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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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A deeply inspirational story! Once, a very bright and keen-to-study boy went to a brilliant astrologer who had never been wrong in his predictions and asked him, “Sir! Will you please look at my palm and tell me how much I will study!

The astrologer, after examining the lines on his palm said, “I am sorry but there is no line of knowledge in your palm”. The boy asked him to point out the place of the line. Once he knew where the line should be, he went home, took a knife and cut a line exactly where the line of knowledge should have been.

Then, with a bleeding palm, he went back to the astrologer and said, “Sir! See! Now I have the line of knowledge in my palm.” This boy grew up to be a famous Sanskrit scholar. His name was Acharya Panini.

If all mankind had that kind of spirit, this world would be a haven. Our destinies can be molded by us. We are not limited by astrological predictions.

 Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

 surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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The deepest complexities develop within us when we don’t express our personalities for fear of people. Have we ever thought about…..does the sun shine less brightly for fear that it will scorch? Does the breeze stop blowing strongly for fear that it may cause havoc? Does the fire stop spreading and burning for fear that it might cause damage? These constitute the intrinsic nature of these elements. Only humans will harm themselves by bottling and stifling to please others.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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I have realized…

That some people have very few needs and remain happy.

That others have so much but want more.

That life is actually very simple if we are transparent and honest.

That no one can complicate our life but ourselves.

That lies are not a onetime aberration…it has to be told again and again to hide the earlier ones.

That internally, we are never happy with compromises but the price for standing alone seems too high.

That we know we cannot hide from ourselves, but it doesn’t stop us from trying.

That freedom goes hand in hand with responsibility.

That there is enough strength in us to move ahead and set examples worth emulating.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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When you don’t have time, what do you spend your time on? Very important question! Time is of great essence and there are different priorities for different people. Underlying all of these, there is a need for keeping some time during the day, not only for exercising and keep fit but also for inner health. On the latter depends everything else. Life has many flavors, just like food, and to leave this world without tasting many, even if not all would be such a shame!

The full utilization of time would depend on where we are in the present moment and what we value at the time. No amount of other perception works. The change within gradually also shifts our priorities. I see that from my own life experiences.

It would be interesting to jot down how and in which way we prioritized through different phases in our lives and which important things we left behind. Good way to reacquaint ourselves with ourselves.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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There is no cure for closed minds. In Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna tries to counsel Arjuna who is so psyched about killing his family members that he closes his mind to Krishna’s words.

We also have a Krishna sitting inside of us but our insecurities cloud our minds so much that Krishna finally decides to hold his counsel.

We are misled and ego driven souls who seek to rule the perishable earth whereas Krishna teaches becoming our own masters first so that we understand the futility of ruling the earth.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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Conformist vs Non conformist! Teamwork can negatively be described as toeing the line. A conformist likes to flow with the popular vote. Nothing wrong and no judgementalism. This is a required breed for evolving a consensus. And there is seldom any controversy related to such individuals.

A non conformist, however, is another kettle of fish. More daring, more assertive or aggressive, often self opinionated, these people can put up many backs. There is never a lack of excitement with them around. Conflict is almost inevitable. They might even defy the law of gravity and stand on their heads to prove a point. Their opinions can be creative and out of the box. They are definitely interesting and often, not liked very much for whom they are. You will see them in the forefront, performing unusual tasks because they are quite driven.

Just very interesting to observe both categories and realize how important it is to have both types of people in this world.

Surekha Kothari

www.BodyMindSoulCentre.com

surekhakothari.wordpress.com

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

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