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There is great joy in recognizing that things happen just at the right time, not OUR right time but its own right time. When things happen, they happen like magic. If we stop expecting and suffering in anticipation.

Look back and think when this may have happened in your life. Your wish list has many items on hold. Not happening. And suddenly, without notice, one of them just fructifies and leaves you breathless and amazed!

If you want to keep your excitement in life, just keep working to fulfill as many items on your wish list as possible. And enjoy the ones that happen. Leave the rest without hankering after them.

I learnt this from my games apps that I play. I spend days and months to complete one level. And suddenly, a single try on one particular day and hey presto! I have done that level!!!

It is the excitement of the journey that will take you forward. You inevitably will go on to the next level and the same sense of fun starts all over again.

Surekha Kothari

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Because we are a part of a huge revolution in a knowledge based world and economy, all old paradigms have shifted into not one, but many new gears along with automatic cars. With regard to children therefore, this shift becomes very valid since they are products of today.

But the in between generation that was brought up within the earlier pre revolution phase and who are suddenly experiencing the rapidly shifting paradigms in almost all aspects, may be struggling to balance what they know from back then to what they know now. I see parents of this generation also struggling with their own equation with these children who are adults and parents themselves now.

There may be certain resentment in what they might see as deprivation, in what their parents did not teach them or expose them to. But some of it was not available then.

The overall view may be that parents might have been old fashioned or not excessively bright or intelligent and therefore, less respected. They did not have the knowledge of the current technology as a part of their DNA.  😊and whatever they knew came from their parents and the general environment at that time.

Anyways, it is so commendable that many in that generation of parents still painstakingly attempt to use technology, if nothing, for communicating with their children who life has taken away to distant lands and because of which the parents reside in special housing meant for senior citizens, but hopefully, also in the hearts of their children.

If only I Pads and Internet could bridge the emotional divide!

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

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At the start of the year, you should resolve to defeat your karma as the chief resolution. Sounds strange, right? How that is possible is the immediate thought. I love to quote the story of Savitri and Satyavaan in which Savitri brought her dead husband back to life from the possession of Yama, the God of death.

Symbolically and otherwise, the one aspect visible in this story is that with courage and passion, anything is possible. And that’s why I say, if that karma was defeated, all karma can be defeated.

How?

That you have to experience the consequences of your past karma is a reality. But HOW you choose to do so is a decision that lies squarely in your court. You can either transform the experience into a new beginning or cry all the way.

The beauty of life is, even if you do not get what you wanted in one or two aspects of life, there are many other aspects available to develop because we are very vast beings, connected to a very large canvas of energy. Why do we need to limit ourselves?

You know, I have seen many people go to a multiplex, only to find the movie they wanted to see showing a houseful board but they look at other options and find the best one under the circumstances. Why? Because they had made up their minds to see a movie that day.

Isn’t life somewhat similar? So, maybe, I wanted to be a doctor but ended up being a pharmacist. Maybe, I badly wanted kids but could not have them. So, I decided to adopt one. Or maybe, I wanted the proverbial perfect marriage but circumstances were not perfect and I decided to develop other talents I had. And kept my friendship going with the spouse. Positivity all the way…

The moment you click on the “options” button, you see a drop down menu with a wide range of choices and if you are a positive, die hard kind of a person, some options will definitely engage your mind and imagination.

 Hey, after all, we are in this world for a specific period of time. There is no time to cry over anything. Instead, whatever karma is unfolding before you in your life is only giving you a chance to turn to other activities which are waiting to be explored and can be brought within your reach with enough passion and a desire to make good your life.

So, you have a Rukmini Devi starting to learn Bharatnatyam at 30 years of age and you have a Kalakshetra in Chennai as an evidence of her passion for the art. Look around and many such legends can be seen.

So, karma resolution through transformation is very doable. Just don’t let yourself go down with self pity and don’t let yourself sink into the illusion of darkness…for, that’s all it is an illusion…there is nothing like darkness. It is the absence of light that we call darkness. Light is the only reality.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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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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Patience


Karma! The ideal balance of performing karma is that on one hand, have limitless patience and on the other, don’t perform your karma with an eye towards the results. That is called “Samatva” of karma.

Secondly, if you accept the karma as a doer, the positivity or negativity also becomes yours. For example, a fisherman kills fish to sell and feed his family. It is his work and he never dwells on the ethics of it. Therefore, his karma is pure. He even dances and sings when he has had a good catch because there is no thought of any guilt of killing.

Take another example. You say something innocently to a friend but that causes some hurt in the friend. You are unaware until they tell you that you shouldn’t have said what you did because it was hurtful. And you now begin to feel guilty and acknowledge that you are wrong. This then immediately becomes your karma, because you accepted it as wrong.

So, karma is completely intention based. Lord Krishna, therefore, asked humans to surrender all karma to him. If” I “am not a doer (karta), where is the karma?


Surekha Kothari

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Defining limits! A very difficult exercise for many. Specially to know when to stop. To know when you are encroaching on someone else’s space. To know when you begin to cross the line and begin to intrude or encroach onto someone else’s life.

Human psychology is complex to say the least. I realize that some very deep rooted insecurities make people cross limits, to grab something they believe will make them feel better. But that is far from what might happen in the long run.

Ultimately, you might succeed in controlling people for a while but once people set limits and demonstrate the need for space, crossing this might prove to be a bad choice.

They say, if you love someone, set them free. But if you end up controlling them, you show you don’t love OR respect them. It only demonstrates a gnawing personal need.

Taking the space that is yours and then, with dignity, moves away. This speaks of a beautiful energy that is in harmony with itself.

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

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

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