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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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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

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

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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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If you have the blessings and teachings of a Satguru, you are indeed blessed. My guru who is staying with us for a few days is one who lights my path and shows me a direction that is so illuminating and enlightening that I feel very lucky to have met him on the path that he walks.

For the non believers and for those who live mostly within the external framework of this world, I can only say, once you receive and experience the nectar of spiritual wisdom, your transformation will not find adequate words which will succeed in describing that experience.

Of course, we need to work in our external environment, too, while on this earth. What we end up doing is working more here and less within our inner world. Symbolically, the stories of our gods and goddesses also show us the path of balance between these two aspects of us.

So, you see different aspects of Krishna: as a householder, warrior, loyal friend and a “paramatma” at the same time. There are messages at every step for us if we can decode them, of being multi faceted and being aware of our alignment with the collective consciousness. The journey is very exciting, with a new lesson through a new perspective of an already learnt lesson or new knowledge, acquired this moment , illuminating every minute of our lives…

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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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

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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