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.

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.

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.

The art of listening

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“Since in order to speak, one must first listen, learn to speak by listening.” ~Rumi

We are surrounded by too much noise these days. Combined with it, we have become more and more impatient. When you are not calm, patient – you normally are shutting down your ears. The biggest disaster of today is that, we pre-empt everything. We assume we know what the other person is going to say. We want to stay ahead of the thought, but completely falsely assuming we know what the other person mind works like. This is also a result of we wanting to control the conversation. We are normally at a stage where we want the conversation to go “our” way, so all of these are really helping that end goal. Think about it – when you really want the conversation to just convey what your thoughts are, you speak the most, answer for everything you raise by wanting the other person to just say “yes”, remain totally impatient and on top of all of this – not listen. We have more distractions than any other time. Even though it basically is about you – how centred  you are – with more and more distractions, we become easily susceptible.

If you have to be heard, you must listen.

When we want something – we become very vocal. We express it in as many ways we can. Be it love, be it something material, be it spiritual – we have come to believe that the more louder we ask, the more frequent we ask -the easier and quicker we might get it. When we do not even want to listen what nature’s messages are,  how can we be so loud? When our needs have to be granted by someone else, it is equally important to listen to that someone. Please hear to be heard. It is not even fair to just being loud, when you don’t lend a ear. When we start listening, firstly you will realise that you are becoming more and more quieter. The more quieter you remain, the more aware you become. The more aware you become the lesser the need to even speak. The lesser you speak, the more you will discover the beauty of silence.

Go ahead, try to listen to your own self. Sit down and just lend a ear to yourself. You will hear so many deep learnings your life has to offer. The more you listen, the more you will discover the wealth of knowledge your soul has. It can tell you not just about this life, but many more. It can tell you about who the other is and what is the relationship you have. If you listen to yourself, you will realise the guide is within you. You do not have to look outward, you will realise you are more intuitive, more at peace, more blissful, ever happy and always smiling. The minute you are already smiling it is definitely a great start!

Seeing beyond

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“Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” ~ Rumi

Everyday we meet people. With some we become comfortable in an instant, with some we feel we knew them forever. With some we have a repulsion without even uttering a word, with some we feel no connect. With some we fall in love, with some we think we knew them from the past. With some we get inspired from, with some we have an unknown liking towards. With some we feel a soul’s connect with some we want to share our lives. With some we fight, with some we are forced to have a relationship with. With some we just want to have a minimal relationship with, with some we have fantasies about. With some we we melt like butter, yet with others unknowingly we hurt with the words we utter. With some we long to be with ever, with some people around we cannot adjust however. With some we share admiration, with few others we have a deep obsession.

Why do so many types of feelings and emotions are evoked in us but just having others around? Why are we so different with so many different people? Why this is happening to us?

Experience everyone around you. Every emotion is your lesson.

We are meant to understand ourselves by the experiences we have everyday. Each and every experience we have every moment is a mentor to us. It makes us either strong or weak that instant, but in the vision of life it only makes you better. You learn consciously and unconsciously in this human form. Every emotion is your lesson. We have to watch ourselves from being outside, then you can feel the actor in you. How you are performing in this stage of life. The minute you watch yourself from outside, the whole world makes perfect sense. It makes sense for the body to have these experiences, the mind within to tame itself and desires which learn to be satisfied. But the soul is not affected by these. The soul has to watch all these and witness the performance. The more it is watching, the more you will realise that everything happens for a reason. Every person is helping you evoke the emotion so that your body is satisfied. The minute you see this – you are convinced more and more that you are not the body. That is the purpose of this life. To be able to see that you are much beyond what you perceive as.

When you see everyone who is coming your way as mentors, the first thing which happens is you detach yourself. Secondly, more importantly you are able to control the emotions you display. If you see everything as a mere experience, why will you get angry? where will hatred originate from? where will expectation see itself? where is jealousy going to manifest? where is lust going to  show up? All you are left with is empathy for the other person. You really want to help the other person get that experience to overcome their expression. That is a beautiful state to be in.

Longing for you

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“Our longing is the way, the path and the cure”.~Rumi

When do you really long for something or someone? When you are really not at your best. When you feel you need that someone or something to liven you up again. Whenever our minds are occupied with something important, we tend not to long for anyone. When our mind is less occupied, we need someone or something to occupy it. Not to put the importance of the other person or thing down – but the more closer that person or thing is to you, that takes precedence in your mind. That is the root cause of longing. More so – when something is missing in your mind and life, if someone or something can fill it up, that is also the one you long for the most. The more we long for something, the more we yearn to have it and the more it occupies our minds. It is cyclic. The more we long, the more we need it. When we realise that our mind is a bit free, we have to look inwards. The minute we look inwards, the mind is fully occupied. In other words, just long for yourself.

The more you long for it, the closer it gets to you.

When we long, we are also knowingly or unknowingly – planning to get to that longing. Whether you realise it or not, that longing gets you to the one you want. The universe will work its way to get you that, even to that person. That is how this world works and that is how our minds are designed. If the longing is deep and long enough, you will realise the thing or person you long for is getting closer and closer to you.That is the path. We need to understand that this might not be always physical. But the true longing is only for yourself. Imagine if you can long for yourself, you will get yourself, that is the cure for the longing. Firstly – the more you long the closer you get  and then the closer you get – we need to open ourselves to feel it, that is the cure.

You will want someone so badly in life, even if that person has no chance of being with you physically. Please know that any other longing other than for your own soul will only be pulling others to you. But the more you go deeper and long for yourself, you will just open up. The more you open up to yourself, the more you have found the cure.

Break your heart

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“You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens” ~Rumi

We all have had many heart breaks in life. We have faced it many times, but every time it shakes us to the core. We always wonder – “why me?”. Be it friends who betray at the worst times, friends whom you thought are the best partners but suddenly disappear from your life without a reason nor a trace, be it the person you thought you were madly in love with, who end up being such an alien whom you wondered “is this for real?”, or be it family – the people whom you can always trust as a place to go back to but suddenly turning against you. All of this breaks us up. We have to patiently stitch our lives together after such things. We have to carefully do it, even though we break down again and again during that process. Sometimes, we end up doing these things on us knowingly. We end up breaking relationships which hurts us so bad, we break down again. We feel that we are doing the right thing by doing these. Almost all of these times, we forget that whenever we break down we rise up wiser and stronger.

The more and more we break down, the soul becomes clearer and clearer.

The trick is to remember every break down. We want to forget our bad moments that we hold so much hatred towards. We must not attach hatred to the tough times, rather see it as opening us. We have to be thankful for each of these heart breaks. Only with them, we will find the real us. It is hard, as it concerns the heart. I see this as the more and more we break down, the soul becomes clearer and clearer. You are able to see yourself, act upon, concentrate on your strength, become wiser only when you go deeper and see your soul. That happens only in the moments where you break yourself apart. The heartaches caused by people really makes you go deeper and deeper inside yourself. The more tears we shed, the more it clears the cloud of illusionary relationships. The more we discover that we are much more purer than what we think we are. The minute we open our hearts, an amazing world of grace, love, peace and compassion awaits.

Go ahead, feel the inner you, drop the layers of hatred, drop the memories of the past, you will arise fresh and stronger. clearer and focussed. determined and driven. Full of peace and emanate love. That is the real you.

Graceful love

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“You cannot learn about Love, love appears on the wings of grace.” ~ Rumi

What is grace? when is the time you feel you are very graceful? Grace originates when you are calm, focussed and satisfied. The more we are able to observe and accept ourselves is when we are able to be graceful. Obviously grace can be seen in two ways – When we comment dancers are graceful and another when we receive grace from god. Even when someone has to be graceful in dance, they have to accept themselves, not be conscious about dance, be focussed and at some level be completely satisfied. This is what reflects in the dance they perform. They end up being extremely graceful in presenting themselves. On the other part, when we have to receive blessings from god, we can never receive anything unless we are calm, focused and grateful for something which we already have. Either way grace is something which lends itself to you, when you are satisfied.

Satisfaction leads to grace and then to true love. 

When we are satisfied with ourselves and also satisfied with the other person is when truly we are in love. Satisfaction leads to acceptance. Only when we truly accept the other person with all their shortcomings and as they are, you are able to show true love. The minute you are either not aware of their true nature or you are not satisfied with yourself – you cannot experience true love. Only when you feel the grace and be graceful completely, you will discover true love. There is nothing to really learn about love. Love is a feeling which has to be experienced. It has to be sensed internally when you are calm. When you are totally satisfied with yourself and the other, you will automatically be in love. It can be with a person, a pet, a thing or even with god. Only when you are accepting the other unconditionally and be at peace within and be totally satisfied – love manifests itself. The minute we are not satisfied with the other, or not satisfied with ourselves, or are in doubt – you will see that love cannot be seen there.

Be satisfied. Be in grace all the time. Immerse yourself in peace. Love is already there.

Being grateful

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Thankfulness brings you to the place where the beloved lives. ~Rumi

Most of the time we only see the world with our own coloured eyes. We end up seeing what we want and also ignoring what we are not supposed to. We are abundantly gifted inside us – but it is a pity that we seek externally and seem to be lost in gathering things which has got nothing to do with our true self. We always tend to compare ourselves with people around us who have more material possessions than us and hanker to live a similar life. How many times have we compared with the friends around us who are not as gifted as us? people who would be desperate to live our lives even for a day or even a few hours? We forget that we are already gifted both materially and abundantly inside us. The minute we realise and start thanking for the wealth we own, life transforms around us.

Gratitude brings you to a point of being so humble, you value everything you already have.

Being thankful every moment is truly magical. The minute we realise that what we already have is great and we are being thankful, it brings us humility in a big way. It makes us realise the value of what we have – no matter how small or big that is. The minute we value every bit we have, how can we not fall in love or discover love in everything we do? The more we value our possessions, the more we discover the love around us. The minute we value our beloved – be it a person, energy, god or for that matter anything we are attached to – we have arrived that that place where it lives because we are extremely grateful for having it with us. It would help us realise how small we are, how big this world is, how privileged we are to have these possessions, how blessed we are to have a heart to be thankful. Gratitude is the biggest blessing to have, it turns around your world positively the minute you embrace it.