Kaleidoscope

September 30, 2008

My dearest ___,

I read your reply several times and wish to say something more on that. I have read my mail to you over and over again and every visit is insightful. The paragraphs are loaded with serious thoughts and contain power and energy in them. There is much depth and practical wisdom in them. I will have to dive into the treasure trove myself and become richer in understanding and knowing. I too, am exploring its depth like any other reader. The more I read, the more I understand.

I have written straight from my heart what the divine message prompted me to say. Nevertheless, while writing to you, I consciously put the essence of my own experiences from the kaleidoscope of my life. That must have added to its impact and so you say that it is a very inspiring e-mail/ write-up.  Thanks a lot for your appreciation.

Remember kaleidoscope? One of my favourite toys of childhood then!

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As a child I had one such fascinating toy. It had pieces of broken glass bangles of green, red, blue, pink, purple colours. All I would do is close my one eye to focus and enjoy the many permutations and combinations those broken glass pieces would form to make varied geometrical designs and art formations and creations. What lovely designs and colours! What joy!

While writing this mail, I see and so I am  drawing a parallel between a kaleidoscope and life itself. Yesterday the subject of the mail was- ‘Using adversity to your advantage’. We can compare our life with a kaleidoscope very well. It is a good metaphor and makes it simpler and easy to understand the underlying principles of life.

We, as children had to turn the toy a little, and lo and behold what a lovely design! Turn it a little more and one got to see another vibrant design on the screen and so on. Now the same thing applies to our life journey.

We walk a patch of our life, there is a design of life-patterns. There is a specific design in our life at a particular junction. One must stop and admire the beauty in the design and pattern and enjoy life at that stage. After a gap of a few months or years, there is again a turn of events in our life and there is yet another design. Life changes constantly to present different hues, shades and colours. These experiences are necessary for the soul on which it feeds and re-invents itself! So welcome everything in life with an open mind, it will profit you.

Another similarity between the toy and our life….

The kaleidoscope has broken pieces of glass bangles in it, at least mine had those objects to create wonderful designs. Adversity can be compared with broken pieces of glasses of the kaleidoscope. If I focus my attention on the beautiful creations of the bangle pieces and not on the broken glass, then there is a complete shift in my outlook. A great sense of wonder and awe grips us if we still see life with the innocence of a child!

The centre of the focus makes the whole difference you see!

So the important thing to be noted and taken care of is where am I looking? What should I see? If my gaze is on the right object everything will fall in place, everything is right in my world. Similarly, it is not the life circumstances that are overwhelming, it is the attitude towards them that makes all the difference! That’s the catch!

If one has the ability and the skill to focus on the right object, then life turns around, it changes. A new meaning and objective is seen. Circumstances do not bog us down. The manner in which I look at my life circumstances makes the real difference.

Look at things the way it should be. Life seems and feels good and we have good reasons to live our lives meaningfully. Life seems to have a purpose then and one can enjoy the bumpy joy ride.

Clear perception, right attitude, clarity in thoughts and fine focus are the keys by which our inner world changes.

It is very important to develop and nurture these qualities in us and we ought to attempt and develop them along the journey. It is up to us whether we see the glass as half full or half empty!

I am aware that there is this power behind me which guides me, prompts me to write whatever I write. Therefore, I am very fortunate that Mahavatar Babaji had asked me to publish my mail, ‘Using Adversity…’  to you as a post on the blog. All of us face adversity at some time or the other in our lives. I will feel grateful to the Divine if a few more people read my mail and blog and get strength and courage to not only face life-challenges but also generate and have grit to overcome the tests and trials of life.

The real test is in overcoming and winning the circumstances thrown at you in life unexpectedly! We shall never succumb to any of these circumstances, we shall overcome.

Today, I have utilized my morning half by communicating my feelings and thoughts to you in an elaborate manner. Time well spent is well earned! Right?

Have a wonderful day, my dear.

With lots of love.

Sarika.

(22.04.2010. I have just begun learning photography these days. On a Sunday evening walk, I captured this image which I think is suitable for this post. Can you see the Sun in between the thorns of Bouginvillae? If you look at the sun, you will not see the thorns and vice versa)


Using adversity to our advantage

September 20, 2008

My dearest ____,

I received your sms early today morning and along with it you also sent me a bouquet of beautiful roses! The sms carried with it a mild fragrance of divinity. You know how beautiful roses are! The moment you look at them, one becomes exhilarated. And so was the message, so full of permeating scent of worshiping and remembrance of God!

You know that if the mind is filled with all things that are harmonious, positive, enhancing, pretty and congenial then life becomes so beautiful. Look at the last three letters of the word ‘beautiful’. What does it have?  -Ful.  I always read it as FULL. If you feel beautiful inside, you have the feeling of fullness within. Or if you have a sense of fullness you will see life as very beautiful. Whichever way you like it!

I have always believed that life becomes beautiful if you see the underlying beauty of abstract  everywhere. We say God is subtle. I say life is subtle. We should see and be able to hear its silent speech. Life speaks to us, let’s listen to it, dear. What does it say to us? Is it seeking our attention? Yes, it is. Give attention to the quiet working of the mysterious life.

It wants you to once put your attention on it and then you will be able to get all the hidden meanings and answers.

Some thoughts of felicity captured my mind this morning after your sms arrived. Let’s share them. I thought why don’t we use adversity to our advantage and discover life!

If adversity can be used by us to discover and explore the latent  possibilities lying hidden and unknown to us, then so be it!

Adversity comes in our life as a blessing. It comes to awaken us. If the adverse period is short, it should be used to develop new skills, arts and talents. That is our requirement of the hour.  Qualities like endurance, positive frame of mind, patience, cheerfulness and so on are ideally developed in such a period of life.

If it is long, then for awakening. But, if this period still persists, then this means that we have been given this time frame for a double purpose- that for sadhana as well as for acquiring new skills, talents and new experiences to enrich our lives.

So ask yourself, What is it that I need to know now? What is it that should  be heard? How do I listen to that Voice? What is Life teaching me now? What is stopping me from listening to it? What happens if I don’t give attention and also if I give attention?

If  I wish to use the given opportunities for my all round progress, then I must also have faith that I will be provided the right understanding, the tools and other things required for it to bear. The next step ahead should be taken without preconceived notions, unbiased judgement and openness. The mind should flow freely like the lovely breeze of the monsoon these days-so pleasing, so enchanting!

So let’s move on and climb the flight of advancement, success and cheer!

To wrap up my mail today, let me ask you one useful question.

Where is the beauty of our life hidden?

The beauty of life is hidden in our mind!!

Take your time to ruminate about it and send me your reply when you please.

 Have a very joyous and blessed day.

 Yours Sarika.

 

‘Adversity causes some men to break,

Others to break records.’ Anonymous.

 

                                                                      


Learning, a pleasure.

September 10, 2008

Dear G,

Your mails make a very good read and are informative. You are devoting a lot of time in feeding me with ample news and incidents. You are filling up the lost years very well and is good to know what all is happening in your life.

Thanks a lot for appreciating my spiritual endeavours and that inspires me to strive even more and be ever consistent. Such a thought has also made me start my mail from the most vital point which is applicable to both of us.

How to upgrade myself and make further spiritual progress?

The path to God is long and full of riddles and puzzles, I got to understand on my way. It is also very beautiful and interesting as one does not know where the winding road will lead us to. But the destination is so wonderful that all the arduous trekking, walking and stumbling is worth the troubles and efforts.

The only requirement is that one should have the will to seek God and the other to linger and persist till the end so that one day we come face to face with the Divine.*

Whatever efforts we make in quality, variety or quantity does matter. God knows about it and it is counted. So, no matter what efforts we attempt towards achieving our goals of god-realization, we are moving forward. That’s what really matters. It is better to have tried and failed rather than not try at all. So whether you are doing yagya or jaap, everything is good. I really appreciate your efforts.

Today while doing house-work in the morning at home, my mind drifted in the classroom of small children to whom I have taught for a few years in the past.

There were some children in my class, I remembered who were very active physically and mentally and would never sleep in the class. Their mothers used to complain that he/she does not like to sleep at all and he plays all day at home. He sleeps only when no energy is left in him to expend and he drops off to sleep suddenly while playing!

 Now look at the other types who could sleep anywhere, any time even in class room.

 I used to wonder how come there are those who want to stay awake most of the time and sleep only when the body cries for a shutdown?

And the other set of children to whom I used to pay so much attention to arouse their attention and and keep them interested. Yet, as and when they felt like, they used to doze off.

Today morning I found my answer as to why they showed contradictory responses in spite of my wanting all of them optimum learning.

 If we do not command our mind with the right instruction, it does not give the desired result/reaction. We have to first feed the mind with the right instruction or command and like a computer, it registers and then works automatically.

The so called babies in their past lives have fed their minds with a particular instruction and their mind is still working on those instructions, I discovered. If A had given auto suggestion to itself- “I want to learn,” the mind registered it and the body responded to the command. They became active. Their mind is functioning in the same manner even now and they are the active ones. Learning becomes a pleasure then.

Likewise if B told itself that I am not interested in doing a particular thing, the mind shut down and learning stopped. This set of children were the ones who liked to sleep in place of learning or discovering the fascinating  world around them.

And hence the two divergent responses from the class where minds were different as they planted different ideas in themselves at some point of time.

 Now imagine if B feeds itself with the idea of A.

All one has to do is to tell one self that he will do this particular thing and the body begins to respond. Our mind is like a sponge. All we have to do is soak it in water. It has unlimited possibilities and one must unleash its potential. It is our duty, I feel not to let go the great possibilities of our mind untapped.

 Mental lethargy and sluggishness is a hindrance for a sadhak and if one can alter the mind, he is a yogi. To me, this is all sadhana. Think about it.!!

 Try this, I pray for you that it should work. More later. Enjoy your stay in the quiet hills.

 Lots of love to you.

 Sarika.

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* Ichcha Shakti or the power in us to will.

Updating and Notes-

So what is will? Will is the initiative power existing in us. The power to initiate, to start, to pursue and sustain and to accomplish something is called sankalp or will. Without the presence of will, we will not live well enough and will become lifeless, inert, lazy or ill defined in our direction. People who lack the power of will, do not perform well in carrying out their responsibilities and given roles. Our will is the deciding factor in humans which decides whether we wish to continue living or not.

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