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Understanding the Power of Now

February 19, 2007

“Mind agitated, wavering, hard to guard and hard to check, one of wisdom renders straight as arrow-maker a shaft”. – Buddha

When we think about a beautiful word: “thoughts”.

What is our  first image? 

Why this particular image is coming in the mind?

….Observe yourself!

 Are we living on center or periphery of the circle of life?

Just remind timeless wisdom from Bhagvat Gita:

“The uncontrolled mind does not guess that the Atman (soul) is present: How can it mediate? Without meditation, where is peace without peace, where is happiness? ”

Here the meaning of control is moving towards center. Moving towards consciousness. Moving towards roots. Moving towards true nature of self. Moving towards solution.

Now come to TIME: In which dimension of time, we are living (Plus – Zero – Minus)

After observing we can diagnosis: Are we able to maintain resonance with time?

The solution is walking with time. Move our thought at present dimension of time. Because it is easy and simple.

In simple: Understanding the Power of Now………….

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Kindly read this wonderful interview of Eckhart Tolle at store.sound.com

Interview: The Power of Now and the End of Suffering

Some points from this interview:

“The word Buddha comes from the Sanskrit word Budh, meaning, “to be awake.” So Buddha is not a name and ultimately not a person, but a state of consciousness. All this implies that humans are potentially capable of living in a state of consciousness compared to which normal wakefulness is like sleeping or dreaming”.

“At the time, I had no conceptual framework to help me understand what had happened to me. Years later, I realized that the acute suffering I felt that night must have forced my consciousness to withdraw from identification with the unhappy self, the suffering “little me,” which is ultimately a fiction of the mind. This withdrawal must have been so complete that the suffering self collapsed as if the plug had been pulled out of an inflatable toy. What was left was my true nature as the ever present “I AM”: consciousness in its pure state prior to identification with form. You may also call it pure awareness or presence”.

“What dissolves is identification with thought forms that had given you your sense of self. But that sense of self is ultimately false is ultimately a mental fiction. It is the egoic mind or the “little me” as I sometimes call it. To be identified with a mental image of who you are is to be unconscious, to be unawakened spiritually. This unawakened state creates suffering, but suffering creates the possibility of awakening”.

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Knowledge and ignorance are the two unborn ones. One is the ruler and the other, the ruled. Apart from these two, there is another who is also unborn and who is connected with the enjoyer and his enjoyment. And then there is the infinite self, the universal form, who is non-doer. When one knows this triad, one has known Brahman (cosmic consciousness).”- Upanishad

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Vipassana Meditation-a logical process of mental purification through self-observation

February 18, 2007

Vipassana Meditation

As taught by S.N. Goenka and his Assistant Teachers

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.

A ten-day residential course is an opportunity to learn this technique and experience the benefits of intensive meditation and self-purification. No previous experience of any meditation is necessary. The practice is acceptable to all, irrespective of caste, creed and religion. It helps all to lead a happier and more harmonious life.

All courses are financed entirely by grateful old students who have been benefited by Vipassana.                   
                        10 Day Courses

Regularly offered in Vipassana Meditation centers around the world.Contact nearest Vipassana Meditation center

Ref- http://www.dhamma.org & http://www.vri.dhamma.org

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VIPASSANA MEDITATION for Students, Children, Adults

Benefits:

1)                  Sharper Memory

2)                  Increased Concentration

3)                  Better Decision Making and Confidence

4)                  Peaceful and happy mind

5)                  Freedom from stress, fear, worry, anger

6)                  Better Performance in studies, sports, work

7)                  Better Health

Notes

1)     Two day Anapana Meditation courses are regularly offered for children/students. These can help a child become a better student and happier person. [One day courses can also be organized in schools]

2)     Ten day courses are regularly offered for Adults. Correct practice of Vipassana results in immense and life transforming benefits.

3)     The courses are offered with the sole intent of spreading happiness, and are free of cost. After completing a course, one can donate according to one’s own wish.

                 

MAY ALL BEINGS BE HAPPY.

For more information, Contact nearest Vipassana Meditation center.

Ref- http://www.dhamma.org & http://www.vri.dhamma.org

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A message of Vikas Nagpal :

       Vikas Nagpal
      Respected Friends,

     Kindly find an article about Anapana Meditation, which is offered free of cost to children, by Vipassana Meditation centres situated worldwide.The article specifically explains the benefits of this meditation technique when included in school education schedule.
Please refer
http://www.vri.dhamma.org/anapana/school.html

Kindly see the below Videos introducing Anapana Meditation for children.

Anapana Meditation helps a child master his/her mind, and live a happier and productive life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRgxKWm6×4U

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

More information is available at link http://www.vri.dhamma.org/anapana/index.html

May all beings be happy !

Thanks and Regards,
Vikas Nagpal
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May all beings be happy, be peaceful, be liberated!
http://www.dhamma.org
Bright Children/Students => Bright citizens and leaders => Bright India !!
http://o3.indiatimes.com/Vipassana_Education_Integration
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What is Understanding?

February 16, 2007

The word “understand” is beautiful. When you are in meditation everything “stands under” you, you are far above it. That is the meaning of understanding. Everything is there far below, so you can see …..You have bird’s-eye view. You can see the whole from your altitude. Intellectual can not see it; it is on the same plane. 

Understanding happens only when the problem is on plane and you are on a higher plane. If you are functioning on the same plan as the problem, understanding is not possible. You will only misunderstand.  

Kindly link for understanding:  

  1. Story: Zen is Understanding Yourself 
  2. Know thyself – Understand yourself –True Being, Pure Consciousness and Bliss
  3. Vipassana – a Meditation Technique of Gautama Buddha  

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The Seven Fundamental Guiding Laws

February 15, 2007

 by Lorenzo P.

I’d like to introduce seven fundamental guiding principles, or laws, as one possible way to live, think and operate in a manner compatible with the laws that govern the universe.

If you research the subject as I did, you’ll find that these principles are part of many schools of thought. You’ll find them expressed in different forms and with different words, but regardless of the details, they all speak of the same universal concepts.

I strongly believe these guiding laws to be a wonderful tool that can guide through life, and give answers when you don’t know what to do in a particular situation. They can be applied to everything, and they always give great insights and clear direction toward a conscious, aware, fulfilling and abundant life.

The seven laws are:

Law of Attraction (LoA): Thoughts Manifest Reality
Law of Energy (LoE): Attention Directs Energy.
Law of Power (LoP): All Power Originates Within
Law of Freedom (LoF): Anything is Possible.
Law of Now (LoN): Now Is The Only Time You Can Do Anything.
Law of Love (LoL): Love Is Happiness
Law of Truth (LoT): Effectiveness Is the Measure of Truth

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”
– Buddha (563 BC – 483 BC)

                          Law of Attraction (LoA)

Thoughts Manifest RealityThe Law of Attraction reminds us that we are the co-creators of the universe, in control of what happens in our life. It reminds us to focus our thoughts to what we desire and to our goals. It also reminds us to believe that if we do so, our desires will manifest.
The most important and practical aspect of this law is that positive thoughts attract positive people and events, while negative thoughts attract negative people and events.

The Law of Attraction is always working, no matter what you do and no matter if you believe in it or not. However, to consciously use the Law of Attraction you just need to follow tree simple steps:
1) Ask: Formulate your desires.
2) Believe: Trust and feel that you will receive what you asked for.
3) Receive: Accept what you asked for once you start receiving it.

This is the cornerstone of all the other laws and principles. It is also at the foundation of all shamanic practices in modern and ancient days and it has been applied and understood by the most famous people that ever dwelled on the planet. Once you internalize the meaning of this law, you’ll see evidence of it at the root of all the great things that humanity has done.

“Energy flows where attention goes”
~~Serge Kahili King

                              Law of Energy (LoE)
Attention Directs Energy
The Law of Energy reminds us how reality is created by the application of conscious attention. When we focus our conscious attention toward a specific goal, energy flows toward the manifestation of that goal.

To visualize this concept, imagine taking a magnifying glass and focusing sunlight toward a single focal point. The magnifying glass is our conscious, which focuses attention toward a specific spot. The sunlight is the energy that flows toward that specific point as a consequence of focusing. The powerful heating at the focal point of the magnifying glass represents the powerful manifestation of reality that is direct consequence of the conscious focusing of the energy flow.

“All power is from within and is therefore under our control”
~~ Robert Collier (1885-1950)

                                Law of Power (LoP)
All Power Originates Within
This law reminds us that the power is inside us, and is not coming from somewhere “out there”. We are part of the universe, co-creators with it, and the power of the universe is part of us. It is there at our disposal, shared with everybody else’s, but always ready to be used thanks to its illimited abundance.

This law also tells us to be confident, since all power originates within us. It is very important to utilize the power we are given with authority, in order to fulfill our goals and manifest the reality we desire, and assume an active role of co-creators, for the betterment of the world.

“Whether you think you can or can’t either way you are right.”
~~ Henry Ford (1863-1947)

                                Law of Freedom (LoF)
Anything is Possible
The Law of Freedom reminds us that anything is possible, and that any limit is simply self-imposed. This can be seen as a direct consequence of the Law of Attraction; in fact, since Thoughts Manifest Reality, and since imagination is limitless, there are no limits in what can be done.

This law tells us to become and stay free, and to not limit ourselves to a confined world formed by self-imposed limiting beliefs. Reality is limited only by imagination, and by the boundaries of our ability to imagine what possibilities exist. If something can be imagined, then it can be achieved. The Law of Freedom tells us to imagine what we want to achieve, without limitations.

To visualize this concept imagine a fishbowl underwater in the middle of the ocean. Imagine that the fishbowl has a fish swimming inside it. The fishbowl is opened at the top. The fish has the ability to swim out anytime it wants; it can see the immense abundance of the ocean through the transparent walls of the fishbowl, but it cannot reach it unless it consciously swims out of the opening. The opening to a limitless space is there. The only thing that the fish needs to do is to consciously decide to have no limits, and adventure in the ocean.

“In rivers, the water you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; So with time present.” –
~~ Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519)

                                Law of Now (LoN)
Now Is the Only Time You Can Do Anything
This law reminds us that the past is a memory, while the future is a plan, and that the only moment in which you can focus conscious attention is now. Since reality is manifested by our thoughts focusing energy toward a goal, and since that focus can happen only in the present moment, the present moment is the true moment of power and awareness.

To visualize this concept, imagine a laser beam burning words on a wooden surface. The laser beam is the active writing instrument. At any given moment in time it has the power of burning a small spot of the surface of the wood. The inscription is the memory of that beam that passed across the surface in a series of consecutive moments. There is no “action” or active creative force in the inscription itself. All the creative force is in the laser beam in that one single focal point, burning the inscription forever.

In this analogy the beam is the energy that our attention focuses. The inscription burned in the wood is the memory left by the focusing of attention. That memory represents the complete message, but is not an active creator of the message itself. It is information frozen in time like light in a photo.

The only active force is the laser beam in the exact moment in which it burns the wood. That moment is now. In the present moment we shape our memories, write our words, and generate the message that we are sending to the super-conscious for manifestation.

“To love is to be happy with”
~~Serge Kahili King

                                    Law of Love (LoL)
Love Is Happiness
This law reminds us that love brings happiness, and happiness brings love, making happiness and love one and the same. Love in this context is universal, and not limited to any of its specific incarnations.

While there is not a definition of happiness that applies to everybody, love and happiness in the RealitySeeds working model are always intimately related. In fact, loving something means being happy with it; conversely, being happy with something means loving it.

The LoL tells us that:
– To find true happiness we need to set our goal toward something that we love (or its manifestation won’t bring the happiness we seek).
– Since loving something is a conscious choice, and since love and happiness are one and the same, to be happy is also a conscious choice.
– When you are unhappy, you are simply lacking of love in your life.

Learning how to access a continuity of common sense can be one of your most efficient accomplishments… Can you imagine “common sense” surpassing science and technology in the quest to unravel the human stress mess? In time, society will have a new measure for confirming truth. It’s inside the people—not at the mercy of current scientific methodology. Let scientists facilitate discovery, but not invent your inner truth.
~~ Doc Childre

                            Law of Truth (LoT)
Effectiveness Is the Measure of Truth
This law reminds you to accept what works for you, and to reject what doesn’t work for you. It also reminds us that there is always another way to do something; you can stop seeking, if so you desire, when you found the way that seems effective to you.

There are many ways to live life. Some may be effective for somebody, but not for you. Since you are the creator of your reality, what counts is what works for you. This law tells us to use the means to determine the ends you desire; results to determine if something should be accepted or rejected.

You already do this unconsciously in many situations.

An example: if somebody told you that a particular book is great, but when you read it you find it boring, than you would probably label it as such, and you’d stop reading it no matter what you were told.

Another example: you accept that electricity exists, and you use it at your advantage, even if you have no clear idea of how it works. When you turn on the lights, you use the effects of electricity even if you don’t really know what electricity really is (in fact, nobody truly knows).

The same thing should be applied for anything else.

Source :http://www.realityseeds.com/blog/ byLorenzo P.

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Know thyself – Understand yourself –True Being, Pure Consciousness and Bliss

February 3, 2007

Know thyself – Understand yourself –True Being, Pure Consciousness and Bliss

Know Thyself-A Talk by Sri Chinmoy “Know Thyself”

Atmanam viddhi-Know thyself. Each individual has to know himself. He has to know himself as the infinite, eternal and immortal Consciousness. The concept of Infinity, Eternity and Immortality is absolutely foreign to us. Why? The reason is quite simple. We live in the body, rather than in the soul. To us the body is everything. There is nothing and can be nothing beyond the body. The existence of the soul we consider sheer imagination. But I assure you that the soul is not imaginary. It is at once the life and the revelation of the Cosmic Reality. Most of us live in the body, in the earthbound physical consciousness. Our teacher is Darkness; our professor is Ignorance. But if ever we live in the soul, we shall see that our teacher is Vision and our professor is Illumination.

“Life is effort.” So says the body. “Life is blessing.” So says the soul. The human in man does not want to go beyond morality, society and humanity. The divine in man comes down from divinity into humanity, from unity into multiplicity. 

Atmanam viddhi. Know thyself. The seers of the Upanishads not only discovered this Truth Transcendental but offered it to the suffering, crying and striving mankind. In order to know oneself, one has to discover oneself first. What is self discovery? Self discovery is God-Realisation.

Without Yoga there is no self discovery. Yoga is not a religion. Yoga is the Universal Truth. It is the traditional truth of
India. It is the most important experience of life. True Yoga and life go together. They cannot be separated. If you try to separate them, you will fail. Yoga and life are as inseparable as the Creator and the Creation.

Is Yoga another name for severe asceticism? Positively not. Is Yoga another name for self-discipline? Decisively yes. Does Yoga demand the rejection of the world and the starvation of the senses? No, never. Does Yoga demand the acceptance of the world and mastery over the senses? Yes, a mighty Yes. Is Yoga for everybody? Yes and no. Yes, because each human soul has come from God and inwardly aspires to return to Him. No, because some people, at their present stage of development, feel they can live without God.

Can learning and reasoning offer man self realisation? No. Mere book knowledge ends in self deception. Why? Because a man of knowledge feels that he has achieved the infinite wisdom. Unfortunately, he does not know that the real Infinite Wisdom can come only from God, from God Realisation. Mere mental reasoning ends in self-frustration.

Can dedication and aspiration offer man self realisation? Yes. Man’s dedication is his heart flower offered at the Feet of God. Man’s aspiration is his soul fruit placed in the Lap of God.For self realisation, man needs freedom. God gives him freedom. What is freedom? Freedom is God’s sacrifice-power and man’s miracle-power. Sri Ramakrishna, the great spiritual Master of India, once remarked, “The wretch who constantly says, ‘I am bound, I am bound,’ only succeeds in being bound. He who says day and night, ‘I am a sinner, I am a sinner,’ verily becomes a sinner. One must have such burning faith in God that one can say, ‘What? I have repeated God’s name, so how can sin still cling to me? How can I be a sinner anymore?'”

We must cherish positive thoughts, positive ideas, positive ideals. Only then will our Goal no longer remain a far cry. Each man has to feel, “I am at the Feet of God, my own Master. I am in the Hands of God, my own Creator. I am in the Heart of God, my only Beloved.”

“Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.” I asked. My Lord bestowed His boundless Compassion on me. I sought. My Lord gave me His infinite Love. I knocked. To my utter surprise, the door was not bolted from inside. My sweet Lord was eagerly expecting my arrival. Lo, I am come!

Source:www.srichinmoy.org

Buddha as a Leader

January 28, 2007

The Buddha has often been described as one of the greatest leaders of all time. But just what characterizes a good leader? What are the duties and qualities of good leadership? And what can we learn from the Buddha as a leader that we can apply to our chaotic world?

The Leader as Visionary

Like the captain of a ship, a leader must have a definite goal; only then can he chart his course and steer his ship in the right direction. Having given up his royal rights, wealth and family, Prince Siddhartha had one goal – to find the cause of suffering and a way out of suffering. Despite much hardship and setback, he never veered from his course but persevered till he gained Enlightenment.

But the Buddha did not stop there. He made it his mission to lead all sentient beings out of the samsaric cycle of suffering. It is this vision which defined his forty-five years of teaching and shaped his role as leader of an order(sangha) and a following that is still growing strong today.

Guided by this vision, the Buddha’s mission was an all-embracing one. It is a mission founded on compassion and love for all sentient beings, regardless of race, creed or status quo. Addressing his first group of disciples, the Buddha instructed them to go forth and spread the teachings for the good and happiness of the many. In this respect, the Buddha was revolutionary, displaying extreme courage in his advocacy for the emancipation of the persons belonging to all the four castes, in his dismissal of the Brahmin as the supreme authority and in his admission of women to the sangha.

The Leader as Role Model

A leader must be an exemplary figure, someone we can respect and emulate. The Buddha, having purified himself through many lifetimes, embodied all the Perfections (paramita). He was extraordinary, virtuous and righteous in every thought, word and deed. He says as he does and does as he says. Such integrity and consistency won him the trust of his followers.

As a leader, the Buddha led by example. His simple and humble lifestyle is a reflection of his teachings. In his daily routine, the Buddha wasted no time on idleness and frivolity. For forty-five years, he devoted his time and effort for the good of others, starting his day before dawn and working till midnight.  

Compare this with many world leaders who live in the laps of luxury while half of the world’s population suffer from poverty and hunger, and we can understand why many people lament the lack of good leaders in our times. In his advice to the rulers of his time, the Buddha emphasized the importance of leadership according to the Dharma.

A ruler must first establish himself in piety and righteousness, and avoid all the vices. Sovereignty and the rule of power are subjected to the rule of righteousness, not the rule of force. Here is the ideal model of a value-based leadership. The Buddha highlighted ten principles which a ruler ought to be possess:

1. Dana – alms-giving

2. Sila – morality

3. Parricaga – unselfishness

4. Ajjava – integrity

5. Maddava – gentleness

6. Tapo – self-restraint

7. Akkhoda – non-anger

8. Avihimsa – non-violence

9. Khanti – patience

10. Avirodhana – agreeability

The Leader as Mediator

As a leader, the Buddha demonstrated both skills in mediation and impartiality in judgment. In the Ummagga Jataka, as Prince Mahausadha, the Bodhisattva (the Buddha in a previous birth) showed his ability to resolve problems and arguments. As advisor to the King, he displayed wit and intelligence in the protection of his people.

The Buddha displayed his skills at resolving conflicts between opposing parties on several occasions. Once a dispute broke out between the Sakyans, to which the Buddha belonged, and the Koliyas, to which his mother, Queen Maya, belonged. Unable to arrive at an agreement over the distribution of the waters of the river Rohini, the two parties were on the verge of war. The Buddha settled the dispute by asking:”What do you consider as more valuable – water or human lives?”

The Leader as Manager

The Buddha was a great human resource manager. With an acute knowledge of human beings, he knew the strengths and weaknesses of those around him. Based on their dominant traits, the Buddha categorised people into six groups:

1. those lustful and passionate

2. those with hatred and anger

3. those with delusion

4. those with faith and confidence

5. those with wisdom and intelligence

6. those with hesitation and doubt

He delegated duties to his followers in accordance with their abilities and temperament. In addition, he showed his appreciation by conferring upon them due respect and recognition. Trainers of managerial leadership could learn much from the Buddha in this respect to develop an effective workforce.

The Leader as Protector

The Jataka stories, which tell of the previous births of the Buddha, abound with numerous examples of the Bodhisattva’s courage and self-sacrificial spirit to safeguard the interests of his group. In the Mahakapi Jataka, the Bodhisattva in a previous birth was the leader of a troop of monkeys living in the
Himalayas.

One day, the king of the state saw that the forest was abundant with mango trees, set his men upon the monkeys. To flee from the king’s men, the Bodhisattva used some bamboo vines to build a bridge so that the monkeys could cross over to the other river bank. Unfortunately the bamboo vines were too short.

To bridge the gap, the Bodhisattva stretched himself out, clinging on to one side with his hands and the other with his tail so that the monkeys could cross over on his back. Among the monkeys was Devadatta, his arch-enemy. Seeing his opponent in a disadvantaged position, he stamped hard on his back as he made his way across.

The Bodhisattva was in immense pain but remained clinging on to the bamboo vines till the last monkey was safely across. The king, upon witnessing such a courageous and selfless act by such a monkey, ordered his men to bring himdown from the trees and tried to save him. Asked why he endangered his life to save his subjects the Bodhisattva replied:”O King! Verily my body is broken. But my mind is still sound; I uplifted only those over whom I exercised my royal powers for so long.?

After the Bodhisattva’s death, the king in honour his self-sacrificing spirit, erected a shrine and ordered that daily offerings be made.

Another aspect in which the Buddha exercised his role as a protector is in teachings of the Buddha was open to all, in the Buddha’s four-fold party of monks, nuns, lay men and lay women followers, admission was not so liberal.

While this may invite criticisms that the Buddha was prejudicial, it is necessary not for his personal interests but to protect the Buddhist community from corruptive and evil forces and to ensure its long-term survival. The Buddha also set out criteria and rules and regulations, especially the vinaya code, to protect the well-being and order of his community

The Leader Shows the Way

During his 45 years of missionary work, many followers became enlightened after listening to his teachings. 2500 years later, the Buddha continues to inspire millions of people around the world to follow his path. This, above all else, is the most important role of the Buddha as a leader – one who is able to inspire others to bring out the best in themselves, to develop their full potential and gain the ultimate goal of Nirvana.

Author – Ven. Sobhita Thero–advisor of Bodhiraja Buddhist Society

Source : http://www.4ui.com/eart/167eart1.htm 

 

Spiritual Intelligence & Leadership

January 27, 2007

Dear Friends,

What is the true nature of self ? True nature of self is well described in our timeless wisdom of ancient India and we are the leader of leaders in spiritual wisdom. just recall universal prayer: Gayatri Mantra. 

 “O supreme Lord! Thou art ever existence, ever conscious, ever blissful. We mediate on thy most adorable glory, may thou guide and inspire our intellectual, on the path of highest divinity! MAY WE BE ABLE TO DESCRIMINATE? BETWEEN TRUTH AND FALSEHOOD”. –Rig 3 .62 .10

Kindly visit the article. And try to explore your all intelligences for development of Intellectual.

Ajay Singh Niranjan (ajay_uor@yahoo.com )                

              Spiritual Intelligence & Leadership

By Cindy Wigglesworth

Research is finally validating what many of us knew all along – that there is more to great leaders than brains. What research is now validating is that great leaders need to use their hearts and souls, as well as their minds! But let’s begin at the beginning…

In 1905 Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon developed the first modern intelligence test. Since that time we have been debating what “intelligence” is, where it comes from, and how to develop it.

Our “Intelligence Quotient” or “IQ” is generally thought of as our linear, analytical intelligence. Initially it was expected that IQ would be a strong predictor of success in careers. In fact it has turned out to be a weak predictor of success. IQ appears to be related to minimum standards to enter a given a profession. But once you have chosen your career, what actually leads to success is far more complicated.

Daniel Goleman popularized the phrase “Emotional Intelligence” with the publication of his book by the same title in 1995. In his book, Goleman cites research at Bell Labs that examined star performers, and tried to determine what distinguished them from more average performers. It appeared that star performers had stronger relationship skills than average performers. Harvard Business Review published the results of the Bell Labs study in 1993. Business interest in the study of “Emotional Intelligence” or “EQ” began in earnest.

EQ is actually a large collection of skills. Goleman has recently grouped these skills into 4 quadrants as shown below1.

1. SELF AWARENESS

Emotional self-awareness
Accurate self-assessment
Self-confidence

2. OTHER AWARENESS

Empathy
Organizational Awareness
Service Orientation

3. SELF MANAGEMENT

Self-Control
Trustworthiness
Conscientiousness
Adaptability
Achievement Orientation
Initiative

4. SOCIAL SKILLS

Teamwork & Collaboration
Developing Others
Influence
Communication
Leadership
Conflict Management

There is a fascinating relationship among these quadrants. Research is showing that EQ begins in the Self Awareness quadrant. The degree to which we are self-aware literally limits our ability to be aware of others, or to manage ourselves. The last skills to develop are our Social Skills, being dependent on the other 3 quadrants. Self-awareness is dependent on listening to feedback. So a willingness to truly hear others is a prerequisite for high EQ.

It is interesting that Socrates gave the advice “Know Thyself” approximately 2400 years ago. The historical Buddha (roughly 2500 years ago) made the study of the mind (profound self-knowledge) such an elevated practice that it became a major world religion.

So what is the link to Spiritual Intelligence? Dana Zohar, a quantum physicist, gave a lecture at the Science and Consciousness conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico in April 2001. She was working on a new book on Spiritual Intelligence (or “SQ”), and at that time listed 9 characteristics of SQ. The first of Zohar’s points directly echoes the first quadrant of EQ – Self Awareness but goes beyond it to a sense of connection to the universe.

Spiritual Intelligence, according to Zohar, is:

1. Self-Awareness … you know who you really are and you know that you are connected with the whole universe.

2. Vision & Values Led – or Idealism. Children naturally want to serve, and so do we. Vision and values led is definitive of our humanity.

3. The Capacity to Face and USE Adversity…owning our mistakes and adversity and using pain and tragedy to learn

4. To be Holistic: seeing the connections between things. Being open to and interested in EVERYTHING.

5. Diversity…thriving in and celebrating diversity. I look at you and see what is different in you and I say “Thank God for that!”

6. Field Independence (Courage)…a term from psychology that means the courage not to adapt, to be independent.

7. The Tendency to Ask WHY? Questions are infinite. In Quantum Physics questions CREATE reality.

8. The Ability to Re-Frame…put things into a larger context of meaning.

9. Spontaneity. This is NOT acting on a whim…it comes from the same Latin roots as RESPONSE and RESPONSIBILITY. It is not conditioned by fear. It is appropriately “responsive to” the world.

Jim Collins became famous in the world of business with the publication of his first book, “Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies” (HarperCollins, 1994) co-authored with James Porras. In it they described their in-depth research and their conclusions regarding 18 companies that were unique in their reputation in their industry, their resilience through hard times and their financial success over 50+ years. The central conclusion: truly great companies are Visionary and Values driven. This directly echoes Dr. Zohar’s 2nd characteristic of SQ.

In his latest book, “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t,” (HarperCollins 2001) Jim Collins researched 11 companies who made the transition from being good companies to being “great” companies on par with the companies in “Built to Last”. A key finding was that each company had what he calls “Level 5 Leadership” (see www.jimcollins.com for more information). As I read about Level 5 leaders I realized that they seemed to demonstrate most or all of the characteristics described as “SQ” by Zohar. In addition, they showed a profound personal humility and a powerful faith that they and their company would prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties.

Self-awareness and cultivating inner strength (or faith) has a solid grounding in all of the major spiritual traditions. Jesus went into the wilderness to meditate and to hear the voice of the infinite creator, as did Abraham, Moses and Mohammed. Buddhists and Hindus practice meditation for these purposes as well.

The implications for leadership are clear. High IQ doesn’t guarantee a good leader. High EQ has been correlated with success. But does it alone create greatness? Sustained and recognized greatness, even in the tough world of Corporate America, is obtained by something deeper. If a corporate leader is willing to deeply know herself and her place in the universe, she can reach the graduate school of SQ. With SQ comes the ultimate success – obtaining company success in such a way that customers, employees and society all benefit. And after creating a great company, the high SQ person sincerely deflects all praise onto the “wonderful people of this organization.”

What if EQ and SQ skills became part of the curriculum for all leaders? With solid analysis such as Jim Collins’ leading the way, perhaps that day will soon come.

1  Daniel Goleman, lecture given at September 1999 Emotional Intelligence Conference,
Chicago, ILSource: http://www.innerworkspublishing.com 

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“Know the Atma (Soul) as the lord and the master of the chariot, which is the body. The intellectual you should know as the charioteer. The mind should be known as (merely) the rein. The one whose mind is not harnessed properly, who’s is devoid of proper knowledge and wisdom, his sense organs go beyond the control of the intellect as vicious horse go beyond the control of charioteer”- Kathopnishad

Story that Coach – Nobody comes back.

January 27, 2007

….Alexander had met a great sage, a wise man, Diogenes, on his way to invade

India. He asked Diogenes if he had any message for him. Diogenes said, only one: rather than wasting time, live it. You are not living yourself and you are not allowing other to live.  You are committing immense crimes against life – for what? Just to be called Alexander the great? Everybody think like that. Just inside, you call yourself Alexander the great; nobody is preventing you. If you want, you can even put a label on your chest: ‘Alexander the great’- but live!  

You will look like a buffoon, but that is far better than to be a buffoon; at least you will have time to live, love Alexander understood the message. He said, “I can see the point. When I come back, I will try to follow it.” 

Diogenes said, “Remember, no body come back form such an ego trip, because this ego trip never ends, it goes on and on. You will end before your ego trip ends. “and that’s what happened: Alexander never made it back home. On the way back, he died. And he was dying; he remembered the Diogenes’ statement that nobody comes back. “Ego drives you and there is no end for the ego. It creates more goals, new goals, higher goals.” In deep respect for Diogenes, Alexander told the people who are going to carry his body to the grave,” Let my hands hang out of the casket.” 

His chief minister said,” but it is not the tradition. The hands have to be inside the casket. Hanging them outside will look really odd”. But Alexander said, “I want them to hang out, because I want people to know that I had come empty-handed into the world, empty handed I lived in the world, and empty handed I am going form the world” ……………….

Fulfilling Your Dreams with the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

January 26, 2007

These are the wonderful law of nature or seven spiritual law of success.

Kindly read this article : Seven Spiritual Laws at angelrosemusic.com

Some Insight :

I wrote this in an attempt to understand a lecture given by Depok Chopra. All the ideas and analogies are his.A Spiritual Law is that law which allows the sequential unfoldment from that which is unmanifest into that which is manifest. It is the spontaneous flow of intelligence… energy and information. It exists in everything and is the animating force of life, through which everything in existence is created.The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success are:

1. The Law of Pure Potentiality
2. The Law of Giving
3. The Law of Karma
4. The Law of Least Effort
5. The Law of Intention and Desire
6. The Law of Detachment
7. The Law of Dharma

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 Gearge Bernard Shaw:::Mahatma Gandhi :::Peter F. Drucker

Spiritual Intelligence – The Ultimate Intelligence

January 26, 2007

Spiritual Intelligence – The Ultimate Intelligence
by Danah Zohar & Ian Marshall
reviewed by Ian Bullock

Spiritual Intelligence, first published in 2000, is another milestone publication about how the mind works. It is an unusual book, deceptively easy to read, considering its content, and may owe its relatively undeserved obscurity to inadequate promotion.

Spiritual intelligence is described as “the intelligence with which we address and solve problems of meaning and value, the intelligence with which we can place our actions and our lives in a wider, richer, meaning-giving context, the intelligence with which we can assess that one course of action or one life-path is more meaningful than another.”

The authors contend that in the early part of the twentieth century IQ, or rational intelligence was the big issue. More recently, emotional intelligence (EQ) has been identified as a requirement for the effective use of IQ. Now there exists much scientific data that points to the presence of a spiritual intelligence (SQ), the ultimate intelligence that serves as a necessary foundation for the effective functioning of both IQ and EQ.

There are five parts to this book:

What is SQ? introduces the concept as an expansion of psychology as a science, and posits the need for a new psychological model of the human self and of human personality. In doing just that, the authors draw on mystical and mythological structures found within human spiritual thought, both ancient and modern, carefully pointing out that SQ is not necessarily about being religious, but rather it is an internal and innate ability of the human brain and psyche. How SQ is used is described; what indicates when it is highly developed, and how to improve its level.

The Scientific Evidence for SQ deals with the anatomy and functioning of the brain. It summarizes present knowledge of the subject, including the studies in neural oscillations that point to a third kind of thinking of which the brain is capable – unitive thinking. A fulsome chapter is devoted to the significance of the brain’s 40 Hz neural oscillations; what different brain wave patterns mean, and the more profound question of where does consciousness come from. The chapter dealing with the ‘God spot’ in the brain, identified by neurobiologists Persinger and Ramachandran, and the varieties of spiritual experiences emanating therefrom, lead the authors to make some intriguing connections with human behaviors.

A New Model of the Self utilizes the lotus symbol “as the ultimate symbol of the spiritually intelligent self…the obvious way to combine the great Eastern and Western traditions of the self with the latest insights from science.” Each layer of petals depicts one of the three basic human intelligences: the outer petals representing six ego types; the middle layer representing the associative conscious and unconscious components, and at the center the Deep Self which is the main focus of this book.

Using SQ describes how we become, or as a Western society have become, spiritually stunted, and the symptoms of that condition. It gives guidance about the recovery of SQ and using it to be able to live with uncertainty yet find inner poise. “Uncertainty can inspire us because it creates conditions in which we must make a choice. It gives us our freedom and sets the conditions for our responsibility.” Our SQ serves as an inner compass.

Can We Improve Our SQ? uses the Lotus of the Self symbol to lay out six spiritual paths that any one of us might follow in living a life with greater heart – and you might be on more than one path at any one time. It lays out seven steps one can take to greater Spiritual Intelligence; ways to assess one’s own SQ, and concludes with a helpful chapter on how to be, become, or remain spiritually intelligent in what is for the most part a spiritually dumb culture.


The authors: Danah Zohar studied physics and philosophy at MIT before doing her graduate work at Harvard in psychology and theology. She now teaches at Oxford. Dr. Ian Marshall did his degree in psychology and philosophy at Oxford before taking his medical degree at the University of London. He is a practising psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Between them they have authored several other works, including the much acclaimed The Quantum Self.

Source:http://www.refresher.com/