“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” ― Mark Twain
Today, world is changing faster than a few decades ago. What is true today may not be true ten years from now. That is why the concept of micro learning has gained importance and we will discuss about micro learning in detail in this blog post. This fast changing world is demanding change in skills or improvement in skills on a regular basis if you want to be in demand professionally as well as socially in today's world and today's industry. And that is why the concept of micro learning is becoming so popular. Unlike a few decades ago when learning was a process that led you to getting job and you climbed the ladder of success based on your experience alone, today you need to keep upgrading your skills or learning new skills in order to keep up with rest of the world.
Micro Learning Examples
So what is the solution? Going to university again for long 2-3 years is definitely not the solution. That too when, unfortunately, our present education system has not changed to meet the demands of this new scenario. Hence solution is to be very specific about what area you want to improve your skills in or what new skill you want to learn. And then take up a short course in that specific field. I wont call it a "subject" because because the word "subject" provides a very broad area of knowledge, e.g. let us take geography as a subject. Your goal may not be to learn everything about geography but because of some reason you want to learn about changing weather pattern of a particular country. Or taking yet another example, you may not be interested in knowing the details of all the aspects of internet marketing but you may want to learn about affiliate marketing which is a small part of internet marketing.
Sources of Micro Learning
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Fortunately our industry has started working towards the concept of micro learning and a few companies have taken these challenge in a very innovative way. Skill Share is one such company where you can join their online portal on a monthly basis. You may either choose a course from one of many available categories or you can search for a course using a keyword. I found some very interesting courses like "blogging for beginners", "Affiliate marketing without paid traffic" etc. Another advantage of Skill Share courses is availability of many courses by different experts on the same topic. I found six to seven courses on the "Affiliate Marketing". You can undergo all theses courses and pickup the best points from all of them.
This is what I call micro learning and this is what will make you successful either in your existing career or else if you want to start a new carrier. You improve your skill in an area that you want to by being very specific, in the shortest period of time possible without investing thousands of dollars as in college fees. Gone are the days when you spent years after years in university to uplift your career. Micro learning is here to stay and is the necessity of tomorrow.
“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes things worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things — that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more.” -Steve Jobs
I started meditation about 8 years ago. There was not much of a difference in the first few years but I continued as a part of daily routine in order to add a "tick" in my "To Do" list. My personality started changing once I started reaching deeper into my consciousness level. Yes, meditation changed my life forever. The state where you are not aware of your self as a part of your body but as a part of the super conscious entity. The state where "Thoughts" do not have any place to tell you the difference between the good and the bad of this relative world. The state where you are a part of the absolute and do not relate to the consequences of the changes of this relative world. Once you become used to entering that state on a regular basis, your personality changes drastically. You become aware of the fact that if thoughts are not there, every living being in the world are same. There is no difference between any two living being in the state of super consciousness. Everybody becomes a part of the absolute. Somehow, I am feeling a bit awkward using the word "Super Consciousness". It makes me feel a bit uncomfortable. I don't know why. Hence, I will prefer to call it, the state of altered consciousness.
The first change that it brought in my personality was the submission of ego. I, no longer enjoy ego massage and I, no longer notice people manipulating their personalities in order to prove themselves different from others. I do not fight my ego, I do not suppress my ego or I do not control my ego. For me, it is not a trait to react. I just don't feel its presence. For me, ego is neither a negative nor a positive trait. It just doesn't exist for me.
I do not carry any burden or stress in my day to day daily life because, although I know that I am a part of this relative world, still I see all the action as a third person and enjoy the whole action as if I am watching a movie. Even if I am living in this relative world, I always sub-consciously know that I am the part of the absolute.
Fear of death has completely disappeared. Because I know that I am not this body. I am using this body as a vehicle only. Fear of death has transformed into curiosity of knowing what awaits after this life.
Finally, let me write about sheer experience of being in meditative stage. I will give you an example. I normally do my meditation in my library which is not the part of our house but it is at the other side of our back garden. Normally the area is quite peaceful and when I am alone at the library, I hardly hear any sound. As I start my meditation, all of a sudden the quietness appears to be disappearing and the sound of the wind, chirping of the birds etc. gets amplified. I started noticing the these sounds which I wasn't just a few minutes ago. Further, as I slip into deep meditation, the place resumes quietness again. All the sounds surrounding me starts to disappear again. Although, we know that our surrounding mirrors our state of mind, but its real manifestation is quite fascinating.
What is advertising? Are They Proving Us Dumb? Do not underestimate the influence of advertisement in our daily lives.
"Good advertising does not just circulate information. It penetrates the public mind with desires and belief." After all What is advertising?
So, Let us try to understand what is advertising and how they are proving us dumb by illustrating a few examples.
Last week I was watching an Indian comedy show on YouTube. The comedian was Varun Grover. He just joked about one of the advertisement that was being shown on one of the Indian TV channels. And that ad was really hilarious. The ad goes like this. There is this dark skinned girl who applies for pilot's job. She goes for the interview and doesn't make it. She comes back, uses fair and lovely cream for 15 days, goes for the interview again and gets selected. Don't you think it is the dumbest ad that has been conceived? But its working. This stupid ad is motivating many to start using Fair and lovely cream. How dumb we can be? But then, I thought, it had always been like that. These big business houses will come out with a dumb product which doesn't make any sense and they will build a brilliant story around their dumb product and prove the public that you are dumb if you are not using their dumb product.
So, I decided to make a list of such products.
Top dumb idea in my list is, shampoo and conditioner. Do you remember way back in 70s, it used to be only shampoo that used to turn our hair shiny and silky and it used to cost $4. Then they came up with the idea that No, shampoo is only for cleaning the hair and another product "Conditioner" is required to turn your hair shiny and silky. Come on, Why? Original shampoo was working fine. They didn't even need to prove it. They just said that a top Hollywood superstar uses shampoo and conditioner so you all must also use, else you are dumb. We gracefully accepted it. Final result was, now instead of buying shampoo in $4, we spend $4 on shampoo and $4 on conditioner. We even pretend that it all works so well. I again decided not to be trapped in their quest to fool me and searched in the market, any brand of shampoo that doesn't need a conditioner. I could not get, but my wife being an expert shopper managed to find one. But their was a catch. It was only for men!! I fail to understand, whats the difference between a man's hair and women's hair. Or is it easier to fool women? Just kidding.
Second in my list is after shave lotions. Do you remember, way back in 70s, we used to rub slab of alum to stop blood when you cut your skin while shaving? Then these so called smart guys came up with this dumb idea of after shave lotion. Show me one after shave lotion which will stop blood coming out of your poor skin. None. But these guys will convince you by saying, listen you will feel fresh if you use our after shave. See that hero is fighting with 10 guys after using this after shave. O My god!! How dumb but still they force us to accept it, else you are declared old fashioned. You have blood coming out because of a cut while shaving, let it keep oozing out, use after shave and feel fresh. Its like instead of giving first aid to a person injured in an accident, offer him a new shirt so that he could feel fresh. I decided not to be proved dumb by these guys. Last week I searched almost all the markets of Wellington and found a slab of alum that costed me 99C. It stops blood immediately and I don't have to spend $15 to buy an aftershave that does nothing. If you want to feel fresh, buy any dam perfume.
Now, coming back to toothpastes, I fail to understand if sweet is bad for our teeth, why all these toothpastes are made sugary? Not only that, An independent body conducted a research by lab testing all brands from cheapest to the most expensive toothpastes. Click Here to read the result of this research. Result was straight forward: "In reality, you're paying extra for essentially the same product.". But can you believe, the power of advertising is so profound that shops continued to sell expensive toothpastes in spite of this result which was properly broadcasted on a very popular TV show here in New Zealand. They keep proving us dumb again and again and we tend to feel honored that they have proved us dumb. I searched on google for a few home made tooth pastes and found this one quite effective. Again like, after shave lotion, they will say you will not feel fresh after doing this. Come on, chew a few fresh mint leaves from your garden. That will make your mouth real fresh. Alternatively, if you belong to tropical country, pluck a soft stem from a neem tree and crush it from one side and use it to clean your teeth. (And because it really works, do not expect it to be sweet).
Latest product entering my great list is Fitbit. By the way, my whole family is Fitbit crazy. Before I go into the details of Fitbit, let me tell you a small incident that took place before Fitbit arrived in the market. We were in the process of developing an App that will count how many steps you have walked through out the day and if you don't move for 2 hours, it will prompt you to get up and go for a walk. All the modules were made but only problem was that one has to carry the smart phone in the hand if the App detects the movement else it will keep reminding you to get up and go for a walk. One of my colleagues even joked that we may tell people to wrap the phone around their knees to make it work. Anyway, after many brain storming sessions we abandoned the idea of this App. Now, coming back to Fitbit, it was introduced with great pre-launch advertisement gimmicks as it always happens. My wife gifted one to me on Christmas. I configured it wore around my wrist, walked 10 steps from my living room to my car, drove to a suburb in Wellington about 15 Kms away, parked the car and walked another 20 steps to attend a meeting with a client. Guess what? Before I could enter the room, I hear a "Beep", and my phone announces, "Congratulation Ranjan, you have just been awarded a silver badge (or something like that)". I was stunned, I have hardly walked and this fellow has awarded me a badge for walking 30 steps. Then, I realized, these guys have made the same thing that we had conceived off, we abandoned it because we didn't want to fool the people and here these guys are openly fooling the whole world leaving all their ethics on the back burner. Anyway, I reached home and narrated the whole story to my wife and to my surprise, she was already aware of the fact. Then why are you using it if it is giving wrong data to you, I asked. "Well, at least it is giving me some data", was her reply. Attention guys, this is called the power of advertisement. These guys are bent upon proving us dumb and they have created such an atmosphere that we feel proud of being proved dumb. I give up. Why do you need garbage data to know whether you have walked enough or not. It is not going to improve your fitness. You can't punish your body to improve your fitness. It has to be joint exercise between your body and mind. There has to be a "feel good factor" when you go for a walk to improve your fitness. Go and walk bare foot on the beach. Let the waves touch your feet when you are walking and feel it, enjoy it. Listen to the sound created by the waves, smell the air and keep walking. Go for forest breathing. Feel the trees, listen to the song of birds. Try to relate to it and keep walking. That's how you can improve your fitness. Not by, feeling great by receiving a fake silver badge generated by a fake App using a garbage of data.
Guys, what do you think about these facts? If you agree with me, can you think about more such products and concepts which are thrown on us using powerful (?) business houses and powerful media? Or we are simply dumb? Give your verdict.
And finally is it a right way of explaining what is advertising?
Meditation And Law Of Attraction Compliment Each Other
”The greatest revolution in our generation is that of human beings, who by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.” -Marilyn Ferguson
Our minds are conditioned in such a way that we tend to think and act in a predefined way. This process of conditioning the mind starts as soon as we are born. And who conditions it? This is done by our society, our country, our education system, our religion etc., in a very organized way. We get our minds conditioned unknowingly and innocently. We are made to feel that it is good because it gives a direction to our life. But on the contrary it is too bad for us because it hinders our originality and restricts our imagination. Living life is all about exploring new possibilities and experiencing new ideas. Living life is not about following a routine designed by some institution. Also, we start following these rules blindly. Many of these norms and rules are flawed because these are made by the people with limited knowledge. And then the society or a religion tells us how to live our lives. Come on, Mr. X and Mr. Y have come to live in this world different purposes. How can they live in a similar way? That's how our life style starts opposing natural cosmic laws instead of resonating with it. That is where meditation and law of attraction compliment each other. I recall a short but interesting story to give you an idea of how our mind gets conditioned. A man jokingly said to a very educated person with all his seriousness that tomorrow it is going to rain gold coins. The educated man obviously responded that you have gone crazy. This man said the same thing to an uneducated farmer and the farmer's reply was, well, its great if it really happens. The man laughingly said, you really think there may be a possibility of raining gold coins? The farmers said why not, if such a giant tree gets encapsulated in a tiny seed, why can't gold coins rain? Are you now getting how our mind gets conditioned? We expect things based on our past experiences. For us, only what we know is a possibility. We need to change that perspective. Our thoughts create our reality. Cosmic universe has ability to create abundance of possibilities.
The whole universe moves with mathematical precision and movement of every living and non living entity in the universe has an effect on the rest of the universe and vice versa. Can you imagine if one planet e.g. mars slows down or turns its direction, it may result in the collapse of the whole universe. What I mean to say is, one living entity or a group can not assume that it is completely independent and its actions have no effect on the rest of the universe. Every living or non-living entity are interdependent and if everybody's actions resonate with rest of the universe then the universe responds back in a positive way. But, unfortunately, today's materialistic world has completely gone against natural cosmic laws and that is the reason why we today, are living in such pathetic world . Physics has already done many discoveries in this field by coming up with unified field and string theories. They all give enough evidence that every living or non living entity emerges from one source of energy.
To cut the long explanation short and coming back to our main topic, meditation helps us achieve that alignment where our actions resonate with the universal laws instead of going against it. We approach inwards towards that source of energy which has capability to follow cosmic universal laws in very natural way.
Meditation is considered by many as a very complicated process which it is not. Our mind is quite fickle (Our mind is conditioned to live in that kind of state) and hence we need to give it a job so that we could bring our mind to a still state. So, why not ask our mind to keep its attention to our breathing pattern. So whenever any thoughts disturb your meditation, ask our mind to bring its attention to our breathing pattern. So, since now we have assigned a job to the mind so that it is kept engaged, we are free to carry on with our meditation. Now, you need to discipline yourself to do this meditation twice a day for 30 minutes and see the result in 6 months. You will find your whole life completely transformed within these 6 months. Only key to the success is practice.
Now, you must be wondering where does law of attraction come in this discussion? It does. When our actions start following cosmic universal laws, the universe responds back to our needs and requirements in a very positive way and shows us ways to achieve abundance in every possible way. It happens on such a subtle level, that it happens even before you realize how and what made it happen. That is why I have titled this post Meditation facilitates law of attraction.
And if you have already tried but not able to do it effectively, try the Meditation App below which will help you meditate better and more effectively. Either scan the QR code in the picture or click the picture (if your reading this on a smart phone)
The Worst Advice We've Ever Heard About meditation techniques
The thing about meditation is that you become more and more YOU. – David Lynch
Let me explain why I thought of writing this post about meditation techniques. I grew up in a very traditional orthodox family in India. During my childhood, pressure of following traditional rituals was so much that I actually started hating that environment and as soon as I left home, I almost rebelled against that orthodox Hindu environment. I declared myself as an atheist and lived with my new belief system for more than 15 years. As I grew older, I started realizing that actually I am not what I am trying to project myself. I was a deeply spiritual person but by declaring myself as an atheist, I was trying to take my revenge towards a society which was imposing their ideas and beliefs on me whether I like it or not. The system was such that if you agree with them, you are a good boy and if you do not agree with them, you are a bad boy. During my teen years, I lived with that guilt throughout that I am not a good boy. Fortunately, I got hold of a few very good books which changed my life forever. I read almost all the books by Deepak Chopra, "Same Soul Many Bodies" by Dr Brian Weiss, "Home with God" by Neale Walsh etc. All these books helped me understand myself and get rid of all negative energies that I was living with. I learn t how to think spiritually and truthfully without following any religion. And that is how I wanted to live since my childhood. I respect all religion, but I refuse to be a salesman of any religion. I wanted to think about cosmic structure and principles instead of following religious rituals. Topic of soul body integration introduced me to the world of meditation. I was too satisfied with newly found interests and instead of following spirituality as a boring subject or process, I started finding it as a real cosmic adventure.
Today, many options are available to learn the art of meditation and I have tried a few of them. Every style has its own positive points but it all depends on you what satisfies you the most.
Deepak Chopra has given a new dimension to meditation techniques and spirituality. May be in my case, I showed more interest to what he says because; I was able to relate with his style of liberal philosophies better than a religious preacher. He always backed up his spiritual principles with scientific theories. Deepak Chopra gives too much importance to the audio-visual frequencies around us and he says these frequencies have power to alter our state of consciousness. Meditation has capability to elevate our level of consciousness from being conscious to subconscious and then to super conscious. I have followed Deepak Chopra's style of meditation in the past where he gives too importance to lighting condition of the place of meditation and the vibrations that are created in the atmosphere by speaking a few Sanskrit mantras. I found this style very very useful and works really well specially if you are using meditation as a tool for your stress management. It really works. This was all going OK when Deepak Chopra came out with a new product "Dream Weaver" and for me it surpassed all my expectations. It is a mind boggling product and you really have to use it to understand what I am trying to say. It is very difficult to express in words, the state of mind that this product creates.
Basic principle of this product is same that audio-video frequencies around us have power to alter our level of consciousness. This time, Deepak Chopra has taken the help of electronic gadgets to induce these frequencies in our minds. If nothing else, you will at least feel relaxed as soon as you start using it. This product is a real game changer and it has completely changed the concept of meditation techniques.
Bramh Kumaris Raj Yoga:
I completed one week Raj Yoga free course and loved the experience. I came to know about them accidentally. I read in one of our local newspapers that St. James theater is showing a free one hour movie on the concept of "time". I went to the theater and there you had to write your details before you enter the theater. As soon as I wrote my address, the lady exclaimed! Oh you are our neighbor. I did not know but Bramha Kumari's meditation center was at one of the houses on our street which was a few blocks from our house. So, I
decided to enroll for their free meditation course. I liked their style of meditation and sermons. It is one of those places where you realize beauty in simplicity. Their style of meditation is emptying your mind from all kind of thoughts. It is a bit difficult to do but you improve with regular practice and feel better and more peaceful every time you do it. The teachers there are full of compassion in their approach and you feel good just for being there.
My Very Own Meditation Technique:
Earlier I had stated that I take meditation and spirituality as cosmic adventure and that is why in addition to following meditation techniques experts, I keep experimenting with my own ideas as well. At times I get mind blowing results. Here I am sharing one of my techniques which have given very productive results for me. I have named this meditation technique "Meditate by letting your imagination go wild".
Our thoughts, fantasies and imaginations are restricted by laws of physics, our brain's social conditioning, religious conditioning etc. as we have been always taught these facts and hence our brain gets conditioned to restrictions. Not only laws of physics but the cause and effect theory also restrict our imagination. We need to train our brain to take that flight of imagination unrestricted by scientific laws known to us. We all know, the outcome of our efforts is never proportional to the efforts that we put in. Life will be too boring and easy if you are sure that if you do this, the result will be this. All our efforts are being controlled by an unknown source and by an unknown logic. We can never ever quantify the effort of a person from all logical point of views i.e. intelligence, logic applied and amount of effort put in.
So, one day I decided to let my imagination go wild irrespective of any logic. I still remember, I was sitting at a secluded beach in Wellington and sun was setting in. I closed my eyes and let my brain go wild all out. Within minutes, I was imagining myself flying in the sky with full speed without my body. It was as if my soul is out and is traveling in the space. I was moving away from the earth. I was in the middle of the universe and was watching the earth below. The whole sky was dark and the twinkling stars were giving the whole scene an amazing beauty. I moved towards the Milky Way. I had that sense of freedom where no force is imposing any control over me. I was in complete control of myself. I felt very light like a snowflake. I am giving my experience only as an example. You are free to choose any type of imagination. Beauty of this kind of meditation is that you can be very creative. Unlike other meditation techniques where you put an effort to block any thought intruding your mind, here you become a part of thoughtlessness. Instead of putting an effort to stop the external intruding thoughts, here you create your own internal thought process which automatically stops the external thought. I have been doing it for a few months now and I am sure if you do it for 20 minutes every day, you will see the difference in your personality. You will not only enjoy those 20 minutes but it will become a perfect way to lower your day to day stress.
Overall the whole exercise is very enjoyable. Try it out and let me know whether it created any difference in your life.
And finally, watch this video to improve whatever meditation techniques you follow.
"The spiritual message is we lose our lives in pleasing others; We become people pleaser. if you're the good child who pleases Mommy and Daddy but internalizes anger, you're setting yourself up for disease:
That's why you need to escape people pleaser trap.
I think most of us would be surprised to find that we go to great lengths to please people around us. We will all constantly deny it, stating that we are independent and can think for ourselves but at the end of the day the sad truth is that even the most intelligent and head strong members of society can fall into the trap of being people pleaser.
Have you ever thought what happens to your personality when you keep putting efforts to please others? You no longer be yourself but start living as somebody else and that is too dangerous a situation to be in. You may be able to make somebody happy by being not you, but what happens to your own pleasures. You sabotage your own happiness in order to please others. And do you know why you are doing that? Just to massage your own ego. And when you try to do that, you are never ever able to look within, the most important process to understand yourself. Your attention is always outward. This is how you degrade yourself spiritually.
Being people pleaser, not only affect your peace and happiness but it starts affecting your job, business and other worldly affairs. I know, when I was a chronic people pleaser, I always prioritize my daily schedule wrongly. And I didn't do it deliberately but subconsciously. I used to make my schedule to please people and not to suit the interest of my business. This is how you degrade yourself in your worldy affairs. Once I came out of the people pleaser trap, immediately my business skyrocketed to a different level.
Have you ever thought how you become people pleaser? Mostly your brain is conditioned to this people pleasing decease during your childhood. First, within the family many parents subconsciously impose on their children that it is their duty to please mom and dad. Instead of creating the flower of love in the hearts of small kids, they come out with the disciplinarian attitude that kids are supposed to please them. If that is not enough, I have seen in many families where the child is encouraged to please any successful relative or an influential friend and I don't understand why?
I’m not saying that it is bad not to go out of your way to help someone but I believe we must have a strong sense of personal identity before we mindlessly just follow the demands of somebody else. So next time someone asks you for help, ask yourself if you are doing it out of fear, or just to please him or really you want to do it because YOU are really going to be happy once you do this. You should never do anything just to make somebody happy unless you yourself gain anything out of it. And that anything can be really anything. It may be financial profit, your happiness, your spiritual fulfillment or any dam thing. Stick to your gut and don’t deviate from your values. Follow this and you will always find yourself with spiritual and worldly abundance.
If I complain about a traffic jam, I have no one to blame but myself.
Before you read this blog post, let me ask you a question. In 70s if I had told you that one day water will be sold in sealed bottles, your immediate reply would be, you have gone nuts! But only after 30-40 years, bottled water is a part and parcel of our lives. Above fact has a good relevance to my blog post today. We all know that global warming is almost out of control now and most of its reasons may be attributed to traffic congestion in our cities. Governing bodies of every city in the world have tried their best by implementing different strategies but nothing seems to be working. Day by day all major cities are turning into gas chambers.
Yesterday, One of my staffs phoned me that he is not well and will not be able to make it to office but he can finish his job at home as data files required for the job are available in our company's cloud drive. And that was my "Aa Haa" moment. After all, our every data is available in the cloud and if required, a virtual private network can be created for all the computers belonging to our staffs and if a meeting is required to be organized for our brain storming sessions, our very own Google provides Hang Outs for such meetings. Or else, there are so many ways to organize webinars. Why do we need to be physically present under one roof for doing jobs that can done at different physical locations and shared easily over internet? Working from home is the only way we can improve the conditions of our streets and highways. Only workers who need to go to work instead of working from home, are the ones who are either in manufacturing industry, service related industries or the industries where labs or workshops are essential part of the work. I fail to understand why people working in ministry of education, ACC and hundreds of other such institutions need to go to work? Thanks to technology, today we have every possible communication media at our disposal. Then why we need to be physically present at one premises to do our jobs? Need of the hour is to create such digital infra structure for large administrative departments so that the staff, specially bureaucrats should be able to perform their duties from home.
Just imagine, out of overall population of Auckland, if 750000 do not have to drive every day to go to work, streets of Auckland will improve over night without spending any money. People will be healthier giving relief to our already crumbling health system and productivity and efficiency of all these departments will sky rocket. I am surprised why nobody has thought about it so far. This is not rocket science to implement this in today's technological environment.
Then the question still remains unanswered, What is stopping us from doing something like this? Now, recall my initial question, you would have called me a nut if I told you that one day water will be sold in bottles. Same is the reason for this. We resist change. We find it difficult to accept new concepts. But I think, now we have reached a point of no returns as far as the problem of global warming is concerned and we and our governments need to be more bold to implement new life styles suitable to the society of today.
“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” —Roald Dahl
My spiritual journey started with meditation. A period of 2 years, from 2005 to 2007, was quite bad for me. One of those periods where you feel as if the whole world is against you. During that time, I turned towards meditation and entered the world of Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, Dr. Brian Weiss and many others. I read each and every book written by these experts. Suddenly, my perception of this world and life changed. Motivated by my newly found wisdom, I thought, just reading is not enough and I need to exercise the practical side of spirituality. I was surprised that at this point of time, I felt as if I am being guided by some invisible force. Interesting coincidences were becoming a part of this new journey. Once, we were walking on a busy part of downtown Wellington known as Courtney place. I saw a poster of a movie "Samsara" at St. James theater.
I went in, out of curiosity. It was free, courtesy Bramh Kumaris. Bramh Kumaris is a cult where they teach about spiritual side of our life. Only condition to watch this free movie was a simple registration process. The lady at the counter exclaimed when she saw my address. Oh, we are neighbors! One of our centers is at your street. You are at 57 and we are at 23. She asked me to feel free to come and join their 7 days free meditation course AKA 7 days Raj Yoga course. Anyway, we watched this superb movie and came back home. By that time, I had made up my mind that I will not get a better opportunity than this, if I wish to learn meditation. I was all pumped up on Tuesday and lightly asked my 12 years old daughter whether she wishes to join me. I was over the moon when she quickly said, Yes, why not. Now, it is a very small thing but your confidence catapults to a new height if your kids support you when you try to do something new. We reached the center at 6PM and were welcomed by Sister Gabriel. We were roughly 15 of us and the class began with sister Gabriel's proactive introduction to Raj Yoga. And that was followed by 30 minutes of guided meditation. It was out of the world, sensational experience. This was my first step towards spiritual life. I completed 7 days Raj Yoga Course and felt very satisfied with the outcome. Atmosphere of these centers is beyond any imagination. So much of compassion, near ego free life style and sometimes, you wonder whether these people ever get angry or sad.
Riding on my satisfaction of my newly found spiritual lifestyle, I started feeling a lot better and stress of those bad 2 years period was already a thing of the past. In fact, instead of cursing that period, I started feeling thankful to that stressful period of time because it opened my life to new horizons.
Deepak Chopra's literature convinced me of the fact that everything in the world is all about energy. All that exists, be it a physical matter, an ideology, a feeling or anything else that you can name, are the result of vibrations or energy. Now if everything is energy, then every frequency of the vibration must be giving different results. And that result might be a change in the properties of matter, change in our behavior, change in the results of our hard work or anything that you can conceive of. So, it is the frequencies of the energy that controls the world.
And that is what Mantra Yoga is all about.
I did further research on various bands of frequency range and found that our conscious, subconscious, relaxed and sleeping state of minds depends on the band of frequency that is governing the mind. These bands of frequencies are categorized as Alpha, Beta, Delta and Theta.
Alpha: 7-12 Hz. We are relaxed in this state and this state is great for creativity.
Beta: 13-40 Hz. We are active in this state of mind.
Delta: 0-4 Hz. This is our sleeping state.
Theta: 4-7 Hz. This state is defined as meditative state.
If you do your own research about theta state, you will come to know that this frequency range of 4-7 Hz literally triggers our subconscious mind which is a great news because Law Of Attraction has proven that your affirmations work most effectively when they come out of your subconscious state of mind. Anyway, I further googled and found a few free MP3 audio files having sound of frequencies ranging from 4 to 7 Hz. I listened to MP3 files using my head phone. And that was my Eureka moment. How effective will be mantra chanting in theta state? Nobody has tried it yet. So, finally my experiments with Mantras has begun. So far, I have only followed what others said but this will be my first experiment of my own.
Yesterday, I chanted "Om Shreem Brzee" with my theta state frequency in the background. I will do it for a few days and I will complete this blog post with the result of my experiment.
I wrote this post on 18th July and left it with a note that I will complete the post after I see the manifestation of my new experiment. I think time has come to complete this post.
As I had written in the beginning, the period between 2005 and 2007 was pretty bad for me. In addition to all the bad things, I had a small heart attack in 2006. Well, last week I was checking the outgoings in my bank account and I saw that my insurance premium has gone to whopping $450 per month. Here in New Zealand, it keeps on going up every year specially if you have acquired a new health related issue. I decided to call them to reduce my insurance cover. The help desk guy told me that your insurance covers you for life, trauma and partial disability. I asked to reduce my life cover and remove trauma and partial disability cover. He said, why do you want to remove the trauma cover because that is the one that most of the people claim. I told him about my heart attack in 2006 and he was surprised why I did not claim it. And he sent me a few forms to fill and said all your medical records will be available in your hospital, get them from there, attach it with the claim form and email me back. It is difficult for the bank to accept a claim after 10 years but there is nothing wrong in trying. I did what he asked me to do and forgot about it as he was also looking a bit doubtful anyway. I thought, he is just trying to be nice. Anyway, they asked for more papers related to my health, to which I simply said, it is impossible to dig those records after 10-15 years and I am not going to waste my time. For me that was the end of my communication with the bank regarding my claim.
But guess what! I get a phone call from bank that my claim has been accepted and they will let me know the details, once the payment is processed. And can you guess what was the amount. It was whopping $110000. Now, many of you might say, miracles do take place or it was a sheer coincidence of calling a right person at the right time or something like that. But I look at this incident differently. When we so called knowledgeable people do not understand any phenomenon of our universe, we give it a name like miracle, coincidence, luck, fate etc. But tell me one thing, when the whole universe, moon, sun, stars etc. are moving and existing with so much of accurate mathematical precision, will it not be stupidity to say, Oh! it was just a sheer miracle! Is it really not being too dumb to say that?
Whatever you might say, but I attribute this so called "Miracle" to the power of mantras.
I come to two conclusions:
1) Chanting of Mantras have more pronounced effect in theta state.
2) When I created the following two videos, my mantras where further empowered by creative visualization.
The starting point of all achievement is desire. -Napoleon Hill
Key To Success:
This is my personal experience. Most of the times we sabotage our success by lying about our self to our self. Isn't so awkward and shocking? But it is true. And I don't know why we do it. So after all what is the Key to Success? Do we think that we are not yet ready for a huge success and hence we our self become an obstruction to our own success. Or we start thinking that this success looks to be too good to be true? So somehow we deliberately generate these negative thoughts to avoid our success.
Following are the three deep negative thoughts that you get immersed in, in order to avoid success.
I don't know where to begin: Well, nobody knows where to begin. Bill Gates never had a step by step plan before he established Microsoft. An idea came in a flash of a moment and he just begun. Instead of keeping the idea within himself and keep thinking about it, he took action. Waiting for perfecting the idea before implementing it, is known as being creatively constipated. You get an idea, start working on it and then keep improving as you go further towards your goal.
I don't have enough money: Luckily, we belong to an era where any "New Idea" has a propensity to hit a gold mine. Getting and implementing an innovative idea is key to success. Take the case of Uber. It was just an idea. Owner of Uber has no cabs, no drivers and no infrastructure. Gone are the days when any New Startup required huge amount of money. Beside this, Most of the millionaires were born like very average people. When you take action, When you want something very badly and your intention has clarity, the whole universe conspires to make it happen.
I can't do it all by myself: Very few people are lucky enough to get a right mentor at the right time. But think about it, if your idea is very non conventional but too creative, you are the best person to implement it. However, you can read books closely suitable to your idea and hypothetically make the author or a character of the book your mentor. I am sure you can get guidance through this character as and when required.
However, Experts have found one fact. All the people who turned their passion / dream into a great success, had one common factor and it was not "Hard Work". They all share a little known secret about their brain. And that is the main key to success.
If you are interested watch this presentation to know that any Tom, Dick and Harry can use this secret to turn you dream into reality.
“We're taught to expect unconditional love from our parents, but I think it is more the gift our children give us. It's they who love us helplessly, no matter what or who we are.” ― Kathryn Harrison
This post will help all those parents who unnecessarily have illogical great expectations from their children and keep moaning that their kids do not listen to them. Well, when you decided to have a baby, it was yours and your spouse's decision and no consent was taken from the baby who was going to take birth. So, you have to maintain that one sided love and in 99% of the cases your love will be reciprocated but if it is not the case you need to continue loving your own creation. This will help you live in peace. You are having an unnecessary stress because you are considering them as your asset or an investment which is totally wrong from your part. Remember, they have come to this world to perform their journey not yours.
Your guidance may help them in their life but final decision has to be theirs. You should never ever try to control their soul on the pretext of guiding them. They are your creations and it is your duty to give them unconditional love even if it has to be one sided.
Many a times, I have seen, parents wish to fulfill their dreams through their children which is so unfair. They might have totally different expectations from life. It is your duty to help them achieve their dreams instead of you imposing your desires on them.
Another type of parents I have come across are the ones who literally want to control their children's life on the name of guiding them to take the right path. Come on guys, your kids are not your pets.
Religion plays a very important role in enslaving kids. Let them have a chance to be a thinker. Do not force them to follow what you followed all your life. May be, they will come out with some revolutionary ideas. Why do you want to decide for them what is right and what is wrong. Teach them how to think rather than forcing them what to think.
If you browse through the movies in the film industry, you will find hundreds of movies showing all negative emotions, how parents sacrificed so much for their kids only to be treated so badly in their old age. Come on, your kids are your creation, not your investment. You have not raised them so that one day when they grow up, they will serve you all their life.
I am writing here considering the worst case scenarios when things go wrong because of the problems that we parents create and the kids are not left with any other option than turning vindictive. If we parents, enrich the life our kids with positive emotional bond rather than imposing our ideologies, I am sure, they will positively reciprocate with all their heart.
"He is happy and fully aware that happiness is his very nature and that he need not do anything, nor strive for anything to secure it." - Nisargadatta Mahara
Oh This Happiness!!!
We are all trying to be happy. But what is happiness? Everyday we make a new target that if I achieve this, I will be happy. So many people are striving so hard to have a happy retirement. Does it really happen? Or Is happiness an illusion only? As soon as we achieve a target, we create a new target for ourselves. This goes on and on and finally we take final breath without achieving this "Happiness". So I decided to find what is exactly happiness. Why it always keeps running away from us. Last week I decided to make a list of all the moments that made me happy and I still remember those moments. The outcome was so surprising that I thought of sharing with you all. So my list goes like this:
Once I was bed ridden for about a week because of my lower back pain. I was at home with my 7 years old daughter. She instructed me early in the morning, Don't try to get up at all. I am in my room, just call me if you need anything. That sentence still sounds like music to me and brings smile on my face.
We once went to a local cafe to celebrate my older daughter's birthday. She had turned 16. I asked the young waitress for a glass of chardonnay, she brought it but when I took the first sip, I told everybody that I think, she gave me sauvignon blanc instead of chardonnay. I tried to call the waitress but my daughter stopped me saying, Dad, the cafe is full and she looks too stressed out. Please just drink whatever it is. I was suddenly so surprised that when my little teenager became so responsible and mature!! I still remember her expression when she asked me assertively.
Once we took my daughter's pet bunny Beethoven to a vet for something very minor. Beethoven was to be given an injection. As soon as the vet put him on the table, he sensed that something is not right and suddenly he climbed all over me. I still remember my daughter screaming, Oh dad, he knows that you only may be his savior.
4. I am a big fan of Lego blocks. When my kids were little, I always asked them if they would love to have Lego on their birthdays? They always politely responded, "Not really dad". I got a surprise of my life time when my grown up daughters combined to give a large Lego blocks set on my 50th birthday. I was so happy just to know how these guys remember something that happened 15 years back.
5. I had an heart attack in 2006, following which my doctor had strictly asked me to stop smoking (obviously). I was trying my best to stop smoking. One day my daughter came home excitedly and told me, Dad, I found a book "How to quit smoking" in the library and I have hidden the book at the end of the shelf so that somebody else should not be able to get it issued. So let us go and get it now.
6. I was always a camera conscious person. I made many videos but they were all made either by converting a slide show into a video or using "On Screen Recording". One day, I decided, let what may happen but I will go in front of the camera and record the video using my web cam. And after many retakes, finally I made the video. Guys, that process of overcoming my camera consciousness brought so much delight to me that I can't express it here. When I look back the memory lane, I never remember what video brought maximum clicks or got many likes or generated dollars. But what brings smile on my face, is that my very first video that I recorded using web cam.
Guys, I have not created this list just to write this blog post. I made this list of events that I always remember and that still bring joy to me. It is not a coincidence that I never recalled when I got a lucrative job or when I topped in that exam or when I started my own business. There is a thin line of difference between being happy and getting relieved. We are always so stressed out for paying bills etc. that we subconsciously start thinking that we will be happy after we achieve this or when I get more money or get that. These results will not bring happiness but help us get relieved.
If you don't believe what I have written about happiness, try making your list of happy moments and then ponder over the content of your list. You will surprise yourself over what really makes you happy. So stop waiting for that day when you will be happy and start loving your life journey, enjoy the process and be happy now.
Finally, I will bring the most controversial issue of all time, Can money buy happiness? Thousands of words have been written on this. My experience about it has been quite unusual. Well, 2016-2017 had been quite good years for me as far as finance is concerned, I did pretty well when I compare with the years before that. Did it make me happier? Well, just having dollars in the bank definitely doesn't make you very happy but its indirect results are awesome and it creates such conditions that you always feel to be over the moon. I remember one experience. We traveled to Queens Town for vacation and my daughters were discussing whether they should do paragliding or parasailing (anticipating that both of the adventures may not allowed by us). I very casually said, okay, let us go for parasailing today and if the weather permits, we will do paragliding tomorrow. They were literally stunned and their face expression was enough for me to trigger that feel good factor. Although my happiness was not a directly caused by money but money was indirectly responsible for that.
Henry Ward Beecher has rightly said...
The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
I just finished reading Dr. Brian L Weiss's book "Same Soul Many Masters". What an incredible book! Just by reading it, my mind, brain, heart and soul, all were at peace at least for a week. Book is all about our life purpose. Our life is not just an
accident. Dr. Brian L Weiss has beautifully narrated why every person who comes to this earth, comes to learn what he could not learn in his previous birth. That is why, all of us are unique and our lives are so different from each other. Life is simple but we insist to complicate it by trying to be somebody else rather than be ourselves. Your reason to come to this earth is entirely different from mine. I have come here to learn something different from you and so even if I try to copy every single act of yours, my end result will be different because the universe will create different circumstances for me so that I could learn what I could not learn in my previous life.
But, my reason to write this post was not to review "Same Soul Many Masters". My reason to write this post was, to try to know whether it is really possible to find our life purpose by reviewing the trends of our first twenty, forty or more numbers of years of our lives. Then I thought, why don't I begin by reviewing my own life and try to find what I have come to learn in my present incarnation.
It was not easy. Once you start thinking about your life, you are not able to find any weaknesses in your personality. Every problem that you come across looks to be the result of somebody Else's trick or bad action or behavior. Then, I explored further, explaining to myself that I am doing this exercise to improve my own life. I have to crush my ego if I have to really learn my life purpose. I don't need to justify the reasons for my defeats to anybody. So, with my newly found knowledge, I again did the same exercise of rewinding my life to find any traces of certain trends which may give some clues about my life purpose. First thing that came to mind was a tendency to procrastinate. But it was too general a term to throw any light on something as specific as life purpose. I drilled in further. After all there must be some reason for procrastination as far as most of my actions are concerned. Then, I focused more to find under what kind of circumstances I tend to procrastinate? I normally have tendency to procrastinate when I have to implement my own idea or when I need to do something because I want to do it. I never ever procrastinate when somebody else tells me to do something. And that was my eureka moment. I never ever able to keep my life under my control. My life purpose is to learn to be in control and give direction to my life. And that is why, since childhood, I had always been surrounded by people who wanted to control me. There were always people who wanted to direct me. And it looked that my life mission was to follow orders. They wanted me to think in a certain way, they wanted me to do certain things, they wanted me to follow certain religion or cult. And like a dumb person, I was doing all I was asked to do. The universe was deliberately creating these circumstances so that I could learn to be in control. There used to be vacuum when nobody was telling me to do anything and then only I normally procrastinate.
It took me 54 years to find my life purpose. Just imagine, how different my life would have been if I had found my life purpose at the age of 20 or earlier? So guys, my purpose to write this post is, you think now, check various repetitive trends in your life, analyze it and I am sure you will be able to find your life purpose.