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The Drop in the Ocean

The famous Sufi poet, Rumi, once wrote “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are an entire ocean in a drop. If we are the ocean why do we feel so incomplete and insignificant? Why do we suffer from a spiritual identity crisis? Why do we feel so small, so worthless sometimes? Why Do We Feel This Way? Spiritualists talk about our real nature being that of “Sat Chit Anand” – a state of complete bliss. It isn’t the bliss derived from material pleasures, worldly success and fame but an acceptance that you are a manifestation of the supreme consciousness – that you are no different from the gods you worship. So why is it that you are continuously seeking a sense of significance without? A person identifying with the Jeevatma is like an ocean identifying itself with a drop in the infinite liquid mass. With such a limited perception of itself, how much bigger can the picture get for that drop? A drop sees itself as a small speck in the ocean and it will always feel small in comparison to the ocean that is made up of trillions of gallons of water. It cannot feel significant enough and it cannot feel its own...

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You Are Not You: Never Be Too Quick To Judge Yourself

A couple of years ago, as I grappled with a lack of professional success, I started seeing myself as an abject failure. That view of myself affected every other part of my life. I no longer wanted to meet people for fear of being asked how well my business was doing or being reminded of my own failures when they spoke of their own success. It was an awful, awful place to be in. Three years later, my work picked up and in a span of a few weeks, I went from being a “failure” to a “success” in my own mind. Three years and my entire perception of myself had changed. So was the girl grappling with failure the real me or was the real me the girl tasting success? A few nights later I had an epiphany – an inner voice cried out – “YOU ARE NOT YOU”. Temporary Failures Don't Define You, Neither Does Instant Success Let me explain - I had judged myself based on a 360 degree view of myself at a point in time. So, temporary failure at work made me a failure in my own mind and as the first rays of success set in, my mind...

Loving Yourself in the Age of Anxiety and Depression

The human mind experiences around 50,000 thoughts each day. Pretty crazy, right? An untrained mind usually tries to dig into each and every thought that comes to mind- be it compartmentalizing them into good and bad or thinking for hours on end about why you’re having them in the first place. How can we learn to step away from our thoughts and be more at ease with what we’re dwelling on? It’s quite simple: you need to observe or watch your thoughts rather actively participating with each and every one. Be like a traffic cop whose job is to ensure cars go by, and make sure a traffic jam does not take place. The lesser the cars accumulate, the easier the traffic cop’s job becomes, and the happier the car owner’s lives are.   Dealing with Negative Thoughts Stop reading this right now and reflect on the week you just had. Don’t we think more of the negative and stressful events rather than the positive ones? This lack of positivity in our lives is one of the greatest issues we face today, especially in a country like ours, where there’s always an added source of stress- be it the overcrowded streets, family pressures,...

The Dream of Oneness – Anuradha

'A few months ago I was standing with a group of weary refugees in an unfamiliar place. Disgruntled and fatigued, the refugees were trying to enter their place of worship that was being guarded by an elderly, outraged local woman. Years of conflict had left both oppositions bitter. The fury in the woman’s eyes and the astringency in her tongue left a deep impact on me. It made me furious too. On most occasions my instinctive reaction would have been that of revolt but something inside me made me look at her differently that day. I stepped forward and surprised myself by giving the woman a hug. Promptly, the woman hugged me back. A sense of calm took over me. I guess it took over her too. And then, I woke up only to realize I had been dreaming.   It was a beautiful dream at that. On trying to decode my dream further, I realized my deep yearning to recognize the divinity in everyone else was starting to take shape. We are all made from the same God particle. No cast, gender, age and socio-economic factor can change that. The level of spiritual evolution in that moment may differ for each...

Karmasutra is my reference point – Devraj Khare

The events of the last few days, both global or local, have been chaotic to say the least. In these time the KarmaSutra has been my reference point. It's helped rationalise that this chaos has a purpose, it's basically a "balance of karma" at play. The negativity and misdeeds have to be extinguished and hence this disruption is inevitable. The KarmaSutra has taught me that covering up for misdeeds by offering donations to places of worship, feeding the poor, helping the animal and other such acts of "reaching out" will not help, if the intent is solely to balance the "books" .  All karma has to be exhausted, the funda of balancing does not work. rather we should unlock our thoughts and actions while reaching out. if we want to emerge from these times stronger and wiser we need to do the above with a genuine intent. And we should not bother measuring the output of our intent. The Hingori Sutras have collectively made me realise the "power of intent". All acts backed by a strong and genuine intent will play out accordingly. And hence if we conduct our acts in accordance to the Sutras, we should have absolutely no...