PRAJADHARMA (THE DUTIES OF THE PEOPLE)

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“No one can teach us, because…” and “No one can make us learn, unless…” are two different statements, often used to convey the same meaning. The latter, however, reminds us about one of our important duties, that is, learning.

Over the years the human society has changed considerably, and the changes have been thoughtfully effected for the benefit of the man. However, it seems, we have failed to inform the man with sufficient clarity that each benefit has a cost associated with it. Continue reading

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PAINLESS ACTIONS

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When we act to serve ourselves, it is never absolutely painless. More than the troubles that we have to undergo while in action; the uncertainties of the outcome of our action exhaust us. We are neither sufficiently confident about our own abilities, nor about the evenness of the external circumstances; hence, we tend to trespass the limits of nonviolent thoughts and action, thereby causing harm to self and our immediate surroundings. Continue reading

WE HAVE LIMITED ROLES TO PLAY IN OUR WORLDLY LIVES

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It is not only by virtue of the fact that we do not live longer, but also due to our own limitations to change according to the time and circumstances that we have no option, but to accept that we have limited roles to play in our worldly lives. If and when, we excessively indulge in the affairs of the world that we create troubles not only for us, and also, become a cause of trouble for our surroundings, immediate or remote. Continue reading

FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN DO AND WHAT YOU MUST DO

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We normally begin our lives by focusing on what others are doing. Whether we think as individuals or as nations or societies; we set our goals on the basis of what is going on around us and taking clues from what all has made others apparently ‘successful’ and ‘happy’. We set our goals in alignment with the parameters of ‘success’ and ‘happiness’ achieved by others without paying enough attention to our needs, abilities, limitations, historical and cultural backgrounds, resources available to us, our potential, and inhibitions etc.

After setting our goals, we do whatever we can do and achieve whatever is possible. We classify all our achievements as ‘successes’, without even bothering to review if all what we could achieve was actually needed by us. To celebrate our success, we try to believe that what we achieved was needed by us and try to relegate our true needs to the background. We feel sorry about what we failed to achieve (without even realizing that we never needed what we had been trying to achieve), and, get busy in finding ways and means to convert our ‘failures’ into ‘successes’.

We lead a life heavily deprived of what we needed, submerged into the corrupting abundance of what we never needed; ostentatiously rejoicing our ‘successes’ with others who are as pretentious as us; and mourning about what we are deprived of in the loneliness of dark and hopeless nights.

By focusing on others, we do not remain ‘we’, snapping all the connections with what we have been, once upon a time, when we stepped into our lives. When we fail to connect with us, we fail to connect with all others who sail in the same boat as we do.

We were born as human beings, with all the divinity and limitations naturally associated therewith. We have ever been inclined to explore the divinity within us and freely dwell in it, struggling against our limitations that chained us. A world with an infinitely huge reservoir of resources was made available to us free of any cost. We were, individually and collectively, expected to find for ourselves what was enough for us, relieving us all the burdens, so that we live in peace and accomplish all that was needed to make us free of any captivity and accumulate what we needed to live like a human being. We were expected to keep in sharp focus what was humane about us. To do it, we had to imploringly look within us to know what we needed. It was meaningless to focus on ‘apparent images’, when we had the ability to elevate ourselves and come closer to what is real.

PROMOD KUMAR SHARMA
[The writer of this blog is also the author of “Mahatma A Scientist of the Intuitively Obvious” and “In Search of Our Wonderful Words”.]

WE SHOULD NOT BUY FEARS OF OTHERS

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The man has always felt that his individual efforts of survival in his life have ever been found lacking, hence, he conceptualized human societies to augment his strength by exercising collective restraint. But, human societies increased human desires to unimaginable proportions and made them multifarious and multidimensional. We all are well aware that greater the number of the desires, more fearful more fearful we tend to become. Continue reading

REFLECTORS OF SELFLESSNESS

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It is extremely difficult to communicate ‘selflessness’, what to say of emitting it. The moment we try to do it, our own selfishness surfaces from somewhere within us, stealthily, without our knowing or noticing it. Perhaps, that is the reason why most of the seekers of selflessness land up wearing only interrupted smiles on their faces. Perhaps, then, the God is the only entity (or nonentity) in this universe (or beyond it) that has succeeded in transmitting some selflessness to us. Continue reading

DETACHMENT SHOULD NEVER BE VIEWED AS A TARGET

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The infinite source that offers tangible or intangible substance to add value to one’s life cannot be explored without sharpening focus on what one wants to acquire. And, there is no other way of sharpening the focus, but to detach ourselves from all that distracts our attention, lures, confuses or creates doubt. True detachment is not running away from situations that we have been put in; but, in fact, it is either managing them efficiently or willfully abandoning them, if they are essentially irrelevant or useless as weeds to all who are entrapped in such situations. Predominantly, detachment is a state of mind, rather than the cessation of the essential physical activities for sustaining life in this world. Continue reading

WHEN WE DO NOT STICK WE BECOME FREE

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Sometimes we think that we can change things if we act. Some other times we think we cannot change things even if we act. We rarely think that we can change ourselves independent of our actions. We do notice when it is a different world, but we fail to notice when we are a different individual. There is nothing wrong in accepting the world around us as some kind of reference even when we introspect, but everything is wrong if the external world is accepted as the only reference during all activities of our mind and intellect. Continue reading