Archive for March, 2007

Words of Knowledge: Life is no brief candle to me – G.B. Shaw

March 31, 2007

“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to future generations”.

~ Gearge Bernard Shaw~

How I came to Vipassana Meditation : Gains from the Practice

March 31, 2007

By Anup Vishnu Bagla 

The experience of taking a course- Gains from the Practice

How I came to Vipassana? 

Vipassana has come naturally to me. I had felt the pulsation’s of Dhamma (spiritual Energy) very early in My life in the late 70’s. I had just passed the Engineering graduation at that time.

Because the Energy-movement and flow was happening now and then, in the downward direction, I wanted to know why it is happening and how to reverse the flow? That was in the late 70’s. 

That I was a brilliant and enlightened mind was evident and clear to me because of my experience of all understanding bright intellect and experience of sunshine in the consciousness, along with unbounded awareness and feeling of oneness with all nature and existence.

Having said this, it was also clear that I was going down (energies were going down) due to worldly personal challenging situations, which were not balanced and satisfactory.

Even so because of understanding and awareness of LIFE ENERGY / FORCE (VITAL CERBRO-SPINAL FLUID; C-S FLUID); Nature was balancing / reversing the flow of life and this was experienced in consciousness.

That time, I didn’t know that I was experiencing Vipassana. Slowly due to various worldly experiences / frustrations, tensions were building up.

But it was clear that it was my responses or feelings, which were responsible for tensions.

As, I started going down, I was looking for something to reverse the flow and come out. As, if directed by nature / natural Intelligence during the mid 80’s, I came across articles on Vipassana in weekly ‘Dharmyug’ and also saw poster invitation for a talk / lecture by Goenkagee during my stay at I.I.T., New Delhi.

I felt an invisible / irresistible attraction and urge to go for the course as if drawn by Nature. But due to personal / worldly circumstances, I could not join the course.

Came 1990, again in Hyderabad I attended a talk by Goenkajee. And every word, he spoke left an indelible impression on my mind as if he was opening the locks of inner consciousness by the key of Vipassana.

All through during past years I was thirsting to attend a course. Finally I made up mind to join the first 10 – day course in September 1990 at Hyderabad, India.

On the first and second day of Anna-Panna, so many thoughts, worries were present that it was difficult to be aware of the breadth on a continuous basis.

And, during one hour sitting, it was difficult, very difficult, and sometimes almost impossible to sit because of pain in the legs. But strong determination which I had, helped me.

I was working more on thought at mental level. It was clear that, at that time I had no experience of Anichha. I had to tolerate that pain on the 3rd and 4th day also.

But, slowly intensity of pain reduced and packets of energy started flowing upwards from within the pain. And pain seemed to be coming and going moment to moment.

This was my first experience of anichha consciously. Although I may have experienced changing phenomenon earlier, I didn’t become aware of it consciously as a reality in the mind / body system.

It became very clear that when I was generating dislike (dwesha) towards the pain, it was becoming more intense, whereas when I started tolerating the pain, the intensity reduced.

And as I stopped generating dwesha (dislike) towards pain with the understanding of anichha, I could sit easily for one hour and I could feel the moving flow of energy upward.

So this was great enlightenment that if I generate dwesha (dislike), pain returns. Similarly, when I generated dwesha towards worldly situations in my personal life or otherwise there would be pain.

And it seemed generating dwesha and anger had become the habit pattern of mind. And anger seemed to be quite reasonable, as many times the situations were very unfair.

But was it really necessary to generate anger / dwesha in order to deal with an adverse situation. May be not. Perhaps, I did not know the art of dealing with the situation and responding.

However, it was very clear that it was thoughts and feelings of negative nature / quality, which was creating Unhappiness & unbalance. But something ought to be done. Mental strength had to be restored to respond to the situation.

In the next 6 days, recharging of mental batteries (energies) continued.

I felt the flow all the time. Only when I started generated raga, desire or control or I-myness, the flow seemed to stop or diminish

Therefore, now it was very clear that if we entertain negative thoughts of anger, hatred, ill -will, animosity, we become tense, unhappy and start going down.

So, if somebody cheats you, does injustice to you, we have to learn to forgive and forget, as it is a changing phenomenon. This allows the natural Intelligence to pass the judgment in our favor.

For this, it is necessary to to annihilate / dissolve the ego. The whole sadhana is to eliminate ego and develop LOVE, COMPASSION, SYMPATHETIC JOY, and SAMATA OR EQUANIMITY.

The greatest gain / achievement was consciously applying the experience of anichha (impermanence) in day to day life in the midst of stressful situation to reduce pain/strain by maintaining anichha (impermanence), Balance i.e., samata or equanimity.

It was just the change in / of attitude. Meditation made my mental energies or prana body very sensitive as I was always living in Energy consciousness – moment to moment.

Thus, I have done 8 … 10-day course and one satipathana course, 2 – 20 days courses and 2 Seva in last 15 years and have always felt recharged.

Still, lot of tireless work and continuous practice for lifetime remains to consolidate the gains from dhamma – home of all Natural laws, creative principle / Intelligence and evolutionary forces of nature, which Jesus – the Christ (principle) called Kingdom of heaven and BK’s call shantidham or paramdham.

May All Beings Be Happy, peaceful and liberated .

.. Anup Vishnu Bagla      

http://breathtaking-lifepositive.zaadz.com/  

Changing the world one (hyper) link at a time …

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~ Ajay Singh Niranjan 

Words of Wisdom: The whole world will be yours – Lao Tzu

March 31, 2007

“Be satisfied with whatever you have, and enjoy the same. When you come to know that you have everything, and you are not short of anything, then the whole world will be yours.”

~Lao Tzu~

[Question] Thinking vs. Learning – What’s the difference?

March 31, 2007

“There cannot be a Dance without a Dancer,There cannot be a Dancer without a Dance,The Dance is in the Dancer,The Creation is in the Creator,The Dancer is in the Dance,The Creator is in the Creation”.

The platform of thinking is our Brain (Mind) but the platform of learning is our Body, Brain (Mind), heart.  

Thinking is a part of Learning.  Thinking is a “part” concept but Learning is a “whole” concept.  

Thinking is a process for learning. This process is continuous but it is not necessary that we are achieving end goal of Learning.

Basically both are very interconnected & interdependent. We can understand these complex processes through self observation [when you are learning or when you are thinking or both simultaneously].

For more understanding: 

1.      Compare: You & a kid & an old man [thinking & learning]

2.      Compare: Mind [ Thinking ] vs Mind-Body-Heart [ learning ] 

Thinking:https://greathumancapital.wordpress.com/tag/thinking/ 

Learning:https://greathumancapital.wordpress.com/tag/learning/ 

I am thankful to Dennis & Balakrishna for sharing this question & answer with friends. 

~ Ajay Singh Niranjan                   

Thinking vs. Learning – What’s the difference?

 I am looking for help understanding the difference between Thinking and Learning.   NOBODY seems to know, including University Professors. When I ask people, the most common response I get is: “When you learn you think … and when you think you learn”. 

While that is absolutely true, it seems to imply there is no difference Even the Britannica dictionary seems to lack clarity (particularly for THINK). 

Think: To have in mind or call to mind; To reflect on; To exercise the power of judgment, inference or conception; To form a mental picture; To consider something.

Learn: To gain knowledge or understanding, to come to know; to fix in the mind or memory; memorize … Here is what I think the difference is: Learning: Is about acquiring a critical mental mass of raw material (data, information, knowledge and wisdom) that is required for effective thinking to occur.

Thinking: Is about applying cognitive tools (questions, thought processes, mental triggers) upon learning to produce ideas, solutions, understandings and new ways of thinking.

Thank you for responses.

Dennis J. Heindl

www.nthdegreesoft.com

Answer & example by Balakrishna Jayasimha.(BK)

There is this wonderful example of a child which spends a lot of time with the mother, before he or she goes to this place called school. The child is with the mother while the mother is mixing atta for the rotis. A piece of that atta is given to the child so that it keeps quiet, and the child in its wonderful innocence goes on making different shapes out of that piece of atta and generally keeps itself occupied and also enjoys itself.in the process thus helping the mother complete her task.

Change of scene: This same child on the  first day in school, encounters this new entity (teacher) who, walks-in to class hands over a  piece of clay which very much looks like the atta which the mother had given in the kitchen. But here is the difference, while the mother had just let the child be with that piece of atta, this teacher says “Children make that piece round” and shows them how to do it. This sets the first thought into the child which can be very traumatic, it begins to wonder, “hey, I was never told to make it round at home, how come this new twist?” From that day everything that the child has learnt is contradicted with a forced thinking that this is how it should be done. Then there are various justifications given in terms of discipline, order, education, facts and what not.

Take another example: Tell a five year old to draw a line and it draws anything but a straight line, where as tell the same to a supposedly educated thinking individual, he/she will draw only a straight line!. See how  patterns  have set in  because of our conditioning of thinking and thinking in a particular way! So what the child has learnt through self-discovery, is changed in our education system by wrote memory. While this path of self-discovery is purely intuitive, intellect drives our thinking.Learning is something that is experienced, it is something that happens in the ‘NOW’ and gives the ‘WOW’ feeling, while thinking is mainly driven by our past and the unknown future.

Is there some Learning?

Warm regards

Balakrishna Jayasimha.(BK) http://sva-vikaari-beekay.blogspot.com

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Gearge Bernard ShawMahatma Gandhi Swami Vivekananda

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Story that coach: Formula for success (cost = $25,000)

March 30, 2007

A man approached JP Morgan, held up an envelope, and said, “Sir, in my hand I hold a guaranteed formula for success, which I will gladly sell you for $25,000.”

“Sir,” JP Morgan replied, “I do not know what is in the envelope, however if you show me, and I like it, I give you my word as a gentleman that I will pay you what you ask.”

The man agreed to the terms, and handed over the envelope. JP Morgan opened it, and extracted a single sheet of paper. He gave it one look, a mere glance, and then handed the piece of paper back to the gent. and paid him the agreed-upon $25,000.

 The Paper:

Every morning,

1. Write a list of the things that need to be done that Day.

2. Do them.

Credit : TP’s “Top 41” Quotes from www.tompeters.com

Words of Wisdom: The thought manifests as the word- Buddha

March 30, 2007

“The thought manifests as the word; the word manifests as the deed; the deed develops into habit; and habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care, and let it spring from love born out of concern for all beings.”

~ Buddha~

Words of knowledge – Tom Peters: Leadership is all about love

March 30, 2007

Passion,

Enthusiasms,

Appetite for Life,

Engagement,

Great Causes & Determination to Make a Damn Difference,

Commitment to Excellence,

Shared Adventures,

Bizarre Failures,

Growth Beyond Measure,

Insatiable Appetite for Change.

Credit : TP’s “Top 41” Quotes from www.tompeters.com

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Gearge Bernard ShawMahatma Gandhi Swami Vivekananda

Peter F. DruckerWarren BennisJack Welch

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[Video] Vipassana: the Ancient Meditation Technique of India

March 30, 2007

Vipassana is one of the India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. 2500 years ago it was rediscovered by Buddha and taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills.At first the technique flourishes in India but gradually it become corrupted, lost its efficacy and disappeared from the land of its origin. Fortunately the neighborhood country of Burma preserved the original form of vipassana through the millennium. Since 1969 it has been reintroduced into India, where it is now striking deep roots. 

Vipassana is a simple and practical method of mental purification, which makes it possible to face the tensions and turbulations of daily life in a calm and balanced way. This path of self-development through self-awareness is extraordinary in its simplicity, its Lack of dogma and, above all, its results.

VIPASSANA MEDITATION for Students, Children, Adults 

Kindly visit these vedio: 

1) Children Learn Vipassana Part 1 (Insight Meditation)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRgxKWm6x4U 

2) Children Learn Vipassana Part 2 (Insight Meditation)

How Children Learn Vipassana

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-1gpI7ipkM 

3) A Simple Path – Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSxVYp3X6Yk 

4) A Simple Path – Part 2 from Pariyatti.org.

An excerpts of an interview with S.N. Goenka http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAjFR4woOjg 

Join Vipassana Meditation Course 

I am greatful to Mr. Vikas Nagpal for sharing these nice video on Vipassana meditation .

~ Ajay Kr. Singh Niranjan —-||||||Effective Quotations by Great Thinker||||||——-  

Gearge Bernard Shaw:::Mahatma Gandhi ::: Swami Vivekananda

Peter F. Drucker :::Warren Bennis ::: Jack Welch

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[PPT] With Money …..But Not – Luck Tablet

March 26, 2007

I have no idea how it works but based on experience of others ….I can write that it really does work. Prompted to send this “Luck Tablet” to my friends with Love and Gratitudes…~ Ashok 

I appreciate Ashok very much for sharing this nice PPT to all friends.

 PPT :chineseproverb_11.pps

– Ajay Singh

Words of Wisdom : Lead me from darkness to light

March 24, 2007

O Cosmic Consciousness!

“Lead me from the unreal to the real!
Lead me from darkness to light!
Lead me from death to immortality!”

– Brihad-aranyaka Upanishad~