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Exhausting Quest For Perfection, by Brene Brown

FaceBook  On May 18, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I was blessed to learn from my parents that contentment and doing the best you can according to your capacity is the key to feeling happy and making progress.The other precious lesson they taught me is listen to you inner voice and follow the right path. We learn such precious lessons by not what they say but by what they do.. They provided role modeling by their actions. They were authentic and humble, not all -knowing.

In my teaching  adolescent students and counseling their parents being obsessed with  the perfection syndrome. They are driven by being perfect giving no room and acceptance for being human, making mistakes, accepting them and learning from our own mistakes.They want to appear best and strong and perfect in the eyes of others. It sure makes them unhappy and miserable. I help them by sharing my mistakes with them and learning from my mistakes. We do not need to forget that we all are human beings like others prone to making mistakes, learning from our mistakes, getting help from others when we fall down,getting up and moving on. The acceptance of  being who we are makes us connected with others who  are just like us, Self worth, worth coming from within, is  what makes us feel rich, beautiful, contented and happy.

Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave



























































 

Death Connects Us To Life, by Somik Raha

FaceBook  On May 11, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

How to live life fully is a challenge for all of us. How to  accept  fully and trully the departure of someone we love is also a challenge for us. When a child is born, we celebrate the arrival of the child and celelbrate her birthday. And when that child passes away we feel sadness and grief in our heart. We need to give space in our heart to truly and fully accept our sadness and grieving. It takes time  and support of our loved ones to go through grieving. This process allows us to get the true acceptance for the transistion of our loved ones.

I have gone this process several times when all the mebers of my family and my dear good old friends passed away. Knowing intellectually the impermanace of  life was not enough for me. I needed to go through the process of fully grieving, putting my head on the shoulders of my family members and friends and letting my self cry heped me to truly accept their passing away. I needed that space within me to expereince my sadness fully and feel lheir love and blessings and my love and gratitude for them. The last loss in my life, the passing away of my wife, was a very difficult expeirence for me to go through grieving. Fully and truly accepting my sadness has helped me to live my life fully. 

Life is a gift and death is a gift. Light is a gift and darkness is a gift. To see the light fully I need to see the darkness fully.

Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave

 

Who Do We Choose To Be?, by Margaret Wheatley

FaceBook  On May 3, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

There are leaders who create islands of insanity and there are leaders who create islands of sanity.  I have witnessed both kinds of leaders. When leaders relate to  people as human beings and not as units, they create change in the society. They deeply care for them and bring about large changes.We are blessed to have such leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa and Maria Montessori to name a few. Such leaders choose a path of serving people with courage, patience and perseverance. 

I participated in Free India movement under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi. He initiated the path of non-violence
against the mighty British empire He chose the path of changing the hearts of the rulers. He worked tirelessly for the wellness of all people of India, especially the poor farmers, laborers and untouchables.He inspired many leaders in many lcountries to follow the path of non-violence against social injustice and exploitation.

I agree it is not easy to blaze new trails.It is hard to make significant and grate change against establishment and against self-serving and power -hungry leaders. Great leaders awaken the people and create movements that result in a big change.We need such leaders in all parts of the world. 


May we have leaders who create islands of sanity for the well-being of all people!

Namaste!

Jagdish P Dave







 

Dropping Out, Like The Buddha, by Jane Brunette

FaceBook  On Apr 30, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Middle path provides a transcendental perspective and vision. Either or is a dualistic perspective causing split, divisiveness, imbalance, separateness and disharmony. These are the ingredients of pain, suffering and destruction. Religious, political and ideological wars have been wedged through out history by holding on to the bipolar extremist  and rigid positions.The perspective which mindfully relates to opposite perspectives opens an avenue of inclusiveness and connectedness.

I have a few friends who hold  the extremist view"our way is the only right way" for every one's salvation. Sadly, such a view excludes others like me who have a different spiritual orientation. It is my position that Truth is one which is realized and expressed in different ways by different people. Dalai Lama calls it "secular spirituality". According to Dalai Lama anyone can follow their chosen spiritual path without  judging and putting down other's spiritual path ways. This is the middle way, a way to create universal harmony.

May we relate to others who are different from us with mindfulness, open -mindedness and open- heartedness!

 

Recycling Karmic Trash, by Shinzen Young

FaceBook  On Apr 21, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

I and you, mine and yours, us and them -such differentiations are created in mind by conditioning.As we grow with an open mind and open heart, we experience deep connectedness, intimacy , harmony and oneness in spite of apparent differences. This happens to us as we walk on the path of contemplative-based spirituality. Living mindfully is my contemplative-based spirituality. Both exogenous and endogenous discomfort, pain and suffering have helped me to purify my inner self. Living mindfully has created equilibrium and peacefulness in me. There are times when I miss the step of living mindfully. Such experience helps me to nurture my mindfulness practice. Accepting pain coming from outside sources as well as from inside sources compassionately has helped me to look within to work on myself. Such a journey becomes a pilgrimage.

Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave


 

Seven Stages Of The Ego, by Rumi, as told by Elif Shafak

FaceBook  On Apr 15, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Life is a journey of expanding our consciousness. As I review my life voyage, I see myself going beyond my self- restricted  boundaries. I create my own suffering by getting attached to my craving for outer things. Recognizing the cause of suffering has helped me to mature and go beyond such a restricted way of thinking and living. Non-judgmental awareness of my own self-created bondage has been helping me to liberate myself from such bondage. There are times when I feel free from my egoic mind and feel deeply connected with the flow of life. These are the moments of pure love in which the dividing line between me and nature and other human beings gets dissolved. It is an oceanic feeling.

Practicing meditation everyday has facilitated the process of knowing myself and expanding my consciousness. It is a unified sky-like state of consciousness. It is a state of pure love, unbound freedom and filled with blissful joy.
May we be aware of our self-created boundaries and move in the direction of expanding our consciousness.

Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave.


 

Everything Is Waiting For You, by David Whyte

FaceBook  On Apr 8, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Feeling lonely, disconnected and depressed is sadly growing more in our society. We are born by intimacy, we survive by intimacy and thrive by intimacy. We need to open our mind and heart to be connected with the world of nature and others like us. We need to make a shift from I-It to I-Thou.

How can I relate to the world of sound if I keep my ears plugged? How can I listen to the live silence of nature if I keep my mind noisy? How can I smell the fragrance of blooming flowers if I keep my nose plugged? How can I feel the warmth of your touch if I keep my hands off? How can I feel your presence if I am not present with you?. How can I see me if I am not awake? The universe offers countless gifts to us. We need to empty our task -loaded hands to receive them.

Three days ago my grandson invited me to do mindfulness meditation with him in the early morning  hours. We sat in our front yard sitting silently with open heart and open mind. During the twenty minutes of mindfulness meditation, we got deeply connected with the touch of the cool air, the enchanting fragrance of the  blooming flowers , the sight of the rising sun and  the chirping of the birds.We also felt joyfully and deeply connected with each other without words.

Everything is waiting for us. Yes. We need to say YES to it and gracefully welcome it.

Namaste.Jagdish P Dave

 

Listening As An Act Of Transformation, by Doug Lipman

FaceBook  On Apr 2, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

In interpersonal communication, we want the other person to fully understand us and such understanding takes place when we deeply, non-judgmentally and patiently listen to the other person. Such communication creates a bridge of wholesome and authentic relationship rather than walls of misunderstanding and annoying and futile arguments.This  is what the rabbi does in this short but elegant story.

I run into such transactions quite often in my class room and on the play ground when two children got into the stance of "I am right and you're wrong." Like the rabbi, I fully, deeply and no-judgmentally listen to each child and ask relevant questions. It doesn't take much time. At the end each child  like the villager in the story says, " I have nothing more to say." and joins each other's hands. Such experiences slowly and gradually create a big change in their communications and relationships. What helps me have the patience and commitment to listen to them deeply is my deep and genuine caring for my students.

When my wife passed away six years ago, my heart was filled with heavy sadness. As I was going through the grieving process, people close to me let me grieve and express my sadness. They listened to me deeply, non-judgmentally, patiently and affectionately.Their devoted attention and non-judgmental and supportive presence was instrumental in healing me.

May we cultivate the qualities of deep listening to build between people rather than walls!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave



















 

What Happens When We Wonder?, by Katie Steedly

FaceBook  On Mar 23, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

Reading this wonderful article with my full presence created a sense of wonder in me. I felt connected with this beautiful writing and felt the sense of wonder in me.Though my mind was active reading the article, I felt a deep sense of stillness, connectedness and joyful aliveness in me. I didn't make it happen. I let it happen. I agree with Katie Steedly when she says, "Everyday is a miracle"  if I let it happen.Wonder happens when we let it happen. We sense it when we are fully present and allow our being to be connected with it.

Everyday is a miraculous day in my life. When I wake up, my eyes are drawn towards the majestic presence of the orchard tree and the beautiful flowers swinging lightly by the gentle touch of the wind and the soft light of the rising sun.A feeling of wonderment, joyfulness and gratefulness arises in my heart.What a precious gift I get from nature! I sense such feeing of wonder in the eyes of Duke, our dog, when we  get connected with each other just by looking at each other! And it happens when I eat lunch in the outdoor lunch garden with little kids. A child sitting by me looks at my white hair and wrinkles on my hand with innocent curiosity. And I look at her with a delightful twinkle in my eyes. We get deeply connected with each other without words.

Our life is mostly the "do do" life, a check list life. We do not allow ourselves to check in with ourselves and the "happening" world in front of us and around us. We spend a great deal of time in making it happen rather than letting it happen and we miss the world of happening. We need to learn how to be still and be fully present to be connected with the wonders of nature and human beings-a shift from the world of doing to the world of being.

I join my hands with Katie as she says, " May we know more, and more, and more wonder."

Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave



 

The Difficult People In Your Life, by Sally Kempton

FaceBook  On Mar 15, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Awareness or witnessing consciousness of what is happening in me on different levels of myself such as physical, breath, mental and emotional levels non-judgmentally when I am with someone who is throwing an arrow at me, blaming me, criticizing me or ignoring me has been very helpful to me. Such a transaction becomes a mirror for me to look at my inner face and clean up my own lens. If I react to the other person I need to pay attention to me and work own myself. In fact, I express my gratitude to the other person for making me aware of my own shortcomings. In difficult relationships, our power lies in our ability to work on ourselves.

In my relationships with people, I want to be authentic and empathic. When I do mindfulness workshops, there have been times when I have found difficult to maintain the balance between authenticity and empathy.For example, after I lead a guided mindfulness meditation, I invite the participants to share their experience and respond to their questions. Some participants go off the track. Instead of asking a question, they talk about something that may not be related to their experience. As a teacher I want them to be brief and to the point. I want them to ask a question and not to give a discourse.On such occasions, I let them know what they need to do and we may talk about what is on their mind later on after the workshop. I do this without judging them and maintain a positive flow of energy. It is my job to create and sustain positive energy in me and in the group. Our personal energy impacts us and others. We need to learn how to modulate our own energy patterns.As the author says," Our own inner state is our only platform for dealing with other people. Our own open and empowered state is the fulcrum, the power point, from which we can move the world."

Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave


 

What You Do Afterwards, by Keith Sawyer

FaceBook  On Mar 11, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

When it comes to decision making and  acting on it, I reflect  on the choice I am making and check whether it harms or hurts me or harms or hurts  others on a small scale or on  a large scale.I own my ownership for my action. In that way I am responsible and accountable for my decision and action.

When it comes to group decision making and  acting on it,, I  participate in it with and open mind and with an open heart. This process is very helpful as we invite everybody to have their say in arriving at a decision and acting on it. In this case, the ownership and accountability belongs to the whole group. I use this approach in my class room when an issue has an impact on everybody or somebody in the class or beyond the class. I use Socratic dialogue  and dialectical approach for exploring ways and means for tackling the issue and arriving at a decision by consensus.I find this approach very fruitful,

Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave

 

Do A Nice Thing For Your Future Self, by Elizabeth Gilbert

FaceBook  On Mar 2, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 How sad it is that  as we grow up we get put down and self degrading messages from the people who also love us and care about us. Such messages grow like bad roots in our unconscious mind and have a significant impact on our sense of self. This touching and beautiful story teaches us to welcome the innocent stranger, our own future mysterious and blameless  self, to befriend him or her, and extend our conscious hand of affection. We may not be able to do something about our bruised past self but we can welcome our self to come with loving and kind tenderness.

There are times when I have beaten myself for making big mistakes such as hurting someone close to me. What has helped me to meet and be my innocent mysterious self is the kind and loving people in my life for accepting me  with affection as I am. I have been practicing loving kindness meditation. Being compassionate to oneself and to others has helped me to stay rooted in affection and sympathy toward my future self.

May we be open to welcome our innocent stranger!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave


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Wisdom Of Grieving, by Terry Patten

FaceBook  On Feb 23, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I have experienced losses of dear friends, father and mother, and three brothers and three sisters and the latest loss of my dear wife. I have learned about death and dying by going through such losses. I have seen my clients going through the five stages of grieving as described by Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. Personally I have experienced loneliness, emptiness and a deep sense of sadness by the losses in my life. It did not take a very long time for me to accept the passing away of the people so close to me.

Grieving has been an important process for me to accept the unavoidable reality of passing away. Realizing  the truth that  whoever is born is going to die has eased my pain. Genuine support from my sons and daughter was a great factor in my healing process. I still feel the loss of my wife and also feel the presence of her love. My daily practice of mindfulness meditation has been the anchor in my life. Reflecting on the unavoidable reality of dying has made me aware of the precious gift of life. How to live is in my hand. Dying has taught me the most valuable lesson of living.

May we live our life fully, gracefully  and gratefully!

Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave


















 

Living In The Freshest Chamber Of The Heart, by Mark Nepo

FaceBook  On Feb 16, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 How to live in the present fully is a challenge for almost all of us.  We all have past, the old heart chamber, filled with aches and pains and suffering. In my opinion no human being can escape  from suffering. Our challenge is how to live fully in the freshest chamber of our heart, not to be broken by the past suffering and live fully in the present.
In order to live in the freshest chamber of our heart, we need to let go of the past by resolving it, letting it go and learning from it.We use these past learnings as the other chambers of the heart to stay afloat and love again like a fresh start.We do not deny the past but we say good bye to it to say hello to the present. We nned to feel in order to heal.

I have gone through heart braking and heart aching experiences while going through the journey of my life. I lost my dear wife who was with me for  some sixty plus years. When she passed away six years ago, I had aches and pains in my heart.  I felt life empty  and hollow.I found it  very difficult to bear this big loss. I let my pain come mindfully and let it go without denying it, ignoring it or getting stuck with it.Going through my pain mindfully gave me strength for living more fully in the present. Mark Nepo's last statement deeply resonates with me:" Only by living in the freshest chamber of the heart can we love again and again for the first time." What a blessing! Namaste.

 

Deep Ecological Awareness Is Spiritual Awareness, by Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi

FaceBook  On Feb 9, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Deep ecology does not difference between nature and us as human beings.We all are intimately connected with nature. The philosophy of us vs nature has caused a great deal of harm to the world of nature.We as human beings are interconnected and interdependent with us and the world of nature. This cosmic connection paradigm is an ancient non-dualistic paradigm. Deep ecological awareness is indeed spiritual awareness I am very glad to notice the revival of this holistic cosmic paradigm. I know there are people including our policy maker politicians are still holding on to the  industrial-growth oriented materialistic shallow ecological paradigm. I hope more and more people embrace the deep ecological paradigm as a way of protecting and saving the web of life.

I was blessed to be raised to relate to nature as a living organism just like us as human beings. I work with children in a school that upholds the deep ecological view of life.When I see young children watering the plants and relating to squirrels,rabbits and birds with wonderment and compassion, I feel very happy and optimistic. I think the younger generation is more open to relate to ecology deeply and it is our responsibility to  help them cultivate the awareness of interconnectedness and interdependence. This is spiritual awareness which can create harmony and peaceful coexistence.

May we cultivate deeper and compassionate connection with life at all levels!

Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave



 

What Breaks Your Heart?, by Maria Shriver

FaceBook  On Feb 3, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I deeply believe in the original goodness in all of us. I also deeply believe that together we can move humanity forward for greater good. And when I see people going beyond themselves to help and serve people who need help and support, my heart gets filled with, joy, hope and aspirations. But when I see people suffering from social and economic injustice, I feel pain and anger and my heart gets broken. When I see two -mouthed  and two-faced behaviors of our leaders who are supposed to serve the people and not to self -serve and their parties, I not only feel anger and pain but I feel despondent. I know I need to remind myself of the original goodness residing in human heart.. When I see some compassionate and courageous leaders taking a position for common good, my pain goes away and  my anger fuels my passion to join hands with such good and bold people. And I pursue my purposeful journey of helping and serving people. And I hear the song  "We shall overcome" in my heart.

I would like to conclude with the inspiring words of Maria Shiver, " I envision all of us with broken hearts coming together to heal and get to work, mending the crack in the divide."

May we keep the spirit of working together by joining  our hands for the dawn to arrive in the sky of humanity!

Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave






 

Spiritual Activism, by Michael Singer

FaceBook  On Jan 28, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I love the phrase " Spiritual activism." It reminds me of the Bodhisattva way of living and relating to others. It is like returning from the mountain to the market. To me active spiritualism is putting into action our basic values into practice, taking a position against social injustice and relating to such conditions and situations  with assertive compassion. Practicing such active spiritualism requires clear seeing, empathic understanding and compassionate action.This is my path and I know it is not an easy path.
When we practice active spiritualism, we are going to encounter tough challenges presented by oppositional persons and  systems.Our task is how to relate to these conditions without falling into destructive reactive patterns. How to remain cool and connected with what we value and stand for without disconnecting with others and still maintaining connectedness with others.
I encounter such challenges with my close friends who hold a diametrically opposite position regarding climate change. My stance is to be truthful and genuine in expressing my position and at the same time to genuinely listen to my friends' position. I remain mindfully aware of the reactive thoughts and feelings arising in me and create a space within me to  listen empathically to what my friend is saying. My intention is not  to convert my friend into my position. When I act like this I feel good in myself for being myself and relating to the other non-judgmentally, non-reactively and non-destructively.
Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Dalai Lama have  recently demonstrated the power of Spiritual Activism. It is not easy but necessary and worthwhile to practice Active Spiritualism in our family, in our community, in our nation and the world at large.
May we practice and apply "Active Spiritualism" to create and sustain a just society for greater good!
Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave

 

Does Life Have A Purpose?, by J. Krishnamurti

FaceBook  On Jan 19, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Reading J. Krishnamurti's writing makes me think, inquire and reflect. As I am reading this article questions do arise in my mind. Questions such as why individuality does not have a purpose? Can I have individual existence without having separation between my individual existence and another person's individual existence? Can I relate to the other person's individual existence harmoniously while we both respectfully accept our differences? These are not idle philosophical questions. I face them almost everyday. I keep an open mind and really listen to the other person as an individual. My individual existence has a purpose that is to create unity or harmony within my different voices within me and with another individual' existence. It s like being in a concert with different players and instruments creating concord and harmony. Or it is like a rainbow with seven different colors and merging into each other creating unity or oneness. I know from my  own experience that this is the truth that creates positive energy, joy, excitement and peace. Realizing this truth is an ongoing  challenging journey for me and I am happy to work on it. patiently. Yesterday, I had an exiting and delightful conversation with my friend talking about what is true education and what is the essence of human nature. When we talk about my premise on basic human nature  quite  different from his premise on human nature, dark clouds of friction started  building up up. We are good friends and have great long standing relationship. Both of us took deep breaths to create a space  to  mindfully respond and not to react. This helped us to be open to each other and relate to each other compassionately. Such experiences have been very helpful to me in building bridges to help us remain connected with each other. Such a way of working on individuality opens the door to experiencing oneness. I know this is an ongoing journey. I have pa  See full.

 Reading J. Krishnamurti's writing makes me think, inquire and reflect. As I am reading this article questions do arise in my mind. Questions such as why individuality does not have a purpose? Can I have individual existence without having separation between my individual existence and another person's individual existence? Can I relate to the other person's individual existence harmoniously while we both respectfully accept our differences? These are not idle philosophical questions. I face them almost everyday. I keep an open mind and really listen to the other person as an individual.

My individual existence has a purpose that is to create unity or harmony within my different voices within me and with another individual' existence. It s like being in a concert with different players and instruments creating concord and harmony. Or it is like a rainbow with seven different colors and merging into each other creating unity or oneness.

I know from my  own experience that this is the truth that creates positive energy, joy, excitement and peace. Realizing this truth is an ongoing  challenging journey for me and I am happy to work on it. patiently. Yesterday, I had an exiting and delightful conversation with my friend talking about what is true education and what is the essence of human nature. When we talk about my premise on basic human nature  quite  different from his premise on human nature, dark clouds of friction started  building up up. We are good friends and have great long standing relationship. Both of us took deep breaths to create a space  to  mindfully respond and not to react. This helped us to be open to each other and relate to each other compassionately. Such experiences have been very helpful to me in building bridges to help us remain connected with each other. Such a way of working on individuality opens the door to experiencing oneness. I know this is an ongoing journey. I have patience and determination to walk on this way.

May we remain open minded and open hearted to flourish the richness of our individual existence and live harmoniously.
Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave

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You Are Saved By Your Love, by Michael Damian

FaceBook  On Jan 12, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Love is the savior and love is the saved. In love, there is oneness. There is no separation. between doing and being, between subject and object.There are three dimensions of relationship: self -to -self, self-to -other and the one that transcends self and others. It is a transcendental relationship going beyond all man-made boundaries. Love is an experience of oneness. Love experience is a spiritual, a sacred experience. Such experience brings the lightning of self-knowledge. And as Michael Damian says," In a flash you will behold a new heaven and earth, and know yourself as you have always been."

In love there is no defeat and no victory. When we have deep feeling of oneness, there is no otherness. The self is the other and the other is the self. I feel such oneness when I am deeply connected with what I read, what I write, or when I listen to music or when I meditate. I feel such joyful oneness when I watch the stars, listen to the rain drops falling , or the birds chirping. I feel such oneness when a child or a stranger smiles at me or in loving and helping relationships.

There are different dimensions of love. In my young age, I was looking for love coming from a young beautiful girl, I went on a journey of pleasures and pains. When the relationship broke, I felt deeply hurt. My heart was wounded. What helped me was allowing my feelings of pain and suffering come with deep compassion for me and deep compassion for the other person. It took time for me to heal myself. I needed to feel in order to heal. Such compassionate healing was mutually beneficial. This profound experience taught me the power of love. It helped me to go  to a higher dimension of love.

May we learn how to cultivate compassion and love to live our life harmoniously and joyfully!

Namaste! Jagdish P Dave


























 

Becoming Master Artists, by Eknath Easwaran

FaceBook  On Jan 5, 2018 Jagdish Dave wrote:

 " By virtue of being human, all of us have the capacity to choose, to change, to grow." Eknath Easwaran's closing  statement deeply resonates with me. I love it. It is very encouraging and promising. We all have been conditioned to think, believe, feel and act according to the beliefs and ideas of good intentional people who raise us.  The down side of such conditioning is that it limits our capacity to be free to find our own path that can expand and deepen our consciousness and original creativity. The good news is that we have innate capacity to change  and reverse our conditioning. In order to create a new path and go upstream we need to have courage and conviction for change and transformation. It does not happen quickly and easily. It requires sustained effort,  time. patience and practice. It requires dedication and devotion. In Hindu spiritual tradition, we call it sadhana and one who practices it is called sadhak. It is a self-chosen path. It is usually a path less traveled. although everyone is capable of walking on this uphill path. It is a path of liberating oneself from the conditioned bound self. I have been walking on this path for quite some long time. I was blessed to have parents who set an example of living spiritually and encouraging and supporting me to follow my path. And that is the path and practice of meditation.It was not that easy for me to walk consistently on my path. I had friends who were not walking on this path. There were temptations that will distract me from my path. I fell down and stood up again and continued my journey. Daily practice of meditation has always helped me to sustain and move on. Doing meditation with like minded and like hearted people has been very helpful to me to stay the course. I feel at home no matter where I am. Meditation is homecoming, creating deep feeling of contentment, joyfulness and peacefulness. May we pave and walk on our own path that connects us with others and&nbs  See full.

 " By virtue of being human, all of us have the capacity to choose, to change, to grow." Eknath Easwaran's closing  statement deeply resonates with me. I love it. It is very encouraging and promising. We all have been conditioned to think, believe, feel and act according to the beliefs and ideas of good intentional people who raise us.  The down side of such conditioning is that it limits our capacity to be free to find our own path that can expand and deepen our consciousness and original creativity. The good news is that we have innate capacity to change  and reverse our conditioning.

In order to create a new path and go upstream we need to have courage and conviction for change and transformation. It does not happen quickly and easily. It requires sustained effort,  time. patience and practice. It requires dedication and devotion. In Hindu spiritual tradition, we call it sadhana and one who practices it is called sadhak. It is a self-chosen path. It is usually a path less traveled. although everyone is capable of walking on this uphill path. It is a path of liberating oneself from the conditioned bound self.

I have been walking on this path for quite some long time. I was blessed to have parents who set an example of living spiritually and encouraging and supporting me to follow my path. And that is the path and practice of meditation.It was not that easy for me to walk consistently on my path. I had friends who were not walking on this path. There were temptations that will distract me from my path. I fell down and stood up again and continued my journey. Daily practice of meditation has always helped me to sustain and move on. Doing meditation with like minded and like hearted people has been very helpful to me to stay the course. I feel at home no matter where I am. Meditation is homecoming, creating deep feeling of contentment, joyfulness and peacefulness.

May we pave and walk on our own path that connects us with others and which brings joyful fulfillment in us!
Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave


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Universality Is Not An Idea, It Is Reality, by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

FaceBook  On Dec 30, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

This article represents to me two forms of reality, individual and universal. Individual reality is understood intellectually. It is like  an ego identity. It has space and time boundaries. It is defined by what I have, what I do, and by my age,race, gender, nationality and religiosity.Individual identities are like bubbles in the process of creation. If I limit myself and bound myself by this version of who I am, I may create and contribute to harmful and immature actions created by my individual identity. Is an individual reality is really a reality or a delusion? According to Sadhguru, it is an idea, not a reality. I perceive individual reality as as relative reality and not an ultimate reality. Universal reality is our true nature. It is not bound by time and space and by boundaries created by our ideas of reality. Yoga means union. Yoga as Sadhguru states is that union "that which brings you to reality." Yoga helps us move towards an experiential universal reality, union with Oneself . Such experiential knowing is universal, non-dualistic where one knows the ultimate nature of existence. When I relate to others from my heart, I feel the existence and presence of universal reality. In Hindu spiritual tradition we call this Yoga Bhakti Yoga- the Yoga of Devotion. My mother was the embodiment of Bhakti Yoga. She did not talk about it. She lived it. And though she is physically not  with me, I still feel her presence. In deep meditative state I experience such universality. It is called Dhyana Yoga-Yoga of Meditation. I experience such non-dualistic existence when I serve others from my heart. It is called Seva  or Karma Yoga. There are many paths of Yoga. The challenge for me is to stay the course. May I remain awakened and alert to walk on the path of Yoga! Namaste.! Jagdish P Dave  See full.

This article represents to me two forms of reality, individual and universal. Individual reality is understood intellectually. It is like  an ego identity. It has space and time boundaries. It is defined by what I have, what I do, and by my age,race, gender, nationality and religiosity.Individual identities are like bubbles in the process of creation. If I limit myself and bound myself by this version of who I am, I may create and contribute to harmful and immature actions created by my individual identity. Is an individual reality is really a reality or a delusion? According to Sadhguru, it is an idea, not a reality. I perceive individual reality as as relative reality and not an ultimate reality.

Universal reality is our true nature. It is not bound by time and space and by boundaries created by our ideas of reality. Yoga means union. Yoga as Sadhguru states is that union "that which brings you to reality." Yoga helps us move towards an experiential universal reality, union with Oneself . Such experiential knowing is universal, non-dualistic where one knows the ultimate nature of existence.

When I relate to others from my heart, I feel the existence and presence of universal reality. In Hindu spiritual tradition we call this Yoga Bhakti Yoga- the Yoga of Devotion. My mother was the embodiment of Bhakti Yoga. She did not talk about it. She lived it. And though she is physically not  with me, I still feel her presence. In deep meditative state I experience such universality. It is called Dhyana Yoga-Yoga of Meditation. I experience such non-dualistic existence when I serve others from my heart. It is called Seva  or Karma Yoga. There are many paths of Yoga. The challenge for me is to stay the course.

May I remain awakened and alert to walk on the path of Yoga!

Namaste.!
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Where We Are Is Our Temple, by Jack Kornfield

FaceBook  On Dec 24, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Reading Jack Kornfield's writing makes me feel at home. It is like home coming. I was raised in a  poor family of nine members: father, mother and four brothers and three sisters. In spite of poverty, we felt spiritually whole and wealthy.Our parents embodied spirituality in everyday living. Every evening we used to go to the nearby temple to pray and worship. Our parents made a little shrine in our home and we used to pray every morning.Our home was our temple, Love, truth,compassion, grace and forgiveness were the foundations of our family temple. That became the way of our living.We were blessed to live near the Gandhi Ashram and used to attend evening  spiritual gatherings in the presence of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji inspired us and reinforced our spiritual way of living.When a journalist asked Gandhiji, "What is your message?", his answer was simple and profound, " My life is my message." Almost every Sunday morning, I go to a community church with my daughter and her family. She is married to a Catholic gentleman. I listened to the pastor's sermon. The message is the same that I learned as I was growing up in India.Spirittualty is the way of living, the 'Path of the Undivided Heart." Let everyday be a Jesus Day or Buddha Day or Krsihna or Rama day. Material wealth and material possessions, and our out word appearances and religious dogmatic beliefs may divide us as me against us, or make us believe  we are greater and better than others.The spiritual reality or truth is that we all are one family, that where we live are is our temple.This is my understanding of spirituality, of living spiritually  My everyday spiritual practices, prayer and meditation, help me to live from my undivided heart. My work is my worship. My living is my prayer. I would like to conclude my reflections by quoting Chief Seattle: " We do not weave the web of our life; we are merely the strand in it. Whatever we do to the web we do to ou  See full.

 Reading Jack Kornfield's writing makes me feel at home. It is like home coming. I was raised in a  poor family of nine members: father, mother and four brothers and three sisters. In spite of poverty, we felt spiritually whole and wealthy.Our parents embodied spirituality in everyday living. Every evening we used to go to the nearby temple to pray and worship. Our parents made a little shrine in our home and we used to pray every morning.Our home was our temple, Love, truth,compassion, grace and forgiveness were the foundations of our family temple. That became the way of our living.We were blessed to live near the Gandhi Ashram and used to attend evening  spiritual gatherings in the presence of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji inspired us and reinforced our spiritual way of living.When a journalist asked Gandhiji, "What is your message?", his answer was simple and profound, " My life is my message."

Almost every Sunday morning, I go to a community church with my daughter and her family. She is married to a Catholic gentleman. I listened to the pastor's sermon. The message is the same that I learned as I was growing up in India.Spirittualty is the way of living, the 'Path of the Undivided Heart." Let everyday be a Jesus Day or Buddha Day or Krsihna or Rama day. Material wealth and material possessions, and our out word appearances and religious dogmatic beliefs may divide us as me against us, or make us believe  we are greater and better than others.The spiritual reality or truth is that we all are one family, that where we live are is our temple.This is my understanding of spirituality, of living spiritually 

My everyday spiritual practices, prayer and meditation, help me to live from my undivided heart. My work is my worship. My living is my prayer.

I would like to conclude my reflections by quoting Chief Seattle: " We do not weave the web of our life; we are merely the strand in it. Whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves."

May we make our New Year's resolution: let our  home be our temple and let us embrace spirituality with an undivided heart!

Namaste!  Jagdish P Dave

























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The Gift Of Threshold Moments, by Sam Keen

FaceBook  On Dec 15, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 " The thrus's song belongs to a family of experiences that usher us into a threshold where sound trails off into silence, time disappears into timelessness, and the known world is engulfed by the great mystery." Reading these words took me into the sound of silence.Such voyage into timelessness happens when I take time out for my in-time.I call the in-time zone the being zone. In this in-time zone, I do not feel bound by the out-time world.It is an experience that transcends the boundaries of space and time.

I like the phrase "a family of experiences." Meditation is one of such a family of experiences for me. Meditation ushers me into such timeless state of mind, when the chattering mind becomes calm and quiet. When I chant, I feel totally absorbed in it. 

A few years ago, we were on a pilgrimage to Amarnath some 15,000 feet above the sea level.We all felt a deep sense of awe and wonderment when we saw the clear sky with luminous stars.We all felt profound sense of silence. We all were in the timeless zone in deep silence for a long time. I will never forget this experience of a threshold moment. 

May we take time out from our busy and hectic life to receive gifts of a threshold moment!

Namaste.

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What You Missed That Day You Were Absent From Fourth Grade, by Brad Aaron Modlin

FaceBook  On Dec 9, 2017 Jagdish P Dave' wrote:

 Feeling enough and whole is different from having enough or possessing wholeness. It is also different from intellectually knowing what is enough and what is wholeness..According to my understanding, it is realizing or experiencing fullness, or wholeness. As the writer says, " I am is a complete sentence." It is not a thing. It is an enduring feeling of wholeness or a higher state of consciousness, dwelling in the being zone. Wanting, and doing and having and possessing take us away from the state of being.

It is my belief and conviction that we all have a deep yearning for completing our I am sentence, for experiencing the wholeness and fullness. We all are thirsty for it. But sadly, we strive to attain it by creating and living in a world of doing, having and possessing and draining our physical, mental and emotional energy. It is like a deer thirsty of water chasing the mirage.It is like walking on the periphery of the circle looking for the center. No wonder why we feel exhausted and incomplete.

When I read something like this article or a poem or listen to a song or hum a song i feel like I am in the being zone. The doing and having merge into the being state. When I water the plant, hold the hand of a crying child, look at the shining stars, extend my helping hand, meditate with like minded people, or take a mindful walk, I feel fullness of living in the moment. I feel "I am  is a complete sentence."

May we awaken ourselves from the delusion and dream of seeking fulfillment from outer sources rather than living from within!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave'




 

Small Graces, by Kent Neburn

FaceBook  On Dec 2, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I love reading  weekly Awakin Readings. I love reflecting on them. I am grateful for this precious gift. This reading is another  lovely gift. I love to do both, big and small things.There are times when I get caught up in living in the big dream world missing the small graces right in front of me. This morning, my daughter was  lovingly offering me a cup of tea. She cherishes time spending with me  I missed seeing her right in front of me. I was with her physically but not really with her. I was in my dream world of designing a great and grand project. I missed the small offeringby being mentally occupied with the big thing.. I remember reading Rabindranath Tagore's poem.  While the poet is looking for majestic beauty on the far away Himalayan peaks, the little flower smiling in front him says to the poet, " O great poet! Can't you see the the tiny beauty right in front of you?" Her question, "Dad, where are you?" wakes me up to taste the tea-her warm, affectionate presence. It is a small graceful act radiating heartfelt loving energy. This Saturday morning, she woke up early to make khichadi for my lunch before she took off for her work. Watching her making food for me joyfully was a blessing to me.Such small acts of kindness are indeed a great source of joy and contentment. I fondly remember my mom singing a lullaby before I would go to sleep.Her lullaby still resonates in my heart. Such a small gracious gift! And that's the way she lived her life.. She exemplified the wise saying of St Francis of Assisi: " We cannot do great things. We can do little things with great love." I find the words of Kent Neburn very appealing: " The world we shape is the world we touch with our words, our actions, our dreams." Let us make everyday a good day by doing small good things for us and for others and be grateful for small graces we give and receive! Namaste! Jagdish P Dave  See full.

 I love reading  weekly Awakin Readings. I love reflecting on them. I am grateful for this precious gift. This reading is another  lovely gift.

I love to do both, big and small things.There are times when I get caught up in living in the big dream world missing the small graces right in front of me. This morning, my daughter was  lovingly offering me a cup of tea. She cherishes time spending with me  I missed seeing her right in front of me. I was with her physically but not really with her. I was in my dream world of designing a great and grand project. I missed the small offeringby being mentally occupied with the big thing.. I remember reading Rabindranath Tagore's poem.  While the poet is looking for majestic beauty on the far away Himalayan peaks, the little flower smiling in front him says to the poet, " O great poet! Can't you see the the tiny beauty right in front of you?"

Her question, "Dad, where are you?" wakes me up to taste the tea-her warm, affectionate presence. It is a small graceful act radiating heartfelt loving energy. This Saturday morning, she woke up early to make khichadi for my lunch before she took off for her work. Watching her making food for me joyfully was a blessing to me.Such small acts of kindness are indeed a great source of joy and contentment.

I fondly remember my mom singing a lullaby before I would go to sleep.Her lullaby still resonates in my heart. Such a small gracious gift! And that's the way she lived her life.. She exemplified the wise saying of St Francis of Assisi: " We cannot do great things. We can do little things with great love." I find the words of Kent Neburn very appealing: " The world we shape is the world we touch with our words, our actions, our dreams."

Let us make everyday a good day by doing small good things for us and for others and be grateful for small graces we give and receive!

Namaste!

Jagdish P Dave


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The Messiah Is One Of Us , by Megan McKenna

FaceBook  On Nov 24, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I love this story. It is simple and profound. And it is relatively easy to apply in life. There are Messiahs or Prophets in all wisdom traditions giving message of life to awaken. According this story the Messiah is one of us. Who is that one? To me One is that connects all of us. It is like a thread that ties and connects all the beads around it. To me it represents compassion, love, gratitude, graciousness and joy.When we relate to that Messiah in one of us, we relate to that Messiah within all of us. The one belongs to all of us.

Compassion is contagious, kindness is contagious, love is contagious. Hope is contagious. It is like one lamp lighting the other.  This is my daily experience. When I see someone with fresh loving or kind eyes I see the smile of loving kindness. When I comfort and soothe a crying  child by putting my hand on his back, the child looks at me with grateful eyes. When I meet someone and a smile comes on my face, the other smiles back effortlessly. We mirror each other and  get profoundly connected with each other.

The same thing happens when someone looks at me kindly when I am sad or greets me with a smile  and a smile spread on my face. We build a bridge of connectedness. We can create a wonderful world by relating to each other with compassion and gracefulness.

May we relate to the Messiah in each one of us and be the instrument of service, joy, love, peace and happiness!
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Laziness As Our Personal Teacher, by Pema Chodron

FaceBook  On Nov 18, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Everything that happens to me could  be me my teacher if I do not resist it, fight it, fear it or freeze by denying it and doing nothing about it. As a human being, I experience ups and downs, pleasure and pain. Since I like and want pleasure, I try to avoid, deny and try to runaway from my pain. By avoiding it or believing or hoping that it is gone, I am fooling myself. What I disown slips into the shadow zone. Since I do not want to face my shadow and work through it, it darkens my light zone and prevents me from me being and accepting my authentic or real self. I need to wake up and embrace my fullness with all its colors. I relax myself and lean into that dark zone which is me. In order to be a whole human being, I need to accept my humanness and compassionately work through it.

The body has its natural rhythms. When I am tired, my body wants and needs to rest and relax and go to sleep. If I do not listen to the feedback  that my body gives, I become my own enemy. I have been learning and practicing to befriend my tired body and provide that restful space. It is natural laziness. And the same way I relate to my bodily sensations, thoughts, feelings and emotions. Since I live in a relational world, I relate to my inter -personal experiences the same way. The other is me too.We need to go beyond the dualistic perspective and relate to each other as our brothers and sisters, the branches of the one tree of humanity.

This is my daily psycho-spiritual practice. Living this way makes me hopeful and optimistic as we are going through small and big storms in our life. Life is a gift and it is my intention to appreciate and use this gift for a higher propose, for greater good.

Namaste!

May we all awaken and walk on the Dharma path, the path of not harming us, other sentient beings, non-human beings and  Mother nature!

Jagdish P dave


 

The Sun Is The Perfect Example, by Vinoba Bhave

FaceBook  On Nov 10, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 The sun as I understand represents the inner being which always shines within us.The light of being is our true nature described as the Divine Light within us. Such light is ever shining and is everywhere.Rabindranath Tagore poetically describes that light in these words:" Light, my light, the world-filling light, the eye-kissing light. heart-sweetening light! Ah, the light dances, my darling, at the center of my life: the light strikes, my darling, the chords of my love; the sky opens, the wind runs wild, laughter passes over the earth. The butterflies spread their sails on the sea of light. Lilies and jasmines surge up on the crest of the waves of light...Mirth spreads from leaf to leaf, my darling, and gladdens without measure. The heaven's river has drowned its banks and the flood of joy is abroad."

I experience such light within me when I am quiet within me. The quiet of non-doing moments opes, expands and deepens my awareness of the ever-flowing  and ever present stream of pure consciousness. It is filled with peace, joy, love, fulfillment and fullness. I also experience this state of consciousness when I am fully absorbed in doing what is deeply meaningful to me. At such times my doing is not  separate from my being.. It is like the light is the sun and the sun is the light.. It happens when I read something that moves and fills my heart like Tagore's poem I mentioned before. The sun light for me is a call for awakening of my mind and heart. It is like living from within.

May we awaken to receive the blessings from the ever-shining and ever-enlightening hands of the sun!

Namaste.

Jagdish O Dave

 

Space To Heal, by Thuy Nguyen

FaceBook  On Nov 5, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Reading this article reminds me  of a wise statement written by Austrian psychologist Viktor Frankl. " Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." Our  mind is hijacked by our emotionally disturbed mind causing harm to us and others connected with us..This is where we need to pause to create that space which frees us from the grip of the reactive mind.

I  need to be mindful of how much unnecessary stuff I keep on buying crowding my external space. How much I hoard invading my own room. Likewise, I need to be mindful of how much junk I stuff in my mind in the form of destructive thoughts and destructive emotions, holding on to the past and narrowing  my inner space. Sadly, we create our own pathology.

We need to wake up and attend to the accumulation of the external stuff and the internal stuff. We need to learn to let go of the stuff that we do not really need. I can be my own killer and I can be my own healer.  It's my choice. It's up to me.We can do that by learning and practicing how to create that space that slowly and gradually helps us rest, rejuvenate and heal. We can and need to start  it doing now.

Practicing mindfulness mediation regularly has been a blessing to me.It has created a stream of wellness in my life. My wellness affects people in my life in a positive way. We all are together to help and heal each other.

May we help us and each other to create the healing space within us to fill it with joy and fulfillment!

Namaste.
Jagdish P dave

 

Welcoming Fear As A Friend, by Gerald G. May

FaceBook  On Oct 27, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I love to read such writings which make me pause,"see" with wide open and clear yes and connected with the truth emerging from openness and clarity.The fear of fear is neurotic. It is a conditioned response.I stay away from relating to a new and fresh stimulus even before it arises.In this sense I relate to fear as an enemy, and not as my friend. Such a mindset creates a wall or a boundary and restricts the flow of our energy.Our flow of energy gets thwarted by fight, flight or freeze response.

Another way of relating to a fear is  befriending the fear.We embrace the fear with open arms and allow ourselves to experience it as a friend or a guest.When we relate to our fear in a friendly way, fully and fearlessly, we feel the surge and aliveness of energy like surfing on the new waves..

When I am fully present  to the existential reality as it is without the judgment of right and wrong, beyond right and wrong, I am in the field of pure energy, pure awareness. It is a different dimension of consciousness.Walking in nature, listening to music, connecting with myself with myself and  others on a deeper level creates a sense of awe and wonderment. Living becomes a blessing.

May we be free from the shackles of fear and  swim in the pure flow of energy!

Namaste.

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Seeing Is Not Thinking, by Jeanne de Salzmann

FaceBook  On Oct 24, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

Reading this article reminds me of an ancient saying written in Sanskrit, " Yatha drushti tatha shrusti." Meaning as is my vision, so is the world. If my vision is clouded I see the world clouded. Fresh eyes are new eyes free form the bondage of the past, from the anticipation of the future; free  from  the attachments to positive and negative thoughts, wishes and desires, free from the the old mind. It is a fresh vision, a new vision, a new mind , a new brain, the "choiceless awareness"

When I read something like this, I get deeply connected with the vision of the vision. My mind becomes quiet and I feel the open space within me, like the clear blue sky. I am in the here-and now zone. I am no more attached to my thoughts, I am no more enslaved by my conditioned mind. To put iti n the words of the author, " abandon everything to enter the unknown." This is freedom -the inner freedom.It is the the womb, a birthing place of the new intelligence, the new mind, the new brain, open to the sense of the cosmos. Seeing is not thinking. It is beyond thinking, free from thinking.

Practicing mindfulness meditation opens and expands my inner space for perception seeing the reality, a new dimension that transcends time and space.I experience "The Power of Now." It enables me to relate to apparent differences with an open mind and open heart and creates and sustains my wholesomeness.

May we have an interval between a stimulus and an old response to see the reality as it is!

Namaste!

Jagdish P Dave




 

Planting Twin Trees, by Robin Wall Kimmerer

FaceBook  On Oct 13, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I love the metaphor of planting the Twin Trees. Two hearts, minds and bodies bonding together , nourishing and taking care of each other and all connected with them. We have received gifts of love and caring from our ancestors, our guardians and we are continuing the same shade giving to each other and others and and planting the Tween Trees for the generations to come. This  is our sacred responsibility called Dharma.

I strongly believe that we need to spend time with our children to talk about our ancestries, where we are coming from, how much  sacrifice they have made for us and how grateful we are for having them in our lives.It is somewhat like modern scientists are indebted to the scientists who blazed a new path of discoveries and inventions. before them This applies to philosophers, musicians, writers and dancers. We all are indebted to our fore fathers and fore mothers.

In our family we spend time together talking about our ancestors and paying homage to them, offering our gratitude to their feet.

May we never forget the great gifts of life and love we have received from our parents and grand parents and great grand parents!!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

One Has No Self To Love, by Alan Watts

FaceBook  On Oct 7, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Love is unselfish and unconditional. Such pure love has no outwardly defined boundaries and prescriptions. Love is not a calculating transaction. Love grows from within like a plant and offers  flowers, fragrance and fruits joyfully. Such offerings fill the cup of life with joy, fulfillment and happiness.

"Nothing is more inhuman than human relations based on morals." This statement by Alan Watts made me think deeply. Morals are prescriptions or commandments or rules to follow for social order and social cohesiveness. As a human being I am born not  as a conditioned self.It is a self not defined by out side agencies. It is pure and free. As that self grows, it is shaped by what is right and what is wrong, the morals of a society. Love, relate and accept those who are on our side. Hate, disconnect and reject those who are on the other side.

The life holding, the life sustaining, and the life blossoming consciousness is diminished by the societal morals. Our essential self is diminished by the societal conditioning. When we quietly introspect and create clear space within us, when we wake up and let the light shine through the cracks of ourselves, we get liberated from the ego self. This light is the light of love. As Alan Watts says," It comes only in the awareness that one has no self to love." We realize that there is Universal Self and that is our Essential Self.

May we attain and retain the awareness of the Universal Self, our Essential Self to serve others who are essentially us!

Namaste!

Jagdish P Dave



 

Habits Of The Heart, by Parker Palmer

FaceBook  On Oct 1, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Our society is plagued with divisiveness and polarization, discrimination on the basis of color, race, ethnicity and religion. Almost everyday we hear  or see aggressive and hateful behaviors not only in our country but in many other countries. If this goes on or increases, it will be very hard for societies to survive let alone flourish. We need to form  and cultivate "Habits of the heart." The five habits discussed in this article are interlinked. We need to realize that we are all in this together, interconnected, entwined with one another. Let us not confine in the bubble of individualism and independence. As the author says it is an illusion. No man is an island. We all are like the waves of the ocean of humanity. We are interconnected and interdependent.  Unfortunately and sadly, we our mindset and mind habits are shaped by the notion of "us versus them" rather than "us and them". We are each other's brother keepers. Knowing this and practicing this notion expands our consciousness and enriches our relationships. We need to have our personal voice and express it courageously. We need to cultivate the courage to be ourselves and maintain our integrity. At the same time, we need to hear the voice of the other respectfully and empathically. Relationship is not a one way street.We need to learn and practice to be open to check and correct our truth against the truth of others. And this is the way we flourish our society. It takes a village to create a social change. We all know how difficult it is to create a substantial change by oneself. We need to create a community of kindred spirits and join hands together for justice and fairness. Once we know with an awakened mind what is Truth-buddham sharanam gachhami. And then follow that true path passionately and consistently- dhhamam sharnam gacchamt . And invite our fellow brothers and sisters to join us-sangham sharanam gacchami. By inviting and embracing others, w  See full.

 Our society is plagued with divisiveness and polarization, discrimination on the basis of color, race, ethnicity and religion. Almost everyday we hear  or see aggressive and hateful behaviors not only in our country but in many other countries. If this goes on or increases, it will be very hard for societies to survive let alone flourish.

We need to form  and cultivate "Habits of the heart." The five habits discussed in this article are interlinked. We need to realize that we are all in this together, interconnected, entwined with one another. Let us not confine in the bubble of individualism and independence. As the author says it is an illusion. No man is an island. We all are like the waves of the ocean of humanity. We are interconnected and interdependent. 

Unfortunately and sadly, we our mindset and mind habits are shaped by the notion of "us versus them" rather than "us and them". We are each other's brother keepers. Knowing this and practicing this notion expands our consciousness and enriches our relationships.

We need to have our personal voice and express it courageously. We need to cultivate the courage to be ourselves and maintain our integrity. At the same time, we need to hear the voice of the other respectfully and empathically. Relationship is not a one way street.We need to learn and practice to be open to check and correct our truth against the truth of others. And this is the way we flourish our society.

It takes a village to create a social change. We all know how difficult it is to create a substantial change by oneself. We need to create a community of kindred spirits and join hands together for justice and fairness. Once we know with an awakened mind what is Truth-buddham sharanam gachhami. And then follow that true path passionately and consistently- dhhamam sharnam gacchamt . And invite our fellow brothers and sisters to join us-sangham sharanam gacchami. By inviting and embracing others, we can sustain and flourish the local and global society.

I have been spiritually enriching my life by joining my hands with kindred spirits in my family, in my work place and in my local community. I trust  and hope that such actions will contribute to the survival and enrichment of our society.

May we relate to one another in the spirit of togetherness to create transformation in our lives and the lives of others.

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave 



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Advice From A Tree, by Ilan Shamir

FaceBook  On Sep 22, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Trees are considered sacred and are revered in many cultures and societies.Roots of tress signify the importance of learning how to be grounded and steadfast in the midst of storms of life.Branches of tress show the significance of remaining connected with one another.Tress change inwardly. Seasons change outwardly. Tress relate to such  changes gracefully. A great lesson to learn from tress as we go through the passages of life. .  Nature offers many gifts like the sun shine and the moon light and twinkling stars at night. We miss their mysterious presence if we are not open and present to receive such wonderful gifts. Nature offers simple pleasures of earth, fresh air and light. Sadly we miss them because we are not at home. Our mind wanders and we miss the wonderment of celebrating simple pleasures of life. We mindlessly allow ourselves to be disconnected with the source of abundance,and wonderment by not remaining rooted and connected with the presence. Let us remember the roots and be open and present to enjoy the view. I have gone through passages of life in my life journey from childhood to old age.When I was a child, I had planted a Neem tree in my backyard.I related to my tree with a lot of affection and joy. The tree became my dear friend. When I was in distress, I would sit under the tree and I would feel comfort and nourishment coming from the tree. When I was tired I would lay down under the tree and felt refreshed. And when I had a joyful experience, I shared my joy with my tree. The tree was my never failing dear friend. When we moved to another house, I sat under the tree and cried. I felt as if I was held warmly and tenderly in the hands of my tree.. My early childhood experience with  my Neem tree has planted seeds of loving, appreciating and taking care of plants and tress. To me they are sacred and a great source of joy.This is what I learned from my Dear Tree. May we relate to nature with affection, friendliness and gr  See full.

 Trees are considered sacred and are revered in many cultures and societies.Roots of tress signify the importance of learning how to be grounded and steadfast in the midst of storms of life.Branches of tress show the significance of remaining connected with one another.Tress change inwardly. Seasons change outwardly. Tress relate to such  changes gracefully. A great lesson to learn from tress as we go through the passages of life. . 

Nature offers many gifts like the sun shine and the moon light and twinkling stars at night. We miss their mysterious presence if we are not open and present to receive such wonderful gifts. Nature offers simple pleasures of earth, fresh air and light. Sadly we miss them because we are not at home. Our mind wanders and we miss the wonderment of celebrating simple pleasures of life. We mindlessly allow ourselves to be disconnected with the source of abundance,and wonderment by not remaining rooted and connected with the presence. Let us remember the roots and be open and present to enjoy the view.

I have gone through passages of life in my life journey from childhood to old age.When I was a child, I had planted a Neem tree in my backyard.I related to my tree with a lot of affection and joy. The tree became my dear friend. When I was in distress, I would sit under the tree and I would feel comfort and nourishment coming from the tree. When I was tired I would lay down under the tree and felt refreshed. And when I had a joyful experience, I shared my joy with my tree. The tree was my never failing dear friend. When we moved to another house, I sat under the tree and cried. I felt as if I was held warmly and tenderly in the hands of my tree..

My early childhood experience with  my Neem tree has planted seeds of loving, appreciating and taking care of plants and tress. To me they are sacred and a great source of joy.This is what I learned from my Dear Tree.

May we relate to nature with affection, friendliness and gratitude!

Namaste!

Jagdish P Dave

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Beyond Content Of Thought, by Ram Dass

FaceBook  On Sep 17, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 When I identify myself with my thoughts, I become my thoughts. Thoughts create feelings and emotions and actions and my character. If I do not dis-identify myself with the  mental and emotional world I  create in my mind, I get trapped by my self-created trappings causing ups and downs of mental and emotional states. It is up to me to free myself from my from the bondage I have created or to remain stuck with it.

One of the ways of reducing or working through my suffering is the practice of mindfulness.I have found practicing mindfulness very beneficial to me. Breathing in and out keeps me grounded , steadfast  and composed.It creates space  in me to let my thoughts come and go like waves and makes my mind quiet and clear. This is the mechanics I use to work on myself.

When I do not apply mindfulness, I resort to habitual and conditioned patterns  of reacting to the contents of my thoughts which perpetuate and strengthen the cycle of  my suffering. I run a mental commentary of finding fault either with myself or with others. What I have been learning from my mindfulness practice is what Baba Ramdass calls dis-identifying my self with  from the contents of my thoughts. I let the thoughts come and go as I breathe in and out.Such mindfulness practice helps me to respond rather than to react. Practicing mindfulness consistently helps me to relate to myself and to others with freshness, empathy and compassion.

May we find time to practice mindfulness for walking of the wholesome path.

Namaste.

Jagdish P dave

 

Emptiness And Compassion Go Hand In Hand, by Norman Fischer

FaceBook  On Sep 9, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 A long time ago, in  1950, I went to a World View exposition at Tagore's Hall in Ahmedabad, India. I will never forget what I read at the entrance.  Everyman is All Man, Every woman is All Woman, Every child is All Child. -Carl Sandburg All wisdom traditions teach us the underlying truth of oneness in many-ness. Oneness has no limits or boundary. Living this universal teaching or Dharma talk makes daily living joyful, abundant and peaceful. I am sure all of us in varying degrees have tasted this nectar and have had glimpses of enlightenment. I am convinced that this teaching is not an ideal to worship. It is something we experience, we realize in our daily life. When my consciousness is not bound and limited by my egoic mind, I sense and feel the underlying connectedness with nature and people I run into. This happens. I do not make it happen. When I am empty of my ego, I feel oneness and fullness-shunyata and purnata- emptiness and fullness. I do not experience them as separate or opposite. Compassion creates a bridge between me and the other. When I see a person suffering, I feel suffering in me and my heart reaches out for him or her.It may be a short meeting of two hearts but it enriches and nourishes our hearts. It is an organic experience bringing a deep feeling of joy and fullness. Yesterday, I was eating my lunch with a bunch of children at Desert Garden Montessori in Phoenix where I teach Peace Education. I saw a four- year old girl crying and a six-year old girl comforting the little girl compassionately, softly holding her hands  without saying a word. She held her until she stopped crying.There is something in human heart that makes us feel compassionate and connected with the other being.It is by liberating my self from my ego, I become one with the other. It is by emptying myself I fill myself. It is like the author says,"It is a joyful, heartfelt path worth treading." May we cultivate compassion for others to tread  See full.

 A long time ago, in  1950, I went to a World View exposition at Tagore's Hall in Ahmedabad, India. I will never forget what I read at the entrance. 

Everyman is All Man,
Every woman is All Woman,
Every child is All Child.
-Carl Sandburg

All wisdom traditions teach us the underlying truth of oneness in many-ness. Oneness has no limits or boundary.
Living this universal teaching or Dharma talk makes daily living joyful, abundant and peaceful. I am sure all of us in varying degrees have tasted this nectar and have had glimpses of enlightenment. I am convinced that this teaching is not an ideal to worship. It is something we experience, we realize in our daily life.

When my consciousness is not bound and limited by my egoic mind, I sense and feel the underlying connectedness with nature and people I run into. This happens. I do not make it happen. When I am empty of my ego, I feel oneness and fullness-shunyata and purnata- emptiness and fullness. I do not experience them as separate or opposite.

Compassion creates a bridge between me and the other. When I see a person suffering, I feel suffering in me and my heart reaches out for him or her.It may be a short meeting of two hearts but it enriches and nourishes our hearts. It is an organic experience bringing a deep feeling of joy and fullness.

Yesterday, I was eating my lunch with a bunch of children at Desert Garden Montessori in Phoenix where I teach Peace Education. I saw a four- year old girl crying and a six-year old girl comforting the little girl compassionately, softly holding her hands  without saying a word. She held her until she stopped crying.There is something in human heart that makes us feel compassionate and connected with the other being.It is by liberating my self from my ego, I become one with the other. It is by emptying myself I fill myself. It is like the author says,"It is a joyful, heartfelt path worth treading."

May we cultivate compassion for others to tread the path of joyful and heartfelt living!

Namaste!
Jagdish P dave








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Happy Birthday, Dear Sister, by Parag Shah

FaceBook  On Sep 1, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Nothingness is not a thing. Nothingness is the source of everything. There is nothing missing in nothingness. This beautiful poem reminds me of a similar beautiful poem in an ancient spiritual book called Ishvasya Upanishada written in Sanskrit: " Purnam adaha, purnam idam, purnat puram udachyate; purnasya purnam adaya, purnam evavishisyate." This is full. That is full. If you add something to fullnes, it remains full. If you take something out of it, what remains is fullness. Nothingness is described as emptiness-emptying those thoughts, feelings and actions that cause suffering to us and to others.Then emptiness is fullness and fullness is emptiness. The source of creation has infinite abundance. When we separate ourselves from this source by believing and thinking and behaving as if we are separate from the source, we plant the seeds of alienation, me against you,  invading others, and having not enough.We get misaligned with the source of creation. When we align ourselves and live in harmony with the all pervading and  all embracing creative source, our cup of life gets filled. Everything emanates from this creative source. We may call this source God, Supreme Being, Divine Mind, Tao or by any other name. Our egoic mind creates separation, divisiveness, and disconnection within and between people. Such a divided state of our ordinary ego-bound consciousness creates inner poverty and lack of fulfillment. If we wake up, become aware of this self-created alienation from the creative source, we can be reborn and live harmoniously, joyfully and peacefully. My purpose of being in this world is to serve others and when I live this way the others become me and I become others.This is  spiritual consciousness transcending the self-serving ordinary consciousness. This way of living makes me blissful and deeply contented. When I step out of this spiritual path, I feel discontented and unhappy. I wake up, rise and walk on the spiritual p  See full.

 Nothingness is not a thing. Nothingness is the source of everything. There is nothing missing in nothingness. This beautiful poem reminds me of a similar beautiful poem in an ancient spiritual book called Ishvasya Upanishada written in Sanskrit: " Purnam adaha, purnam idam, purnat puram udachyate; purnasya purnam adaya, purnam evavishisyate." This is full. That is full. If you add something to fullnes, it remains full. If you take something out of it, what remains is fullness. Nothingness is described as emptiness-emptying those thoughts, feelings and actions that cause suffering to us and to others.Then emptiness is fullness and fullness is emptiness.

The source of creation has infinite abundance. When we separate ourselves from this source by believing and thinking and behaving as if we are separate from the source, we plant the seeds of alienation, me against you,  invading others, and having not enough.We get misaligned with the source of creation. When we align ourselves and live in harmony with the all pervading and  all embracing creative source, our cup of life gets filled.

Everything emanates from this creative source. We may call this source God, Supreme Being, Divine Mind, Tao or by any other name. Our egoic mind creates separation, divisiveness, and disconnection within and between people. Such a divided state of our ordinary ego-bound consciousness creates inner poverty and lack of fulfillment. If we wake up, become aware of this self-created alienation from the creative source, we can be reborn and live harmoniously, joyfully and peacefully.

My purpose of being in this world is to serve others and when I live this way the others become me and I become others.This is  spiritual consciousness transcending the self-serving ordinary consciousness. This way of living makes me blissful and deeply contented. When I step out of this spiritual path, I feel discontented and unhappy. I wake up, rise and walk on the spiritual path.

May we rise when we fall down, wake up, and reconnect ourselves with the creative source of nothingness, emptiness or fullness.

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave


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Loving Your Enemy, by Brother David Steindl-Rast

FaceBook  On Aug 26, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 " Love in every one of its forms is a lived "yes" to belonging. I call it a "lived yes", because the very way loving people live and act says loudly and clearly, " Yes, I affirm and respect you and I wish you well. As members of the cosmic family we belong together, and this belonging goes far deeper than anything that can ever divide us." These words written by Brother David Steindal-Rast resonate deeply with me.

All of us want and yearn to be deeply connected with each other. Life begins with connectedness and grows like a plant by remaining connected with supporting and nourishing elements. In this process we do not learn to hate. As we grow we acquire beliefs that create two groups, in-group and out-group, we and they, us and them- friends and enemies. These groups are the byproducts of human conditioning. However, there is the "being" part in  the human being.This is composed of empathy, compassion, forgiveness, gratitude and love. All  wisdom traditions teach us, urge us, inspire us to keep the heart and soul open to relate to each other as loving neighbors, as brothers and sisters in spite of our differences.

There have been living examples of people all our the world who have risen above the the divisive ways of thinking and behaving and there lies the hope for us as human beings to survive and thrive.

Everyday I run into people whom I know who respect and affirm racial, ethnic religious and political differences without punching each other and hating each other. And I also run into people who hold strong prejudice and hatred for people who are different from them.

May we keep our mind and heart open to cultivate connectedness within ourselves and with others in our life!

Namaste.

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Heart And Soul Bonds, by Michelle

FaceBook  On Aug 19, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 As I understand, there are two modes of connecting with others in our life:the doing mode and the happening mode.Right now I am in the doing mode. I am reflecting on what I am reading and communicating with whoever is reading my writing. This morning I got a message from my friend about passing away of another friend who had serious medical conditions.. I expressed my hear felt sadness and condolence to our friend's family. Such events happen in relationships. They are not spontaneous happenings that create a sense of awe and wonderment.

There are un-planed, effortless and spontaneous communication between me and my friends, relatives and students that create a sense of wonderment, surprise and excitement in me.Yesteday I was feeling the presence of my client in my heart and I got a call from her. Yesterday I went to Trader's Joe to purchase a few things. I ran into a Japanese lady whom I had never met before. Both of us felt as if we have met each other before. The first question that she asked me happily surprised me. She asked me if I was meditating. I forgot about looking for things I was going to buy. Her question took us in a different world.She was excited about talking about a book , Quiet, she has been reading. She suggested me to go the next door book store to buy this book.And I did. I asked the lady at the counter to help me find that book. Lo and behold! The book was right in front of me on the shelf as if  it was waiting for me!

There are times when I hear the sudden sound of thunder, unexpectedly waking me up! I feel grateful for receiving such gifts. Such gifts come from heart and soul-examples of synchronicity.

May we keep our heart and soul open to receive such gifts creating awe and wonderment!

Namaste.
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Each Thing's Way, by Ray Grigg

FaceBook  On Aug 12, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

There is nothing wrong in understanding what is knowable by our mind. I want to understand what you mean. I want to understand what is this and how it works. Understanding expands and enriches my knowledge.It is important that we honor and appreciate known what is known. But it is more important to honor and appreciate what is unknown.  What iI know has a limit. What is unknown is limitless like the sky.It is fathomless, boundless and infinite.It is filled with mystery-the unknown and the unknowable by the mind. When I look at the sky, my being is filled with wonderment (!) and not with a question (?). Love is a mystery, life is a mystery, death is a mystery and God is a mystery to me. I let the river of mystery flow. I do not resist it, do not push it and do not make an effort to capture it. When my mind is quiet and when my heart is open, mystery dawns upon and my being is filled with awe and wonderment. Lao Tzu describes it in one word- Tao! "There is a limit to a life time but not to the mystery in a life time. What foolishness then trying to catch the unlimited in the limited." These words deeply resonate with me. May we keep our inner eyes open to receive the blessings of the unfolding of mystery! Namaste. Jagdish P Dave Life has two faces-the face of understanding and the face of wondering. Both are necessary. I want to understand what I am reading. I wan  to know what I don't know. I use my mind to expand and enrich my knowledge.I have this known world in me. This world is limited. But there is another world- the unknown world- the world of mystery. This world is beyond time and boundary. It is timeless and limitless.It is unknowable and mysterious. To me, life is a mystery, nature is a mystery, love is a mystery, and God is a mystery.  It is like the sky with no limits or boundaries.When my mind is quiet and when my heart is open, mystery dawns upon me and creates a sense of awe and wonderment.It feels like the sparkling of light, bloss  See full.

There is nothing wrong in understanding what is knowable by our mind. I want to understand what you mean. I want to understand what is this and how it works. Understanding expands and enriches my knowledge.It is important that we honor and appreciate known what is known. But it is more important to honor and appreciate what is unknown. 

What iI know has a limit. What is unknown is limitless like the sky.It is fathomless, boundless and infinite.It is filled with mystery-the unknown and the unknowable by the mind. When I look at the sky, my being is filled with wonderment (!) and not with a question (?). Love is a mystery, life is a mystery, death is a mystery and God is a mystery to me. I let the river of mystery flow. I do not resist it, do not push it and do not make an effort to capture it. When my mind is quiet and when my heart is open, mystery dawns upon and my being is filled with awe and wonderment. Lao Tzu describes it in one word- Tao!

"There is a limit to a life time but not to the mystery in a life time. What foolishness then trying to catch the unlimited in the limited." These words deeply resonate with me.

May we keep our inner eyes open to receive the blessings of the unfolding of mystery!

Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave





Life has two faces-the face of understanding and the face of wondering. Both are necessary. I want to understand what I am reading. I wan  to know what I don't know. I use my mind to expand and enrich my knowledge.I have this known world in me. This world is limited. But there is another world- the unknown world- the world of mystery. This world is beyond time and boundary. It is timeless and limitless.It is unknowable and mysterious.

To me, life is a mystery, nature is a mystery, love is a mystery, and God is a mystery.  It is like the sky with no limits or boundaries.When my mind is quiet and when my heart is open, mystery dawns upon me and creates a sense of awe and wonderment.It feels like the sparkling of light, blossoming of a flower, smiling of a child, dancing of leaves, caring touch of a mother.

We  overly use our face of understanding, wandering on the same familiar and old tracks of life, missing the trails of mystery and wonderment. What a loss? We need to awaken ourselves from  our conditioned and habitual ways of living to experience the wonders of living.

" There is a limit to a lifetime but not to the mystery in a lifetime.What foolishness then tying to catch the unlimited in the limited." These words deeply resonate with me.

May we keep our mind and heart open to receive the amazing grace of  the mystery of living!

Namste!
Jagdish P Dave
















 







































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From Being Driven To Being Drawn, by Richard Rohr

FaceBook  On Jul 29, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 To divide the reality into either/ or perpetuates the stance of me against you.This kind of stance breaks relationships on all levels and results in the so-called "Holy Wars" that have been wedged for thousands of years. As long our perspective and actions are derived form the either/or stance, the cycle of misery, suffering and destruction is going to continue. The wisdom traditions have shown a different way of relating to the dichotomous view of thinking, feeling and behaving.Contemplative prayer and meditation offer a way of thinking more in terms of both/and rather than either /or. Such a shift of our perspective happens not just by intellectual explorations but by experiencing the teaching on a cellular, heart and soul level. As the author puts it," In meditation, you are moving from ego consciousness to soul consciousness, from being driven by negative motivations to being drawn from a positive source within." This source within us is a deep "okayness" or "Yes" to life. When we take time out, to go within and  be silent, we mindfully observe the whole inner landscape, contradictions become more clear, sadness and joy coexist peacefully. Forgiving and letting go of hurt clears the inner sky and creates pure healing energy. Recently, I had an in- depth exploration with my friend who felt deeply hurt, upset and angry by my behavior in a group setting. She felt ignored, left out, and deeply hurt as I was relating to my other friends. It was a new group for her and she felt isolated. I invited her to talk it out with me. Instead of judging her and defending my behavior, I maintained my attentive empathic silence. That made me see her agony very clearly. When she became calm, she understood my behavior more clearly. We both felt sadness. This was a healing experience and it made our friendship deeper and stronger. Compassion and mindful awareness of oneself and the other make our relationships genuine and deep. May we relate to intra-pers  See full.

 To divide the reality into either/ or perpetuates the stance of me against you.This kind of stance breaks relationships on all levels and results in the so-called "Holy Wars" that have been wedged for thousands of years. As long our perspective and actions are derived form the either/or stance, the cycle of misery, suffering and destruction is going to continue.

The wisdom traditions have shown a different way of relating to the dichotomous view of thinking, feeling and behaving.Contemplative prayer and meditation offer a way of thinking more in terms of both/and rather than either /or. Such a shift of our perspective happens not just by intellectual explorations but by experiencing the teaching on a cellular, heart and soul level. As the author puts it," In meditation, you are moving from ego consciousness to soul consciousness, from being driven by negative motivations to being drawn from a positive source within." This source within us is a deep "okayness" or "Yes" to life. When we take time out, to go within and  be silent, we mindfully observe the whole inner landscape, contradictions become more clear, sadness and joy coexist peacefully. Forgiving and letting go of hurt clears the inner sky and creates pure healing energy.

Recently, I had an in- depth exploration with my friend who felt deeply hurt, upset and angry by my behavior in a group setting. She felt ignored, left out, and deeply hurt as I was relating to my other friends. It was a new group for her and she felt isolated. I invited her to talk it out with me. Instead of judging her and defending my behavior, I maintained my attentive empathic silence. That made me see her agony very clearly. When she became calm, she understood my behavior more clearly. We both felt sadness. This was a healing experience and it made our friendship deeper and stronger. Compassion and mindful awareness of oneself and the other make our relationships genuine and deep.

May we relate to intra-personal and interpersonal joy and sadness, emotional ups and downs honestly and compassionately!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave





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The Boss And The Attendants, by TKV Desikachar

FaceBook  On Jul 23, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

" What is most important is always hidden'  These words resonate with a saying I had learned from my dad a long time ago.. It is in Sanskrit: Dharmasysa tatvam nihitam guhayam-the essence of harmonious land joyful living resides  hidden in the cave of our heart. Heart is the source of the mystical, nurturing, and loving-kindness energy that creates, sustains and flourishes our purpose of living.Living from the heart creates deep and happy connections with all living beings regardless of the differences. We seem to be giving more emphasis on the mind or head in many areas and aspects of our life.In the world we live in,  science and technology are more valued than what is created form the heart. This creates imbalance in our life. It deprives us of the joyful, peaceful and happy dance of life. We need both-heart and head; compassion and intellect.  When head overtakes  heart, we suffer. We need a dialectical balance between both. We need to cultivate discrimination for making wise choices. Meditation brings us closer to our heart and helps us  embrace life more deeply and meaningfully with ease and simplicity. Mind creates achievement; heart creates fulfillment.Like the author says, "A spirit of service fills our being and overflows. What we are seeking begins to find us." Recently, we had a very animated discussion in our family. My youngest grand daughter is in the last her of high school. Her older sister and  her best friend are in the medical field. They kept on advising her to go for medicine. Her uncle and the other grand father are in the engineering field advising and encouraging her to go for engineering. All of them were advising her to make use of her high intelligence and high academic performance. None of them  were mentioning anything about how her heart feels. What her intuitive voice was whispering to her. All of them love my grand daughter and want her to be a great achiever using her intelligence.  See full.

" What is most important is always hidden'  These words resonate with a saying I had learned from my dad a long time ago.. It is in Sanskrit: Dharmasysa tatvam nihitam guhayam-the essence of harmonious land joyful living resides  hidden in the cave of our heart. Heart is the source of the mystical, nurturing, and loving-kindness energy that creates, sustains and flourishes our purpose of living.Living from the heart creates deep and happy connections with all living beings regardless of the differences.

We seem to be giving more emphasis on the mind or head in many areas and aspects of our life.In the world we live in,  science and technology are more valued than what is created form the heart. This creates imbalance in our life. It deprives us of the joyful, peaceful and happy dance of life. We need both-heart and head; compassion and intellect.  When head overtakes  heart, we suffer. We need a dialectical balance between both.

We need to cultivate discrimination for making wise choices. Meditation brings us closer to our heart and helps us  embrace life more deeply and meaningfully with ease and simplicity. Mind creates achievement; heart creates fulfillment.Like the author says, "A spirit of service fills our being and overflows. What we are seeking begins to find us."

Recently, we had a very animated discussion in our family. My youngest grand daughter is in the last her of high school. Her older sister and  her best friend are in the medical field. They kept on advising her to go for medicine. Her uncle and the other grand father are in the engineering field advising and encouraging her to go for engineering. All of them were advising her to make use of her high intelligence and high academic performance. None of them  were mentioning anything about how her heart feels. What her intuitive voice was whispering to her. All of them love my grand daughter and want her to be a great achiever using her intelligence. My suggestion to her was to meditate and  listen to her voice with an open mind and open heart and follow what feels deeply and clearly right. She knows how I have chosen my path.At the end of our discussion, we all wished her well.

May we take time out, meditate, and listen to our inner voice quietly when we encounter confusion, conflict and uncertainty!

Namaste

Jagdish P Dave





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The Grandest Vision For Humanity, by Riva Melissa Taz

FaceBook  On Jul 14, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 What am I in this vast universe? Who am I in this vast universe? Am I a dot in this vast universe? Am I living organism in this vast universe? From a micro perspective I am a separate isolated dot or entity. From a macro perspective, I am an integral part of the larger whole. And from a cosmic perspective, I am the whole, I am one with the cosmos, I am the cosmos.

When it comes to living in this world, our energy is primarily invested for sustaining and surviving.on a personal and tribal level. Meeting such basic needs creates bonding and interconnectedness.One dot gets connected with another dot creating a string of several  interconnected dots. How do we relate to one another is an ongoing challenge for us as a human kind not only for our survival as human kind but also for the survival of our mother planet. 

We all need to join our heads, hearts and hands to encounter this universal challenge. Wisdom traditions have been urging us to wake up from the illusion of seperateness and learn to relate to the unverse we live in as a family. It is imperative for all of us to learn to live amicably, compassionately and constrctively not only to survive but also to thrive and flourish.

We all need to be awakened and play our part not only for saving but also for thriving and flourishing life in multiple forms. Let us start from where we are and be a part of this evolutionary revolution.  Let us spread the word by reading and reflecting on such writings, by using social media, and by actively patricipating in this movement. This is the time to act. If not now, then when? If not us then who?

May we all join our heads, hearts and hands to be a part of this noble venture!

Namaste!

Jagdish P Dave




 

The False Duality Between "Job" And "Service", by Zilong Wang

FaceBook  On Jul 7, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Work is worship-no matter what kind of work we do.There are many faces of work. No one face is better than the other face.The face that looks down on other faces is not a service face. Humility is an integral part of service. Service done from the heart induces inner joy, inner reward and a deep sense of fulfillment. Recognition or admiration for the service we do is like frosting on the cake. We cook the food for serving with no expectation in return.

We are a part of the system-social, financial and political. When a system serves the need of a privileged group of people by excluding others, it needs to be changed. Such self-serving systems need radical change to survive and flourish. I have witnessed the great service work done by Mahatma Gandhi for untouchables in India. He blazed a new trial which slowly became a high way.

Work does not have to be against service. This is my personal experience. I have been working as a teacher and counselor all my life. It has been my inward call. It has brought great joy, happiness and fulfillment in my life. Many lives have been gracefully touched by the work I l love do and my life has also been graciously been touched by many hands.

It is the spirit of the work that makes it service. Work and service join hands making living blissful.

May we make our work worship by doing greater good!

Namaste.

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Force of Love is the Force of Total Revolution, by Vimala Thakar

FaceBook  On Jun 30, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Vimalatai's  writing deeply resonates in my heart. Love gives birth to life, nourishes life and connects us with life in all forms. Such love is expressed in compassion for others, in kind and generous acts, wiping the tears of others, feeding the hungry and providing shelter. Sadly, the world created by the Divine hands has been converted into fighting zones, us against you, exploitation and destruction. We have been polluting air, water, food and sky-the sources of life- for our self-serving, profit making ends.These are signs and symptoms of the misuse of intelligence , energy and knowledge. Total love is needed to bring total revolution. We need to awaken ourselves and others as a humanity from this misery creating slumber. We need to have a balance between being and doing. If our doing is without the being consciousness -compassion, consideration and concerns for the life of others, our actions are going to be destructive, hurting us and others. Tooth for tooth, eye for eye or fire for fire is the mindset of destruction. We need to learn to relate to others not as objects to meet our self-centered needs but as an extension of our selves- from me to we. We have been blessed to to have people in our lives as models who have reached out and have lovingly touched the lives of others to lift them up. The world is still surviving because of their selfless love and service. In order to create, sustain and flourish such love revolutions, we all have to be a part of it. As the saying goes, charity begins at home but does not end it there. What can we do as parents, neighbors, teachers, students, politicians, social workers, corporate leaders, workers and religious leaders to create an inner environment that is rooted in unconditional love and compassion. This is real spiritual work I have learned how to create an inner environment for planting and nurturing the seeds of love, peace and service. This is my everyday spiritual practice which brings joy and fulf  See full.

 Vimalatai's  writing deeply resonates in my heart. Love gives birth to life, nourishes life and connects us with life in all forms. Such love is expressed in compassion for others, in kind and generous acts, wiping the tears of others, feeding the hungry and providing shelter. Sadly, the world created by the Divine hands has been converted into fighting zones, us against you, exploitation and destruction. We have been polluting air, water, food and sky-the sources of life- for our self-serving, profit making ends.These are signs and symptoms of the misuse of intelligence , energy and knowledge.

Total love is needed to bring total revolution. We need to awaken ourselves and others as a humanity from this misery creating slumber. We need to have a balance between being and doing. If our doing is without the being consciousness -compassion, consideration and concerns for the life of others, our actions are going to be destructive, hurting us and others. Tooth for tooth, eye for eye or fire for fire is the mindset of destruction. We need to learn to relate to others not as objects to meet our self-centered needs but as an extension of our selves- from me to we.

We have been blessed to to have people in our lives as models who have reached out and have lovingly touched the lives of others to lift them up. The world is still surviving because of their selfless love and service. In order to create, sustain and flourish such love revolutions, we all have to be a part of it. As the saying goes, charity begins at home but does not end it there. What can we do as parents, neighbors, teachers, students, politicians, social workers, corporate leaders, workers and religious leaders to create an inner environment that is rooted in unconditional love and compassion. This is real spiritual work

I have learned how to create an inner environment for planting and nurturing the seeds of love, peace and service. This is my everyday spiritual practice which brings joy and fulfillment in my life. I share my awakening with school children at my daughter's Montessori school by teaching Mindfulness and Peace Education and Mindfulness Parenting. Work is my service and it brings great joy and happiness to me. I am sure there are many such awakened people who are doing such badly needed work. Our community religious centers and educational institutions need to face and embrace this great universal challenge.

May we wake up, see the light and play our vital role in creating and participating the Total Revolution of Love.

Namaste



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Attachments Are Not Set in Stone, by Robina Courtin

FaceBook  On Jun 25, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 We as human beings have physical, mental and spiritual needs and desires. Most of our needs and desires are met in relationship contexts.  How our needs and desires are fulfilled makes a significant difference in our healthy growth and development. We need to cultivate wisdom to fulfill each other's needs and desires. 

As human beings we all experience suffering in varying degrees. One of the main reasons for our suffering is our craving and intense neediness. Such a state of mind leads to not enough set of mind. When the mind is set on or fixated on that set point, there is always going to be more craving and more grabbing and more suffering.We get heavily and chronically attached or addicted to our craving resulting in ongoing suffering. People who are connected with us also suffer by  our wanting more and more from other persons. They feel trapped by our neediness and unreasonable expectations. Both get caught up in this energy draining vicious cycle.

Suffering is an opportunity for growth if we keep our mind and heart awakened and open. Our suffering can be a gateway to awakening. First we need to recognize and accept that we are unhappy. We need to have a clear intention of working on our suffering.With confidence we do the inner mindfulness work starting with breath mindfulness by letting the waves of hurtful thoughts, feelings and emotions come and go. Such introspective mindfulness work requires consistency, resolution and dedication. It is not how much time but how  we use our time that heals us.
I have been practicing mindfulness and teaching mindfulness for quite some time. Such practice turns thorns of suffering into flowers of fulfillment and happiness.

May we remain aware of self-created suffering and gain wisdom for making right choices!

Namaste.

Jagdish P dave










 

Enlightenment is Intimacy with All Things, by Michael Damian

FaceBook  On Jun 16, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 According to Vedanta philosophy, Divinity is described in three intertwined words- Sat, Chit and Ananda- Truth, Pure Consciousness and Joy or Bliss. This is our True Nature, our Essence, our True Identity. In this state of consciousness, time-space created boundaries get dissolved, the ego-created self disappears and the Self emerges.
People who have reached this state are called self-realized beings.They are intimate with the universe that includes all living beings. To them the whole universe is one family.

I have been blessed to be in the presence of such self-realized beings. Their loving and compassionate kindness evoked a deep sense of intimacy within me and with others sitting around me. I would call it an enlightening experience, a blissful experience. I felt infinite compassion, affection,  and warmth radiating from them. I deeply felt their loving presence. While I am writing this reflection, I feel their loving presence in my heart. Such experiences have awakened my heart and have made my heart spacious and gracious flowing with loving kindness.

May we all be blessed by enlightened beings for opening and expanding our heart!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave
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Be Alight with Who We Are, by Mark Nepo

FaceBook  On Jun 9, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Reading this writing took me back when I was 5 years old. Every morning my dad used to chant the song of awakening. It has become a light house for me. The song is in Hindi. " Utha jaag musafir bhore bahi aba rayn kahnatak sovat hai. Jo sovat hai vo khovat hai, jo jagat hai vo pavat hai." Let me translate this song in English.
" Hey traveler, wake up. Morning has dawned. How long will you keep on sleeping? One who wakes up receives blessings and the one who keeps on sleeping misses the Divine gifts." 

To me life is a journey, a pilgrimage. We all are pilgrims of light. I am one of the pilgrims walking on my path. There have been times in my life when I took a wrong step. I hurt myself and hurt others close to me and around me. I woke up from my sleep and resumed my walking keeping my inner eyes open. I leaned form my fall. Got up and continued my pilgrimage.

I have learned that light is within me. I do not need to look for it outside of me. The face of light is covered by the veil of my egoic mind. When I become still and open, I discover the light within me and I follow it. Following this light brings joyful bliss in me. It keeps me on the path of love, compassion, and gratitude.I feel free from the grip of the past and the worry about the future. The inner world of worry and missing something takes me away from the Present, which is beyond time and space. Our suffering is created by the mental constructs creating divisiveness in me and  others. And I am still journeying living in the here and now. Life is a blessing.

May we walk on the path of life keeping our mind and heart open to be touched by the inner light of awakening!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave














 

Big Enough to Take It All In, by Margaret Wheatley

FaceBook  On Jun 2, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

From evolutionary point of view, the brain is wired to fight, flee or freeze for protecting ourselves. In this context, fear is an instinctive response for our survival and security. The fear mentioned in this writing is psychological created by human conditioning. The conditioned mind reacts to a perceived stimulus and makes us resist, oppose, run away, hide or deny. Such dysfunctional patterns of perceiving, thinking and behaving block our potential to see things as they are externally and internally. Sadly, these patterns become habitual and block our growth and development
personally and interpersonally.

" To want to see clearly is a true act of fearlessness." This statement says it all. When my eyes open to  see my own suffering as it is, the gate to working on my suffering opens. I need to see my blindness with an open mind and heart,  courageously and compassionately. Such mindfulness seeing is not an analytical intellectual process. Mindfulness is observing without judgment what I am experiencing in the here and now consciousness, in the present moment. The mind gets free from holding onto the past and being hijacked by the future, from regrets, anger, shame, humiliation and guilt or from fear, worry, apprehension and anxiety.  The present moment has no clouds or shadows blocking the light of knowing which removes the darkness.

Mindfulness has been my way of working on myself. Mindfulness meditation has helped me to discover and meet my true self. It has opened the door of my life for receiving blessings coming from everywhere. I am very grateful for receiving such blessings.

May we cultivate fearlessness and mindfulness to live a blissful and joyful life!

Namaste!

Jagdish P Dave











 

Is There Righteous Anger Ever?, by J. Krishnamurti

FaceBook  On May 26, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 A very wise statement by J.Krishnamurti. As I understand, anger is anger, righteous or unrighteous. Anger burns us and burns others. As far as I am concerned I do not intend and want to burn myself and do not intend and want to throw my fire on  others whether they are my kinsmen or others. It is my conviction based on my experience that anger causes more anger and violence causes more violence.

Anger arises in me when I judge or condemn myself. The same way anger arises in the other person when I judge or condemn the other person. The same  thing happens the other way around.

How do we end the cycle of anger? Not by denying it or by justifying it. Both ways perpetuate the cycle of anger. It does not end by preaching you should not be angry.
 
Practicing mindfulness in all contexts of life has been immensely helpful to me. Mindfulness is  intentionally paying my non-judgmental attention to what is happening in me and around me. It is very helpful to pause between the anger generating stimulus and our habitual and automatic response. Taking deep breaths helps me to remain calm and centered and from that place within me the right, the wise, response arises. Such  a mindfulness practice frees me from the grip of conceptual and sociological analysis of anger.

When the mind is calm, open and centered, the right kind of inquiry arises in the mind which helps me to understand the intra and interpersonal dynamics of anger. The inner light helps me to process the inner and outer clouds of destructive emotions.

May we be mindful of the arising of hurting thoughts and emotions in our mind and make wise choices!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave








 


 

 

Live Intentionally, In Freedom, by Eknath Easwaran

FaceBook  On May 21, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Choice making is in our hands. We all know that as human we have mead self-and-other hurting choices. In all relationships there is no the other without me. We all are intertwined. When I make a wrong choice, focusing only on my interest, I am going to hurt the other and the other may counteract to hurt me or teach me a lesson. Tooth for tooth and eye for eye becomes a vicious cycle hurting each other on all levels.

So it goes back to choice making. Wrong or crazy choices are made when the mind is buzzing with wrong or crazy thoughts, when we are not awake. All wisdom traditions have emphasized the value of taming the monkey mind, the wandering mind. Meditation is one of the most effective ways of taming our wandering mind, quieting our noisy mind. We need to be  aware of the light or heavy clouds passing through the sky of our mind. We let these clouds come and go without reacting to them or letting ourselves be hijacked by them. I practice mindfulness meditation. "Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We gain immediate access to our own powerful resources for insight, transformation, and healing." Jon Kabat-Zinn. Cultivating such mindfulness skills requires ongoing consistent practice called sadhana. It is an introspective inner work, relating to the world from inside out.

May we cultivate mindfulness to make wise wholesome choices for doing greater good for us and for others.

Namaste.

Jagdish P dave

 

Knowledge can be Conveyed, but not Wisdom, by Herman Hesse

FaceBook  On May 14, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Knowledge and wisdom are different. Knowledge is acquired, knowledge is taught. With knowledge, we become knowledgeable. Such acquired knowledge of what is, what is real, is dualistic.It is one-sided. It is not holistic. Realization emerging from one's experience is holistic. Reality is one. It is not two It is not divided into two-one against the other.

Wisdom dawns upon us when the mind is still and quiet. As Thomas Merton says, " Silence is the mother of Truth....My silence is my salvation." " Be still and know that I am God." -Psalm. " Stillness is also inner peace, and that stillness and peace are the essence of your Being."- Eckhart Tolle. Such stillness makes me aware of my conditioned consciousness and mental commentary which has a dualistic sense of reality. Stillness makes me grounded in presence and frees me from the clouds generated by the conditioned consciousness. Such a shift in consciousness helps me in making wise choices. The mind that is free from conditioning is a creative mind and a wise mind.We need to be liberated form the conditioned mind which creates and perpetuates me against you mindset, a narrow perspective of reality and existence.

Living mindfully everyday in all walks of my life has has opened the door of wisdom in my life. It has expanded my mind and enriched my heart.The journey of life has become a pilgrimage and I  deeply feel grateful for receiving such a grace.

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave




 

True Humility: Selfless Respect for Reality, by Costica Bradatan

FaceBook  On May 7, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 This writing has deepened and enriched my understanding of humility as "selfless respect for reality." When my sense of my self is engulfed by my arrogance and  my sense of  superiority, I get disconnected with my being, with other beings and life at large. The essence of my being is the same as the essence of all beings. The drop is the ocean. I am an integral part of the whole. Such realization makes me aware of my illusion of separateness, dispels the darkness of my ignorance, heals my self- inflicted wounds.Such an awakening makes me whole. This is real humility. It expands my awareness. It emboldens me and makes me virtuous.

Humility is not humiliating oneself or putting oneself down. It is not self degradation or self condemnation. It is an acknowledgment of our cosmic insignificance, ridding ourselves of  our false sense of self-glorification and arrogance. This is the first movement. In the second movement we embrace our cosmic insignificance. We become frightfully honest and authentic with ourselves. It is like a rebirth of oneself. This leads us to the third movement, a movement of self expansion, self enrichment and self fulfillment. Such expanding self awareness brings blessing to oneself and to others.

I am going through this journey. It is a joyous and fulfilling journey and I am grateful to my spiritual teachers for awakening me and guiding me.

Namaste!

Jagdish P Dave

 

The Sacred Art of Pausing, by Tara Brach

FaceBook  On Apr 29, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 We go where our mind goes. Our mind takes a ride in the past or a flight in the future, hardly staying in the present. Wandering mind becomes our default mode of functioning. Such a wandering mind is compared to monkey mind taking control of ourselves. Such a wandering mind deprives us from being free and deeply connected with us, others in our life and the beauty of nature. Our mind can be our enemy and it also can be our friend.We need to learn  how to make our mind our friend.

Mindfulness  is one of the ways for making our mind friendly. I have  been regularly practicing mindfulness. It has been very helpful to me for making me peaceful, joyful, compassionate and creative. Mindfulness is a non-judgmental and compassionate existential awareness. of what is happening in me and around me. It has helped me to remain present to what is rather than what was or what will be. It keeps me stay in the being zone rather than the default mode of going away from the present moment.

I value the power of pausing when my mind takes a hike and goes to the past or the future, taking away from the here and now consciousness..Noticing where my mind goes without reactive judgmental thoughts, I pause, breathe and connect my mind with the ever present breath. In  the mindfulness landscape, sitting doing nothing, spring comes and grass grows by itself. Life bestows blessings and I receive them gratefully.

May we learn how to befriend our mind, be here and now, and receive blessings coming from everywhere!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave







 

Wonder of the Universe is Wondering In Us, by Paul Fleischman

FaceBook  On Apr 21, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

We live in two universes: the universe within and the universe without.Since the dawn of life, we as human beings have been wondering about  these two universes. We ask the core question; Who I am I? We look within and understand  different layers of I- physical, mental, emotional and relational.When we do not identify ourselves with the changing scenario of the I, the knowing of the I manifests. And this I is beyond time and space. It is universal and eternal. Until we realize that I, our wondering will continue,

The cosmos, the Universe is like the inner soul-the Cosmic I, the Universal I.. We have been expanding our knowledge and understanding of the Cosmos, the Universe.We as the inhabitants of this Universe are wondering about it and making space explorations.When we become aware of the vastness of this expanding Universe and compare it with the planet earth, we as human beings feel very humble. And when we look at ourselves with this cosmic lens, we realize how little is  our egoic self..

Such inner inquiries awaken me and I feel released and liberated from the little cage I live in. It seems to me that the essence of the inner world and the outer world is the same, beyond the conceptual lenses we may use to understand these two worlds. It feels like a mystery, a wonderment. I sense it when my mind ceases to wander. It gets still and remain open and clear like the blue sky.

May we be free from the bondage we create by ourselves and relate to the expanding inner and outer world!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

Touching the Earth, by Tracy Cochran

FaceBook  On Apr 15, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 We all are journeying. Life is a journey. The upward path of our life journey is not always easy. We encounter hazards that may thwart our upward journey. We may fall down and fail. We may get overwhelmed. We may go through fear, worry and anxiety. We may feel like we are losing the ground. The temptations may allure us. And we may succumb to them. But we build up our inner strength, get up and keep moving on the upward path.

I have been a traveler on this path for a long time. And I have encountered small and big difficulties. I have been practicing Mindfulness Meditation which has kept me grounded, steadfast and awakened. I have fallen down and I have gotten up. Mindfulness practices have created inner strength in me to continue my upward journey.

I see my original face when I remove the veil of my self-focused thoughts and cravings. I hear my original voice when I become still and hear the sound of silence. I feel full and complete. Nothing is missing. I feel  like a child nurtured by the Mother Earth.Life is a mystery and a miracle. My heart gets filled with joy, humbleness, and gratitude.

May we remain awakened to see the Divine Light that shines  everywhere and all the time!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

We Were Made for These Times, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

FaceBook  On Apr 9, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 We as human beings experience the dark night of the soul, individually and collectively. The  ancient world epics like  Ramayana and Mahabharata, Odessa and Iliad depict the dark and the bright side of us as human beings.Lots of destruction and damage to nature and to human beings have been done by us. We witness such acts of violence done to nature and to us as humans by the advanced countries in the world. There are also living examples of people who are devoted to doing the greater good, even at the cost of their lives. This is what Jesus did, what Mahatma Gandhi did, what Martin Luther did what Nelson Mandela did.

I introspect and examine my inner landscape. I do find myself hurting some one, blaming someone for my misery and not being truthful. It is a journey of life with twists and turns, with dark clouds and sunshine. peaks and valleys and thorns and flowers. I have accepted myself as a human being and I have been learning to be kind to myself and learn from my fall downs. There is that Human in me and there is that Being in me. The Being in me enlightens me and helps me walk on the right path. I am very grateful to my spiritual teachers who have shone me the path of living right, held my hand when I fell down and helped me with compassion to rise up and continue my journey.

So, let us not our consciousness be filled with the dark clouds of gloom and doom, but enkindle the light within to walk with hope, courage, and compassion.

May we join our hands, heads and hearts as we travel together with hope, courage and compassion!

Namaste!

 

The Way of the Water, by Ursula LeGuin

FaceBook  On Apr 3, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 The Way is indescribable in words.It is like pointing fingers towards the moon but not seeing the moon.When we are in the flow, we become the flow.And such flows are experienced in many contexts and in many ways. When I am fully immersed in something or with somebody, I lose my sense of separateness. There are no two-there is only one.The ancient Vedanta philosophy describes it as advaita-not two.

I experience such oneness when I am in a deep meditative state where the two banks of the river-this and that, me and you, right and wrong get dissolved into one flow of river; where the small self , the egoic- self, vanishes and the Universal Self unfolds.It is like soul meeting  the soul and merging into one other. I have such experience when  take a walk in nature where everything is connected with everything.I sense and feel harmony.

We all are born with the potential to realize the Self. I have been blessed to be in the  presence of such self realized people.For them the Kingdom of Heaven is right her and now in its full glory and majesty. We need to be awakened from the trance of separateness and go back to our universal home which is inside all of us.

May we go beyond our small self and be open and awakened to expand our consciousness!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

 

We Are Swimming in Miracles, by Peter Kalmus

FaceBook  On Mar 24, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

We have a desiring, longing and chasing mind. There is nothing enough. There is no full satisfaction. We keep on moving in this cycle until we see the futility of longing more and more, newer and bigger.Time arrives, as Dante says, " Toward the midpoint of life's way", when we wake up and look within silently and openly. In such quiet moments, we hear the noisy mind, see the cluttered and cloudy mind, and get a glimpse of the reality beyond time, space and causality. We wake up and see the changing world without the longing for grasping it.It is relating to the world in freedom and in such state of consciousness lies the joy of living.

In meditation, the mind settles down and realizes the transcendental reality. This state of consciousness helps me to relate to what is here and now in its fullness.In such moments nothing seems to be missing.As the ancient Ishavasya Upanishad states:"This is complete. That is complete. Nothing needs to be added. Nothing needs to be subtracted."

I have fallen down in my life. I have left my inner home. I relate to these experiences as opportunities for me to wake up. Meditation has helped me to come back home and relate to the changing world with this awakened consciousness.

May we fined the source of joy and fulfillment within us with an awakened mind!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

Returning the Gift, by Robin Wall Kimmerer

FaceBook  On Mar 18, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Life is a cycle of connectedness. We all are connected as human beings.Life begins because of connectedness between two beings. Life is sustained and  flourished by connectedness. We all are connected with nature. We are a part of nature, not apart from nature.Our being is made up of five primordial elements:earth,water, fire, air and space.  What is inside is also outside. We have organic connection with life within and life without. It is our sacred responsibility to express our gratitude to the life giver and sustainer, the Mother of all, the Mother Earth.

We need to awaken and sustain this spiritual awakening in our everyday life.We may remain awakened when we read a writing like this or listen to a spiritual discourse or be in the presence of an awakened soul.. And then we go back to sleep. We get disconnected  with the source of our being. We waste  and dump toxic chemicals in water, we poison crop, rip  soil, pollute air because of ignorance and at worst by greed. In the name of progress, we cut the sacred chord of life. We ignore and deny the inconvenient truth.

This is a serious global challenge. We will save  our Mother Earth or kill her.  We all need to take responsibility and make right and wise choices for sustaining and flourishing life everywhere.We need to wake up and remain awake for preserving life of all beings, us and nature. This way we can express our gratitude to the Creator.

May we have an awakened mind and  a grateful heart for the survival, sustenance and flourishing of our Mother Earth.

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

I-It and I-Thou, by David Brooks

FaceBook  On Mar 12, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

Life is a web of relationships. Some are  I-It  relationships. They are utilitarian,pragmatic and self-serving. Such relationships are shallow leaving no  nourishing deep roots of memory in our mind. I have had such relationships leaving no worth- remembering deep traces behind.

I cherish I-Thou relationships. It is a relationship between two genuine  and deeply caring beings. It has openness, trust,  and compassion. I have been blessed to have such deep relationships with my parents, family members, a few friends and my soul mate. Such relationships have made me a whole and wholesome person. Such relationships have been blessings to me and I am deeply grateful for such blessings.

May we  keep our mind and heart  open to cultivate such I-Thou relationships!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave


 

Moved by Love, by Sri M

FaceBook  On Mar 5, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Violence breeds violence, love breeds love. Thirst for violence cannot be quenched by violence. It can be quenched only by forgiveness and love. Esho dhamma santatano, This is the eternal law, says the Buddha.The highest form of love is self transcendence as displayed by the Baba.

I practice loving kindness meditation to cultivate compassion, acceptance, forgiveness and love for me and for others including those who have hurt me.I teach Peace Education to children and teachers in a Montessori School. We all practice loving kindness meditation together and share our growth experiences. We all are witnessing antagonism, divisiveness, aggressiveness, hostility and violence everyday. We all need to cultivate compassionate understanding of each other and learn to build bridges rather than walls.Building more and more weapons of destruction are going to back fire and may cause universal inhalation.

We all need to realize and remember that the seeds of violence are planted in the minds of people and the seeds of peace can also be p[anted in the minds of people.We all need to learn to make wise choices to preserve life, human as well as the life of the mother planet.

May we cultivate loving kindness to nurture the tree of life!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

A Scheme to Change the World?, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

FaceBook  On Feb 24, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 There are two worlds I (and we) live in: The world which has more darkness than light and also the world which has more light than darkness. I can talk about my world more authentically than the world of others.What are the two major components of my inner world?:The kind of world I really like and love to create and live in.It is a world filled with light and love, a world graced by kindness, forgiveness, truth, gratitude, generosity and compassion. Then there is another inner world with my ambitions, needs, and desires and my likes and dislikes. The challenge for me is to strike a dynamic balance.

My life long work and challenge has been to build  a realistic and constructive bridge between the two worlds. Can I serve myself and others? Can I take care of myself and others in my life? I do not aspire to be a martyr or  a an unkind self-serving narcissist. The more I introspect and remain aware of the self created imbalance between these two apparently opposite perspectives, the less I go through self-hurting or other-hurting wishes, desires and behaviors. To me, life is an ongoing journey of maintaining the balanced flow between these two valances.Living life this way has made me a better person and a happier person. Living this way is like maintaining the flow of the river of life between the two banks.

May I maintain a wholesome balance between the two poles of existence! May others live a balanced and happy life!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

You Play the Piano, by Alan Watts

FaceBook  On Feb 17, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Living is an art like music and dance. The art of living fully in the moment is the way of living.When our mind is occupied by the future we  miss the existential unfolding beauty and joy of the present moment. A mind that is present enjoys the present of presence. The mind that is absent misses the present of presence. When we are fully engaged and absorbed in the present, we are in the flow, in the being zone. 

I have been practicing mindfulness, the art of being fully present, attending to what is happening inside and outside without being hijacked by the past or the future. It has been a great blessing to me. This way of living is enriching my life personally and relationally.I have been able to appreciate the gifts coming from nature and people,  feeling my heart with gratitude.

I am 91 years old and I am accepting my aging mindfully and gracefully. If I compare myself with the past, I am sure I will make myself impoverished and miserable. If I worry about the future, I am going to reject, diminish or even destroy the  gifts of the present. I have realized the wisdom of living in the here and now. When I step out of the flow of the river, I miss the water of living and get thirsty.When I wake up from my illusion, I quickly get connected with the flow of life which is beyond space and time. I love Deepak Chopra's book "Ageless Body, Timeless Mind".

May we learn and practice the art of living life fully and share our gifts with others!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

Praise Song for Wide Open Space, by Omid Safi

FaceBook  On Feb 11, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I had lived in a wide open space in a village size little town in India until I was 16. I graduated from a high school and went to a collage located in a relatively big town.Now when I go back to India, the same town has become a mega city.There is not much open space. It is crowded and cluttered. Living in a wide open space expanded my awareness of natural beauty and human beings.I felt easily connected with them. I  indeed saw the wisdom expressed in the saying "Small is beautiful". The smallness of size expanded and enriched my inner space,my connectedness with nature and people around me. The bigness squeezed my inner and outer space.

My inner openness helps me to receive blessings coming from nature and from people in my life. Outer openness facilitates my inner openness and expansion. I may not be able to change the outer openness but I can expand my inner openness-mind and heart openness.Living this way has definitely enriched my life-mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

When my eyes are open, I see the miracles of nature. When my ears are open, I hear the music of silence.
When my hands are open, I feel the touch of kindness. When my heart is open, I feel the grace of love and gratitude. What more do we need to fill the cup of life? 

May we not live in the  self-created prison, when the door of freedom is wide open!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

Why Meditate, by Suzanne Toro

FaceBook  On Feb 7, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I regularly practice Mindfulness. Meditation I am blessed to reap the benefits of meditation narrated beautifully and clearly in this article.I also teach mindfulness meditation.. I notice the changes taking place in my students who have been regularly practicing meditation. I like the group meditation, meditating in a sangha.

My personal experience as a meditation, as a teacher, as a therapist and  a  researcher has convinced me that meditation is one of the most effective contemplative practices. I am happy to see the acceptance and incorporation of secular mindfulness meditation in schools, wellness centers, in the corporate world and even in prisons.

May we be instrumental in offering meditation as a gift from our heart to others! It is by giving we receive!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave


 

Letting Meaning Flow Into Purpose, by Brother David Steindl-Rast

FaceBook  On Jan 29, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I deeply value such reflective writings. They evoke deep thinking in me and I am very grateful to Awakin for giving such gifts to me and others. Here are my reflections on this reflective writing.

We all who are born are journeying from womb to tomb, from the first breath to the last breath.The question is how awakened and conscious we are as we are aging every moment?Are we present to ourselves, to others and to the surroundings or are we half present or absent to what is happening? Am I aware of the fact that my inhalation is accompanied by my exhalation? Awakening and awareness are the foundations for me to live fully. Awareness of death-the tomb-makes me realize the value of living my life wisely.

Am I living my life purposefully and meaningfully? What is the purpose of my living and how am I realizing this purpose? These are foundational questions for me. The purpose of my life is to live a good life, a happy life that brings goodness and happiness not only in me but in others connected with me. What am I doing that unfolds goodness within me and gets me connected with others? What am I doing that brings happiness in me and in others? When I am engaged in doing  meaningful activities that are attuned to the purpose of my living I feel happy and good.

I would like to conclude my reflections by quoting the last two sentences of this thought evoking writing: 
" We distinguish between purpose and meaning not in order to separate the two but in order to unite them. Our goal is to let meaning flow into our purposeful activities by focusing activity and passivity into genuine responsiveness."

Let our daily life be a monastery by incorporating the Benedictine Rule! Namaste!

Jagdish P Dave




 

My Misgivings About Advice, by Parker Palmer

FaceBook  On Jan 25, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Loving attention and compassionate presence is what we need in good times and bad times. Kind genuine look, empathic understanding,therapeutic loving touch, helping hands and active listening are the core ingredients for helping someone who goes through depression and suffering.We all need such seeing, hearing, witnessing  and companioning when go through a downward turn in our journey of life. Advising done with all good intentions is counterproductive.

This writing reminds of a poem I had learned when I was in a high school.It is in Hindi: Ghayal ki gata ghayal jane' aur na jane' koi- A wounded heart knows the pain of the other wounded heart and none other. Yes. We need someone to walk with us as a compassionate companion when our heart aches and when we feel down.

Reading this writing reminds of me a moving experience I had with a 5 years old girl sobbing and sitting by herself. I was heading towards my lunch. When I saw her crying, I paused and stood beside her. I  looked at her and put my hand on her shoulder. She felt my compassionate and caring presence. Her lips were dry. I brought water for her to drink.She seemed to calm down a little.I asked her what made her cry. " I miss my mom. She is flying to Colorado for two weeks for her work and I won't see her for two weeks.." Sitting beside her, holding her hands, listening to her and feeling her sadness was good enough for her to be herself. I asked her if she could face time her mom on her smart phone.There was a soft smile on her face and I left  holding this little girl in my heart.

May we extend our loving hand and be connected with someone going though emotional suffering! It is by giving we receive!

 

Theory and Practice, by Vincent Horn

FaceBook  On Jan 14, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 According to my understanding theory and practice are two wings of the bird of living. Our thinking mind asks questions about what and why.Such explorations provide a theoretical  foundations for application, action and practice. Without practice and experience, only theoretical knowledge or information does not have the taste of life.

I am very particular and careful about what I am putting into my mouth. I know food is medicine. I need to know and want to know what is good, nutritional and wholesome food. And I want to know the benefits of such food. But unless I put such information in practice, what good does it do? My grandson and I took an online course on Plant-based nutritional whole food course. The course offered very valuable scientific information. We were convinced and made a few changes in our diet.The action  has sharpened our appetite to know more about diet and nutrition.

I am taking another online course on Science of Happiness. What is happiness? Why should we know about happiness? What are the benefits of living happily? It is up to me and others like me taking this course to apply what we learn from this course.

May we cultivate wisdom to live a fulfilling and growing life!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

Medicine for the Earth, by Sandra Ingerman

FaceBook  On Jan 1, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I am grateful to get such tapping on my shoulder to remain awake. Such tapping turns my life into  a pilgrimage. My everyday becomes a holy day, a Buddha Day, a Christ Day, a Krishna Day.It awakens me to see the light that is always there.

The seen is born in the womb of the unseen.When I get so much caught up in the seen world I tend to forget and become oblivious of the unseen yet always present ,the ground of existence, I get entangled in the web of Maya,the illusion.

The spiritual journey as I understand is a process of keeping my inner eyes open to see the unseen, to keep my inner ears open to hear the sound of  the eternal silence. When I come to realize this truth, I feel oneness in manyness.

Transformation, alchemy, takes place when we get connected with the invisible ground of existence, the Being, the Self. We come home. When I deviate from this path, I pause, breathe,wake up and see the light.

May we make our life journey a pilgrimage and relate to each other as children of love and light!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

Five Prayers, by Thich Nhat Hanh

FaceBook  On Dec 29, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Prayers open up my heart to receive blessings from others that include my ancestors, my parents, my other family members, friends, teachers and even those who have hurt me. I have learned priceless life lessons from such a wide circle of people in my life. And how can I forget blessings that I receive everyday from nature? I feel deeply grateful to all of them for taking care of me, loving me,  and teaching me how to live and be connected.

There have been two difficult things for me to be grateful for. One: When I have acted selfishly and expected somebody to fulfill my needs and when my needs are not taken care of ,I find fault with them. I have learned to thank them for making me more mindful of my role in causing hurt and disappointment me. I am thankful to them for showing  my own limitation and for maintaining connection with that person and for working on me. Second: To forgive someone for causing hurt in me. This is very essential for me for learning to let go and ease and heal my suffering.

May we all be grateful for the blessings we have received from many in ourl ives and thank them!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

Inner World of Moods, by Patty de Llosa

FaceBook  On Dec 17, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

This thoughtful and helpful reading indeed hits home! I would venture to say that all of us have gone through momentary or prolonged negative emotions and feelings. That shows that we all are human beings. We also know that negative emotional outbursts drain our energy and the energy of the people who are associated with us. We are engulfed by the flood of negative emotions and cause harm to  us and to others connected with us. We may feel powerful by throwing arrows of anger towards others. But it is surely a sign of inner weakness and ignorance.

When we get out of the raging river of anger and reflect on our harming behavior, we feel bad and remorseful. However, if we do not work on ourselves, we resort to the same habitual negative patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. So how can we wise up and do not react unwisely? The how question is as important as the why question. Why do we get angry, anxious, fearful and obnoxious? And how can we improve ourselves?

Anger or anxiety or depression are reactive ways of dealing with an external stimulus something outside of us, an event or a person or a situation to which we react. We are not mindful of what is the impact of the outer stimulus on us. We instantly and impulsively react. Such reactive patterns become habitual. When we pause, take long and deep breaths, we respond appropriately, mindfully and wisely. We create an inner space that gives us an insight into understanding the situation and our own reactive behaviors.
 
I have been practicing mindfulness to do the inner work. I am also helping others to cultivate mindfulness skills. Mindfulness takes me to the being zone from the un-mindfulness doing zone.There is a way of moving from darkness to light.We do not have to be victims of our own creations.

May we be free from the bondage we create and do not become means of hurting ourselves and others!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave


 

How to Live If You're Going to Die, by Blanche Hartman

FaceBook  On Dec 10, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I know what is born is going to die. There is a connecting line between the two points-the line of life. The two points, birth and death, are beyond my control. I can make a choice how to live my life  knowing and accepting the fact that I am aging everyday, knowing that I am going to have more pain in my growing body and a day may  come when I may not be able to walk. As I am going through these changes, I am accepting them gracefully. I love living, taking care of myself as a whole being, serving others and filling the cup of my life with , love,joy, happiness and gratitude.

I accept myself as a human being with its frailties and follies, ups and downs and turns and twists- plays taking place in the doing zone. When I witness the plays of the doing zone, I move into my being zone, the zone of awareness, that keeps me centered and balanced and freed me from my self-created pain and pleasure cycle. I feel at peace with myself and feel the fullness of the flow of the here and now.

Four years ago,  Vanleela, my better half passed away. All the members of our family were watching with sadness the last hours of her passing away.She opened her eyes with a smile on her face. She looked at everybody standing in front of her, and said these last words, "Is everybody OK?" She died the way she lived her life, caring for others, serving others joyfully.These  last words came from her being zone touching the heart of everyone standing in front of her. Her life was a message and her death also was a message.

It is up to us how to live our life-the line between birth and death.

May we all remain awake as we are going through the journey of our life offering gifts of love and joy to ourselves and to others!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

For the Traveler, by John O'Donohue

FaceBook  On Dec 6, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 A call comes from within to wake up to explore new and unknown territories. Is it exciting? Is it frightening? Is it both exciting and frightening?

There have been times in my life when I had put my life on hold. The fear of being bitten again would stop me from traveling on the road unknown with no guide or a compassionate companion. I felt stuck. The stream of life getting dried. I let myself go quietly in this zone. A new day began and I let myself breathe fresh air, open my eyes to see the beckoning light. I stood up and started walking. There was something within me was still live and gave me the energy to take new steps. It felt like the autumn of my life was receiving the blessings of the upcoming spring.

When I was in a high school, I read and loved a poem in my language Gujarati. I still remember the title of the poem-
"Jivanni gati santana!" Life, like a river, moves on! Those words have inspired me and have been a mantra for me to move on and not not to get stuck with the life holding past.

May we let go of the life-holding past and embrace the the new day with hope, courage and gratitude!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

Every Piece is Meant For You, by Virgil Kalyana Mittata Iordache

FaceBook  On Nov 27, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I view myself as a gestalt, a configuration, composed of different parts and structures performing different activities and functions.Each one is different yet connected with each other creating a sense of me, my identity. There are times when I feel cohesiveness, a sense of integration, wholeness and oneness- my true identity.I feel deep joy, ecstasy. These are the times of thankfulness and gratefulness; times of bowing, surrendering and merging.

And there are times when I feel disconnected within myself. I feel pull and push between two forces not in tune with each other. These are the times when I feel alone and lonely though there is a world of people hustling and bustling around me. I feel a sense of alienation. I feel not at home. These are the times for me for deep contemplating and searching, meditating and praying. Sometimes such times are short and at times they are long. I do not push or  myself from what is transpiring in my inner world. I mindfully stay present watching and witnessing my changing inner panorama. Slowly and steadily I come back home.

While I was writing my reflections, my 19 years grand daughter came to see me in my room and asked me what I was doing. I told her I am at that stage in my life when I spend quiet time with myself to listen to my inner voice in deep contemplation so that my times with others become more meaningful and full. She smiled and left.

May we all find some time to be with us for home coming and live our life as fully as we can!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave


 

Love Needs to be Constantly Cleansed, by Ajahn Jayasaro

FaceBook  On Nov 19, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 It has been my experience that pure love brings peace, joy, happiness and fulfillment. It has helped me grow and expand. It  has also helped the other connected with me grow and expand.Love keeps the tree of life green and flourish.

It has also been my experience that craving to possess and to control the other in intimate relationships causes suffering. Such suffering has helped me to reflect on me, awaken me  and is has created deeper bonding. Such love showers flowers of joy, peace, happiness and fulfillment. When love gets soiled by selfish desires and cravings, we need to cleanse the dust before it gets dense and heavy.

It is my conviction that when I wake up from my self-created suffering, the light of love dawns upon me and makes me free from my own bondage. Such awakening demands courage to be true to oneself and to the other.

May we wake up from our self-created suffering and be grateful to receive the blessings of pure love!

 

Restoring Balance and Meaning in Ourselves, by Alan Briskin

FaceBook  On Nov 13, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Such readings make me go deep inside of myself. I have come to realize that when I create dissonance in me by being carried away by my self fulfilling needs without consideration of the other, I create a big split in me and  the other. When I become aware of my self-created disharmony within me and consciously make a shift in me I once again feel wholeness in me and with the other. This is like tending my garden and receiving the rain of grace. To me this is the awakening, coming out of my slumber, and relating to the light within me and without me.This is the middle point where both hands come together, the outer and the inner. And the rain of joy, love,light and peace showers.

May I continue learning how to remain awakened and balanced and receive the blessings of the rain!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

Why I Make Movies, by Mickey Lemle

FaceBook  On Nov 8, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 There is my truth, your truth and the Truth. My truth is subjective  as i perceive it and your truth is also subjective as you perceive it. The absolute truth is beyond the subjective lenses. Knowing that my truth is not absolute helps me not to close my sight to understand and appreciate the other person's truth. Remaining open to understand the other person's truth has widened my lenses and has enriched my mind and heart. 

The absolute truth has  intrinsic consistency. Whatever is born is bound to die. Everything that has form is going to vanish.Whatever is space and time bound comes and goes.The world caused by ego,  mine and thine, is like a veil covering the face of truth. When I experience the world unbound by  my ego, I feel intrinsic oneness with life everywhere. It is like a shift from somebody, to nobody to everybody. In such a state of unity consciousness, truth, love and bliss become one. Taking a mindful walk in nature, comforting a sad child, giving my hand to a handicapped person entering a medical building, attending to a client going through pain caused by cancer are a few blissful gifts that I receive that fill my heart with deep gratitude and joy.

May we keep our mind and heart open to receive and give the wonderful and graceful gifts of living!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

The Glass is Already Broken, by Stephen and Ondrea Levine

FaceBook  On Oct 30, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 The presence of the present is the only Reality, the Truth and nothing but the Truth, and not to get attached to what is not in the present moment is the core message of  the wisdom traditions. The challenge for me and for most of us is to stay fully in the present moment. When I bring the shadows form the past and the shadows of the future I disconnect myself with the flow of the present. It is relatively easy for me to flow in the river of the present when I give myself time to be still and remain awakened and aware of this ever presence of the present, I feel the fullness of the moment. It is non-conceptual, non-local and non-causal. I become the present. The I gets dissolved into the river of the eternal and universal flow of energy. This knowing and awareness has helped me to go through ups and downs with equanimity,peace, compassion and love. It has taken time for me to arrive at this place in my life. It is a blessing and I am deeply grateful to the teachers who have blessed me by showing the path.

May we be blessed by the beings who guide us on the path of light and love!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

Destiny is Within Us, by Hawah Kasat

FaceBook  On Oct 15, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 We make choices in life from the time we wake up and the time we go to bed. Certain behaviors are habitual which do not require my conscious choice making. There are situations which warranty choice making.If I do not make a wise choice and act accordingly, I miss the bus and regret after words, blame myself or blame the other or come up with a an explanation like it was not meant to happen, it was not destined to be.

I have learned that it is  up to me to make my choice. I have freedom to make my choice and I am accountable for the outcomes of my choice. I have prostate cancer. Of course the first choice I  made was to look for a competent oncologist and consulted him. He mentioned the right conventional medical treatment for me. I read more about it and decided to go along with his recommendation. I also read about what causes prostate cancer , scientific research done by renowned researchers in the filed. I have made radical changes in my diet and life style. I have been able to control the growth and spread of the cancer.By making wise choices I am shaping my destiny.

I use mindfulness paradigm for making wise choices when I encounter situations that have the potential for causing pain and suffering. And even when I go through emotional pain, I mindfully process my emotions and arrive at peace within me. I have learned not to react and not to blame others and not to hold onto the past which is already gone.

I find the Serenity Prayer authored by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr very illuminating. 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

May we cultivate wisdom  by the light within  to make wholesome choices that do not hurt us and others in our life!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

Reengineeing Our Patterns, by Eknath Easwaran

FaceBook  On Oct 7, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 If we equate time with money, then we are the losers. It is like putting myself in the ever-busy hands of time. So when I say I don't have time, I need to pause, be quiet for a moment to ask the question: Whose voice is this? When I realize that this is not my voice  I consciously distance myself from the "I don't have time" voice, I become free from my  own self and make the wise choice. Do I need to unnecessarily hurry or I can move slowly? Is it that important that I have got to do it right at this moment? What if I do not rush like crazy and take it easy?

I have found the word "pause" very helpful. It helps me to reset my time button. After pausing and taking a few deep and long breaths, I make a wise choice. I jump if I need to jump. I run if I need to run.I know what I need to do. I know myself. I am not a work -shirker. I am a responsible person. As the author says, use discretion. Identify what is central and what is peripheral and then respond to the task accordingly. I do not like to be Type A Personality or Type B Personality. I want to  act like Type A person when  needed to move fast and act like Type B person when it is time to take it easy. The hyper or hypo cycles in my opinion are counter productive. We need to strike a  wholesome balance.

May we take some time to see the real value of time, pause, breathe and make a wise choice!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

Becoming Free of Our Substitute Life, by Ezra Bayda

FaceBook  On Oct 1, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
This writing reminds me  of Mahatma Gandhi's words. " Our thoughts become our feelings. Our feelings become our actions. Our actions become our habits. Our habits become our character. Our character becomes our destiny." 

My identity is shaped by many beliefs. One of the basic beliefs is that I should always tell the truth and live my life truthfully. I know from my own experience how difficult it is to always tell the truth. When I do not tell the entire truth, I feel bad, guilty and ashamded. I find no reason to justify it. What is missing is the courage to tell the truth. Telling a lie is self-serving  and self-limiting. And that makes me feel unworthy. What has helped me is to to mindfully and compassionately process my guilt filled thoughts and painful feelings by letting them come and go and slowly and gradually free myself form the grip of the emotional pain. It is by letting the dark clouds come and go I see the light. Mindfulness practice has helped me to cleanse me and brought me to a wholesome place.

This is an going inner work. It needs time to go through this self owning, self examining, self confronting,self cleansing and self forgiving inner work. It feels so good to live a genuinely authentic, truthful and compassionate life.i

May we all be free from the bondage we create in our own selves and by our own selves!

Jagdish P Dave



 
 

Trees are Sanctuaries, by Herman Hesse

FaceBook  On Sep 21, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Life is a tree. rooted in the all embracing, loving,and nurturing soil. The tree of life grows and faces all kinds of weather, losing leaves and re-growing again, going thought the cycle of birthing, growing , withering and re-birthing. This tree of life is eternal. When we get disconnected from it, we go through suffering. When we silently listen to the tree, we get re-juvinated and joyful. It is our deep trust in the goodness of this tree that upholds us and helps us to rebound.

This is my tree of life. As a human being, I have gone through ups and downs and have fallen flat. I have suffered. When I become  still and accept and process my suffering compassionately, I regain my energy and internal strength. I fall and I rise.I have that unshakable faith in the innate goodness and kindness and forgiveness of the eternal tree within me, I rise with gratitude and start walking on the path of my life. I  feel at home in the caring and loving hands of my home where I can be my true self. Life is a blessing and we all are blessed to have the unending support and love coming from within and without.

May we be grateful to the holy Tree of Life birthing us, taking care of us and providing shade to us when we suffer!

Jagdish P Dave

 

Right Away is the Opposite of Now, by Jacob Needleman

FaceBook  On Sep 12, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Most of the time we live not right now and  not right here, in the flow of the present moment. We follow our habitual and conditioned patterns of living there and then, caught up in the past which is dead and in the future which is yet to be born. When I embrace the present moment fully, I feel more alive, vibrant, with me and with others in deeper way, more intimate way. It is a reflection of what is happening in me. I am more intimate with me, I am more together with me and that facilitates closeness and togetherness with what I am doing and with the people with me and around me. The ghosts of the past and the future evaporate and the loving feeling good and breathing self shows up on its own. Before I started reflecting on this wonderful writing, I had a counseling session with a client who has been going through depression. I led her through this mindfulness process by asking her to be present with what is always present , our breath. She spent a good amount of time doing belly breathing, deep and slow. feeling centered and grounded. When I sensed she was ready, I suggested her to let what ever was arising in her mind-thoughts- and heart -feelings and emotions and letting them go by each inhalation and exhalation. Ghosts from the past and the future visited her and she let them come and go without reacting, resisting or denying. I stayed with her compassionately and helped her process whatever was showing up  in her mind and heart and  to become mindful of the variety of bodily sensations she was experiencing.It is by feeling we heal, not by suppressing or denying our thoughts and feelings.  We need a compassionate and skillful guide to help us heal and get well. It is an  inner work and it needs to be done regularly to work on ourselves. It helps us unburden ourselves from the  regretful grip of the past and the  worrisome net of the future. By working on the shadow, we see the glimpses of light. May  See full.

 Most of the time we live not right now and  not right here, in the flow of the present moment. We follow our habitual and conditioned patterns of living there and then, caught up in the past which is dead and in the future which is yet to be born. When I embrace the present moment fully, I feel more alive, vibrant, with me and with others in deeper way, more intimate way. It is a reflection of what is happening in me. I am more intimate with me, I am more together with me and that facilitates closeness and togetherness with what I am doing and with the people with me and around me. The ghosts of the past and the future evaporate and the loving feeling good and breathing self shows up on its own.

Before I started reflecting on this wonderful writing, I had a counseling session with a client who has been going through depression. I led her through this mindfulness process by asking her to be present with what is always present , our breath. She spent a good amount of time doing belly breathing, deep and slow. feeling centered and grounded. When I sensed she was ready, I suggested her to let what ever was arising in her mind-thoughts- and heart -feelings and emotions and letting them go by each inhalation and exhalation. Ghosts from the past and the future visited her and she let them come and go without reacting, resisting or denying. I stayed with her compassionately and helped her process whatever was showing up  in her mind and heart and  to become mindful of the variety of bodily sensations she was experiencing.It is by feeling we heal, not by suppressing or denying our thoughts and feelings.  We need a compassionate and skillful guide to help us heal and get well.

It is an  inner work and it needs to be done regularly to work on ourselves. It helps us unburden ourselves from the  regretful grip of the past and the  worrisome net of the future. By working on the shadow, we see the glimpses of light.

May we daily carve some time  from our frenzy and overly busy life style to take care of ourselves and relate to others in a compassionate and constructive way.May we give such a priceless gift to ourselves and to others and realize that by giving we receive.

Namaste.
 
Jagdish P Dave



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Simplicity of the Heart, by J. Krishnamurti

FaceBook  On Sep 3, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

Natural  way of living is a free way of living. It is a way of living different from  the habitual and conditioned way of living. It is a way of living without getting attached to our desires. Our attachment to desires makes us bound by our desires. And we all know that when we are bound by the desires, we go through the inevitable swings of pleasure and pain, elation and depression, ups and down in our life.  Suffering arises from our attachment to desires.

Wisdom traditions have offered different ways of liberating ourselves from the clutches of our desires. If we pay our full attention to what is happening in our body, mind and heart.  We get helpful feed back from our own selves. We pause, recognize,  and allow ourselves to witness  without judging what is happening in the present moment. We inquire and get an insight and an answer from within. This process helps us to make a wise choice. We learn not to make a self hurting tight fist.If we don't make a  tight fist, we don't hurt ourselves.In the quiet inner space, we make a conflict free wise choice.

It is my understanding that it is the self that liberates itself. Such ongoing  non-judgmental awareness has helped me to walk on the samyak- the right path.We need to remain awake inwardly to enlighten our path.This is my everyday practice of living.

May we let the light within us shine to  guide us to walk on the natural, wholesome, and blissful way of living!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave'
  

 

Taking a Stand, by Lynne Twist

FaceBook  On Aug 31, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Taking a stand means being who you are, what you believe in, and live accordingly. When a person takes a stand for a noble cause, his life becomes his message. People listen to him/her, join hands with him/her and brings about a transformation in the lives of many. There are many examples of such daring people who have taken a firm and radical stand against injustice.

There are also people who taken a strong stand for an unholy cause. History is full of such demonic people who have ruthlessly tortured millions of people.

When I was a child, we lived in a cooperative housing society. Whenever an important issuescame up, my father took a clear and strong position that would serve the entire community and not a few chosen ones. His position was at times was not popular but he remained steadfast and did not cave in.He was well known for being impartial and bold. People respected him for his integrity and courage. He was a good role mode for us.

I have followed in his foot prints. There have been times in the community where I lived in, I took a firm position for electing a president of the organization not because he gave a big donation but  on the basis of his merits. Sadly money talks and silences right voices. I persisted and eventually convinced others to do the right thing.

When we take a position for the right cause, we derive a lot of strength from within. And we leave a mark behind. That's why people who have taken a clear and strong position for a noble cause dwell in our hearts.

May we cultivate inner strength to take a position for a noble cause to serve others!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave


 

Accessing Desire As Loving Motivation, by Miki Kashtan

FaceBook  On Aug 19, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 This relationship dialogue rings bell in my ears. I have learned to make a shift consciously from I should or you should to I would like me to or I would like you to followed by a rational good reason statement.. Words matter. What I say and how I say has a great impact on me as well as another person involved in the transaction. The word Mindfulness is a very important word in the dictionary of my relationship and interpersonal communication. The word "should" connotes demand, not a request. Demand causes a gap or disconnect between two people involved in the situation. Remaining connected with each other is crucial for interpersonal communication and relationship. We can be authentic. respectful, and empathetic or compassionate in our communication. Such communication builds bridges and not walls, cooperation and collaboration, and not  divisiveness. and non co-operation. I would like to present the significance of the intrapersonal communication to cultivate the skills of interpersonal communication. What I say and how I say to the other person is the reflection of what I say and how I say to myself. It is from the inside out. I find this mindfulness way of communication within and without very helpful. I  counsel children, couples  and families.The first thing I teach them is how to be aware of the impact of the other person's verbal  and non verbal behavior on them selves. I teach them to  attend to what arises in their mind,-disturbing thoughts and feelings and feel their bodily sensations- without judging them and with empathy. You do not fight them, resist them, chase them, cling to them or stuck with them. You need to be free from holding on to or reacting to such thoughts and feelings.Once we clear up the heavy clouds in our mind and body, the compassionate,kind,caring and loving part of ourselves comes out. We get a better and clearer understanding and insight about the difficult cond  See full.

 This relationship dialogue rings bell in my ears. I have learned to make a shift consciously from I should or you should to I would like me to or I would like you to followed by a rational good reason statement.. Words matter. What I say and how I say has a great impact on me as well as another person involved in the transaction. The word Mindfulness is a very important word in the dictionary of my relationship and interpersonal communication. The word "should" connotes demand, not a request. Demand causes a gap or disconnect between two people involved in the situation. Remaining connected with each other is crucial for interpersonal communication and relationship. We can be authentic. respectful, and empathetic or compassionate in our communication. Such communication builds bridges and not walls, cooperation and collaboration, and not  divisiveness. and non co-operation.

I would like to present the significance of the intrapersonal communication to cultivate the skills of interpersonal communication. What I say and how I say to the other person is the reflection of what I say and how I say to myself. It is from the inside out. I find this mindfulness way of communication within and without very helpful. I  counsel children, couples  and families.The first thing I teach them is how to be aware of the impact of the other person's verbal  and non verbal behavior on them selves. I teach them to  attend to what arises in their mind,-disturbing thoughts and feelings and feel their bodily sensations- without judging them and with empathy. You do not fight them, resist them, chase them, cling to them or stuck with them. You need to be free from holding on to or reacting to such thoughts and feelings.Once we clear up the heavy clouds in our mind and body, the compassionate,kind,caring and loving part of ourselves comes out. We get a better and clearer understanding and insight about the difficult conditions disrupting the relationship.It is self introspective work. Such mindfulness work is essential for personal, interpersonal and familial well being. It's an ongoing journey expanding and deepening our  intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships.

May we create silence within ourselves to listen to ourselves and to others with an open mind and a kind heart!

Jagdish P Dave




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My Work is Loving the World, by Mary Oliver

FaceBook  On Aug 13, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I am looking for beauty far away in the snow clad Himalayas; I am seeking fragrance in the flowers in the garden of Aden; I am searching for the holy foot prints on the sand of the Ganges; and I am  yearning to hear the Divine voice in holy places.

 When I stand still, I hear the soft  whispering voice of a flower right in front of me, look at me, I am right here fully present. O seeker! Where are you?

I am like the musk deer looking for the enchanting fragrance coming from somewhere. I go North, South, East and West, look above, look below getting exhausted and worn out.

 When I stand still,I hear the sweet voice coming from within like the voice coming from the navel of the musk deer. I am here, right here within you.

The Upanishad Rushi sings with his hands folded, It is far and it is near. It is near, it is far.

We need to visit ourselves, be with ourselves as poet Rumi says.

May we find a quiet space within ourselves everyday to embrace our searching soul and listen to our quiet inner voice, counting my everyday blessings.

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

Reflections on Life from Death Row, by Moyo

FaceBook  On Aug 6, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 How to turn a cell into a retreat for deep introspection and transformation? How to be a change agent by  confronting nonviolently unjust and inhuman acts done by powerful forces?  Most of us face such existential and significant questions  to work on ourselves and work for a just cause. This is an inspiring story of an inner transformational process of a young man on a death row.

How I relate to this inspiring story as a mirror to look at my inner landscape and how do I relate to inhuman and unjust acts happening in the world I live in? I firmly believe that in order to see the outer world clearly and comprehensively, I need to continuously keep on working to see and understand my inner world clearly, compassionately, and courageously. It is like a coin with two sides-the inner and the outer. The inner world needs to be cleared and transformed to clear and transform the outer world. Such inner explorations require a cell time, a retreat time to sit, pause, and see. Such retreats can be short or long. I always find time for me from my busy and active life to do mindfulness meditation. This is my time for stepping out of my everyday busy time.This is my quiet time be fully present to my inner world, letting the noisy mind stuff-thoughts and emotions- come and go. I am freeing myself from myself. This practice has helped me to understand and transform myself and relate to the outer world more constructively. I  see myself progressing slowly but steadily. This is not a one shot deal. It is an ongoing  and encouraging self -work.

May we find some time everyday from our busy time to do such  mindfulness introspective  work to heal ourselves and others!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave


 

Stepping into the Present Is a Gift , by Carolyn Hobbs

FaceBook  On Jul 30, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Carolyn Hobbs' writing resonates deeply with and within me. As I understand, each one of us has two identities: Ego Identity and True Identity. Our ego identity is developed in social contexts and social milieu sustained by identifying ourselves with ego identity and living in that socially conditioned bubble. Since all of us are born in a social nest, we all are impacted by our upbringing and social transactions. Such conditioning  serves to some extent our practical functions of living. However, it restricts and limits our inherent capacity to develop and cultivate our true identity. Our true identity has its own authentic true voice not suppressed or muffled by the voice of the ego identity. When we live and behave from the center of our true identity, we feel whole and wholesome, relating to ourselves and others genuinely, empathetically and compassionately. We become each other's brother keepers.It is a relationship in which join our heads, hearts and hands come together. We move from ego bound identity to transcendental true identity. We move from an unawakened and ignorant state to an awakened and enlightened state, from bondage to freedom, from darkness to light. We regain our childhood- a source of  pure and joyful energy, seeing our face in other's face.We make wise choices and build and sustain our infra structure of loving kindness, brotherhood and sisterhood.   How do we make a shift from ego identity to true identity? All wisdom traditions have explored this ever present and universal challenge of humankind and have offered pathways to realize our true nature and be happy and blissful. Our challenge is to embrace the pathway that suits our personality and consistently practice it in our everyday living. Following such a path with mindfulness  has been a blessing to me.It has helped me to live in the present more fully. When and if my mind goes away from the here and now consciousness, I  become mindful of my wandering mi  See full.

 Carolyn Hobbs' writing resonates deeply with and within me. As I understand, each one of us has two identities: Ego Identity and True Identity. Our ego identity is developed in social contexts and social milieu sustained by identifying ourselves with ego identity and living in that socially conditioned bubble. Since all of us are born in a social nest, we all are impacted by our upbringing and social transactions. Such conditioning  serves to some extent our practical functions of living. However, it restricts and limits our inherent capacity to develop and cultivate our true identity. Our true identity has its own authentic true voice not suppressed or muffled by the voice of the ego identity.

When we live and behave from the center of our true identity, we feel whole and wholesome, relating to ourselves and others genuinely, empathetically and compassionately. We become each other's brother keepers.It is a relationship in which join our heads, hearts and hands come together. We move from ego bound identity to transcendental true identity. We move from an unawakened and ignorant state to an awakened and enlightened state, from bondage to freedom, from darkness to light. We regain our childhood- a source of  pure and joyful energy, seeing our face in other's face.We make wise choices and build and sustain our infra structure of loving kindness, brotherhood and sisterhood.
 
How do we make a shift from ego identity to true identity? All wisdom traditions have explored this ever present and universal challenge of humankind and have offered pathways to realize our true nature and be happy and blissful. Our challenge is to embrace the pathway that suits our personality and consistently practice it in our everyday living. Following such a path with mindfulness  has been a blessing to me.It has helped me to live in the present more fully. When and if my mind goes away from the here and now consciousness, I  become mindful of my wandering mind and get centered. With practice, it has been easier for me to walk on this mindfulness path. My daily transactions with a variety of people have become more genuine and compassionate. Now when I go back to "sleep", become unmindful, it does not take much time for me to wake up and be mindful. This is a lifelong journey and I am embracing it with hope, joy, and  gratitude. 

May we become each other's brothers and sisters' keepers and  be grateful for receiving Divine blessings!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave'




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The Power Paradox, by Dacher Keltner

FaceBook  On Jul 12, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Power is a relational concept and experience. When we try to control somebody in the orbit of my relationship and feel good, great and superior to the other, we loose our wholesome connection with the other person.Empoweng oneself at the cost of others is the root cause of exploitation causing adversarial relationship. When we use power to help  the other, to be connected with the other on equality basis, and with love in our heart, power becomes a great positive force. It results in giving and sharing rather than taking and controlling.Power can kill and power can heal. One has to make a wise choice.

I work with children and help them to make wise choices in relating to other children and their teachers. When they get caught up in a power struggle situation with another child ot a teacher, I ask them to play a pillow game.In this game. The person who feels like " I am right and he is is wrong'', I ask both the children to take turns and let the other child know that he indeed understand his or her perspective empathetically. The other child  goes through the same process.Listening to each other with an open mind and empathetic heart builds bridges and not walls. We need to build more bridges of empathy, respect and actions.

I use the same model in interpersonal communication and relationship. If we do not  learn and practice such positive  way of working on our relationships on all levels family, community,  economic and political, we are planting and nurturing the seeds mutual destruction.

May we keep our mind and heart open to relate to differences wisely and constructively!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave
 

 

Giving Up is Different From Letting Someone Down, by Brother David Steindl-Rast

FaceBook  On Jul 5, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I think we need a healthy balance between the apparent opposites: taking and giving. We are very familiar with the stressful life we have created in ourselves because of the time pressure we feel most of the time. Sadly, we do not have time to be with ourselves, to listen mindfully listen to what's happening in our body, mind and heart and in the lives of the people who are  close to us. We have allowed ourselves to be caught up in the no-time cycle.We know how or we may not know how much price we have paid for trading on the fast stressful lane. There is always more to do, more to accomplish- more money, more name and fame, more power and possession. We are paying a big toll for neglecting or side tracking the other side of the doing lane-the lane of not doing,relaxing,giving time to ourselves and the folks in our life, to enjoy the bounties of nature, to reach out and offer our compassionate caring hands. No wonder why there is an increase in mental and medical diseases. They are mainly caused by our lack of giving quality time to our selves, to  our families and to relate to the gifts of nature. I have seen three generations in my relatively 91 years old life. The first generation, my generation, when we had more time to give to each other with hardly any mechanical and electrical toys to play with.Going to bed when the night arrives and waking up when the sun shows up, taking long evening walks and running around with no reason.Life was simple and easy. We had more time to give to ourselves and to others.When I entered into the second generation I witnessed the heavy impact of the industrial revolution-taking more time to do and giving less time to be.The third generation has its own world-  the world of computers and social media. I take a lot of time to check my emails, text, call and face book, without facing the real person in front of me. Benefits? Yes. Losses? Yes. I am learning how to use my discretion to make wise choices, to s  See full.

 I think we need a healthy balance between the apparent opposites: taking and giving. We are very familiar with the stressful life we have created in ourselves because of the time pressure we feel most of the time. Sadly, we do not have time to be with ourselves, to listen mindfully listen to what's happening in our body, mind and heart and in the lives of the people who are  close to us. We have allowed ourselves to be caught up in the no-time cycle.We know how or we may not know how much price we have paid for trading on the fast stressful lane. There is always more to do, more to accomplish- more money, more name and fame, more power and possession. We are paying a big toll for neglecting or side tracking the other side of the doing lane-the lane of not doing,relaxing,giving time to ourselves and the folks in our life, to enjoy the bounties of nature, to reach out and offer our compassionate caring hands. No wonder why there is an increase in mental and medical diseases. They are mainly caused by our lack of giving quality time to our selves, to  our families and to relate to the gifts of nature.

I have seen three generations in my relatively 91 years old life. The first generation, my generation, when we had more time to give to each other with hardly any mechanical and electrical toys to play with.Going to bed when the night arrives and waking up when the sun shows up, taking long evening walks and running around with no reason.Life was simple and easy. We had more time to give to ourselves and to others.When I entered into the second generation I witnessed the heavy impact of the industrial revolution-taking more time to do and giving less time to be.The third generation has its own world-  the world of computers and social media. I take a lot of time to check my emails, text, call and face book, without facing the real person in front of me. Benefits? Yes. Losses? Yes.

I am learning how to use my discretion to make wise choices, to strike a balance between the world of doing  and the world of being.How can we have a balance between taking and giving is a challenge for all of us.This challenge has given me an opportunity to live more mindfully. 

May we all learn, teach and share our ways of creating and sustaining such balance wholesome balance!
Namaste. Jagdish

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Keeping Nothing Between, by Eugene Gendlin

FaceBook  On Jun 24, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 What stops me from being myself to myself? What stops me from being myself to yourself? What is in between me and me and  between you and me? What is that in me which blocks my natural childlike curiosity to look at you and get connected with you?

To find the answer to my questions, I need to look within me with an open and present mind to see my original face. I need to set aside consciously the three clusters mentioned by Eugene Gendlin in this writing: my inner struggles going on in my mind, my mind preoccupied with what I need to do right now and the conventional way of saying hi to myself and others. These are the obstacles that obstruct me meeting me and really knowing me. I do not become intimate with myself. The same obstacles obstruct me to see you freshly, clearly and deeply and to be connected with you. A loss on both sides!

What helps me is very simple. I have set aside daily time for me to be with me inviting and greeting whatever and whoever shows up in my consciousness. This mindfulness meditation has helped me to do self-work to be whole and wholesome. It has helped me to relate to others in my life with openness, wonderment and freshness. Working with children in a school setting has been very beneficial to me.

I would like to conclude my reflections with words uttered by an Indian poetess by the name Meera. They are in Hindi. I  translate them into English. "Remove the veil that you are holding inside yourself and you will find your Beloved." And that's what I am doing.

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave



 

Planetary Beings with Planetary Hearts, by Clare Dakin

FaceBook  On Jun 13, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 "Be true to yourself" is one of my guiding mantras. When I act according to this mantra, I feel whole, clear, energetic, creative, compassionate and liberated. My inner  pure and clear voice has always helped me to walk on the right path.  When I feel conflict in me, a divided self, I have learned not to listen and follow that voice. I take time out, sit, be quiet, take deep breaths and mindfully process whatever arises in my mind pertaining  to the confusing conflicting situations in my life.Such mindfulness and compassionate presence with my conflicting self helps me to be grounded and listen to the true friendly voice inside myself. My closed and deaf ears open, my cloudy eyes become clear and my heart receives the grace of the voice of my true self. It has not been always easy for me to listen to the voice of my trues self.There have been times in my life when I have turned my deaf ear to my true self.When I get caught up in fulfilling my selfish desire or need, I move in the dark zone and refuse to see the light of my true self. After some time and it has not been right away, I realize my own stepping over myself and hurting me it and that way hurting someone associated with the situation. I have cultivated courage to be my true self and free myself from my self created bondage. I feel light and unburdened and feel free to relate to the other person in a compassionate and loving way. My transformed self heals me and heals the other person. I know it is an ongoing journey. It is my realization that it gets easier and relatively quicker to be true to one self and live accordingly. According to the Buddha, when we remain awake and open, we naturally walk on the path of liberation. I bow to the Buddha for teaching this mantra of inner liberation for peaceful living. May we all strive for listening to the voice of the true self and live our life following our true inner voice. Namaste Jagdish P Dave  See full.

 "Be true to yourself" is one of my guiding mantras. When I act according to this mantra, I feel whole, clear, energetic, creative, compassionate and liberated. My inner  pure and clear voice has always helped me to walk on the right path. 

When I feel conflict in me, a divided self, I have learned not to listen and follow that voice. I take time out, sit, be quiet, take deep breaths and mindfully process whatever arises in my mind pertaining  to the confusing conflicting situations in my life.Such mindfulness and compassionate presence with my conflicting self helps me to be grounded and listen to the true friendly voice inside myself. My closed and deaf ears open, my cloudy eyes become clear and my heart receives the grace of the voice of my true self.

It has not been always easy for me to listen to the voice of my trues self.There have been times in my life when I have turned my deaf ear to my true self.When I get caught up in fulfilling my selfish desire or need, I move in the dark zone and refuse to see the light of my true self. After some time and it has not been right away, I realize my own stepping over myself and hurting me it and that way hurting someone associated with the situation.

I have cultivated courage to be my true self and free myself from my self created bondage. I feel light and unburdened and feel free to relate to the other person in a compassionate and loving way. My transformed self heals me and heals the other person. I know it is an ongoing journey. It is my realization that it gets easier and relatively quicker to be true to one self and live accordingly. According to the Buddha, when we remain awake and open, we naturally walk on the path of liberation. I bow to the Buddha for teaching this mantra of inner liberation for peaceful living.

May we all strive for listening to the voice of the true self and live our life following our true inner voice. Namaste

Jagdish P Dave

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Creative Living, by Elizabeth Gilbert

FaceBook  On May 31, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 "The light to shine our life is within us." My dad used to tell me these words of wisdom when I needed to hear them. He was a living example of knowing that truth. I was blessed to have such a wise teacher in my life. It took time for me to realize this truth. When I was 18 years old, I felt that call coming from within to remain open to have glimpses of the rich  treasures shining within me-the treasures of aspirations, aliveness, joyfulness and deep contentment. I felt deeply connected with that call when I will put my heart in doing that filled my heart with joy and aliveness and enthusiasm. I enjoyed learning  about what makes me feel centered, fulfilled and looking forward to continuing my journey. Sharing what thrills me with others and teaching such wonderful findings brings a tremendous of joy and energy to me. The beauty of this discovery is that it does not get stale. It has its ever abiding freshness. It is old and it is new.

I am very grateful to have teachers in my life who have compassionately held my hand and shown me a way of living fully from within.

May we all be blessed  to discover our hidden treasures dwelling with us and sharing our light with others.

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

Learning Not to Be Afraid of Things That Are Real, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

FaceBook  On May 20, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Seeing ourselves as we are and seeing others as  they are is not that easy although it is liberating. We wear lenses of our desires, wants and biases to see ourselves and others.Our lenses need to be clean and clear to see the reality or the truth. The truth liberates us from the delusions, maya, we create within our own selves.It is like chasing the mirage. No wonder why we go through ups and downs in our life. Sitting quietly in a meditative way helps me to see things more clearly and dispels my delusion.

I cause my own suffering by projecting my own wishes and desire and seeing things the way I want to. It has resulted in pain and agony. I attribute my suffering to the other person in my life with a blaming stance. What has helped me and still helps me is sitting still to listen to my unfiltered voice and seeing the truth. Such mindfulness processing frees me from my self-created bondage and makes me whole and wholesome. I always set aside time for awakening myself. This mindfulness meditation helps me to remain centered and grounded.

May we  all find some time everyday to be with ourselves mindfully to see the truth for awakening..

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave


 

The Value of Solitude, by William Deresiewicz

FaceBook  On May 14, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 When I sit still and mindfully explore my inner land- scape of bodily sensations, thoughts and feelings compassionately, I deeply feel connected with me. I just got a call from my client who is feeling very lonely, bored and depressed.I asked her to do mindfulness meditation with me on the phone.In the beginning it was difficult for her to let the bodily sensations, thoughts and feelings come and go.She started feeling close and more connected with herself and with me too.A bridge of empathy, compassion, authenticity and connectedness was being built from a long distance call. It was a short session on the phone but it was very effective.I felt pretty good for being with her when she needed my help and she expressed her gratitude for being for helping her.

So we need solitude, stillness, for nurturing ourselves and also for nurturing others in our life. I use technology wisely and I am teaching my grand children to use social media wisely. Slowly and steadily they are getting the message and I am not in hurry.

May we cultivate kindness and compassion for ourselves and others to learn how to be still in the midst of ongoing noise within and without us.

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

Rediscovering the Art of Reverence, by John O'Donohue

FaceBook  On May 6, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Reverence, like unconditional love, is the foundation of my life.I revere life like a flower with one thousand petals, different yet the same, having the underlying  unifying and  harmonizing oneness.I have reverence for my parents who gave birth to me, nurtured me and loved me unconditionally when I was a child.I felt their loving and guiding presence even when I became an adult and had my children.I feel deep reverence for all my family members and friends who stood by me through thick and thin. Many have gone away physically leaving their blessings in my heart.I have deep reverence for the bountiful nature for providing food for life.

I feel deep reverence when I read  teachings of highly evolved beings from different wisdom traditions. I bow to them for enriching my spiritual living. 

To me, reverence is an offering that arises in and  from my heart. It has nothing to do with external and social dimensions.It is a deep feeling that is felt in my heart and  continues nurturing, nourishing and enriching my life.

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

Pronounce a Silent Blessing, by Barbara Brown Taylor

FaceBook  On Apr 29, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 To me peonouncing a blessing is to remain open and pay attention to what is, not how it should be, could be or would be. Seeing whatever clearly with bare attention, with its unfolding presence, is a miaracle. When I saw the face of a child in a class room filled with sadness, I stopped walking and sat beside him. I held his hands compassionately and said softly " You look sad". He sat quietly. I gave him space to be himself. Slowly he started crying. Hie eyes were filled with tears.I held his hands tenderly letting him feel I am with him.I felt his pain.These were very precious moments of intimacy transcending the age, he beinfg 8 years old and me being 90 years old. These were sacred moments unfolding oneness between two beings. To me it was a miracle. Slowlty we started breathing together, feeling more connected. Slowly a smile dawned upon his face and he said gently 'Thank you." I palced my hand on his head and blessed him. We made each other's day. That little boy filled my heart with joyful gratitude. He gave me his blessing.

Such expereinces happen quite often in my daily life. Such expereinces blossom my heart. They bring necotr- like sweetness.If we keep our mind and heart open and learn to live mindfully, our life itself becomes a blessing to us and to others.

May our everyday be filled with blessings. Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave