Away

Traveling outstation today for a course and then at Ashram till 2nd Sep for Teachers Refresher Meet. Consequently there will be no posts till first week of Sep.

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View life in the context of death

When someone young, someone close to you passes away, the reality of what life is dawns. As we get engrossed in the daily humdrum of life, fighting petty battles, chasing the next hike, promotion, car, house…, death puts everything in perspective. Life is too short, too fragile, too precious to be wasted in irrelevant, meaningless pursuits.

I have been trying to remember my last meeting with Vishal and for some reason I am not able to remember whether we had met for lunch or was it the drive back home when he was in Bangalore. Irrespective, It just goes to show that I didn't invest my 100% attention in either of those two situations. Conversations – unfinished, unsaid words…..come back to haunt you over and over again.

I met Guruji two weeks back….it was such a solace to hear him….words can't describe it. The knowledge, the practices, the sadhana that we have had been doing as part of the follow up in Art of Living helped me and my wife to a large extent to cope.

For those who are reading this, my only request is to view life in the context of your own death. This is not to turn morbid or fearful. Just to be aware of the impermanance of our own lives and then to give your 100% to everyone and everything around you.

Art of Waking People Up!

“Life’s work is to wake up, to let the things that enter into the circle wake you up rather than put you to sleep. The only way to do this is to be open, be curious, and develop some sense of sympathy for everything that comes along, to get to know its nature and let it teach you what it will. It’s going to stick around until you learn your lesson, at any rate. You can leave your marraige, you can quit your job, you can go where people are going to praise you, you can manipulate your world until you are blue in the face to try to make it always smooth, but the same old demons will always come up until finally you have learned your lesson, the lesson they came to teach you. Then those same demons will appear as friendly, warm-hearted companions on the path.”

Extraced from The Art of Waking People Up by Kenneth Cloak and Joan Goldsmith!