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Someone asked me a question on my blog “How do we learn our lessons?” A very good question, because we don’t often know what we need to learn, where to start.

Basically, we can learn either from other people’s mistakes or from our own. But again, what to learn either ways?

Sage Patanjali advocates the understanding of five human afflictions to start off the process of the right knowledge to apply to our learning.

  1. Avidya (ignorance). To obtain knowledge of our soul, our purpose, what hinders growth? This requires a realistic introspection. Avidya is believing we know when we don’t at all, or partially. About anything. We all know that when we think we know, there is always more to know.

  2. Asmita (ego, the “I” identity) which colors our mind and intellect, and hence, our understanding because it dominates, colors our perceptions and hence, creates an imbalance in the mind.

  3. Raga (attachment). It creates dualities of “mine” and “yours”, conflicting with the universal law of connectivity and of a universal consciousness.

  4. Dvesh (hatred). The opposite of attachment is shunning due to hatred, dislike. Also an imbalance because it has no place in the evolution of man.

  5. Abhinivesha (fear of death). This happens due to all the four mentioned above. We are attached to our physical bodies and to those of others. We are attached to our egos which is misleading us from the truth. The positives and negatives create an illusion of loss and gain, and we hold on to the world and our physical, emotional and mental reality as we know it. Actually, we need to let go and flow smoothly.

So, we must start working on our own cleansing of coloration through conditioning and imbibing wrong knowledge along the way. And then, with a new awareness, we will understand what we could have done better earlier and what we can do in the present and future for our journey and our evolution.

 

 

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There is a constant blessing and regular messages coming from the Universe if we are open. Sometimes, a message meant for someone else gets posted to your cell. But there is nothing like a co incidence. So, think what the words convey to you. They will most definitely apply to you in some way.


Today, I got a similar message which made me smile. It was really so relevant to the relationship with the sender. I am aware that there is a resistance from the other end but to me, it was a sign that I had to reply. So I did. I am not seeking any outcome from anything. I have realized that this is the mistake we make always. We don’t move from our place of ego.

One day, as we go along, we realize that all we need to do is cleanse ourselves. Not to worry about the others. Inner transformation gets manifested outside. So, the more we cleanse, the more our inner world gets purified. And then we don’t look for returns. Simultaneously, the effect shows around us, in people, in events automatically …everywhere.

It is very simple. If you have a black spot on your cheek, your mirror will show it. But you have to clean it from your face before the mirror can show a clean face. You can’t clean it inside the mirror, can you?

 Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

Blog: www.speakingtree.in/public/surekhakothari

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There are many types of people in this world. And that is why life is so interesting and inspiring. Some become role models because they have qualities worth emulating. We look up to them and they inspire us. Some make us wonder what makes them tick and we don’t necessarily want to emulate them. 

However, we do understand that there is something good in everyone. Distortions are a part of each one of us. Life’s purpose is to get over them and feel clean. To cleanse and to purify our thoughts. 

 Spiritual is who we are when the distortions are cleared.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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Even we don’t know how deeply entrenched we are in this world. Every minute we are creating more and more attachments, more and more prejudices, inflated egos and little signs of starting the process of detachment. We are amassing products of misery and stress each minute and then, in desperation, looking for people to bail us out or improve our lot.

It is very possible to live as householders and still maintain a detached attachment and equilibrium. It is not necessary to become a recluse and go into the Himalayas to practice detachment. On the contrary!

Living amongst people and yet being balanced is the acid test for us all.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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In the 19th century, the famous artist Dante was visited by an old man. He wanted to show his paintings to Dante and get his opinion on where he stood as an artist. After looking at all the paintings, Dante said, “I am sorry but these paintings are mediocre”

Hearing this, the man took out another lot of paintings to show him. This time, there was excitement in Dante’s voice as he eulogized about them and asked where the artist was.

The man said, “Sir, I am the artist of these as well…in my younger days. If I had received similar words of encouragement and praise, I would have been a well known artist like you.

Moral: It is very important to encourage and appreciate talent.

2nd moral: Don’t wait for endorsements. Be your own benchmark.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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The blame game! We have done it ever since we can remember and still continue with it. I guess it is always easier to blame something else or someone else for the plight we find ourselves in. That “plight” we are in needs attention and analysis.

Once we accept that we make the choices for our lives, all arguments become meaningless. But that is being rational. You will find that people who are strong in energy make choices for themselves which is fine.

But rationality does not always prevail. On the flip side, there are others who are weak in energy, who will blame the earth if they fall, blame the family for a bad marriage and so on… everyone except themselves. Not only are miserable, they also make others around them miserable.

And it is so much depletion of energy all over. If only we learn to accept that we are largely responsible for what transpires in our lives, we can change things around for a total transformation in our lives. Because we can’t change the external environment or people. But we can work at our own attitudes and knowledge. When we are young, we go through conditioning. But as adults, with education, observation and analysis, we should be able to understand the futility of the blame game and the impact of taking responsibility for our lives.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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Once a shopkeeper dropped some honey on the floor. He picked up whatever he could salvage from the upper layers, and left the rest on the floor. Immediately, some flies came down to lick the honey. Gradually, as they became greedy for more, they did not see that their wings were getting stuck in the honey. Other flies who came in also got stuck for the same reason. 

 When they had finished, they realized they could not fly. 

Moral:

It is always wise to keep your awareness around you and never lose your balance so that you never get stuck in life.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

 

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