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.

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!

Fault blamer

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“The fault is in the blamer. The spirit sees nothing to criticize.” ~ Rumi

We are judgmental. We have become critical about everything. Opinions, blame, taking sides, curse and arguments are part of our daily lives. We see this everywhere. Everything around us takes a shape or form about complaints. The key issue about all this is wanting the world to work a certain way. If it is not our way, we tend to have opinions. We want people, things and relationships to be exactly how we want it. We are so immersed in ourselves most of the time that we tend not to even see the other person’s feelings. Its about us, it is about our ego. We are becoming less and less empathetic towards others and our surroundings. We are finding fault in everything and everyone around us. We have become less and less satisfied with what we have. Most of the time we are outward looking and always trying to find a reason to point outward and pass the blame. We have forgotten to look inwards and many times we might be the reason of the problem or fault. How can we ignore ourselves and only point to others all the time? Where does blame originate? It comes only from our mind. Judgement happens only in the mind. Opinions need logic. Logic needs analysis. Analysis needs right and wrong. All this happens in our mind. Mind controls us most of the time, so the more we are controlled only in logic and finding faults.

Drop all that you know, for everything is immaterial in the plane of the spirit.

When you see everyone around you as just the spirit and the body as a covering – then you do not see the mind. You see fellow souls and equal spirits. We are totally one and the same. Be it a young boy, a little girl, a woman, a man or a withering old body. Everything is the same. Even if you look at the other beings – animals, insects, birds and all known forms – you will realize we are all covered by the body which covers the spirit. Mind rests in the body and if you remove all of this – there is nothing to be opinionated about. There is no reason to logic. There is no memory. There is neither past nor future. We are all one and the same and the minute we see each other as equals – we will never point externally. Pointing to the other becomes meaningless as at that level, as you are pointing at yourself. You are no different from the other. That brings not just compassion, it brings oneness. It brings the humility and nurtures care for each other. There is no ego which can play at that level. You are also equally insignificant as the other. All of us are no different from the universe.

When can you move away from this mind? Mind is the main reason for our judgements. Lets leave it behind. Become a neutral person, there is absolutely no right and wrong in a plane which belongs to the spirit. Drop all that you know, for everything is immaterial in that plane.

Self suspicion

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“I should be suspicious of what I want.” ~ Rumi

Our wants are becoming vast. The more we have, the more we want. We are tending to forget our needs – but rather go on and dream more and more – all resulting in more wants. The unfortunate thing of our lives is that whatever we want is all from this world. First are material wants – which grows from one to another. Anything material leads only to another. There is no time when we get something which we desperately wanted and that is the end of that want. It is definitely going to lead you to something else. The world also operates in such a way now. Most of the things which we want, satisfy us only temporarily. Those things are also designed in such a way, that they should not give you a permanent satisfaction. They tend to gratify you instantly, but keep you longing for more. This cycle is what this world thrives upon. Second, we want relationships. Some relationships satisfy us for a much longer period, but as we are losing patience – even that period is shrinking. We can only satisfy our want for relationships till a time we can bear with it. As the wants are changing all the time, so does our need for relationships. The more we associate our relationships to our core needs, the less we will hanker for new ones. The last is the wants for your soul. This is what we spend the most insignificant time on. It also happens that the more you satisfy your own soul, the lesser and lesser wants you will see in yourself.

Awareness makes material immaterial and relationships satisfied.

Where does your wants arise from? Typically material wants arise from your mind, relationship wants from your heart and the awareness wants from your soul. We are normally consumed by the mind then by the heart and last by the soul. The minute we are able to associate our wants to these origins, you will start to prioritize. The more deeper we go and start catering to our awareness needs of our soul – the rest of the wants become immaterial. We start to see that our awareness makes you totally at peace and at deepest satisfaction. We have to become suspicious of ourselves. Start questioning – “Why am I like this?”, “Where is this want coming from?”, “Is it really necessary?”. Even if we momentarily give in and get to that want to satisfy our senses or heart, we will not be attached to it. Whether that want is satisfied or not – it would not make any difference to you. The want needs to get suppressed but you are not affected by it. The minute you go to the origins of the want, you will see they start to disappear. They start to become immaterial. You will still have those material and relationships around you – but without any sense of attachment. They will just happen but your soul is at peace. You are enjoying no matter what the want is, because the result is not affecting you.

Go ahead, feel the need for awareness in you. If you get to the awareness, all wants disappear and make you satisfied. Be at bliss, the only way is to get yourself detached. That detachment is going to deliver you of all wants.

Dreamy world

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“Open your eyes, for this world is only a dream.” ~ Rumi

When do you dream? Do you like being in a dream?. Sleep is a beautiful part of life, as it kind of erases every thought for that moment of sleep. When we can sleep peacefully, almost instantly, wherever you can – is considered a blessing. Why is that as children we can sleep so peacefully and as we grow older, we tend to sleep less and less? It is simply because nothing matters so much when we are fresh in this world. We are able to let go easily. We move on. The more older we get, the more we want to hold on to. The reason we want to hold on to – is because we do not want to lose our hold, our ego and our place in this world. We are scared somehow of the limited time we have on this planet, the more when we grow older – so that we want to use every moment to establish what we want. It is also fear that drives us to stay awake as much as we can. We are fearful of leaving this world, dying. We want our dream to stay on, we want to enjoy the view.

You dream vividly with closed eyes, only when we open we see the reality.

What we are supposed to do be is exactly opposite of what we already know and what we thought is reality. When we want to dream we are sleeping, we think opening the eyes to this world is reality. If we realize and turn it around – when you open and see this world, we need to realize it is a dream in itself. We are all living in this real dream. The dream of life. What we need to do is really open our eyes. We have to open our true eyes within ourselves, that is what will show us what is the real world. The real true you, rather than this amazing dream. The dream which we have started to own and associate as real. How much we have thought it as real, that we fight for survival, hang on to things which were all made in this dream like money, relationships and faiths. All of this are bound by only rules of this dream. The minute you wake up, this will seem only like a distant memory. Let us realize that this entire life is going to flash in front of us sometime and it will pass like how a dream really passes through us. That makes our life now much simpler. There is no reason to fight over anything – or argue over anything – or repent over anything – it is all a dream. This will also pass.

Open your eyes to yourself. All this drama of your act in this dream will seem silly. Laugh over it, enjoy these moments in this dream – take only things which matter as memories. None of it that was created in this dream will matter soon. They will all vanish very quickly when you wake up in the morning, that morning when you leave this body and see your life fully – that is the morning which will matter. nothing else really truly matters.

Conscious surrender

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“Try something different. Surrender.”~ Rumi

Today, our lives have gotten into a routine. Looking at ourselves, we are emulating the machines around us pretty much. We have fallen into a fixed routine, cyclic and sometimes mind-numbing. Things which really do not fall into that routine is specially reserved only for “vacations”. Since the time we wake up, getting to work either at home or office, managing our kids, doing groceries, going out and meeting friends, errands or even be it going to temples – unfortunately we have made it a routine. Even while we fold our hands in prayer – we are doing it as a practice and most of the times without being in that prayer. This is how our environment, the things we use have manifested in us. It is totally true that we become what surrounds us. We are surrounded by mechanical things most of our time and we tend to become machines as well. It is amazing that we do not realise it, even when we realise it partly – we can only complain. It is hardly a moment we think of getting out of it. Because getting out of it for us, is still very very physical. We want to run away from what we are doing, get out of our present duties and be in a carefree place. That for us is freedom and we hanker for that.

Surrender to who you are and not what you want to be.

The actual fact is that, you can still do everything you have to do being in society – but with a difference. The difference is not physical but internal. The difference is acceptance and not dissidence. The minute you accept who you are, accept your surroundings and realise you can still do what you really want to, it changes not just you – but everything around you, the way you see it. The minute you see everything different, eventually it changes too. The more you fight the environment, the more deeper it gets as you get bogged down. We have to rise above it. The way to rise is to surrender. Surrender is not a negative, it is an act of giving up – but doing it consciously. It is about acceptance. Accepting what comes our way. Acceptance leads to satisfaction, satisfaction leads to lesser expectation and that in turn leads to gratitude and hence the giving up of your resistance to life naturally. It is wonderful what surrender can lead us to. When we surrender internally to our soul, and listen to only what our soul tells us – the mind and heart disappear. It does take time, but when the mind and heart disappear into our soul what is left is the pure you. Surrender to your true nature, surrender to who you are and not what you want to be. You can do this, by still doing what you do, only that it makes life truly beautiful. This life, make it as beautiful as you can, be different, surrender to yourself.

Grieve happily

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“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” ~Rumi

What makes us sad? when we lose something we hold dear to our heart. When something leaves us which is important to us, we tend to feel bad. We really want to hold on to it. We always feel “it is ours”. We possess a lot of things, many things unwanted and many things we hold dear to. It is amazing the number of material possessions we hold on to. We gather so many things hoping that one day we will use it. We are very prepared for the rainy day, or even if it is for one day in a year – we want to hold on to that thing which we will use just once. How have we become so attached to it? Imagine a day when we do not have it, we feel sad -we want it. We may not grieve for something so material as much – but we do grieve for people, pets and living things around us. The more we are attached to someone, the minute we do not have them with us, we grieve the most. It brings us so much sadness and pain that we are not able to do anything else. We are so attached to things and people around us that we have enough to grieve every day.

Next is about qualities which we hold. Unfortunately we do not save so much good qualities in us consciously that we have enough for the rainy day. We are so busy gathering physical things and relationships, that we have very little time to gather good qualities. How many times have we consciously gathered goodness, compassion, empathy, love and kindness? Do we have enough to grieve when we lose them?

Lose yourself, lose your identity – it comes back as a greatest gift of self realisation.

Have you realised that something we might lose today, eventually comes back to us in some form? Many times we tend to lose material possessions and it comes back as great qualities for us. We do not see it as we do not see and welcome good qualities which are coming to us. Whatever goes away from you, comes back as qualities which will stop you from grief. If you lost some money and in turn nature sends you abundance kindness – you will be beyond grief as you are so kind to yourself too. Try losing ego, and it comes back as a wonderful gift of happiness and joy. Lose yourself, lose your identity – it comes back as a greatest gift of self realisation. You must lose something to gain something. When something is going away from you, be happy and ready to welcome the big gift you are about to receive. You have to trust nature and yourself enough that any grief coming your way is handled by your trust. When you are calm and happy – no grief can touch you. It can be anything – even losing a dear one – gives you a gift of becoming wiser. You tend to see what you have lost is not something lost – but you have just let go. Losing is negative whereas “letting go” is positive. Let go, it is wonderful.

Corners of love

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“Love is such a vast sea, it has neither edges nor ends nor corners.”~Rumi

Love is such an amazing feeling. It is also scientifically proven that when we are in love, our brain works differently. Love cures everything within us. Love focusses you and love is the only thing which makes you constantly smile. When we are in love we tend to draw borders for our reach. We want to be in control of our love. We want to own our love as much as we can. With the need to own comes a lot of expectations and possessiveness. We tend to bind the beloved to us and we want them with us no matter what happens. When there is a even slightest thought about them not being with us, we get furious. Anger always follows possessiveness. The more we hold the beloved tight, the more we suffocate the beloved. The minute you get angry, please watch that suspicion follows you. These are the qualities of love which do not make it love. Expectation, Possessiveness, Anger and Suspicion. These are giant killers of love . We always feel that this is what love is. Look around, you will find these qualities which is driving most of the families. Why do you think that today’s love is completely ridden with such problems?

We are now “falling” in love, which restricts love. Only when we “raise” in love – it opens up beyond borders.

Whenever you have borders to anything – be it your thoughts, your work, your mind or your heart – it starts to contain you. Love’s nature is unconditional. You cannot express love based on certain conditions. The minute you remove the borders, you will see you will soar. It is one of the most difficult acts. To remove the borders of love, to make it like a sea, to grow in love – you just need one quality. Trust. The more you trust your beloved, you will see all the negative thoughts of love start to disappear. Expectation does not find a place as you will start realising the beloved is yours no matter what they do or they don’t do. You can never be possessive of anything which you trust the most. Over a period of time that trust even goes beyond the beloved. Possessiveness is attachment to the present form of the beloved. Trust makes you go beyond that present form. Anger is replaced with calmness the minute you have trust. Anger gets replaced by patience. If your beloved is not in his/her best today, you will wait for the best day to come. When that day comes, you will relish it beyond doubt. Trust kills suspision. Period.

Grow in love. Take your beloved with complete trust. Remove expectations. Remove the borders of your love. Consciously make your love unconditional. Every day, you will relish your love. Love is beyond edges and corners. Your heart is limitless.