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I have realized how many little things we take for granted. Is there a guarantee we will wake up the next morning? Do we know for sure that our day is going to unfold as planned? Are we sure that the domestic staff will turn up tomorrow? Is it possible that you have an urgent meeting and the vehicle stops half way? To mention just a few.

Gratitude, therefore, is most important. The person who cleans your restrooms and your home. The one who drives your car, cooks your food. A friend who sits up with you when you are sick. Anyone passing you on the road who smiles at you or saves you from a near accident. Or blesses you without even knowing you….

The bottom line is, NO ONE HAS TO DO ANYTHING FOR YOU…and if they do it, regardless of their motives, we have to thank them as messengers of God. The universe works relentlessly and lovingly. We need to understand the significance and read the language minute to minute.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

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When we speak of dharma, we generally get a mixed bag definition: rituals, duties, religion etc. And the result is confusion. Because dharma is not any one of these. If anything divides human beings, it absolutely cannot be dharma.

The core of dharma in its true sense lies in each one of us.

HONESTY: we might get cynical here because we see very little honesty today. And yet, it is our core because, when thinking about it, who can accept and actually like dishonesty? Which means honesty IS our core.

WORK/ ACTIVITY: Movement and change are two constants. Activity is our second core. We need to give it direction but all humans have act ..that is, keep moving . It is inevitable.

CLEANLINESS: an inevitable measure of dharma. To clean not only the body but the thoughts, the mind and emotions, ego as well as our environment.

KINDNESS: to care selflessly. Help people in need without wanting to be on page 3. On human, compassionate grounds.

Irrespective of your religion, any other identities you might have, all the four points mentioned constitute your inner core as a human being. And if all of us started understanding and practicing this form of dharma, there would come a time when all humans of whichever religion, caste, creed would happily and harmoniously share space, love and peaceful progress.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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There are many religions and sects and several texts which teach human beings how to live with each other and how to also evolve spiritually while performing our daily karma.

But what gets internalized is basically what some religious heads interpret from these texts and unfortunately, add their own bit to keep their place in the hierarchical order , thus , often losing the thought processes of the writers and the authenticity of the text.

The end result is groups, blind following, and rigid mindsets and therefore, limited minds and a huge amount of intolerance for anyone who does not believe in your belief systems….a potentially ignitable situation at the best of times and the worst of times.

If every human being was taught instead, to read the texts and gain the knowledge written with the pure, undiluted intentions of those writers, this world would learn to follow the universal laws and treat each other with love, respect and understanding.

It is never too late to incorporate such studies within the academic curriculum. There will most certainly be astounding results. We have forgotten our “gurukuls”.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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Live and let live! That would be so, so wonderful, right? No interference. No desire to control or clip wings. No poking the nose in other people’s affairs. Maintaining a little space within the closeness. Letting the final decision be taken by the person concerned. Agree to disagree in an amicable manner sometimes. Encourage and support independent points of view. But continuing to care and respect all the way…

Sometimes, people can walk along the same path but at their own pace. And that is so wonderful. No need to compete and to overtake anyone.

Walking the path with a spring in your stride, hugging nature, singing a happy song, a lilt in your voice, oblivious of any dissenting or disapproving looks, living your life with wisdom, divine grace and love in your heart.

 WAY TO GO, FOLKS

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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Honesty


In Hindi, there is a saying, “jhooth ki umar bahut chhoti hoti hai”. And I have seen this coming true around me. Growing up, lying used to be tantamount to a small crime in my parents’ home. The philosophy was that if you let small lies pass, they may turn into bigger ones later.

 Today, no one lies. It is called diplomacy. You just say what the other person wants to hear. Never mind if it is not the truth. Truth is trivial if it causes conflicts. Who wants to hear it? And this is how one builds up relationships.

 The opacity that has set in because of such attitudes has gone a long way in corroding the fabric of transparency and honesty. I don’t know how one can justify these patterns in society if one wants to genuinely change the social order.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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Formula


“To kill with kindness” is a wonderful formula. And deeply spiritual one. “Killing” metaphorically.

The thought can bring a smile to your face but it is not easy in reality. We are so accustomed to reacting in the manner of “an eye for eye” that to remember to be kind to a “least deserving person” (in our perspective) is out of question.

To sustain kindness no matter what is not impossible if we continue to be who we are

You must have noticed that to return cruelty with kindness repeatedly is painful for the other person…in fact, unbearable. The only way to bring a positive change in another is not to exchange the good for the not-so-good.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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Density


Would we appreciate light if there was no darkness? How would we see the good in someone if there was no bad in this world? We live in the world of opposites so that we can make a move towards the right choices for our soul.

It is all about our vibration levels. Humans function at different levels of energy. Density gives more body consciousness and less of subtle awareness. But unless we learn from the Universe what it teaches us every minute, we will not be able to take significant steps towards understanding the realm of the unseen phenomena.

The idea is not to expand our external worlds but to discover our inner world in its micro form. Once this is accomplished, the understanding of the macro world will be automatic. Because they are the same.

 Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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