light of the Almighty. For life is fragile. We are not in command for the most part though we think we are. And surrendering, there is nothing to DO. Things happen… and we are channels.


Surekha Kothari

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Sense of humor


Sense of humor! Sigh! If common sense is uncommon, a sense of humor is, too. You know, if you want to remove your blocks within yourself, learn to laugh at yourself about the very things that hurt and angered you earlier.

Today, we are so careful about monitoring our humor. Say the right things. Smile only so much. Facial expressions should be just correct. Oops! How exhausting!

Life is fun! Laugh. Fall and get up to run with exhilaration, with the wind blowing your hair away…feel the raindrops on your cheeks…

…and if people laugh at you, join them and make them laugh more! Be a free spirit…after all, what do you care as long as you are in tune with yourself? Neither our smile nor our happiness should be a bi product of someone else’s perceptions. Because I am because I am, not because you think I am.


Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

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Speakingtree Blog: www.speakingtree.in/public/surekhakothari

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The fragility of life! The desire to live and the illusion of being immortal keep us going. When there is a death, it only comes to the next door neighbor. Such is our mental makeup.

But life is fragile and a shock could be awaiting us round the corner. So, never take your health for granted as you grow older. Now a day, things just fester inside and by the time we can take stock, things are way worse than we dreamt.

I see people shying away from seeing doctors, fearful of what they might diagnose. We talk about “mind over matter” so easily but when it comes to us that are not always easy.

Just as being forewarned is being forearmed, being careful and balanced in everything would be wisdom.

And even then, we have to pass on when our time is up. Someone said live everyday as if it were your last. That everyday would be the best day every day. A great attitude even to nullify many a karma….

Wishing us all the dawn of this attitude…


Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

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Speakingtree Blog: www.speakingtree.in/public/surekhakothari

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Surviving without our loved ones is so difficult! The loss creates a permanent void. You live. You work from day to day…you lead a so called “normal” life. But every now and then, your heart becomes heavy and you feel like you are someone else. You feel as if a limb has been cut off and you are trying to compensate for the huge handicap….

Such is attachment. Such is love. Sermonizing about detachment is wisdom. But being human has its limitations. You cannot detach your emotions from the memory of your loved ones completely…at least most of us cannot.

It is the first death anniversary of someone I love unconditionally and miss very much. God bless all those who love with all of their being, for such a loss is indescribable and irreparable.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

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I have been reading “Narada Bhakti Sutras”. One of the “sutras” had me deeply involved in introspection. It talks about “bhakti” and the grace of God being showered through intense hate as much as intense love. There is a story in the book about hating God and every mention of God. And hate is the reverse side of love. The fact also is then, that it is directly proportionate to love. One hates only because one has also loved with equal intensity.

It is a matter of single minded emotion with a sharp focus only on this and nothing else. It is like the sharpness of the sun’s rays that can burn paper. It is like complete meditation where, in a flash, one can get liberated. This is subject only to experience. Words would always fall short of the experience.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

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Speakingtree Blog: www.speakingtree.in/public/surekhakothari

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Once you establish the connection between the body, mind and soul, you should be able to have a multi pronged approach towards analysis, whether of events or you yourself. All the content is to be examined in detail by examining the quality of the layers surrounding it.

The ramifications of any event necessitates the use of a microscope under which the specimens would be our thoughts, emotions, how we feel about things, our comfort quotient etc. With people, too, this method should be employed. Only then can we remove the unwanted layers and preserve the important ones and thus, preserve the meaningful in all of the thoughts emotions, actions and attitudes.

I am convinced that this exercise would make it possible to connect all positive and good vibrations with each other, in body, mind and soul while doing away with all of the vibrations that have been colored by our own inconsistent and imbalanced perceptions, led by our ignorance. And also, thus, leading us away from our ability to discern, feel, recognize the right from the wrong and from establishing the connectivity of the body, mind, soul with all creation and the Universe.

In the Universe, we practice what is universal. And what is universal is that everything is interconnected. Any tendency of separatism can only give grief.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

Speakingtree Blog: www.speakingtree.in/public/surekhakothari

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