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Very casually, we ask God for Wisdom, as if it is there for the asking. Maybe, it IS, but not without human effort. What is a prerequisite to wisdom is discernment, or, shall we say, they kind of go together and one adorns the other.

To be discerning is to be measured, to be aware of how much if head and how much of heart, how much of senses, how much of emotion would make the right recipe for any particular occasion. And when this gut feeling is finally right, then the result may be right for all concerned and that would be wisdom.

We humans are frivolous many a time, impulsive, too. Doing things without enough thought and introspection, often lands us in deep and muddy waters. So, refrain!

Actually, harmony has a way of feeling like a flowing river inside us. In every experience, if we can keep our core unshaken, a “samabhaava”, that is pure wisdom.

Surekha Kothari

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Can knowledge ever be claimed as knowledge if one has not put it into practice? What one hears, sees and believes is not knowledge. If the same thing is experienced, it does become knowledge.

I have met some scholars who know a lot of theory. More power to them for their scholastic abilities. But it IS an intellectualization of knowledge, not knowledge itself.

If I make a lecture out of topics I have read in books, magazines and articles, am I qualified to

Impart knowledge?

I think many have opened shops through workshops where the teaching is not experiential. But there ARE some masters who are teaching from experience. That is the path which will take us somewhere. Otherwise, we go nowhere.

And yet, nowhere can be transformed into “now” “here” and that is the essence of life the present moment. It’s right now and right here. Not was nor will be. It IS. To capture the essence of each moment is the key to happiness. Experience what “now” holds for us and become illuminated.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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Grow through what you go through. It is amazing how one sentence can be like an ocean of teaching. Living through the experience is the only way to grow. A personal experience is more profound than any words. Remember how we were as parents, always sheltering our kids instead of allowing them to have their own share of experiences? And what happened to these children? Many of them could not create and grow into their own spaces. But some parents chose to teach them how to reason and think and experience and grow. For example, children must be allowed to fall and get up, rather than being prevented from falling.

At every stage from the toddler stage to adulthood, the importance of our own experience cannot be underestimated. Once we experience, we learn from it. Mere words cannot change us unless we imbibe teachings sincerely and allow them to sink in deeply. But we never forget a lesson when we have lived the episode.

Surekha Kothari

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No two cases are identical though there may be similarities. We tend to assess people and situations based on our experiences. Sure, that’s normal. We form certain belief systems based on these experiences.

What we forget is, others don’t necessarily have to have the same or similar beliefs. Just because their conditioning, their thinking patterns may be different.

And that’s why in society and even families, tolerating and accepting people of other belief systems is vital to harmony and peace in the world. And that is what plagues us: the lack of what we should have in abundance.

Why is it so difficult to understand that if I am different from others and expect to be liked for whom I am, then others also expect to be liked as they are. It is a healthy attitude and one which inspires more learning. Because we learn more from those we like, accept and respect.

This is not for closed minds though. You have to be very open to critical, objective evaluation of yourself and the performance of surgery of the blocked energies or trapped energies to accomplish a free flow of transforming energy.

So much to learn and so much time wasted!

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

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

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We constantly speak of evil and good, making and marring, right and wrong. We get exhausted just trying to understand what we are all about and what life is all about. I often feel that over analysis of anything can never have a solution. Looking at something from different angles and then coming to a conclusion is not that simple, because in most cases, you will find a bit of both the extremes and variation only of degrees. So how do you come to a perfect or the right solution anyway?

So, it pays to take the surface value instead of trying to get into details. Details have many layers and peeling them may be a painful project.

Simple perceptions can keep life simple. Convoluted perceptions may be temporarily exciting but in the long run, they can be very tiring.

So, my funds is, keep it simple. In every way, including keeping simple friends, simple food, simple lifestyle and generally, a simple life based on simple thoughts.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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Packaging of knowledge! Every generation responds to what it can understand and can get convinced about. Today, there is a huge movement towards spiritual understanding amongst youngsters. PROVIDED it is presented in a manner that they can relate to.

We still have the traditional, religious concepts like deity worship etc. And that is fine because it is the faith that carries us through, wherever we place it. But in a knowledge based generation, the “why” of every belief, every sentiment, and every action must be answered. Ironically, we have to explain logically the phenomena that are beyond logic.

This is precisely why the Bhagvad Gita is the most widely read and studied today. It is a way of life and even spirituality has to be understood as a way of life.

The meaning of dharma, karma , cause and effect , and all the laws that the Universe would have us live by must be experienced and not just talked about. Doubts must be addressed and cleared and this can only be done by practicing them and observing results. Only then can convictions become a reality.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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Perfection! This word has evolved and taken different dimensions …when your child is born, you think it is a perfect creation of God. But, when it grows up, that perfection disappears in the very same eyes that beheld the perfection. When you have a love marriage, things can’t be more perfect! But where is that perception of perfection after some time?

You buy a perfect outfit for an occasion and look perfect from top to toe with a perfect make over. Yet, one small error in a look or a word or an expression, and the perfect grooming is perfect no more. Similarly, there are many “perfects”…perfect behavior, perfect nature, perfect adjustments ….etc etc. You want a perfect party, perfect display…

What is it? Perfect is as perfect can be in the extent of our imagination. Perfect can be pretty obsessive. Perfect can be very limited in its rigidities. Because with “perfection” where is the scope to grow further? So, if you don’t want someone to evolve, keep telling them they are perfect. Jokes apart, where there is constant opportunity for change, the perfect can also change, become a better perfect than the earlier one, and continue this way…

If you are a musician, you know this. Every time you perform, you experience perfection or the lack of it. The standards, self determined and other determined, tend to fluctuate. It is the journey itself, this search for perfection. It is the striving to better ourselves that leads us towards an imaginary goal called “perfection”, as elusive as the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

So, let us not obsess about looking for perfection. Let us try and manifest it as we see it in every phase of our lives. Because each one’s vision of “perfection” is different.


Surekha Kothari

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