Take flight

You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life? ~Rumi

Human lives were always dependent on each other and with every other species. We were interconnected in ways which were symbiotic and supporting each other. Especially with other beings, we evolved together. We were the species which brought meaning and purpose to a lot of life and able to articulate the aspirations and dependencies better. We were the only species which knew the truth and the absolute creation as a whole. We discovered new lands, invented things to make our lives better, and we were ever curious. Our curiosity has led to everything we use in our modern lives. We are perhaps one of the very few species which was able to take a broader perspective on life and evolution. Something is happening to us in the evolutionary journey as we grow our dependence on very fewer species, and our curiosity gets limited to information creation and access. We have become too dependant on financial based sustenance and success based on wealth creation; we are missing our capabilities which are within.We are getting used to our limitations rather than questioning them. What we are truly capable is what we have to rediscover from within ourselves.

Only when we know that we carry wings, can we spread them

Only when we spread the wings, can we fly!

Human potential is truly unlimited. The depth of human thought or strength of human will, the courage of the heart or the power of survival, the fight of the ailing body or the grit of the connected mind, the vastness of intelligence or the potential of human determination, the finesse of the healing touch or the beauty of compassion – everything is an incomparable gift in collective to our human evolution. Yet, we have or beginning to forget our true nature and become addicts to convenience. We know our strength through human evolution, but we have to be careful of not losing it. We have fought through generations to become what we are; we cannot crawl in our existence now. To look beyond the maze of mental barriers and physical limits, we have to move up to a terrace. To look beyond our weak ties of communities and small nuances of everyday life we have to look through a window of an airplane. To look beyond geographical boundaries and embrace the oneness of the planet we have to be in space. To look beyond what we can and to embrace our true nature we just have to close our eyes and look within. Only by rediscovering our true nature can know our wings and unfold them. Only when we soar we can see the bigger picture. When we do, the world becomes one and gets smaller, and we begin to become insignificant.

Love & your self.

This is a subtle truth.
Whatever you love, you are. ~ Rumi

There is a very old adage. “You are what you eat”, But Rumi takes us to something which is much more deeper and dearer to who you are in your very own being. We are all attracted to whatever we experience and witness because internally we want them. When we smell a flower, taste and enjoy a food we like, or just witness the morning dew on the grass – every single act we do, every word we speak reflects who we are. We get attracted to like-minded souls, people who can speak our language of the heart and soul or relationships which appreciate who we are for what we are. If there is anything which comes our way which does not resonate with, we instantly repel it – either in the mind, heart or soul. Whatever we might repel, is sometimes attractive to someone else. Everything which has been manifested is dear to someone or the other. Every being and thing has its purpose, meaning, love, attraction, and reason. Can it be that whatever manifests in our own lives is simply a reflection of what we are inside of us? How does that what we dearly love and appreciate something or someone, that exact thing or person with those qualities comes across in our lives? Our heart and soul and our deepest desires or wishes are much more connected to the universe than we can imagine or believe in. We indeed are a collective of souls who manifest the evolution of the world.

What you deeply want from within gets its form somewhere in this universe and on yourself.

Attraction assumes that you merely attract it from what is already created. But, when we look deeper we can see that we are the ones who create what we deeply love. Moreover, we are what we love. Everything that is dear to us is what makes us and the world around us. We start to become what we love the most. If we love the qualities of a living being or an animal or a thing, we start to exhibit those unconsciously. We are not merely mimicking or reflecting those, but truly transforming ourselves to embrace them. This is what defines the character of every individual. Each one of us are unique beings – simply because we all have a different and unique collection of things we love dearly. Each of those shows up in us in a different part of us. We are continuously shaped by our choices and preferences of what we love. If you truly believe and trust in love and kindness, you start to exude it almost immediately. This is also true in the case of anger or hate. Not only our characteristics change, our bodies continuously change physically. Our bodies have to adapt to what our internal beings are becoming. The minute we are conscious of this, we will start loving things which we want to express and become.

Wordly Voices

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“Raise your words, not your voice, it is rain that grows flowers and not thunder” ~ Rumi

Each of us has a big need to be heard. We want to speak more than we listen to others. Most of the time, we end up repeating ourselves more than once every few minutes all in a need to be heard and valued. Have you ever recorded yourself speaking even to your family and heard it back? It would be a fascinating journey into your own self. We all will be surprised how much we repeat and how much we say similar things throughout the day. We tend to use few words, repeat them and if people do not value that, we raise the voice. By raising the voice, we believe that we have the right to be heard. Why do we feel that we have to be heard more than we hear others? We have to look around to see how much our words add to the noise around the world. Loudness causes disruption and not necessarily in a positive way. Any deafening sound can only cause damage and never build anything. We generally tend to believe that if we are loud enough, we will be heard. Loudness makes people look at us for an instant, in that minute, we think we have succeeded – but little do we realize, the loudness draws attention but weakens the openness of the listener. When we hear something loud, the first reaction is that of a frustration, irritation when we turn to look around. In that reaction, it is hard to listen to something good.

The more words you speak which are gentle, kinder and compassionate – the more the listener opens up

Have you realized, that when our minds are calmer and balanced, we are heard much better? It is because we can speak our hearts and not our mind. When mind takes over our speech, words are repetitive and loud. When our heart takes over our speech we are calm, centered and compassionate. Even better is when our soul takes over our speech – we will open our ears more than our mouths. The first step is to remove our minds from our speech. When you are passionate about something, people always comment – you spoke your heart. It is very genuine, very soothing and energizes the listener. The minute our voices go up – we start to drain the listener. It is an amazing correlation – if we are speaking from the heart, we give more energy to everyone around us and if we are speaking from our mind, as we are spending more energy we take energy from everyone around us. We need to shower gratitude to the listener. Gratitude brings trust, trust makes anyone open up. The minute you have opened up someone, everything you say reaches the heart of the listener. Do you want to reach just the mind of the listener or go to the heart? It is simple, if we speak from our heart we will reach the heart and if we speak from our minds, we will only reach the minds of listeners which will disappear soon. Spend more time speaking from the heart and you will be the rain which will make everyone around you bloom.

Shine Patiently

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“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” ~ Rumi

We are losing patience in our daily modern lives. We are surrounded by instant gratification and everything created in this world now revolves around taking care of it. Look around – we have lost ourselves so much in wanting to be satisfied immediately, that we have forgotten the art of the wait. Nature continuously reminds us at every moment that you need to wait for the best things in life. Fruits cannot appear in a day, nor a butterfly. Everything nature manifested has a reason, time and gestation behind it. Even then, we tend to ignore it as our minds only hanker for instant gratification. Especially when it comes to our senses, we cannot accept anything else but the instant. When we look at ourselves, technology has played a huge role in this process. We are forgotten to slow down and we do not want to remember a day when we had to wait. With relationships, if we do not know what the other person is doing this instant, if they do not answer us – frustration follows. Soon frustration leads to anger and anger leads to irritation and eventually to suspicion. The more we crave for instant gratification, the more relationships break. It might not be just personal relationships – any form of a relationship just breaks as we have lost our patience.

Impatience leads to closing the learning doors. Patience opens them.

The other side of this is the blame game. When we are frustrated we get irritated and the first reaction is to find someone to blame. When we see the blame arises out the need for us to be comfortable – that someone else is responsible and not ourselves – we are just getting covered more and more in our ego. The minute we see that every situation is made for us to learn something, that everyone in our lives is teaching us something, every anger shared amidst us is to polish us, every genuine smile carries a message for us and that all this ends up revealing the true us. If we have to go back to who we are, we must learn from every single thing which happens around us. The truth is that we do not know our true nature as well. We sometimes believe we know who we are, but let’s be honest – we are figuring out who we are, every other day. If not we must feel that way, from today. If we have to reveal ourselves, the first step is to know that we have to first understand what that true person is, then be watchful about every single thing happening to us and take them as helping us reveal ourselves bit by bit.

Opening Up

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Who gets up early to discover the moment light begins? ~ Rumi

There are many things in life we take for granted. Lets begin with something which most of us have – relationships. When we have someone around us, doing something for us – we feel very thankful that it is happening to us may be just for the first few days. After that, once that it becomes a routine, we just take it as normal and even many times take it for granted. This moves as true it is with individuals to other things which are around us. Nature – is the singlemost resource we take for granted. How many times have we thought about where the water comes when we turn our taps in the morning or how thankful are for the bees which we always feel as a disturbance? We even tend to forget the relationships that nature has nurtured for us. As they are available most of the time, we have gotten so used to it. When the nature shows its dissent in some ways, then we tend to realize how small we are compared to this whole manifestation. When everything works well, especially like clockwork we can only assume that it is not going to end nor even comprehend that we will be without it. So, when the inevitable happens what happens in our thought process? The first thing is that we complain – How is it even possible? Why does this person do this to me? I am at suffering and that cause or person is responsible. This is ironical, as in the first place – what you received was only a favor. You felt that favor only for a few moments and forgot that favor part and thought it was part of your goodwill to get it. That is the biggest mistake we all make.

To appreciate every minute, forget the past and live the moment completely, fully.

To become alive, to open up constantly and appreciate what you have – we must not carry the past with us. Only because of the past we assume, take for granted what we already have. If you had to start every minute of yours afresh – everything seems to be a blessing once again. You completely appreciate everything you have, totally in gratitude and life becomes so fulfilling. To open up, simply means to empty. Unless we are empty and willing to receive, there is no point of opening up. We need to be reminded that everything around us happens for a reason and because we have everything around us, we need to be full of gratitude. There are so many beings which do not have the blessing and life that we have. We are fortunate, we have been taken care and we are already abundant. The point is to realize that the past cannot give us anything new, the future cannot promise either – so being in the moment to appreciate fully is our only hope. How do we practice to empty ourselves everyday? We need to give up our beliefs, our prejudices, our assumptions, our hatred, our jealousies, our conditions and our thinking – that is how you empty. The minute you are free from these, you are ready to receive and at the same time look at what we already we have to appreciate every minute of it. It is a very special feeling, it does not give you any tiredness it only opens you up, making you blossom everyday, like a fresh new flower appreciating the moment light begins and being full of gratitude for it.

(If you are interested, this is part of a longer poem by Rumi….which is from “The Essential Rumi” which is below, obviously english translation loses the original charm, but we have only this choice 🙂

Who gets up early
to discover the moment light begins?
Who finds us here circling, bewildered, like atoms?
Who comes to a spring thirsty
and sees the moon reflected in it?
Who, like Jacob blind with grief and age,
smells the shirt of his lost son
and can see again?
Who lets a bucket down and brings up
a flowing prophet?
Or like Moses goes for fire
and finds what burns inside the sunrise?

Jesus slips into a house to escape enemies,
and opens a door to the other world.
Soloman cuts open a fish, and there’s a gold ring.
Omar storms in to kill the prophet
and leaves with blessings.
Chase a deer and end up everywhere!
An oyster opens his mouth to swallow on drop.
Now there’s a pearl.
A vagrant wanders empty ruins.
Suddenly he’s wealthy.

But don’t be satisfied with stories, how things
have gone with others. Unfold
your own myth, without complicated explanation,
so everyone will understand the passage,
We have opened you.

Start walking toward Shams. Your legs will get heavy
and tired. Then comes a moment
of feeling the wings you’ve grown,
lifting.

Tired Selfhood

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“Help me walk out of my selfhood, my tired existence.” ~ Rumi

At many levels we are selfish. Selfish – does not mean that we are only thinking abut us as individuals. Selfish might also include our extended self – our family, our community or even our nation. Within the realm of what we call as self, life is repetitive. When we start looking at our selfhood – we tend to see things repeating every few hours, days, or even years. Why is that things get so repetitive? We yearn for a vacation to get away from work, we come back from vacation to get into the same work, cook everyday, create something, get exhausted by that work and yearn to create something again and again look for our vacations. This cycle never seems to cease and we are caught in the middle of it. At the end of every few months we do get tired of our existence. We look for newness in everything we do, but very soon that newness wears off and we tend to look again. What makes our life revolve around such a small space? Whatever we can associate with is just a tiny, minuscule part of this grand universe. Within that tiny part, we find so many things to live by, so many reasons to be unhappy and so many reasons to fight.

Expand into the world around you, break the barriers and you become immeasurable.

When we can start looking around us and start to break away from our known limitations, many of the repetitions cease to exist and our reach extends beyond what we thought of. We start to own the world, the universe and not just our homes and limited relationships. When we start looking at our lives from that perspective, problems start to fade off or rather not matter much, we tend to understand the complexity of creation and so our lives are much simpler comparatively. We tend to think that our problems are the largest we can perceive, but when we start expanding – we do not come into the larger frame, for we are too small. We do not have to be tired of our ourselves. Tiredness gets replaced by awe every moment. We do not have to see anyone, any animal, any plant or any organism different from us, they simply are expansions of the very force we are driven by as well. You tend to see their lives part of yours, yours just dissolves. Suddenly, we will realize that we have a larger goal, much larger perspective which will all lead us to frame the right questions. As we know framing the questions right is the first step to expanding ourselves. The key to unlock our tired self is to seek help. We must unchain ourselves to start expanding..

Love’s child

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“I am a child of love.” ~ Rumi

When you are in love, many things do not matter. Everyone around us thinks us to be insane, but we continue to bask in love. We enjoy that very moment and we are oblivious to everything else. The true nature of love is to let go of everything. Any fault does not matter for love. You do not expect anything except that you be in that love. Nothing else matters. Remember the time you were in absolute love, you did not want to eat, sleep, talk, move or do anything. You just enjoyed being in that moment, in that love completely. That love is precious, rare and unique to yourself. It is also true that what you feel at peace with the moment, might not be for someone else. Every individual has that moment of love, that moment which they do not want to give away. Love increases multifold if you are able to have a conversation in silence with the beloved. It is not words that grow love, it is the lack of it. If you are able to quietly communicate, your thoughts and feelings expand multifold. It is such a wonderful feeling to be in love and be loved, and understand and be understood and be romantic and be romanced – all without uttering a word, without an action. A mere glance of an eye, the presence of the beloved or just a simple thought of the other – gives you so much peace and love.

We all are made of just pure love, all we need to do is to unlock the heart.

When you are a child of love, you just live now. You are devoid of expectations and just want to enjoy the moment. More than anything, you are a child. A child has no pre-conceived notions, nor expectations of tomorrow. The child just resonates with the present and enjoys the moments around it. He or She smiles to the environment and does nothing but to emanate love. The child just melts away your thoughts and brings you to realize the precious moments of love. Being with that child just makes you calmer. When you start being in love and emanate love unconditionally to everyone around you, you become that child, you make the place more peaceful and calmer. You do not distinguish from one to another. The love in your heart for your beloved, emanates to everyone around you. You give and receive love. The more unconditional it is, the better the environment becomes. You just become the centerpiece of attention in any place you are. People naturally come towards you, no one can reject true love, everyone needs a bit of pure love, everyone gravitates towards love.

Be a child, a love’s child. That innocence of not differentiating anyone to receive your pure love, that love which does not have any expectations of the future nor the memories of the past, that love which is unconditional, that love which makes everyone bask in your positive thoughts, that love which has nothing to offer except peace and that love which never ends. All you have to do is to open up!

Silent Love

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“Love said to me, there is nothing that is not me. Be silent.”~ Rumi

We are full of words. We want to express, we want to be heard and we do not want to stop talking. Look around us, look at us. We want to speak. Given a chance to speak amidst someone we rarely watch ourselves. We want to establish our authority amidst wherever we are. We use our speech for that. The more we want to be heard, the louder we tend to speak. We have now grown to speak so much, that even before someone finishes a sentence – we are ready with our answer. We have lost the art of listening. That being one way, the other way is being convinced that we can only be heard when we speak. We are so much in belief that if we don’t speak, we will never be heard. In this life, it has become such that if you are quiet – then you are ignored. We have many lessons that only when you make noise, you will get what you wanted. We are totally surrounded by noise. When we look at nature, it remains quiet for sometime. Even the trees stand still, the river moves ever so quiet, the ocean has its quietness just after the beach. How do we even start visualizing a moment when we are really getting what we want, but without uttering a word? How can we be sure that we are being heard? How can silence really communicate how much we mean to others or how much they mean to us?

Every thought in silence runs really deep. Trust the silence to be heard well.

When you really want to communicate in silence, you have to build trust. You have to trust the other person that they are so tuned to you, that without you uttering a word, they are hearing you well. Nature has a way to send your message across. If that message is immediate and relevant, it will reach the other instantly. If the time is not yet ready, it does appear to take time. How can you know all of this, if you do not trust? Trust is so inherent in love. You have to place everything you know and do not know – on the present moment and just be. That living in the present is full of trust and life. You do not have any expectations on seeing an expression or reply in words from the other person. When everything around you is love, how can your message not reach the beloved?. It is such a beautiful moment of wait – when you really trust and accept and wait. Even if you have to express happiness, anger, frustration or extreme affection – trust, accept and wait. Love will make you heard.

It is hard to visualize how silence can really communicate. Silence not only allows you to communicate externally – it is the only way to communicate internally to yourself. When you stop speech – your soul does the talking. That is not just a talk, but a unique melodious song.

Pull of love

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“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.”~ Rumi

We are taught to be very logical. Everything we know must be justified by a logic. We tend to put a formula to our likings. We want to like and possess things which we can wrap our heads around. If our mind does not understand something, then it must be wrong. The way to decide right and wrong is based on logic. We are taught right and wrong and we are guided by what we are taught and what we know all our lives and wrapped around logic. We add layers on top of this – we either dismiss things which we cannot place logic around and become extremely possessive about things which make perfect sense for us in our heads. We rarely trust our instincts in the first place. Even when we want to go with our feel – which is not from the mind, but from our heart – we are cautious. We question it completely. When our mind gets satisfied with something or a person, we again complicate it by expecting it to go our way. Because fundamentally we placed logic around it, the thing or relationship has to perform. If it does not perform, possessiveness takes over and we get upset. All this happens because we are not letting go from the start.

Dance freely with the song, let the wind take you to the place you belong.

If we remove logic from us, go straight to the soul to follow it constantly, we are guided by the love which pulls us. We no longer are listening to our mind, no longer have attachments or expectations, we are not bound to what we seek, rather we are liberated from the start. If you trust the song, you will dance as long as you want. You are not expecting the next step, but rather enjoying the dance. You do not care what the next step will be or where it will take you. Dance, smile and enjoy that moment. Let the soul take you to where you belong. Completely trust that it will only take you to what you love. Soul knows your love. Go to that thing or person with total trust and full of love. Be just the clay in the hands of the beloved. Let the beloved take care of you, mould you and enjoy that care and process of being made into something you love. That is what you are supposed to be. Do not add the experience of where you came from to where you are going. They are two different places, be open to explore that place which is drawing you. That person who is waiting with the love. Just go and surrender.

We are trained not to trust the other. Nature feeds every soul in this planet and also directs us to the beloved. Just don’t force yourself on something or someone even if the message comes from the heart. Go beyond, let your soul be your guide. That love rests only in the soul. That place where the soul takes you is truly where you belong. Make that your home!

Ocean drop

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“You are not a drop in the ocean, You are the entire ocean in a drop.” ~ Rumi

We are easily overwhelmed. When we look at our world and the universes’ beyond that, we realize we are really tiny. At the same time, we own this universe, our own way. We do pride ourselves about being here and taking what is available to us as granted. We are swinging most of our times imagining to be the rulers of our own world where our ego takes over us and sometimes feeling really small in all the grandeur around. We are belittled by others and sometimes by ourselves. Duality owns us and we keep swinging. The duality of remembering that we are small and at the same time being one with the universe. To remain conscious at both levels is quite difficult – because it needs us to kill the ego. When you are one with nature and you realise that you are no different from it, ego gets replaced with oneness. Is it possible to constantly remember that you are part of the all powerful universe and that you have the same qualities all within you – at the same time remain grounded? How can you remove the “you” but get totally replaced with “us” – which is being with the larger you and larger ocean.

Being one with the world replaces “you”. Then, you are the universe.

When you see yourself with immense potential – the grandeur of what this universe offers, the energy in which creation happens, the perfection in which the dance of nature performs, the uniformity in evolution, the love of souls binding every second – all of it makes sense. You can become what is reflected in this amazing universe. Everything has a reason to happen this way and your faith is totally restored in trust of destiny. You are here for a reason and that reason is what drives the larger existence as well. You are definitely not alone – every soul on this planet can dance with you in unison. You can be at peace with the same frequency which guides this manifestation of the wonderful nature. All you need is to discover your tune, discover your steps, discover your act and just let go. Your performance in this great play will automatically begin. You will lose yourself. Your identity will no longer matter. You are the universe, you are the ocean. When a drop merges with the ocean, it loses itself. It no longer identifies itself as a drop. When a breath merges with the atmosphere, it loses itself. It is not with pain, it is not with agony – just being so natural. Where it really belongs. Losing the ego in pleasure is an amazing feeling. You just have to re-discover. You already know it.

Go ahead, find yourself and the potential you have – which is not different. Do not force to do anything, once you find the rythym, you hear the already manifested song. You will automatically let go of yourself – as that is the place where you rightly belong. Any place is magical – as you are in sync, one with the universe. It is such a bliss.