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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








Namaste.
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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.

Jagdish P Dave





 

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.
Jagdish P Dave












 

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.

Jagdish P Dave



 

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

 

Relationships Make You Conscious, Not Happy, by Eckhart Tolle

FaceBook  On Apr 15, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

I have been learning a lot about me by my relationships with others. The other becomes a mirror for me to see my true and original self. My transactions with significant people in my life make me see those parts of myself that I unconsciously hide from me. They create a larger space within me to look at me, hear me, show my limitations and help me go beyond the self  limiting boundaries I have unconsciously created in me.It has not been always easy to acknowledge and accept my shortcomings.
Such a journey is an ongoing process for me. I am grateful to people in my life for removing my blindfolds.
When I notice anger arising in me by someone's behavior, I pause, breathe and become aware of my own reactive thought and emotional patterns. Creating such quiet space within me helps me to respond wisely. Such experiences and behaviors help me to connect myself with others empathetically and enrich our relationship. I am very grateful to people in my life for helping me understand my my conditioned and habitual patterns of reacting rather than responding. I am happy to travel on this path. Namaste. Jagdish Dave


 

 

Sufficiency is Not Abundance, by Lynne Twist

FaceBook  On Jan 29, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I love this idea of sufficiency which creates and sustains a deep sense of contentment. If we focus our attention and our energy on sufficiency, life will be less complicated and less stressful.The economic gap between the classes-the upper, middle and lower- will decrease or hopefully dissolve giving birth to sharing wellness- based wealth according to the needs of the people.As we all know the money-based democracy is not  creating cauthentic political democracy.This is one of the reasons why the  have nots resent and rebel against the haves. We do not have to go back all the way to the Roman Empire to test this idea.We see how it prevails in all countries, the richest and the poorest. I like and endorse this radical idea and I find it relatively easy to apply it in my personal life and in my family.I have simplified my life significantly. We feel much lighter as we have reduced our load of having more and better and newer things in our lives. We have more time to spend with each other, enjoy what we have. We are more relaxed , contented and happy. Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa  are contemporary examples of simple and higher living. They had profound inner richness. They did not live their life on scarcity but on inner abundance, inner richness or inner wealth. Our financial system is based on consumers economy-the more they consume, the more we produce. We need to pause and ask the question-at what cost? The answer comes from within if we shift the idea of happiness. It is the deep contentment we feel in ourselves. A deep sense of fullness and fulfillment we cherish everyday.It is a wonderful feeling of joy we feel in giving, sharing and serving others. To me this is spiritual living. I am blessed to have inspiring people in my life  as models teaching me the lesson of simple living and high functioning. We are all together like a family, the children of Mother Earth. We need to learn to love over neighbor living next  See full.

 I love this idea of sufficiency which creates and sustains a deep sense of contentment. If we focus our attention and our energy on sufficiency, life will be less complicated and less stressful.The economic gap between the classes-the upper, middle and lower- will decrease or hopefully dissolve giving birth to sharing wellness- based wealth according to the needs of the people.As we all know the money-based democracy is not  creating cauthentic political democracy.This is one of the reasons why the  have nots resent and rebel against the haves. We do not have to go back all the way to the Roman Empire to test this idea.We see how it prevails in all countries, the richest and the poorest.

I like and endorse this radical idea and I find it relatively easy to apply it in my personal life and in my family.I have simplified my life significantly. We feel much lighter as we have reduced our load of having more and better and newer things in our lives. We have more time to spend with each other, enjoy what we have. We are more relaxed , contented and happy. Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa  are contemporary examples of simple and higher living. They had profound inner richness. They did not live their life on scarcity but on inner abundance, inner richness or inner wealth.

Our financial system is based on consumers economy-the more they consume, the more we produce. We need to pause and ask the question-at what cost? The answer comes from within if we shift the idea of happiness. It is the deep contentment we feel in ourselves. A deep sense of fullness and fulfillment we cherish everyday.It is a wonderful feeling of joy we feel in giving, sharing and serving others. To me this is spiritual living. I am blessed to have inspiring people in my life  as models teaching me the lesson of simple living and high functioning.

We are all together like a family, the children of Mother Earth. We need to learn to love over neighbor living next to our house or far away from us.We need to make a shift from what is it for me to to how can I reach out and extend my helping hands.

May we relate to others with compassion and kindness and fill the cup of our life with contentment, joy and happiness!
 


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The Same Self Is in All of Us, by Eknath Easwaran

FaceBook  On Jan 27, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I have learned many wonderful lessons from Eknath Easwaran. I am very grateful to him for giving me gifts from his heart. This is the way he lived his life.When we realize the oneness in manyness, life becomes a blessing, a beauty and joy for ever. Our egoic mind creates separation and divisiveness, mine and thin, better and worse, black and white with judgmental lenses. When we see the connecting link between and among us, we are moving in the oneness zone.

This is my experience in my everyday transactions. I spend a great of time with children in a school setting.They are different from one another in many ways coming from diversified back grounds. What brings them to gather is kindness to each other, holding each other's hands that include me and playing together. When personal likes and dislikes come into play and when they treat each other unkindly, they experience disconnect for a short time.They come back and rejoin their hands.They do not close their hearts. Oneness dwells in the house of our heart. And that is the way I realize oneness in manyness.

May we keep our heart open to feel the bliss of oneness in all of us!




 

Absurd Heroism, by Margaret Wheatley

FaceBook  On Jan 16, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 We, as a human race, are encountering  gigantic storm. We witness it as well as we experience it. We have all kinds of storms created by us..No Gods have condemned us to death. We are condemning ourselves to death.We have weather storms, climate storms,, ecological storms, radical ideological storms, financial storms, political and social storms. It is a  stormy world we live in.And we all are paying a heavy cost physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, spiritually and globally.

We cannot afford to have an ostrich mentality wising, hoping and praying that these storms will pass away over our head. Apathy, denial, blaming and doing nothing constructively is suicidal.

Now is the time to wake up. Now is the time to join hands with people close  in our family and community. Now is the time to join hands with people beyond our borders. We need to break out of individualistic, isolating and self-serving mindset. Now is the time to tackle it. If not know, then the Doom's Day prophecy will prevail.

When things did not go the way I wanted and expected, I used to externalize  and point finger towards somebody. That kind of mindset caused suffering in me and people close to me. I have learned to look within mindfully and free myself from the bondage I create within myself. When my mind is liberated, I feel positive energy, robust hopefulness and deeply connected with people who are joining hands to create a better world to live in-a world where sanity prevails; a world where we have a common mission and vision of treating each other as sisters and brothers, as friends and fellow travelers with open minds and open hearts. This is me, a child of the sacred Mother Earth receiving blessings with gratitude.

May my stay be instrumental in planting trees of love, compassion and selfless service! May we all join our hands to work for a noble cause!

Jagdish P Dave


 

Be Cool to the Pizza Dude, by Sarah Adams

FaceBook  On Jan 10, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 The pizza wheel of life has many interconnected spokes: honoring work, serving and treating people with equality, courtesy,modesty, humility, self regard and empathy.Our self-worth does not necessarily depend on what work I do but how I do it. Do I put my heart in it? Do I accept it? How do I treat and serve others related to my work? I have been applying this philosophy of living and working to the best of my ability. It has filled the cup of my life with deep contentment, gratitude, empathy, joy and a wholesome sense of my self.Work can be worship no matter where I work and what work I do.How I work, the inner quality of my work, is more important than the outer forms of my work.

May we work  with  kindness, compassion, dedication, empathy, humility and gratitude!

 

I Have Decided to Stick With Love, by Martin Luther King Jr.

FaceBook  On Jan 1, 2016 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Love is the master key that opens the door for healing,  harmonizing, nourishing, connecting, caring, enriching and uplifting. Love indeed i invokes the God Light, the God Truth and the God Peace in all of us. All traditions of wisdom, all highly evolved spiritual teachers all over the world have taught us the healing power of love by their examples. All of us have been blessed to have parents, siblings,friends, neighbors, teachers, farmers, workers, innovators, care takers and even strangers who have given us taste of unconditional love occasionally or on a consistent level. They  are living examples of the kind of love Martin Luther King Jr is talking about so eloquently. Simple acts of kindness touch our hearts with love.Our thoughts, words and actions that harm us and harm others, deprive us and others from benevolence, hurt us and hurt others perpetuate the cycle of hatred and suffering. No violent actions are justified by quoting the name of God or by righteousness. History is full of wars fought in the name of God and by believing and stating God is on our side. And seeds of peace and good will are also planted and blossomed by people who relate to others like their sole brothers and sisters. I myself and many others whom I know well have been blessed by having people who have showered their love on us on a regular basis. When I offer my service to others selflessly, I smell the fragrance of love, the taste of kindness, the sweetness of compassion and the touch of divinity. Usually, such acts happen. I do not plan them  in advance.Being human, I run into helping hands when I need help. And people run into my helping hands when they need help.It is an everyday happening. My cup of life is filled when I reach out and help others and also when people reach out hold my feeble hands. May we cultivate loving kindness in our hearts and create connectedness within ourselves and others by offering and receiving gifts of love!  See full.

 Love is the master key that opens the door for healing,  harmonizing, nourishing, connecting, caring, enriching and uplifting. Love indeed i invokes the God Light, the God Truth and the God Peace in all of us. All traditions of wisdom, all highly evolved spiritual teachers all over the world have taught us the healing power of love by their examples. All of us have been blessed to have parents, siblings,friends, neighbors, teachers, farmers, workers, innovators, care takers and even strangers who have given us taste of unconditional love occasionally or on a consistent level. They  are living examples of the kind of love Martin Luther King Jr is talking about so eloquently. Simple acts of kindness touch our hearts with love.Our thoughts, words and actions that harm us and harm others, deprive us and others from benevolence, hurt us and hurt others perpetuate the cycle of hatred and suffering. No violent actions are justified by quoting the name of God or by righteousness. History is full of wars fought in the name of God and by believing and stating God is on our side. And seeds of peace and good will are also planted and blossomed by people who relate to others like their sole brothers and sisters.

I myself and many others whom I know well have been blessed by having people who have showered their love on us on a regular basis. When I offer my service to others selflessly, I smell the fragrance of love, the taste of kindness, the sweetness of compassion and the touch of divinity. Usually, such acts happen. I do not plan them  in advance.Being human, I run into helping hands when I need help. And people run into my helping hands when they need help.It is an everyday happening. My cup of life is filled when I reach out and help others and also when people reach out hold my feeble hands.

May we cultivate loving kindness in our hearts and create connectedness within ourselves and others by offering and receiving gifts of love!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

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Why Are We Running Out of Time?, by Jacob Needleman

FaceBook  On Dec 28, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Wisdom traditions have taught us how to be free from our self-created and complicated spider web. We want every thing new and instant right on our palms. We as human beings have created high tech and are being allured and captivated by fast connecting, fast moving and fast changing innovative devices. It is my observation and experience that we hardly find time for ourselves and for others to be connected on a deeper level. It is almost like jumping from one branch to another branch of a tree without being rooted. There is an excitement about such swaying at a high price-the price of losing in-depth internal and inter personal connectedness.We need to be mindful of what we are losing by gaining something. We need to be still to contemplate, meditate and reflect and transform.

May we learn and cultivate the art of hastening slowly and mindfully!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

Every Seed Carries a Secret, by Angela Fischer

FaceBook  On Nov 29, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

I deeply resonate with the last sentence of this writing. It is the seed of love. It says it all. It is pure energy- life creating and life sustaining, connecting within and without. It is both inner and outer. In pure love, the me and the other, the inner and the outer distinctions, go away.The tree of life grows from the seed of love. Such a tree provides shade and shelter, nurturance and nourishment  to all forms of life. It is always full.

Greed, selfishness. what is it in for me, possessiveness, and such inner self-based wishes, thoughts and actions disconnect us from the seed of love.Truth and Love are the two wings of the Bird of Creation. They create the sacred life, the Divine Light. Our ignorance blinds us to see the Divine Light which is always in the here and now pure consciousness.We all have been blessed to have glimpses of the Divine Light. The sad part of being human is that we do not remain awake and go back to self created dark zone. With  awareness and conscious efforts, we get reconnected with the Divine Light. the Pure Love and have inner and outer peace and fullness.

May we remain awake to receive and give the gifts of love in our everyday life!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

I Awaken Before Dawn, by Helen Moore

FaceBook  On Nov 20, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

This is a wonderful ode to gratitude. It shows how we are connected with each other. Many unseen  hands have been instrumental in creating the cup and creating tea. A cup of tea is a symbol and a reminder of the interconnectedness of existence. We all are everyday receiving gifts from nature and human beings from far and near. We need to be mindful of the visible and invisible  thread that connects us all.We are grateful for the gifts that we receive everyday.

I have been blessed to receive such gifts everyday from the morning to the night in many many ways;My daughter making a cup of coffee for me and reminding me to drive to work safely.Children greeting me Namaste:by folding their hands lovingly. My colleagues extending their warm and kind hands when I need help from them.I feel happy to offer my gifts to my students, colleagues and parents. It is my experience that when I keep my mind and heart open, I realize how deeply we are connected with each other and how blessed we are to have such gifts everyday in our life.

When I take a walk in nature, I realize how the sun, the air, the earth and the water and the space are intimately connected with one another.We are grateful to have such gifts coming to all of us without discrimination.

May everyday be a Thanks Giving day. May we all be mindful of this interconnectedness and be grateful  for such precious gifts.

Jagdish P Dave

 

Time is a Season, by David Whyte

FaceBook  On Nov 15, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 We bind ourselves by closing ourselves to the ever flowing river of time.When my mind is fully present in the moment, I feel the touch of the ever flowing time. I am in the flow of time fully immersed in it.The water of time is flowing and I am flowing in the water, with the water. I am blessed to have such flowing time when I listen to music, take a walk in nature, meditate, and place my self in the loving hands of people who are fully present in the moment.There is fullness in such timelessness. I describe it as the being zone, a zone of doing nothing but just being.Such being zone is described in this beautiful poem:

Sitting by the river
doing nothing,
spring comes 
the grass grows by itself.

Another poem captures it in the following words:

Ten thousand flowers in spring,
the moon in the autumn,
a cool breeze in summer,
snow in winter,
if your mind is not clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.-Wu Men

May we all learn the art of living in the present that gives birth to newness in the womb of now-ness!

Jagdish P Dave


 

Organic Gift, by Parker Palmer

FaceBook  On Nov 6, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 An organic gift is an offering from the heart.It has no conditions, expectations and attachment to its outcomes. In the Bhagavad Gita, such a gift is called Karma Yoga that creates a union between the giver and the receiver. Giving becomes receiving.My daily gifting is mostly organic.. It is effortless. It is natural. It is fulfilling. It nourishes my heart. It enlivens me and brings blessings to my life. Such gifts do not have to be big.I do small acts of kindness with love such as holding a crying or a sad child in my hands, smiling at someone I run into, cleaning pots and pens in the kitchen and spending time with others who are suffering.

When I overstretch myself and do more than I can, it drains my energy. I am learning the art of operating within my limits. I need to take care of myself in order to take care of others. I do not call it selfishness. I call it enlightened self caring..

I also encounter may people in my life who offer such organic gifts. I am very grateful to them.Let me conclude with the simple yet profound saying by Mother Teresa:

Three things in human life are important:
The first is to be kind.
The second is to be kind.
The third is to be kind.

May we let the milk of kindness flow from our heart!

Jagdish P Dave





 

Lessening the Power of Negative Emotions, by The Dalai Lama

FaceBook  On Oct 20, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 What choices do I make that drain and deplete my energy and the energy of others? This is a very important mindfulness question for me. Negative thoughts and negative emotions drain my energy. Positive thoughts and positive emotions enhance my energy. They also result in negative and positive actions hurting or healing me and hurting or healing others. The other is me and I am the other. We are all connected with each other.My intention is to understand the causes of hurting or healing energy, replacing the causes of hurting energy  with positive energy and enhancing the ways of healing energy.

I practice mindfulness for recognizing the patterns of thoughts that create negative energy. I do not suppress or use defense mechanisms to stay away from them. I  observe them , let them come and go.If positive thoughts and feelings come, I observe them, let them come and let them go.This kind of mindfulness processing of my inner world of thoughts and feelings helps me to be free from getting stuck with the negative thoughts and emotions.I sense the change of energy in my body, mind and heart.It makes me whole and wholesome.

May we work on ourselves mindfully to be connected with ourselves and others and create experience goodness in our life!

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

We Are What We Choose to Be, by Dawna Markova

FaceBook  On Oct 10, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Many times we have read, heard and talked about  wisdom sayings like, " Know thy self"," An unexamined life is not worth living", "The essence of living truly lies in the heart of our cave". These are great words of wisdom for contemplation and reflection. We all know that to be truth is to live the truth freely and fearlessly.When we make it a goal to achieve it, have it, we are adding one more on the doing and having list. Being is like the sun rising giving its
light, the flower blooming giving its fragrance, the wind touching and the mother loving. Having has a beginning and ending bound by  space and time.In the having world-both internal and external, there is no wholeness and fullness. There is always that dear-like, chasing the mirage, there is always that striving, needing and wanting more and more. We are too familiar with this world of doing and having.

I have faced this question many times: What is my purpose for being here in this world? To be happy? My happiness was contingent on having someone to love me.Does it have that forever ingredient? Di I always feel loved and happy? To me the freedom is the freedom of being and not having. Having is more like having clothes but not the wearer. As I am getting older, my  "having world"  is shrinking effortlessly and my "'being world" is effortlessly expanding. In that "being world" there is I without being bound by my ego.When I step out of this being zone, I quickly become mindful of it and move into the being zone.

May we be awakened to be in the being zone! Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave



 

Humility Really Cannot be Considered a Virtue, by Swami Dayananda Saraswati

FaceBook  On Oct 3, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 As long as ego occupies the center of my being, I am going to feel ups and downs, successes and failures, admiration and condemnation. Look what I have, how I look, what I do, whom I know, where I live and what I possess-all such thoughts and feelings are the outcome of my ego-centered being.When I am in the being zone, I surf on the rising and falling waves with evenness knowing that I am an integral part of the ocean of existence. I experience the oceanic feeling of oneness.

This happens when I am fully present in moment to moment  flow of the here and now consciousness.It happens to me when I am in a deeply relaxed meditative state, when I am compassionately connected with another person, when I mindfully take a walk in nature or when I am fully involved in a project when the time and space boundaries vanish on their own.As I am getting older, I am accepting the changing landscape of my life with grace and gratitude.It is good living.

May we learn  how to surf the waves  of the ocean of our life gracefully and gratefully!

Jagdish P Dave

 

Compassion: an Objective Form of Empathy, by Jeff Weiner

FaceBook  On Sep 27, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Subjective empathy is feeling the pain and suffering of another person. Objective empathy implies not only feeling  the  pain and suffering of another person but also understanding our own perspective  on his suffering  as well as remaining open to understand the other person's perspective. We need to have both head and heart to feel for the other person and have an empathic understanding of the person in relationship. I will add hand to head and heart. The hand stands for action.Compassion implies empathy and acts of kindness. 

 Practicing loving kindness has been very helpful to me in my everyday living.  

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

Awareness is Profound Interest, by J. Krishnamurti

FaceBook  On Sep 18, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 J Krishnamurti is one of my great teachers who has been teaching me how to be in choiceless awareness. I felt it when I attended and mindfully listened to his talk on awareness. I am in awareness when I am fully present to what is happening in me physically, mentally and emotionally without reacting to the happenings in me. I mindfully, nonjudgmentally observe what is going on in me and around me. When a thought arises or shows up in my mind, I notice it without judging it, approaching or avoiding it. I let it come and let it go. I do  not get stuck with it. In that free space an insightful understanding arises and it helps me grow.
I find the application of such mindfulness awareness in my relationship and in my daily actions and transactions with people in my life.
To me, it is an ongoing life journey bringing gifts to me and  to others in my life.
I bow to such great teachers who have been teaching me the Art of living. Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave


 

The Gift of New Eyes, by Rachel Naomi Remen

FaceBook  On Sep 11, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Rumi's poem says it all. Yes . There is a place beyond right and wrong, a place beyond the legal, rational, social and moral right and wrong. And that place is the place where there is no yours or mine zone. As the Buddha says: Gone, gone, gone beyond the gone and even beyond the beyond. What an awakening! what a bliss!

Our two worldly eyes are colored by the non-unifying perspective. We live in the dualistic physical, mental, emotional  social and even religious world. As law- abiding citizens of this world, understandably, we need to comply with the laws to maintain social order.However, when we love someone from our heart and in our heart, the outbound rules and regulations disappear and we breathe the same breath. The other is no more the other. The other is me and me is the other. There is seamless oneness.

This is not an ideal utterance or wishful thinking. I have experienced such Divine oneness in deep meditative state, in relationships with people close to me or remote from me. I feel it like being in the clear blue sky. It is like being touched by a cool breeze of air, like holding a baby in our hands, or someone offering a glass of water to a thirsty traveler. I have experienced such precious moments. We are blessed to have such Divine experiences in this world while we are alive.

May we know how to to create such a sanctuary and live in the field beyond the right and wrong!

Jagdish P Dave

 

Love Like Water, by Mark Nepo

FaceBook  On Sep 4, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I love this reflective reading on Love.Love gives birth to life, nourishes it, sustains it, enriches it and lets it bloom and blossom.This is what a mother does for the child she bears and provides nurturing and blossoming energy to her child.Such love does not have criteria or conditions set in advance to meet to be loved.Love is spontaneous and unconditional. It is beyond right or wrong. Love's hands are always open to give and receive. Giving becomes receiving and receiving becomes giving. We witness such love in nature, in animals and in us as humans. I have experienced such love from my parents, brothers, sisters friends, teachers and my students and  at times from strangers..And they have experienced it from me too.It is a natural flow of life sustaining and flourishing energy.Love bubbles from within.It cannot be poured from outside.It is like feeling the touch of water, wind, and a loving hand. It is like smelling fragrance coming from a flower or a smile sparkling on a face with no apparent reason. When I hold a crying child in my hands, it creates a deep bonding between me and the crying child.There si no guide book or prescription for it.It just happens.Such experiences are very precious and rich. They make our day,  our night and our life. What blocks the flow of such a natural energy? We all know the answers because we have experienced both the natural flow of energy and the blockage of the flow of love energy.When I become self-centered and self serving, place conditions for relating to the other, build up expectations from the other or relate to the other out of obligations or fear, the pure joy of loving goes out of windows. It is like going back to sleep and continue living in the illusory dream! We all in varying degrees have lived in these two cities; The city of illusion or the city of Maya, and the city of Love or Prem. May our life touch and be touched by the pure water of Love! Jagdish P  See full.

 I love this reflective reading on Love.Love gives birth to life, nourishes it, sustains it, enriches it and lets it bloom and blossom.This is what a mother does for the child she bears and provides nurturing and blossoming energy to her child.Such love does not have criteria or conditions set in advance to meet to be loved.Love is spontaneous and unconditional. It is beyond right or wrong. Love's hands are always open to give and receive. Giving becomes receiving and receiving becomes giving. We witness such love in nature, in animals and in us as humans.

I have experienced such love from my parents, brothers, sisters friends, teachers and my students and  at times from strangers..And they have experienced it from me too.It is a natural flow of life sustaining and flourishing energy.Love bubbles from within.It cannot be poured from outside.It is like feeling the touch of water, wind, and a loving hand. It is like smelling fragrance coming from a flower or a smile sparkling on a face with no apparent reason. When I hold a crying child in my hands, it creates a deep bonding between me and the crying child.There si no guide book or prescription for it.It just happens.Such experiences are very precious and rich. They make our day,  our night and our life.

What blocks the flow of such a natural energy? We all know the answers because we have experienced both the natural flow of energy and the blockage of the flow of love energy.When I become self-centered and self serving, place conditions for relating to the other, build up expectations from the other or relate to the other out of obligations or fear, the pure joy of loving goes out of windows. It is like going back to sleep and continue living in the illusory dream! We all in varying degrees have lived in these two cities; The city of illusion or the city of Maya, and the city of Love or Prem.

May our life touch and be touched by the pure water of Love!

Jagdish P Dave

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The Power of Art, by John F. Kennedy

FaceBook  On Aug 28, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

The Sanskrit word for the poet is arshadrushta- one who has a  clear sight and has a clear vision of the future. It is like seeing through the "third eye". She lives in the present, knows the downside of the power, is aware of social injustice but is not imprisoned by the short and narrow vision. What she says, writes and stands for may not be popular and may go against the prevailing societal currents. They have clear inner vision and inner strength. They blaze a new trail.

Art, like  strength, takes different forms. There is the art of living- living a life founded on a cosmic vision of living. A living that goes beyond the self-serving, self-centered, greed-based, power and fame hungry, my is the only right way and others are ignorant, stupid and inferior. Such narrow and short sighted vision has damaged the lives of people, nations and life in nature.We are blessed to have visionary people with cosmic consciousness to help us expand our consciousness. Such visionary people at times are crucified. They leave inspiring footprints on the sands of time. I am blessed to  experience the presence of such highly evolved beings like Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore and Anandimaiya to name a few.

All of us have the potential  to be such artists.We are in the process of evolving. There are times when we wake up and start walking on that path and feel deeply connected with the higher level of consciousness. And some times we go back to the same old way of living, going back to sleep.

May we have the vision and courage to go beyond the limited and limiting way of seeing and living!

Jagdish P Dave



 

True Splendor of Science, by Alan Watts

FaceBook  On Aug 25, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 How to know what we don't know? The mind comes up with this wonderment and tries to know the mystery of the unknown.The unknown becomes known and the the inquiry continues. In this way, science has made  great progress. And the inquiry continues. Philosophers  also make inquiries without the requirement of proving their mental explorations and ideas and systems. Mystics also have that wonderment and openness of the heart to welcome whatever arises on its own.

They are not looking for any validation. They become what they realize. The distinction between the subject and the object disappears. It is neither me nor you,  neither this nor that. It is neither demonstrable or describable. It is like pointing a  finger towards the moon.

I can relate to all the three modes of knowing. The most enchanting and the most fulfilling experience is the mystical experience of finding oneself in losing oneself, where the separation between the knower and the known gets dissolved. Such experiences are transformative dispelling the  illusory world I create and in which I live.It is a  non-doing and a non-possessing world. It is like the Zen poem: Sitting by the river, Spring comes, And the grass grows by itself.

Jagdish PDave

 

Choosing Suffering over Safety, by Bonnie Rose

FaceBook  On Aug 18, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I am learning to accept what is and not to resist or to deny the presence of what is. The first suffering I experienced was the passing away of my dad. I did not want him to leave me. What helped me  to accept his passing away was the way he embraced  his breath leaving his body. He used to recite the verses from the Bhagvat Geeta shedding light on how to live with equanimity, how to remain centered and balanced in the midst of the rising and falling waves of life. He lived that way and died that way. He used to teach me how to live by the way he lived his life. He was walking his walk.He planted the seeds of the art of living and leaving.Breathing in and breathing out are the wings of the bird of living fully. Three years ago, my beloved wife passed away.  She had very aggressive breast cancer. Six months before she passed away, she asked me looking into my eyes, "Jagdish! Do you think I will survive? I trust you. You will tell me the truth." This  was the most difficult question for me to answer. I was holding her hand in my hand and this answer emerged from my heart: " Everyone  is going to pass away sooner or later." That answer was enough for her. Without any hesitation, she accepted the truth. There was a glow of acceptance on her face. And that's the way she lived her life.She was ready to go when the time would arrive. Before she passed away, she asked all of us- me, our grown up children and grand children- to face her face. She touched everybody's hand, looked at all of us and said, " Is everyone OK?" She lived that way caring for all and left  the same way showing her caring for all. These were her last words and these words deeply resonate with me when she comes to my mind and heart. Like my dad, my wife taught me a lesson of how to live and how to die. Suffering is an integral part of living fully. The evening is  born in the womb of the morning sun. There is no morning without evening and there is no eveni  See full.

 I am learning to accept what is and not to resist or to deny the presence of what is. The first suffering I experienced was the passing away of my dad. I did not want him to leave me. What helped me  to accept his passing away was the way he embraced  his breath leaving his body. He used to recite the verses from the Bhagvat Geeta shedding light on how to live with equanimity, how to remain centered and balanced in the midst of the rising and falling waves of life. He lived that way and died that way. He used to teach me how to live by the way he lived his life. He was walking his walk.He planted the seeds of the art of living and leaving.Breathing in and breathing out are the wings of the bird of living fully.

Three years ago, my beloved wife passed away.  She had very aggressive breast cancer. Six months before she passed away, she asked me looking into my eyes, "Jagdish! Do you think I will survive? I trust you. You will tell me the truth." This  was the most difficult question for me to answer. I was holding her hand in my hand and this answer emerged from my heart: " Everyone  is going to pass away sooner or later." That answer was enough for her. Without any hesitation, she accepted the truth. There was a glow of acceptance on her face. And that's the way she lived her life.She was ready to go when the time would arrive. Before she passed away, she asked all of us- me, our grown up children and grand children- to face her face. She touched everybody's hand, looked at all of us and said, " Is everyone OK?" She lived that way caring for all and left  the same way showing her caring for all. These were her last words and these words deeply resonate with me when she comes to my mind and heart. Like my dad, my wife taught me a lesson of how to live and how to die.

Suffering is an integral part of living fully. The evening is  born in the womb of the morning sun. There is no morning without evening and there is no evening without morning.The river of life flows in between the banks of joy and suffering. They are intertwined. They are the wings of the bird, the tide and ebb of living.

May we cultivate this art of living and dying to live fully and die fully.

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

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Spontaneous Resonance, by James O'dea

FaceBook  On Aug 7, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 As I understand, a spontaneous reaction is an action to a stimulus outside of oneself. It is like a fight, flight or freeze stress response. It is instinctive with no intervention of cognitive processing. It is an instant reaction.It may result into a positive or negative outcome, a blessing or a curse; a blessing to celebrate,a curse to regret or repent. Spontaneous resonance happens within oneself with no conscious intention or deliberation. It just happens. It is like a flower blooming, a poem birthing and naturally coming out.It is unfolding. It is like fragrance of a flower spreading without an effort. It is an effortless happening. I have experienced both -spontaneous reaction and spontaneous resonance. I reacted to a scorpion by jumping off- an instant avoidance behavior, resulting into no painful stinging. Reacting to a driver cutting me off with an angry feeling is another example of a instinctive reaction. I have had many experiences of spontaneous resonance. I am a poet.The poems spouting from my heart effortlessly have been the most endearing poems.I get lost in my own self to find myself. I am not composing the poem, the poem is composing by itself. The song is composing itself and I am listening to it. The composer and the listener merge into each other. the dancer becomes the dancing or the dancing becomes the dancer. The subject-object separation gets dissolved  resulting in oneness. There is a knowing, an experiencing, a realization of the mantra, aham brahmasmi- I am that. It is an awakening experience. I have such experiences when I meditate, when i walk in nature by myself, when i read certain poems that touch my heart. We all are blessed with such gifts arising in and from our hearts. It is my observation that we are becoming more and more head-oriented missing the joys of uncomplicated simple but profound living. May we keep out hearts open to receive and give simple gifts of love and joy. Jagdish P Dave  See full.

 As I understand, a spontaneous reaction is an action to a stimulus outside of oneself. It is like a fight, flight or freeze stress response. It is instinctive with no intervention of cognitive processing. It is an instant reaction.It may result into a positive or negative outcome, a blessing or a curse; a blessing to celebrate,a curse to regret or repent.

Spontaneous resonance happens within oneself with no conscious intention or deliberation. It just happens. It is like a flower blooming, a poem birthing and naturally coming out.It is unfolding. It is like fragrance of a flower spreading without an effort. It is an effortless happening.

I have experienced both -spontaneous reaction and spontaneous resonance. I reacted to a scorpion by jumping off- an instant avoidance behavior, resulting into no painful stinging. Reacting to a driver cutting me off with an angry feeling is another example of a instinctive reaction.

I have had many experiences of spontaneous resonance. I am a poet.The poems spouting from my heart effortlessly have been the most endearing poems.I get lost in my own self to find myself. I am not composing the poem, the poem is composing by itself. The song is composing itself and I am listening to it. The composer and the listener merge into each other. the dancer becomes the dancing or the dancing becomes the dancer. The subject-object separation gets dissolved  resulting in oneness. There is a knowing, an experiencing, a realization of the mantra, aham brahmasmi- I am that. It is an awakening experience. I have such experiences when I meditate, when i walk in nature by myself, when i read certain poems that touch my heart.

We all are blessed with such gifts arising in and from our hearts. It is my observation that we are becoming more and more head-oriented missing the joys of uncomplicated simple but profound living.

May we keep out hearts open to receive and give simple gifts of love and joy.

Jagdish P Dave


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The Pleasure of Serving, by Gabriela Mistral

FaceBook  On Jul 30, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 This beautiful poem deeply resonates deeply with me in my heart.I wonder who has not been touched by the tender and gentle touch serving joyfully. I see the signatures of many, both natural and human, extending their helping and nurturing hands right from my childhood until my old age. The world will not be able to survive and flourish if there were no serving hands.

Some have served the whole mankind leaving their foot prints behind on the sands of time.They  left their names behind with no conscious intention of leaving their  name and fame behind.They served because that was in their nature. It was their breath.

And there are many who do small acts of kindness joyfully. We have a vegetable and fruit garden on our front and back yard. Nature's hand is bountiful. She serves us by the gifts she gives us the gifts of fruits and vegetables. We express our gratitude for the gifts we receive from her. We serve her by doing whatever we can, watering the seeds and plants and providing organic soil. We give our friends vegetables and fruits and enjoy sharing our gifts with them. I remember Mahatma Gandhi had named the community where he lived Seva Ashram- a community who serves, a community of servants. That work is being carried on in the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, my home town. When I visited  Gandhi Ashram last summer with my young grandson, I was deeply touched by the service the Ashramites do for slum children It was quite an experience for us. serving people is God's work. In our language we have a saying: Seva paramo Dharmaha- serving others is the spiritual way of living.

May we serve all beings with our heart and be grateful for serving them.

Jagdish P Dave

 

The Surrender Experiment, by Michael Singer

FaceBook  On Jul 24, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 To me, surrendering means surrendering my egoic mind, the mind that is self-centered, possessive, not caring  for others that incudes nature-animals, plants, trees, water,earth and sky.I am responsible and accountable for messing things up and doing right to sustain and preserve the creation. How do  I employ my energy in creating, sustaining, contributing and serving life is my life mission. When I live this way, I feel I am in harmony with life force. I feel like I am in a dance with the life force. When i receive the grace from nature and people, my heart is filled with joyful gratitude. Such gifts are not measured on a materialistic scale. They are experienced in our hearts and they blossom our hearts.

This may sound very simple. It is my knowing that too much "headding" takes away the simple joys of 'hearting". How to have the  joyful innocence of a child in an adult body and mind is an interesting challenge. It is like planting a seed and watching it grow with an ever present curiosity. It is like hearing the birds chirping, watching the clouds floating and listening to the inner voice singing on its own.These are the moments of grace and I am blessed to have them coming everyday on their own. My heart is filled with gratefulness.

May we keep our hearts open to receive and give gifts coming from everywhere!

Jagdish P Dave

 

Effects of Adversity, by Eranda Jayawickreme

FaceBook  On Jul 21, 2015 Jagdish P dave wrote:

 It is my experience and observation that we all experience adversity and suffering in varying degrees. How we take it makes the difference in the impact of adversities. I also realize that some adversities are out of my control such as natural happenings like floods, hurricanes, volcanoes and earth quakes. But most of our sufferings are self created and self-sustained,

Looking back at my life, I see how we growing up in a poor family did not suffer for not having many things others had in their lives. My parents had a deep sense of contentment with whatever possessions we had. By growing up in such a family, I did not feel the poverty within me for not having "enough" in my life. I married a woman I loved very dearly. She was born and raised in a very rich family having luxurious things she wanted. She left her home and embraced to live in the poor extended family out of deep love for me.Love and faith were our anchors that kept us flowing with the wonderful life.

That happy journey ended when she passed away about three years ago. Did I suffer? You bet. Losing some one, a soul mate for some 60 plus years of my life is very very hard. Is there a grace in suffering? Yes.I have realized the truth that  every hi has a bye and every bye has a hi.Nothing is here for ever.Living life with this awareness is keeping the cup of my life full.Sharing the fullness of my living with others and serving them from my heart is a blessing to me and I feel gratitude for receiving such blessings from others. It is by giving I indeed receive.

May the suffering we go through enkindle the light of forgiveness and compassion in us  and make us feel connected with each other..

Jagdish P Dave


 

Call Me by My True Names, by Thich Nhat Hanh

FaceBook  On Jul 10, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Compassion is like unconditional love, not bound by right or wrong or good or evil laws.Compassion has no boundaries or barriers. Compassion is like mercy offered to any one regardless of flaws. I used to begin my classes with meditation in a state university . There was no reference to any religion.The students loved it and they found it very helpful for relaxing their body and quieting their mind. One of the professors objected to  starting my classes with meditation in a state university. It took the turn of a scandal. According to me, I was not violating any law as meditation is not religious.  In his eyes, I was trying to convert the students to follow a religion. This situation presented a great learning opportunity for me to apply compassion to my apparently adversarial colleague.I requested him to visit my class any day and then make a judgment about what I was doing. He accepted my invitation and it resulted in a respectful and cordial genuine relationship. Practicing compassion has made me humble and has helped me  keep my heart open to relate to others with no expectation in return.

Compassion, like unconditional love, is a spontaneous emotion with no agenda for getting anything in return.It is not imposed on anybody.It is not offered when someone asks for it.When I see someone in pain or hurting, I deeply feel for that person and offer my helping hand to him. A compassionate act does not look for a reward in return. It is an offering from the heart. Compassionate actions have enriched and fulfilled my heart.

This poem eloquently expresses the beauty of compassion and kindness. I read it over and over and it feels my heart with joyful gratitude.

May we feel compassion for us, for the people close to us and far away from us, and especially those who disagree with us and may hurt our feelings.

Namaste.

Jagdish P dave








 

Money is a Lot Like Water, by Lynne Twist

FaceBook  On Jul 7, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Money, like any other thing such as nuclear energy, is a reality of life and living. It is not what we have but how we use it.People do charity for a variety of reasons. The best is doing it from our heart and feeling the fullness of giving.It is like a selfless service or loving someone unconditionally. This is spirituality at its best. However, there are going to be people who do acts of compassion and kindness, small and big, with a mixed or selfish motivation.Should we feel guilty for giving money or food or clothes or other things with selfish motivation and or should we feel guilty for receiving it? I donate my skills,knowledge , time and things as gifts with no ulterior motives.And when I do it,  giving feels like receiving. This is what I call my heart acts. But when the ego comes into picture, what is also for me, it taints the act of doing.I am a human being and there are times when I have acted like this.  It is not the money, time or knowledge that we give makes our acts spiritual. It is the motive, what is behind my doing,  makes it spiritual.

And we had and we will have these two streams of giving in all parts of the world, rich or poor, the first world or the third world countries. I believe in counting our blessings and not judging others who have different motivations for doing what they do.Maybe, the more industrialized and urbanized and materialized we become, we lose heart to heart connectedness. I would like to continue evolving from from self-centered consciousness to transcendental state of consciousness. That makes my life journey a pilgrimage.

May we cultivate empathy, compassion and kindness for all who need our help.

Jagdish P Dave

 

Man's Most Important Mistake, by G. I. Gurdjieff

FaceBook  On Jul 1, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 There are three interrelated dimensions of my self: The changing self, the spiritual self and the social self. The physical, mental, and emotional aspects of my self are changing experiencing pleasures and pains, ups and downs. The spiritual self is unchanging, unaffected by the changes taking place in the changing self. The social self, the cultural self, is the relational self having a net work of different relationships helping me grow but also conditioning my changing self.The intra-personal self and the inter-personal self creates varieties of colorful experiences, pleasant and unpleasant.The spiritual self is the being  self-the embodiment of love, compassion and bliss. When I am in the becoming zone, I experience the changing self. When I am in the being zone, love , compassion and bliss arise on their own. The changing self is the doing and possessing self creating bondage in me. The spiritual self is the freeing self, the universal self. When I practice mindful awareness the clouds generated by my changing self slowly slowly fade away and I experience blissful openness, clarity and expansion of my consciousness. When I relate to others mindfully, I experience connectedness, compassion and gratitude. During that time, I am more in the being zone while I am in the doing zone. According to my experience, the being self, the spiritual self is experienced in the doing zone when there is no bondage created by my expectations.The challenge is to remain awake when I go through self-created clouds of suffering.

This is an ongoing journey fro me and I love it.
Jagdish P Dave

 

A Bigger Container, by Charlotte Joko Beck

FaceBook  On Jun 23, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 When we relate to the world, people and nature, by the separating and isolating egotistic mind, our life container is very small and shallow.Our pleasures are short lived and we go through the cycle of pleasure and pain. When we I realize that this way of living has no deep meaning and purpose, We wake up, we awaken. We realize the futility of chasing the shadow.The challenge is to to stay the course of awakening.

The daily practice of mindfulness meditation has helped me to work on my self by becoming aware of my bodily sensations, ego generated thoughts, feelings and emotions  and to be free from their grip, I experience the expansion of my container. My relationship with myself becomes happy and contented and my connectedness with others gets richer and deeper. I feel more alive, loving and loved, more compassionate and understanding and more happy.

I am grateful to the teachers who have shown this way of living by living this way, by walking their talk.I am also happy to see more people  moving in this direction.

Jagdish P Dave


 

Privacy Is Not Possible, by Vimala Thakar

FaceBook  On Jun 12, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 On level, we all  are one. On another level we are different from each other in many different ways. When these differences create distances and disrupt or break or damage connectedness, they become obstacles and result in me against you. My space is your space too. What I think, what I feel and how I cat not only have an impact on me but on many connected with me or even remotely connected or not connected at all.How to to transform the me space into we space is a challenge for me. Gratefully practicing mindfulness and empathy and compassion keeping my mind and heart open has been very helpful to me. It becomes effortless.We are in the being gonne.This happens in many contexts for me. When I walk in natural surroundings, when I meditate and live meditatively and when I serve 

I have learned life lessons  from Mahatma Gandhi, J Krishnamurti, my parents,, my wife and from children.  I am grateful to Nipun for sharing this illuminating real life experiences..

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave

 

Not Minding What Happens, by Eckhart Tolle

FaceBook  On Jun 9, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Yes, it sounds simple but it is very profound. It seems easy to understand but difficult to implement and practice. This secret of living mindfully and fully reminds me of short yet profound sutras like Be Here Now, Now Consciousness, Beginner's Mind , Suchness, Isness  and may other similar pearls of wisdom. Cultivating mindfulness practice everyday holistically in many contexts of my everyday living has been very helpful to me. Does it mean I do not use my mind for planning, problem solving and processing information? Of course not. It is like everything:clearing up self-created clouds and relating to me and others mindfully and wisely. When I do not live this way I compassionately forgive myself and count the blessings without dwelling on my burdens. This for me an art of living and it is an ongoing amazing journey.

i always appreciate getting wonderful weekly gifts getting and reading reflections and comments. Thank you all and namaste.

Jagdish P Dave