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HAPPINESS, regardless of…..

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It is natural that each day we make many decisions concerning our relationships, career, finances and so on. However the most important decision that we must not fail to make is the decision to be happy. External circumstances, which are beyond our control seem to constantly deny us our wish and therefore it remains a distant dream. By changing the source of our happiness from the external to the internal we can experience happiness, regardless of the external circumstances.

The Self exists within all of us in purity, peace, bliss, and knowledge, and is free from mundane and temporary forms of happiness, sadness, or any mundane conditions. To attain that inner state we must turn inward, and one of the prominent ways of doing that is through meditation.The meditation process begins with the means for calming the mind. It is the state beyond the influence of the mind in which a person can first begin to perceive the spiritual dimension. Meditation is a way to gain some control over the restless mind and direct its energy into constructive channels of purpose

As the center of the senses, the mind’s business is to always look for happiness by deciphering what is pleasant or unpleasant, happy or sad, comfortable or uncomfortable, wanted or unwanted, and to dream of what is desirable and think of how to avoid what is undesirable. When the mind acquires what it wants, it and the senses are often satisfied for a while. But that feeling is shortlived. Now the mind begins to suggest something else, another thought develops into a desire, and then another desire needs to be fulfilled. It never ends. Meditation is the process of reaching that source of joy, happiness and contentment that is within you that does not require the constant pleasing of the mind. When one becomes successful at meditation, we can reach that state of consciousness that is completely beyond the effects of the mind and it opens the gate to connect to our eternal and blissful spiritual identity.

Namaste

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Posted by on January 20, 2015 in Awareness

 

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The natural state of bliss!

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Bliss happens when we are connected to our natural state of love. Bliss feels so good, but what is it that prevents us from feeling this consistently?

The instability that our thoughts and emotions create which block our sense of bliss. Our thoughts feed our emotions. If we are thinking repeatedly life is hard and difficult, then emotionally, we can feel sad or even depressed. Alternatively if we keep thinking that life is wonderful we can feel happy and full of joy. When we are caught up in the cycle ossilating between negative and positive thoughts we experience the duality of life. That is the opposing nature of things: pleasure and pain, right and wrong, joy and grief, for example.

Duality engages us in a life constantly dancing between opposite forces, such as feeling happy and sad. When we feel happy, we feel good, and when we feel sad, we usually strive to make ourselves feel happy again. The dance between opposing forces usually involves struggle and/or pain. It is when we learn to go beyond thought into a space of calm and stillness that we experience bliss.

Thoughts are like clouds that hide the sun, or like waves that make it impossible to see the bottom of the lake. When the mind becomes calm and there are no thoughts, we can see things that our thoughts and our constant mental activity hide. WE become aware of our real essence, the consciousness that is beyond the mind

The main requirement for this spiritual consciousness to manifest is a silent mind – when the restlessness of the mind disappears.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2015 in Awareness

 

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Jesus, His Kingdom

The Kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21

Even though the teaching of Jesus is so clear the Kingdom of God is always preached as if it is somewhere else in time and space. Why does this happen? It happens because of the nature of the human mind. The human mind disappears in the present and lives in the future; it lives in the hope and promise of the future. The mind cannot exist without time. The more time one has, the more ground the mind has to play and fool around. When there is time the mind can create many dreams and desires. The Kingdom of God is presented as something that is going to happen at a later date because only the future can be understood by the mind.

If the Kingdom of God is presented as here and now no one is ready to accept it. Everybody thinks that there are many, desires to be fulfilled. Many, many things have to be done before you can even think about entering the Kingdom. Hence time is needed. Another reason is that everybody thinks that in the present condition they are in they themselves cannot accept themselves. How is God going to accept them? If the door of the Kingdom is opened right now and everyone has the opportunity to enter most would not find the moral courage to enter. So everyone seeks time to transform the self to reach the standard that will be acceptable in order to enter through the door. A little more time is needed to become saintly as there are many desires to be fulfilled.

Hence if the Kingdom of God is presented as something in the future it is readily accepted. Then there is time enough to work the way out, time enough to polish and make the necessary changes. Time to create an ideal and work towards becoming a saint. The truth is that the mind doesn’t want to change. If there is the time to postpone then the mind can remain the same. Postponing is the base of continuing in the same manner.

If a house is on fire then the inmates will not postpone their exit from the burning inferno they will simply jump out without even asking for the door or the stairway. They will not seek a teacher or guide. The mind is put aside in the face of danger since there is no time to think; only action can save.

Another reason for being content with the idea of the future Kingdom is that right now it is difficult but tomorrow it will be easier. But every tomorrow becomes a today and the same excuse is repeated since the possibility for postponing still exists. Those who are in this condition could be considered to be in a state of deep sleep. They need an awakening. Right now God is the last item on the list as many other things have to be accomplished, God is the last item on the list and the list is infinite. He is not going to get a chance.

Jesus was a Jew and he remained a Jew till the very last moment. And the Jews were waiting for the Messiah for thousands of years. All the prophets prophesied about him. They prayed and waited. But the irony is that when the messiah came the refused him. He knocked at their doors but the rejected him. It was good to think that the Messiah will come to them but it was very difficult him when he arrived.  It is easy for the mind to wait rather than change. The problem is because if the mind has to accept that there is no future, then desires cannot exist. If desires do not exist then the ego cannot exist. So the question is between choosing the ego or the Kingdom. Both cannot exist in one.

The Kingdom of God is in you. There is no other place or time where you can find it.

God Bless.

Ranji Varughis.

 

Postponing is not the way to the Kingdom as it does not lead to transformation. As long as it is possible to postpone there will be no change. For this change to happen the idea of tomorrow has to disappear. Realizing this is the way to the Kingdom.  So it is not a question of doing something.

 

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2012 in Spiritual thoughts

 

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Jesus, His Way

Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:3-8

 

This is one of the most profound sayings of Jesus. This saying is most basic to understand the message of Jesus and also the most difficult to achieve. Innocence is the door through which the divine descends into the human or vice versa. To be successful in the world a person has to be cunning. The more cunning a person is the more is the success. A person who is more calculating will become more efficient in the ways of the world. The nature of the human mind is being cunning and calculative. But because of this cunningness the Kingdom of God is missed even though it may help in attaining the Kingdom of the world.

The door to the Kingdom of God is exactly the opposite to the ways of the mind since there is no need for calculation or cleverness. The mind is not needed at all since there is no need to be clever or cunning. So the mind is unless with regard to the Kingdom but the heart becomes the source of being here because the heart is innocent.

Jesus’ emphasis is on innocence. Hence He talks about the innocence of children, or the beauty of flowers, lilies and the innocence of the birds. But the innocence of a child is not possible in an adult because it is already lost. Hence it is clear that Jesus does not intend us to take these words literally, it has to be understood symbolically.

How is it possible to be a child again? There is no possibility of going back the only option it to move forward. Once a person has tasted knowledge through the mind there is no possibility of losing what has been known so the only possibility is to transcend.

A saint becomes a child because of transcending and going beyond the mind by understanding the futility of trying to be successful in the world. The desire to be successful, the desire to impress others is renounced. The desire to become the greatest, the most important is relinquished. When this happens the person is transformed into a different dimension. Then there is childhood: ‘being born again’

This second birth is a virgin birth as it is brought about by the Spirit, and a person is innocent again. This innocence is higher than a child’s. The child’s innocence is not earned by the child but it is a gift of nature. It will be taken away and lost as the child grows. The saint remains innocent as it cannot be taken away.

The innocence of the child is poor because there is no experience: it is just the absence of something. But the innocence of the saint is the presence of something. The saint has known all the ways of the world and moved beyond. Having experienced all that the world has to offer the saint has now come out of it. This innocence is rich because of experience and cannot be destroyed.

When children are born they look at the world without the mind. The body comes first and the mind follows after many years because it takes time to develop. Till then there are no distinctions in the child. A person who has been born of the spirit will drop making distinctions. In short put aside the mind and look, be aware without the mind. When the clouds of thoughts are absent then the sun shines fullest. There is true awareness of reality like a child.

A child in the beginning, a child at the end – the circle of life is complete. This is what perfection is, returning to the source again.

God Bless.

Ranji Varughis.

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2012 in Spiritual thoughts

 

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