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Opening Thy Palm, by Rabindranath Tagore

FaceBook  On Jul 20, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
RabindranathTagore is my most beloved poet. His poems and songs have enriched my inner world. I am very grateful to Tagore for offering such gifts to me and to many people in the world.
By giving we receive. This message is offered by all wisdom traditions. My offering gifts to others has always enriched my mind and heart. Offering help to others, listening to others empathically and doing small acts of kindness everyday creates inner abundance of joy, contentment, and gratitude in my life. Such are my everyday blessings.
Many times I have opened my palm and have begged for help from others.
People have been very kind to fill my bowl.Their offerings have filled my heart with gratitude and have created inner abundance in my heart. Everyday becomes a Thanksgiving and a ThanksreceivingDay! Nature's abundance delightsmy heart everyday. Songs of birds, light of the sun and the moon, gentle touch of the wind, and sweet fragrance of flowers are my never failing friends. How blessed I am!
Such daily experiences of my life are gifts to me and I am very grateful for receiving such gifts. May we continue giving and receiving such priceless precious gifts in everyday life!
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave
 

Greatest Of All Religions, by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan

FaceBook  On Jul 12, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
" A study of life is the greatest of all religions, and there is no greater or more interesting study." These words of HazratInayatKhan deeply resonate in my heart. Self-study and the realization of oneself, who I am, and the manifestationof this realization in all aspects of my life is the core of all religions. That is the greatest religion. Reading religious scriptures and listening to great spiritual teachers or visiting holy places can be helpful for studying self and nature. What really matters is a deep inquiry of one self and one's original nature with an open mind and an open heart.What is needed is self-awakening. I remember the words of Swami Vivekananda at the World Religions Conference in Chicago in 1893. His words were: " Get up. Awaken, and realize who you are!"
I experience the religion of nature when I am fully present to hearing the sounds of nature, to feeling the touch of wind, to smelling flowers and to watching the movements of the sun, the moon, and the stars. I feel oneness between me and nature. And that to me is a religious experience.
Life has been a great teacher for me. Life offers many lessons to learn. The prerequisite is finding time, keeping the heart and the mind open, and paying undivided attention to be fully present to receive gifts from life. I am deeply grateful to life for offering gifts without charge!
May we be open and grateful to receive gifts from life!
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave
 

Not Loneliness, But Aloneness, by Craig Childs

FaceBook  On Jul 6, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Aloneness is the state of being, as the author says, and that is the time when I feel deeply connected with myself, finding myself, and that is the way I feel aloneness in a positive and constructive way. I feel aloneness and fullness when I am walking in the natural environment and feel being a part of nature, being connected with nature. That is aloneness to me. I am in the state of being and not in the state of doing. Aloneness to me is a shift from the zone of doing where the mind is busy, cluttered and chattering. When I make a shift from doing to being I feel deeply connected with myself, with nature, with the people around me. That to me is aloneness. I experience that many many times when I am by myself, with myself, engaged in doing something that is deep and profound. I experience that when I am fully absorbed in listening to music. By practicing Mindfulness Meditation regularly I feel aloneness and not loneliness. These are the times that I feel full inside myself and nothing is missing at the moment.
As I mentioned before, when I am fully connected with myself and fully present to myself, I experience that tincture of solitude. I feel at home. I feel solitary without missing anything in my life. That experience of fullness provides the tincture of solitude.
Last week I was listening to a podcast on Mindful Living. The speaker recommended to take one hou a day solitary retreat. During this alone time be mindful of how you feel when you are alone. If you practice it regularly, you cultivate the ability of being by yourself without feeling lonely. I followed his advice. Since I have been practicing mindfulness meditation, this everyday retreat experience was very helpful to me.During this one hour of alone time I feel deeply connected with myself. We all need to cultivate our ability to be at ease with ourselves when we are by ourselves. It is like home coming.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave
 

Remember, by Joy Harjo

FaceBook  On Jun 27, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Remembrance brings me to the realization that all threads of life are interwoven and interconnected and there is an underlying flow of oneness.Like the author Joy Harjowrites," Remember you are the universe and this universe is in you. There are times I forget this Universal Truth.Thanks for reminding me the truth. We all need to be often reminded that life is one though it has different forms.Hurting nature is hurting us.

Several years ago when I was teaching in a college in my home town Ahmedabad. My students and I went to an exhibition.The theme of the exhibition was Family of Man. At the entrance there was a poem written by Carl Sandburg." There is one Man in the world and the Man's name is All Man. There is one Woman in the world and the Woman's name is all Woman. These is one Child in the world and the Child's name is all Child."
I would add this line:" There is one Life in the world and the Life,s name is all Life." I will never forget these words of wisdom.

I need to remain awake and mindful everyday to remember this Universal Truth. Every morning I hear birds chirping, flowers blossoming, grass growing, the wind touching me, thesun shining, the clouds floating in the
sky. It helps me me to remember that there is a flow of life everywhere and we are essentially one.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave

 

Spiritual Life Begins Within The Heart, by Joan Chittister

FaceBook  On Jun 21, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Sister Joan Chittister'swords are deeply thought provoking to me. To me the spiritual life is very important. As a human being I experience and display paradoxes in my life and see paradoxes around me.When I lose my centering and quietude, I get trapped by the vicissitudes of life. The flow of spirituality in my heart becomes thin and weak.By paying attention to what is happening within me and by creating centering and calmness in me the flow of spirituality regains its strength and purity and helps my paradoxes lay in rest transcending the paradoxes.

Last Saturday I was invited to a dinner meeting of my good old friends.Two of my dear friends approached me to get me input about an important issue that was bothering them. Their two dear friends did not believe in the existence of God. Their non-atheistic stance bothered them.This is a good example of how we get caught up in our oppositional stances and our stream of love flowing in our heart gets dried in the sand of arguments, They felt bad about the irritation and agitationthey were feeling in their heart. We found a quiet place to create centering, quietude and non-judgemental awareness.This
process helped their heart flowing with loving kindness.

The last paragraph of the writing is very illuminating." The single-
minded concentration on the essence and purpose of life, along with a focus on inner quietude and composure, makes for a life lived in white
light and deep heat of the very core of the soul."
Jagdish P Dave









































 

Hiding A Penny, by Annie Dillard

FaceBook  On Jun 14, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Healthy poverty to me means that I feel fullness in my heart. I feel a deep and abiding sense of contentment. There is nothing missing in the fullness of my heart. I do not feel the urge or craving to have something more in my life to fill the cup of my life.
Living this way has simplified my way of living day by day. I receive anonymous precious gifts from nature day in and day out and from people in my life for surviving and flourishing my life. I feel a deep sense of gratitude for such free precious gifts bestowed upon me with no conditions.
There are times when my mind deviates from this way of living, I feel something is missing in me and I look for filling the vacancy from outside of me. I forget the wise saying of Saint Kabir ' Fragrance of happiness and fullness lies within you.' or " All is well" as my mother used to chant.
Paying attention when I mentally deviate from the right path of living fully inwardly and turning back to the path helps me to cultivate healthy poverty and simplicity. There is profound wisdomstated in Ishavasya Upanishad an ancient book of wisdom 'Renounce and Rejoice.'
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave
 

Causes Of Happiness, by Dalai Lama

FaceBook  On Jun 7, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
I like the simple and clear way Dalai Lama talks about the profound idea of happiness. Happiness is a deep sense of satisfaction or contentment. And that is the purpose of life.What makes us happy? Calmness of mind and compassion and affection in heart.When my mind is free from fear, anger and feverishness, I feel calmness and peace in my mind. I do not feel the pull of craving and grasping causing dissatisfaction. When my mind is calm and clear, I feel the presence of empathy and compassion residing in my heart.
Yesterday I had a call from my friend. Her voice indicated irritability and frustration she was experiencing for quite some time.I listened to her with empathy and compassion. There were moments when her state of mind was creating impatience and irritability in my mind. Since I have been practicing and applying mindfulness for working on myself, it was relatively easy for me to get back to my compassionate frame of mind.
Be the change you want to see in the world.This wise saying of Mahatma Gandhihas has a great impact on me. When I get upset, perturbed and worried, I relate to my own experience as great opportunity for self work. I relate to my disturbed self and suffering empathetically and compassionately. This mindfulness and self -compassionate training has been very helpful to me to work on myself and help others.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave





 

Unconditioned Stillness, by Rick Hanson

FaceBook  On May 31, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Our thoughts, feelings and actions are expressed in response to stimuli. If they are expressed automatically and unmindfully, they can cause harm and suffering.There is unconditioned space, stillness, between stimulus and response.Out thoughts, feelings and actions change. The space is unchanging like the sky without clouds. The unchanging clear sky is a container of the changing clouds. The clear mind is like the clear sky, the container of the changing thoughts, feelings, and actions-the mind stuff.
I feel the unconditioned stillness when my mind is clear and
calm.This happens when I am fully engaged and absorbed in an activity. My mind is fully alive and vibrant in the space filled with the unchanging stillness. Such active mind in the inner stillness brings delight, light and fullness.
Daily practice of meditation and relating to what I do in my everyday life makes my life meaningful and joyful.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave
 

Stepping Over The Bag Of Gold, by Rachel Naomi Remen

FaceBook  On May 24, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
There are times when life offersa "bag of gold" or golden opportunities to us in our path of life. How come we don't see them? As the saying states, " Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." But how can we see beauty if our eyes are closed? I am keeping my eyes closed because I am holding on to my past negative experiences? And not letting myself be open to the unfolding of new potentially enriching life experiencing experiences? This way I keep my hands tied. I keep my inner door closed when an unkown guest knocks at my door. Life offers me a gift and I deny it!
There have been calls of growth promoting opportunities in my life. One of the most blissful calls was marrying someone out of my caste, born and raised in a different religious family and a different class. I listened to the call and followed it with my whole heart. My life has been deeply and spiritually enriched by following my bliss. Walking on such a less traveled path has yielded many blessings to me and I feel very grateful for receiving such gifts.
Keeping my mind and heart open to see and explore new vistas has expanded my consciousness. I am open to explore new avenues but I do not act impulsively amd make blind jumps. I use my discretion to make wise choice.There had been times my wife would see the golden opportunity more clearly than I did. On such occasions she encouraged me, supported me and stood by me as we were walking on the new path together with a few twists and turns.I still feel her presence in my heart though she passed away a few years ago.
Namaste!
Jagdiah P Dave




 

Uncomfortable Place Of Uncertainty, by Margaret Wheatley

FaceBook  On May 17, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
I like this thought-provoking and very helpful essay by Margaret Wheatley. Mind-set like" Black or White" or "Either Or" or "My way is the only way and no other way" sadly closes doors for expanding ur consciousness. Getting stuck with such mindset not only confines us to the restrictive way of living in the "comfortable place of certainty" but also creates walls for us and between others for making significant changes in ourselves and others in important spheres of life. Fortunately living with open-minded families and friends I have been able to make a shift from narrow and close minded mind-set to more open and inclusive growth promoting mind-set. I know it is not that easy to move from the " comfortable place of certainty" to moving into the "uncomfortable place of uncertainty.". It is a slow and steady inner journey of transformation. I learned from Mahatma Gandhi's wise statement of learning how to remake our inner world before trying to remake outer world.
I find it difficult to change my position about some of our fixed and exclusive mind-set of elected politicians. I have a couple of dear friends who according to my view are stuck with a fixed, blind and rigid mind-set to see the harmful ways of theirideology that perpetuates injustice especially done to minorities. I am willing to empathically understand theirperspective and position with little success. I try to keep my mind open and flexible hoping a shift in their mind-set.
Open-mindedness, practicing "beginner's mind", empathic understanding, authenticity and willingness to self- examine and learning to move from the "comfortable place of certainty" to the "uncomfortable place of uncertainty".
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave
 

Do You Direct Your Mind Or Does Your Mind Direct You?, by Yogi Bhajan

FaceBook  On May 10, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
It is up to me how to use my mind. My mind can create bondage or can create suffering. It can hurt me if I use it wrong way or it can heal me if I use it right way. Right choice making is very crucial The trouble is even though I know what is the wrong way but I still follow it and even though I know what is the right way to follow I may not follow it. In this way I create my own suffering or bliss.
Yesterday, I was invited by friend for a dinner. His wife is a wonderful cook. She made delicious dishes of food. It was very tasty. And I kept on eating the food that's not good my health. I came up with my own self-created excuses. And I paid the price for my wrong doing. This is where awareness and self-discipline come into play. I made a mistake and learned a lesson from my oen experience.
Learning how to use mind is the key to following the right path.I have been learning how to make wholesome and wise choices by
practicing mindfulness in my everyday life.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave








 

Everything Human Is Natural, by Alan Watts

FaceBook  On May 3, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
We are relational beings. We have relationships with human beings as well as with nature. We are a part of nature, not apart from nature. We are composed of five fundamental natural elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space. Theses are gifts of nature. Without these five blessings of nature, we cannot be born or survive.How do we relate to nature? With awe, wonder and gratitude? In union with nature? In the spirit of service? When we relate to nature with an attitude of deep gratitude, we become guardians and servants of nature. We feel freedom with no fright of fear, isolation, or alienation.
As I was growing up, my parents used relational and divine words for nature such as Surya Narayanafor sun as manifestation of divinity. For moon, Chandra mama- our maternal uncle and earth as Dharati mata-Mother Earth. Thus my attitude towards nature has always been of service and worship and deep connection.
When I relate to nature as a divine source of life giving energy, I feel deeply, freely, and happily connected with nature.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave
 

The Poisoned Tree, by Jack Kornfield

FaceBook  On Apr 26, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
It is not easy to accept difficultchanges and adverse circumstances happening in life. Instead of grumbling and complaining or avoiding and averting or denying I need to understand them and accept them. I have learned to look at such changes with clear eyes, open mind and open heart. Such circumstances do cause pain. They can cause fear or despair. The pain may turn into suffering. It is up to me how to relate to them. I have learned not to react to them but tokindly and compassionately pay attention to them, understand them and take constructive steps to work through them.
As I am getting old I run into many kinds of difficult changes such as increasing pain in certain parts of my body, decreasing energy and not being able to have restful sleep and people whom I love passing away. These are big changes. I relate to them by accepting them gracefully.
Difficulties are teachers. I have learned many lessons by keeping my mind curious and my heart open. It is how I relate to them make a big difference. Maturity has helped me to make wise choices.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave










accepting them mindfully. I am grateful to my loving and caring family and friends for looking after me and lovingly taking care of me.
Difficulties are teachers.They teach me an important lesson of life. Life changes. Nothing is permanent. I have learned to accept this universal truth gracefully and live life as fully as I can.














 

Feel Free To Set A Better Example, by Ryan Holiday

FaceBook  On Apr 20, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
I take my personal responsibility for making my choices that are healthy, wise, constructive and helpful only to me but to others.It's up to me to choose what to eat or not. I may eat junk food and fill my body-mind-and heart with junk and unhealthy and toxic stuff, desires, thoughts and emotions prompting and compelling me not only me but others around me.
Daily living offers me several opportunities to train my mind not to react ignorantly but wisely.Yesterday I was in a grocery store to buy fresh vegetables. The space was not wide enough for three carts to go through.Right in front of my cart, there were two ladies talking amicably with their carts parked blocking my way. I remained mindful of my thoughts and feelings arising in me. So in stead of pushing their carts angrily I took time out to put them aside so that I can move on. My intention was not to teach them a lesson or expect a "thank you expression"from them. They did it on their own. This is not a big event but according to my experience small steps of empathy and wise and right actions become building blocks for freeing myself from my self-created bondage of suffering. All wisdom traditions and wise teachers show the same way:Harm not yourself and others. Consider mistakes as miss- steps.Soften your heart when it is hurting.Be kind to you and to others. Act not react.Repalce a negative thought by a positive thought, anger by kindness, curses by blessings, revenge by forgiveness. In order to grow my Tree of Loving Kindness, I need to nurture my seeds of growth potentiality everyday. Knowing by itself is not enough. I need to practice what I know in my everyday encounters. Such practice requires mindful self-discipline and that's what keeps me rooted and that's what nourishes my Tree of Loving Kindness.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave

 

A Key To End Sorrow, by J. Krishnamurti

FaceBook  On Apr 12, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Love cannot be bound by any conditions or demands. Such conditions or expectations cause ugliness in our heart. Freedom is selfless love-free from the bondage of our own selfish desires and expectations and freedom from the bondage of other's selfish desires and expectations. I experience such a gift of unconditional love in my everyday life with people close to me. I extend my helping hand and reach out to serve them and they do the same thing for me. There is no demand, no expectation, no condition, no anger, no fear, no anxiety. Such experience nourishes both, the giver and the receiver. When I watch a bubble of of anger, fear or anxiety arising in me, I become aware of its hold on me. I mindfully process such emotionsand release them. I become free from my self-created bondage which creates deep joy and bliss in me.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave

 

To Be In Satsang, by Adyashanti

FaceBook  On Apr 6, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Satsangis a Sanskrit word, made up od two words, sat(pure Existence or Truth) and sangain the company or association with Truth.Sat is not bound by past or future. It is eternal presence. It is an experiencewithout preconceived thoughts and ideas, no prescript or no postscript.To me it is wordless experience of being.
I live in a world of space and time, where and when.I create my agenda and follow it without getting stressed out.I follow it to the best of my ability. This is the world of doing. I also invariably time for satsangawhere there is no time line or space boundry.It is a free zone, a zone of being- nothing to do and nowhere to go. Just to be fully present, to be here and now. It is an experience of inner unbound freedom. It is a time for waking up and staying in the state of awakening.
Practicing satsang everyday has helped me to be balanced between the world of doing and the world of non-doing,the world of being.Finding time everyday for practicing satsangacreates a state of wonderment and curiosity in my mind to enter the unknown.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave
 

No Longer Playing It Safe, by bell hooks

FaceBook  On Mar 30, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
I love this beautiful passage. Pure love, non-possessive and unconditional love, is the key to transformation, spiritual renewal. The old shackles of fear, anger and abuse are shattered by cultivating skillful means of love. Such love frees us from the past abuse and brings clarity and inner strength to love ourselves and others in our life authentically. Such spiritual awakening gives us a new birth.
Last week a young grandsonof a grandmother we know came to our house for a weekend visit. His grandmother has been holding on a deep emotional wound she had received from her daughter who happens to be the motherof this young man. She has displaced her anger against her daughter to her grandson and she refused to come to see him and have a dinner with him. The grandson loves his grandmother in spiteof her wrath towards him. He had bought a bouquet of flowers for his grandmother hoping she would come to see him and eat with her. Both my daughter and I asked her to let go of her displaced anger towards her innocent young grandson. We asked her let that anger go and come and bless her grandson. She agreed and came to bless her grandson and we all ate together. What an uplifting, touching, joyous and never forgetting experience! This is the transformative power of love.
I did not have to work on myself to transcend fear to love significant people in my life. I was blessed to have people who has accepted me and loved me in spite of my failures and shortcomings as I grew up. Such loving experiences have enkindled the spirit of love in me. I am very grateful to those people. Though all of them have passed away, I cherish them in my heart.
Namaste to them who loved me unconditionally!
 

What Is Holding It Together?, by Nora Bateson

FaceBook  On Mar 24, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
According to my understanding inquiry made with an open mind and an open heart holds different forms of life including nature together. In such togethernessall man-made boundaries melt away and we realize harmony, unity and oneness.

I experience of de-fragmented unity when I let my heart be touched by the caressing hands of people in my life and when I reach out and place my caringhandson someone's achingshoulders.

Inner silence without words of explanation helps me to see the delicate filigree of life. Seeing the inner light needs the inner eyes to be open without clouds of thoughts.
 

Why Busyness Is Actually Modern Laziness, by Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter

FaceBook  On Mar 15, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
To me being existentially lazy means being mindfully aware of the actions I do in my everyday life. This kind of awarenesshelps me to make wise choices."The ability to make that choice comes from my developing a clear mind, free of action addiction.", as the authors RasmusHouggardand Jacqueline Carter state in this article.

I became clearly awareof this laziness on one nice day when was walking barefooted and fell down and got hurt. This experience made me realize how much my mind was busy, driven by action addiction. I learned a lesson of being existentially lazy, of being mindfullyawareof the choices I make in my everydaylife. I am appreciating the valueof a a couple of a few wise sayings. Easy does it...Hasten slowly... Know when non-doing is better than doing... A wise person knows what to do and not do, when to do and when not to do.
As I am growing up I have been learning many lessons mostly from me. One has been like a mantra. Take 5 deep, slow and gentle breaths before jumping into an action. This breath pause button helps me not to react but to respond, to be existentially busy. My actions come from myquiet and clear mind set and not from a cloudy and cluttered mind set.
May we all learn to be existentially busy!
Namaste.
JagdishP Dave

 

Three Qualities Of Holiness, by Anthony De Mello

FaceBook  On Mar 9, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
True Happiness, Love, Goodness, Freedom, Humility, Reality and Holiness are our inherent, inborn and innate qualities or virtues. These virtues are uncaused. They are natural, effortless and spontaneous. In that sense holiness is unself-consciousness. To put it differently, holiness or wholeness is not bound by our limited lower state of consciousness. It is universal or cosmic consciousness beyond time, space and causality. It is Transcendental state of consciousness, pure or non-dualistic state of consciousness.

There are many examples I can cite when I have observedthe opposite of virtue in me. My attachment to my own possessions such as mentally holding on to my precious books or numerous awards I have received robs me of my innate virtue.

Non-judgemental existential awareness of my attachments frees me from the cunningnessof my ego.The ego plays mine vs your game and when am not awareof it, I get caught up in this game and I turn away from my natural innate wisdom.
Namaste!
JagdishP Dave
 

Clues On Higher Ground, by UB40

FaceBook  On Mar 2, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
By relating to what's happening in the present moment helps me to know "less about before". In the present moment there is awareness of what's happening here and now. This here and now consciousness is pure consciousness unclouded by the past and the future.In this stateof consciousness I feel free from the past bondage and future anticipations.By being fully connected with the flow of the present moment, my eyes see the world within and withoutfreshly. My ears hear the untarnished sounds within me and without me. Being present creates spaces in the holes of the flute of my life and I hear the sound loud and clear.
When I give myself room from the noisy and fast moving world, I feel the presence of alive silence which helps me to go deeper within me to know myself, to look at myself from a wider and clear perspective which takes me on a higherground. As the ancient Hindu prayer says, " Lead me from untruth unto truth, from darkness unto light." Such daily practice of meditation and contemplation strengthens my motivation for reaching a higherground.
Namaste.
JagdishP dave
 

Kazoo Player And The Symphony, by Daniel Ingram

FaceBook  On Feb 23, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
As a meditator, I have noticed how my mind gets distracted by the external world of sound and sight as well as by my internal world of sound and sight. As I consistently practice Mindfulness Meditation, my mind slowly and gradually gets less distracted. In this quiet and open space I hear the majesty of symphony effortlessly.This is like awakening from my conditionedmind which was bound by my un-awakened or sleepy state of mind.
A few years ago, I wentto a weekend Zen retreat. During one our Mindfulness Meditation, I dozed for some time. I was awakened by the hitting by the stick on my back by the Zen master. This awakening experience taught me an importantlesson of awakening myself from my conditioned state of my mind, my un-awakened sleepy sate of mind. It opened up my mind space in which I can hear the grandsweep of the Divine melody, the music of the sphere with no boundary. It creates deep joy, wonderment and harmony.
Living everydaymindfully with this awakened state of mind helps me to relate to the majesty all around me.
Namaste.
JagdishP Dave
 

It Doesn't Matter If You Believe In It, by Kazu Haga

FaceBook  On Feb 16, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
The central theme of this thoughtprovokingarticle written by KazuHagais stated in the the last two sentences of this article, As Kazustates," The universe simply exists and its job is to continue to create balance and order.It is up to us, as species, to understand these laws so that we can move towards Beloved Community." When we do not follow this universallaw of love, we move away from Beloved Community. We divide communities- as us against them, create rifts and conflicts and violence. We sustainthese conflicts and harm us as human beings and nature.
We are interdependent. When we break this natural law of living, we pay the price of our actions.We do not have to believe in this. We see it. We experience the harm caused by our unmindful actions. In our workplace, we work as a team.We are interdependent. We cooperate and collaborate. We create balance and order for our Beloved Community.We feel fulfillment, personally and inter-persoanally.
Namaste!
 

What I Learned From Trees, by Herman Hesse

FaceBook  On Feb 9, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Herman Hesse is one of my most favourite authors. When I read his book Siddhartha, I got deeply connected with Siddhartha, Gautam Buddha. Siddhartha woke me up to be aware of the self-created and self-sustained suffering cycle and how to be free from suffering. It helped me to look within and examine the cause of suffering and how to liberate myself from the bondage of suffering. When I sit quietly and be still,I feel the presence of my awakened self, feel grounded and feel peaceful. I feel like being at home. This is my inward voyage to find myself and how come home.

Several years ago I attended a weekend retreat to explore significant questions like Who I am? Why am here? What is the meaning or purpose of life? How can I liberate? We were given two days of silence for exploring these questions.The last half of the day was designed to present and share our significant learning experiences with the whole group of twenty persons. We were given 15 minutes to be by ourselves to come up with creative ways tor sharing and discussing our signifiant learning experiences. I shared my significant learning experiences by requesting the group to do Mindfulness Meditation for 10 minutes. Then I showed them the picture I had drawn during the 15 minutes of my personal time.The picture was the Tree of Life. This picture represented my life: rootedness, growth, connectedness, aloneness still connected with myself and with others, swings of ups and downs, offering unselfish service, inner wealth, supporting and nourishing, the flow of life, a sense of home coming.

When I mindfully watch and quietly listen to the whisperings of trees, I get connected with the Tree of Life. I realize the truth of living. I see oneness in manyness, self-nurturing and nurturing others, giving gifts of love lovingly, voice of harmony and wholeness and holiness.

Let us hug the Tree of Life lovingly.
Namaste!
 

We Contain Multitudes, by Chad Dickerson

FaceBook  On Feb 1, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
My life is not a straght line. It has many turns and twists. My life is not monociolor. It is muticolor. Some light, some bright, some dark, some pleasesent and some unpleasa.It a mixture of colors..My real self is not LinkedIn profile. I relate to what Walt Whitman says " I am large, I contain multitudes." When I was young I had a small circle of close friends. We got deeply connected by being vulnerable and sharing our thousands of joys and thousands of sorrows.We gave ourselves and each other room to be ourselves. All of my friends have passed way. I still feel in my heart the loving, intimate and deep relationships we had created with each other. What helps me to offer space to myself and others is finding time and opening our minds and hearts. Small and shallow talks come and go without creating depth in our relationships. Today I had invited my Jewis friend to my class to share her expereinces of practicing her faith.I have known her for the last ten years without being deeply and lovingly connected with each other. In the class she talked about how her grandfather was gaschambered by the Germans. How her mother had gone through torturing expereinces and how she felt when she came to America. It was a very moving true story. There were tears in her eyes and profound pain her voice. We got deeply connected with her and she felt the same way..

 

Generosity Helps Us Accept Change, by Sharon Salzberg

FaceBook  On Jan 27, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
True or genuine generosity is unconditional with no expectation in return. It is pure and not contiminated by my agenda such as what am I goung to get by my generous act. In this sense it is free from any bondage. When I do such generous act my heart gets filled with joy, happines..

When I do a generous act to get something in return or impose any conditon or I manupalate the other, it is not genuine and free.

Yesterday, my friends came to my house discuss Breakfast with Buddha in our Book Club. Two of my friends waited to chat with me after the meeting. Both of them looked at my library and their faces indicate their desire to have a couple of books from a book sture. I felt their their desire and I joyfully offered the books they liked in my library. Our faces shone with light of joy. It is by giving we receive. Such offering from our heart cultivates our attitude and ability to go with the flow and accept what happens.

Namaste!
Jagdish Dave
 

Green Mountains Are Forever Walking, by Subhana Barzaghi

FaceBook  On Jan 18, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
When we realize experiengtially the truth that everything is impermanent ,one word from an enlightened teacher is enough to wake us from the sleep of ignorance. Such an awakening helps me neithert to hold on to the past nor to reside in the future which has yet to come. The only moment that exists is the present moment.Such awakening helps me to be free from my emotional backpack.
Watching my dad passing away camly in front of my eyes made me realize the impermanent nature of all the natural elements such as air, heat, breath, water, matter. I realize the truth of impermanence. According to my understanding emptiness and fullness are two sides of the same coin. There is no fullness without emptiness and no emptiness without fullness.
When I meditate i experience my mind empty of thoughts, free from my attachments to the world created by me, the seperate self. In that emptiness I feel the fullness of living in the moment. When I live meditatively I feel the other me. These are precious moments of compassionate connection. the experience of oneness, fullness.
 

Signals Even GPS Cannot Detect, by Aylie Baker

FaceBook  On Jan 12, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
My being is made of five primordial elements of nature-eartn, water, fire, air and space. These elements are within me and outside of me. When I pay my loving nonjudgmental attention to my inner natural elements, I get intimatly connected with outer natural elements. Such experience makes me fully alive. and present. If and when I depend on technology for direction, I lose my connection with my directional inner signal suh as my inuitive knowing and gut feeling and signals coming from nature. like the sun, moon, northploe star, wind and couds.
One day my friend and I were taking a walk on the bank of the Ganges. We got deeply connected with the touch of the cool air, the sound of the river, the vastness of the blue sky and unseen yet deeply felt spiritual vibrations.We did not use our smart phone for identifying location, distance and direction. This expereince made us vibrantly alive, grateful and joyful. Living in the present moment without getting distracted or mentally occupied by the technological gajets helps me lean into what I am experincing, where I am truly are.

Namaste


 

Two Kinds Of Resistance, by Rhonda Fabian

FaceBook  On Jan 4, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 The Buddha's teaching on light and darkness is simple: they depend on each other for their existance. For collective awakening against injustices that affect us all, we need to learn how to transform our feelings of anger, outrage, despair, fear into compassionate and non-violent action if we want this kind of resistance to be effctive. This kind of resistance requires satyagraha or soul force, the fire of determination in our hearts and a willingness to see that we depend on each other even on those whose views are very different form our own.

Mahatma Ghandhi's civil disobedience or resistance movement  against the unjust British rule of India was based on satyagraha. His satyagraha freedom movement was also based on building up inner resistnace to anger, hatred, fear and despair. Both kinds of resistance come down to our own conscious choices. I learned this great lesson from Gandhiji as a role model and from others folloing his path. Satyagraha as I understand is a soul force, a strong detremination for taking a courageous and non-violent stand against injustice. It is not  like making a deal. I encounter such happenings in our country on a regular basis. I practice satyagraha as enunciated by Mahatma Gandhi.

When non-compassionate and judgemental thoughts and feelings of resentment and anger arise my mind and heart, I process them mindfully until the heavy clouds of judgemental thoughts and feelings and tense bodily sensations go away from my mind and body. I call it mindfulness cleansing process. With daily practice of this cleansing process the time on holdong on to the inward walls gets shorter and shorter. It is indeed conscious choice making.

 

My Word Of The Year, by Nancy Gibbs

FaceBook  On Dec 29, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 When I listen to my opponents' error, I hear something I need to hear and unserstand about my position.This kind of listening arises in me when I let go of my shouts and roars about my position and be really quiet. When I do this I can see the truth of my error, the short coming in my own position. I hear my own soft inner voice of wisdom and that lets me see my shortcoming, the onesidedness and rigidity of my position. And this is the truth I need to see in my position. Seeing the truth in the error on both sides with humilty creates a bridge of genuine understanding, cooperation and collaberation.This way of dailoging is more imporatnt in divisive times we live in. It is vitally important for sanity to prevail.

This morning we had a rather heated discourse about how to do greater good. On one side three of us held a firm and strong position about doing greater good by living a simple life in moderation so that we can spend our precious time for reaching out and serving others. Our opponents held a position of making more money and donating a portion of thier money without reaching out and that way saving time for making more money. It requred a lot of courage, humilty, open- mindedeness, emapthy and patience for both sides to deeply listen, understand and accept each other's poit of view. This way of talking and listening helped all of us to have a better and deeper understanding and insight about our personal position and others' poistions on this very important issue. Surrendering to silence and keeping our minds and hearts open brought us closer to each other and that way enriched our relationships.

May we be more humble, quiet, open-minded, open-hearted and listen deeply and empatically to our opponents to buld brdiges and not huge walls. Let us look for common ground for peace and for serving the humanity at large!
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave

 

Who Is My Neighbor?, by Ivan Illich

FaceBook  On Dec 22, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Ivan Ilich offers a different way of knowing who is our neighbor  and I love it. Relating to some one, a stranger, even an enemy, without preconceived and conditioned notions about who is my neighbor is the right way of creating sacred relatedness. Such relationship is created by turning in, by seeing with clear eyes and by listening to the inner voice, the voice of the heart. As Ivan Ilich states, "There is no way of categorizing who my neighbor ought to be" and my neighbor,"whom I decide to, not whom I have to choose."

I came to America in 1959 at the age of 34 to study at the University of Chicago, a strange city in a strange country with no friends and friendly neighbors and very cold freezing cimate. I was going through mild depression. There was another student from Poland staying in the same building on the second floor. As I was going out to go to school on a very cold morning, he noticed me with compassionate eyes. He faced me and extended his emotionally warm hands. He touched my hands and said,"Consider me your brother!" His touch and words removed the fog of my depression. He was 7 feet tall,I am 5 and a half feet tall. He was all white. I am all brown. He was Catholic. I am a Hindu. He was from Poland. I am from India. All these outer barriers vanished, He became my good Samaritan neighbor. He has passed away. He dwells in my heart.

What has helped me to go beyond my conditioning to create a sacred form of relationship is an ongoing awareness of the walls and boundaries I create in my own mind. This way of relating myself to myself with awareness and releasing my inner boundaries helps me to relate to others in an open and free way.. It goes beyond  my self- created boundaries  caused by conditioning and ignorance. This is an ongoing promising journey.
May we cultivate an attitude of relating to a stranger with awareness, with an open mind and an open heart!
Namaste.


 

How Observation Changes Relationships, by Vimala Thakar

FaceBook  On Dec 14, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I feel deeply connected with what Vimla Thakar writes in her essay. When I sit quetly as a non-ractive observer, I feel myself free from  the burden or grip of the pleassant or painful thoughts and emotions about the future or residual effects stored in my subconscious and unconscious mind. I flow in the stream of pure consciousness.This is the art of living completely in the moment as Vimalatai states," not carrying any residue over to next incident, person, or day." This is the pure sate witnessing consciousness without the bonage of grudges or attachments.

The art of living is a continuous journey of remaining awakened and aware of the trappings we create in our lives. I go through this expereince almost everyday. I get severe arthritic physical pain in my neck and shoulders. This is a chronic physical sensory experience for me. When woorysome thoughts and emotions come to my mind, my physical pain turns into suffering. What helps me is noticing non-judgementally and non-reactionally what happens in my body and mind. Observing my physiclal, mental and emotional world in a mindful way my relationship with myself changes. Such mindfulness inner work also helps me to make my relationships with others more  authentic, cordial and constructive. It is happening more these days because of what is happening in the political arena. By remining awakened and aware of my judging and ractive thoughts without getting caught up in my judgemental stance, I have been able to maintain amicable relationships with people who are close to me. Practicing mindfulness is my mantra that helps me to stay the course.
Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave

 

Three Stages Of Perceiving Impermanence, by Shinzen Young

FaceBook  On Dec 7, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Meditation to me is training the mind to cultivate skills of unwavering concentration and non-judgmental acceptance. It creates a state of witnessing consciousness in which things come and go, perceptions of all kinds of impermance. When I do not get attached to the changing scenario of impermanence, pleasant or unpleasant, I do not perceive the distinction between "me meditating impermanence" and "impermanance meditating me." The distinction between subject and object goes away in such unitary state of consciousness.

For me the harsher kinds of impermanence are the passing aways of people close to me. Practicing mindfulness meditation has gradually helped me to accept such harsher kinds of impermanence. It has taken time for me to heal such deep wounds. Sharing my deep sadness with my family and freinds close to me along with doing the inner work mindfully have helped me to accept such harsher kinds of impermanence. It takes time to heal such wounds.

 

The New And Ancient Story Of Interbeing, by Charles Eisenstein

FaceBook  On Nov 30, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 As I understand, there are two perspectives of looking at and understanding the world. I would call them scientific and spiritual. In my opinion both have value in understanding the world. As Charles Eisenstein writes, the first perspective looks at the world in which we all are separate from each other and from nature. The other perspective emphasises unity, interconnectedness, interbeing and oneness. There is one thread of energy that underlies all apparently different-not separate- entities. Personally, I am more inclined towards this unifying spiritual perspective.

I feel oneness in all beings- between me, the other and nature- when I act mindfully going beyond my self-centeredness and not bound by the narrow perspective. This expereince and this way  of relating to life is a gift for me. It makes me internally rich and happy. When I live my everyday life mindfully, I live in gratitude for life

Namaste!
Jagdish P Davw

 

Preparing For The Extraordinary: An Essential Practice, by Alan Briskin

FaceBook  On Nov 23, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 As I was growing up, my father taught me three inter -connected steps for learning something deeper and extraordinary. They are shravana, manana and nidhityasana. These are Sanskrit words meaning midful attentive listening with open mind and open heart, asking questions, inquring about what we learn from listening, and reflecting deeply with a meditative quiet and clear mind and practicing what we learn.. This three- steps- process is like making preparation for the extraordinary to be received in life. There are times when I follow these three steps alone and there are times when I practice these three steps in a group. I feel different energy when I follow these three steps in a group. In Sanskrit we use the word satsanga meaning being in the company of the Reality- the Truth with genuine seekers.

For several years we have been having satsanga meetings. In these meetings we follow the three -steps process  and share our personal experience with others in the group. Each of us has a positive impact on others in the group and the attentive and compassionate presence of the members of the group has a benevolent impact on the individuals in the group. Our experience makes us relaize how we are both a composer of the group field and part of the composition. 

I have been seeing three generations growing with different rhythms of life. The sad part of the fast moving  third generation is lack of good quality time for oneself and for others, more and more disconnect and lack of time to be quiet and to have satsaga meetings. A long time ago Buddha taught us to remain awake, know the path and be in the company of the walkers on the path . We need to listen to such enlightened masters and learn to walk on the right path.
May we remain awke to live a serving and fulfilling life!

Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave

 

The Root Of The Root Of Your Self, by Rumi

FaceBook  On Nov 17, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
When I am not driven by my selfishness and self-centeredness and my egoic mind, I sense and experience the oneness of all life, the light within, the Root of the Root of My Self. I see and feel the presence of Love connecting me with the source of eternal light. When I hold a baby crying close to my heart, feed a hungry man, help someone deeply saddened by the loss of his beloved, I feel my heart touching the other's heart. These are the times I feel returning to the root of the root of myself.

Such selfless and going beyond my self-experiences help me realize that I am ruby embedded in granite.I feel the outer covers of separateness breaking away showing the ruby shining within my inner self.

According to my understanding and experience, wisdom tradtions of spiritualiy, the source of creation is within us; there is inherent divinity in all lof us regardless of outward differences. Rumi calls it the Root of the Root of Yourself.
The veil of avidya-ignorance-causes the illusion of separateness form the Divine source of creation. Once the veil is removed, we can see the light of the eternal being, the Presence, the Treasure of Holy Light.

Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave
 

Uniform Corn-Rows In High-Tech Isolation, by Robin Wall Kimmerer

FaceBook  On Nov 11, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 The foundation of any relationship is caring and tust. According to my experience of my personal relationship between human beings in my life and between me and nature, I feel deep connection which I call LOVE.IN such relationships there is deep caring , compassion, tenderness and connectedness. As a child, my first personal expereince of such relationship was between me,other members of my family and our family cow. My mother was  taking care of our cow in many ways. My mother named our cow, Yamuna, the sacred river of India. I would never forget watching my mom milking Yamuna with tendeness and love, like a mother tending her child. This expereince has planted a seed of compassion in my heart which has been growing naturally as I am growing in age.

Applying  the technology of indigenous culture in many cotexts of my life has been a complementary and enriching experience.. We have a team of five people where I work. called Learning Support Team. Our task  is to help children, teachers and parents who  need special help in class rooms. We have special and unique skills. Our relationship is complementary like theThree Sisters providing caring, support and assitance to the triad-children, teachers and parents.We love to apply this "primitive technology.".Our reationship is complementary, not competative. And we love it.

Namaste! 
Jagdish P Dave

 

Attention Is Inseparable From Interrogation, by Michel de Salzmann

FaceBook  On Nov 3, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 What is the meaning of life? What is the purpose of my being here in this world? What hppens to me after I die? These questions often have come to me at different stages of my relatively long life. Glimpses of answers come when I keep my mind open knowitng that I do not have full answers.Such act of inquiry requires my total presence and my full attention to my being. I become quiet and still to listen to my inner authentic voice. Such a stance clears the way for real awareness and sensitivity. I tend to relate to what Michel de Salzmann Says," Paradoxically this basic act of knowing, which is attention, is only actualized when we don't know-that is, when there is a question."
Recently, I had a dialogue with a lady a little younger than me. She asked me what will happen to her when she will die. I had thouht  about it deeply and have arrived at some understanding of my own question. As  I was responding to her question, I was also eploring with her by addressing and questioning different layers of this profound inquiry. This is  an ongoing process for me helping me to know what is the meaning of my being here in this world. It provides me a path to walk with awareness and sensivity.

 

No Rush, No Dawdle: The Secret Of Proper Timing, by Tom Maxwell

FaceBook  On Oct 28, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 To be one with we eperience, to live in the present moment without getting distraced by the thouhts of the future or the past is the key to living fully, joyfully and happily. This is the art of living. When I  take walks in nature, I feel a deep sense of oneness with soft wind caressing me, birds chrping and the stream flowwing.I feel this sense of oneness when I meditate. A shift takes place spontaneously from the doing zone to the being zone where the distiction between expereince and experiencer fades away. When my mind gets distracted, breath awreness helps me to be centered and present.

Sadly, we are bombarded with many more distractions than before. These distractions take us away from nature, from the people we love and from our own selves.  We are losing the most precious gift of living fully in the present moment.

Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave





 

Love Is Not An Emotion, by Barbara Frederickson

FaceBook  On Oct 20, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

Meditating daily is my topmost prority. In a meditative state I feel and experience the divine presence - Love - the realization of the integral oneness with life. It creates positive resonance in me.The apparent boundaries of divisiveness and sepatateness get dissloved. It creates an oceanic feeling of oneness. In this meditative state, the boundaries created by the divided-self melt away. Such knowing brings deep joy and bliss in me. This is the TRUTH.  When I step out of the flow of such inner connectedness, I loose the touch of the underlying oneness.

Feeling seperated from others by my critical and judgemental ways of relating to others creates negative resonance in me. Awareness of this negative resonance helps me to return to the state of positive resonance. Such positive resonance creates a ripple effect.  Others are touched by this and that creates hope in me in a world that is getting more divided in many ways.

I would like to cconculde my reflections by quoting Ursula Le Gain, "Love just doesn't sit there, like a stone: it has to be made like bread: remade all the time, makes new".  

 

Intentions And Effects, by Gary Zukav

FaceBook  On Oct 13, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Our intentions play vital and central role in creating what we want in our life. We need to be aware of  our intentions when we make choices in our life consciously.. Out intentions cause experieences. Good intentions cause good experiences and  ggod consequences. Bad intentions cause bad experiences and bad consequences. Our nonphysical world is govenred by our intentions.

My intention is to live healthily, happily and peacefully. I become mindful or aware of what choices I make in eating, in sleeping, and keeping my body in a good and healthy state. I also become mindful or aware of my thoughts, feelings, words and actions that create and sustain my mental and emotional health and wholesomwe relationships.When my thoughts and actions are not in tune with my intensions, I cause suffering to me and to others. So it is upto me to live healthily or unhealthily, peacefully or hatefully, happily or unhappily. The choice is mine.

Living mindfully helps me to walk  consciously on the path of my life. It brings blessings to me and to others connected with me.

Namste.
Jagdish P Dave

 

You Must Shout From The Heart, by Ken Wilber

FaceBook  On Oct 5, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I love and admire the uplifting and inspiring message of Ken Wilber. He elegantly and poetically conveys the trasnformative power of  communicating the authentic truth. When our vision is clear, we need to express it passionately, boldly, loudly and clearly. As he urges us, "We Must Shout From the Heart." Right now we are hearing loud voices of lies, hatred and divisiveness in our own country. Heavy clouds of darkness have been gathering in the skies of our country spreading across the world. This is the time for us to raise our clear, bold and fearless voice. We cannot sit timidly. We need to express and share our vision passionately, patiently and carefully. History is fiiled with many such movements of awakening, rising and transforming. As Kirkegaard sates when we speak our vision with passion, the truth finally can penetrate the resistance of the world.

I had participated in the Freedom Movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi against the mighty Britsh rule in India. He was a small man fighting nonviolently against the tall British ruler. His clear, brave and passionate voice slowly but steadily prevailed and the mighty British power yielded and quit India. His clear vision and fearless face awakened the hearts and minds of the people and a small voice beacame a roaring sound. Mahtma Gandhi shout from his heart and people listened and joined thier hands with him.There were tears and triumphs but the voice of the truth prevailed. And he inspired many leaders to take a strong stand against injustice.

I would like to conclude with Ken Wilber's words: "Let a radical realization shine from our own faces, and roar from our hearts, and a thunder from our brains."
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave




 

​Perspective, by Aaron Zehah

FaceBook  On Sep 29, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 The world is how we see it. What lense we are using shapes the experience of the world we live in. The poor man in this story saw his world, the small  house he lives in with his wife and  his six children sleeping in the small room as a source of  his misery. When his house was filled with chickens,a goat and a cow he realized how much misrable he became. Now he gained another perspective to look at the same house he lived in. This new and different perspective changed his old perspective. How we look at our life and  how we relate to it makes a big diifference.Our awareness of our perspective shapes our expereince. Mindful awareness helps us to create a clear perspective of living with deep contentment with the world we live in.Our house becomes a home.

When I was growing up in a family composed of four brothers, three sisters and parents living in  a small house, We did not feel miserable. We learnt the art of living by living  in a small houe without grudging , comparing and complaining. This way of growing up shaped my perspective of living mindfully and happily with conentment.
My freedom lies iin my way of looking at who I am and what I have without comparing  myself with others. I have not felt superior or inferior to others. I reconize and value the inner qualities of people in my life. I admire those qualities without me feeling low or high. Such a way of living has eneriched my life internally and harmoniously.
Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave

 

The World Mirrors The Soul And The Soul Mirrors The World, by Alan Watts

FaceBook  On Sep 23, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I love reading Aaln Watts. This writing evokes many wonderful memories of listening to his talks. As I understand we have two levels of consciousness-superficial and closed and deep and open. We are so much used to the first level of conscioubness that we miss the inner landscape with muddy and clear waters, all manner of things fantastic and terrible. When we let the free flow of thought letting whatever come up and go, we are able to feel that no aspect of life is strange to us. To quote the Roman playwright Terance," Nothing human alien is alien to me." And when we let the waters settle down, we relate to the changing world with growing clarity and see the foundation of life. Then the world mirrors the soul and the soul mirrors the world- a state of mental clarity. Practicing Mindfulness meditation has been helping me to see the inner landscape and the outer landscape clearly.
When i pay my full attention to watch a child working with me, I see the display of many emotions in her face coming and going. Since I am not judging the display of her emotions, they come and go and the face of the child shows its child -ike transparency. It gets clearly reflected in my eyes. Here the world mirrors the soul and the soul mirrors the world. I love and cherish such expereinces. As we gorw older, we seem to lose this great gift of being our authentic self. In therapy I see my clients slowly and gradually removing the veil to hide thier authentic face. Such expereinces also help me to develop the feeling" There but for the Grace of God go I

May we cultivate relationships with us and others to enable us to reflect our soul in our eyes and in the eyes of each other!
Namaste!
Jagdsih P Dave














 

The Work Of Love Is To Love, by Mark Nepo

FaceBook  On Sep 15, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

How I relate to others, how I hold them in my hands and listen to them compassinately and mindfully is a work of love. That work itself is love.  Most of the time I relate this way to people who are close to me. In my workplace I experience such heart to heart connections with children and my colleagues. Such experiences bring lots of joy and fufillment and create deep connectedness with each other.

Last week I got a call from a friend of mine whose husband killed himself as a way of ending his suffering. She was very concerned about the effect of this tragic death on her 20 years old son who loved his dad deeply. Her son has been going through depression for quite some. I deeply felt for her and for her son. I told her that I will be happy to help her son.She expressed deep gratitude for being willing to  help her son. And when she shared this information with her son, he was  deeply touched by it. He felt that someone cares for him, someone is with him, someone loves him. That lifted his spirit up. He called me this morning.I held him and listened to him.The  is work of love and it is love. This is spiiritual living-holding with love, listening to with compassion-doing small things with great love as Mother Teressa puts it.

I would like to conclude with the the concluding words of Mark Nepo: "Simply and profoundly, the work of love is to love.For in that act the Universe comes alive. Such aliveness is the space that opens between us, as Martin Buber says, when two bow and touch in a true way."

May we bow and touch in a true way, everyday!

Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave






                                



 

The Question Of Being, by Adyashanti

FaceBook  On Sep 7, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Know thyself or who am I  is a question, an inquiry that I find in all wisdom tradions. What is really Real? Whai  is Reality, my individual Reality and Universal Reality? Am I Sleeping or Awake? What happens when I sleep and keep on sleeping or wake up for a while and go back to sleep? I have been tackling these basic questions of living for quite some time. The first step for me is to recognise and be aware of my sleeping. The second step for me is to remain awake and not to go back to sleep. This has helped me in making wise choices. Remaing awake is a serious business with serious consequences. It affects not only me but people connected with me and even people far away from me. We see how the egocentric behaviors of the people in power are affecting the lives not only of people but also the whole planet. Two days ago I was counseling one of my clients who has been going through a lot of anger, resentment, frustration anguish and hurt by what her thirty five years old son has been doing-acting selfishly many many times. I helped her to be aware of how she was letting her hands burnt over and over by not learning from her painful experiences and by holding onto something beyond her control and hurting herself by not letting go of the thoughts and feelings of anger and hurt she has been holding on inside herself. What is inside of us comes outside of us. I asked her to be calm and still and feel the presence of Jesus in her heart and listen to Jesus's words of wisdom to heal her wounding heart. It was an awakening experience for her and I was happy to see her awakening and being at peace with herself. This experience filled my heart with light of love and gratitude. I have learned the necessity of deligently and consistently practicing  to be mindful of myself to remain awake when I start going to sleep. The wise words of Jesus need to be used as a mantra for awakening. Awakening saves us and others and sleeping destroys us and others. May we  See full.

 Know thyself or who am I  is a question, an inquiry that I find in all wisdom tradions. What is really Real? Whai  is Reality, my individual Reality and Universal Reality? Am I Sleeping or Awake? What happens when I sleep and keep on sleeping or wake up for a while and go back to sleep? I have been tackling these basic questions of living for quite some time. The first step for me is to recognise and be aware of my sleeping. The second step for me is to remain awake and not to go back to sleep. This has helped me in making wise choices. Remaing awake is a serious business with serious consequences. It affects not only me but people connected with me and even people far away from me. We see how the egocentric behaviors of the people in power are affecting the lives not only of people but also the whole planet.

Two days ago I was counseling one of my clients who has been going through a lot of anger, resentment, frustration anguish and hurt by what her thirty five years old son has been doing-acting selfishly many many times. I helped her to be aware of how she was letting her hands burnt over and over by not learning from her painful experiences and by holding onto something beyond her control and hurting herself by not letting go of the thoughts and feelings of anger and hurt she has been holding on inside herself. What is inside of us comes outside of us. I asked her to be calm and still and feel the presence of Jesus in her heart and listen to Jesus's words of wisdom to heal her wounding heart. It was an awakening experience for her and I was happy to see her awakening and being at peace with herself. This experience filled my heart with light of love and gratitude.

I have learned the necessity of deligently and consistently practicing  to be mindful of myself to remain awake when I start going to sleep. The wise words of Jesus need to be used as a mantra for awakening. Awakening saves us and others and sleeping destroys us and others.

May we walk on the path of awakening for our goodness and for the goodness of others in our life!

Namaste!

Jagdish P Dave

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Sense Of Self Is An Essential Skill Of Mind, by Paul Fleischman

FaceBook  On Sep 1, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Who Am I or the Quest of Identity has been explored by philosphers, psychologists, scientists and spiritual seekers. The answers come by remaing inquisitive and open. Thoughts about who I am arise in my mind. When my mind is not clear, steady and closed, my understanding of myself is also a reflection of my mind.When my mind is rigid, closed, and narrow my understanding of myself is a reflection of my mind.I have been practicing meditation for quite some time which has helped me not to be blindly and rigidlly attached to orto be stuck with my restricted thoughts and ideas and beliefs. I have come to relaize that I have a body and I am not a body, I have a mind and I am not a mind, and I have a desire and I am not a desire, I have an emotion but I am not an emotion. This understanding of myself helps me to differentiate between the phonomenal  self and transcedental self. The phenominal self is characterized by limiting, fragmented,and divisive ways of thinking, emoting and acting. The transendental self is charcterized by going beyond the conditioned mind and fragmented self , merging into wholeness, oneness and harmony. And this is an ongoing pilgrimage for me. I remeber what my dad used to tell me, "Hasten slowly my child!" and these words coming from an enlightened loving dad have been guiding me on my path.

May we continue our life joueney by expanding our consciousness to receive Divine Grace for healing wounds created by fragmented and divided self!
Namaste!
Jagdish P  Dave

 

Bedrock On Which We All Stand, by J. Krishnamurti

FaceBook  On Aug 26, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 How can we end our separateness, divisiveness,  conflicts, and suffering caused by igonrance? This has been a Big Question for all of us in our everyday living.According to my understanding the first important step is to be silent and attend to thughts  arising in my mind without judging them and without getting stuck with them.My thoughts lead to my actions.I become what I think.Such mindfulness meditative practice of minding the mind increses and deepens my awareness of the truth that deep down we are all connected. As J Krishnamurti puts it: it is a process of healing the wounds that separate us. Divisivness ends and wholeness emerges.

Yesterday, I was leading a three- hour workshop on Mindfulness Meditation. There were 25 participants of different races, ages and  religious oreientations. When we went throuh twenty minutes of Mindfulness Meditation being silent and attentive, some deeply felt a sense of oneness, intra- and- interpersoanl connectedness- no division between "I" and "you", "us" and "them", "good", and "evil"-no boundary experience, no seperation between experirnce and experiencer.

For me this is an ongoing practice and I happy to notice the expanding and deepening  of my awreness.


May we expand and deepen our awreness to heal the wounds of divisiveness and expereince wholeness and oneness.

Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave


 

Fueled By Love, by Timber Hawkeye

FaceBook  On Aug 19, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 This writing by Timber Hawkeye reminds me of St Francis of Assisi's Peace Prayer. It begins with," Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon;  where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy." And it ends wirh these uplifting  words: "for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal life." This is the spiritual dimension of living. Knowing it and practicing it, contemplating and acting, extends and expands our awareness leading to pure awareness. As the Budhha says, "Asho dhammo sanatanaha. This is the Eternal spiritual law." When I am quiet not justifying my wrong doing or reacting to other's wrong doing, I see the light of this spiritual wisdom. I understand my wrong doing  empathically as a human being and of the other too like me as a human being. When I see myself  and the other with the lense of emapthy and compassion, I hear the underlying cry for love behind anger and hatred and violence.

This is an ongoing journey in my life and I am going through it slowly and steadily. My path gets more enlightened with each step and I am grateful to great spiritual teachers for guiding me in the journey of my life. My journey becomes a pilgrmage.
I would like to conclude with the words of wisdom by my favorite Russian author Leo Tolstoy: " Love is the only way to rescue humanioty of all its ills."

Namaste!
May we sow love where there is hurt, hatred and injury!
Jagdish P Dave

















 

The Practice Of Soft Eyes, by Parker Palmer

FaceBook  On Aug 10, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.What we see depends on how we see. If we see the world with narrow eyes, the world looks narrow to us. If we see the world with hard eyes, the world looks hard. And if we gaze the world with soft,open and receptive eyes,we can take in the greatness, vastness and the glory and grace of great things.

The Navajo people see the world through the lens of hozho: all the goodness to be found through harmony, balance, beauty and fluidty. They pray: In beauty I walk,with beauty before, behind, above and around me.It has beauty again, and again and again.Looking for beauty and goodness is a contemplative practice. My father taught me this ancient Vedic pryaer: O God! may we hear auspicious words with the ears. May we see auspicious things with the ears.May we enjoy life that is beneficial and auspicious.

Sadly our awareness has been constricted and that makes our life constricted.We need to expand our awreness to hear the songs of birds, the light of the sun and the moon and stars, the touch of wind, the smile of children and wonder of nature. We can make this earth sacred, the kingdom of heaven.

This is what I have learnt from the elderly persons and from my traditions and this has become my everyday sacred practice.
May we relate to natural and human world with soft and loving eyes and make it sacred!
Namaste.
Jagdis P Dave

 

Stopping The War, by Jack Kornfield

FaceBook  On Aug 3, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I love and admire the great teachings of spirituality, of wisdom traditions taught and shared by Jack Kornfield. Spiritual discipline as I understand and relate to is always an inner journey for me with an open mind and an open heart. Such journey helps me to see my inner landscape filled with suppressed and repressed thoughts, fears, longings and cravings and lots of unfinished buisness. It also opens the door for me to see the glimpses of light and real hope for peace and harmony. Meditation has helped me to look within and work on myself. The outer war is a reflection of the inner war. I need to work on discovering the causes of my inner war to find the Tao and walk on it. To me this is the main pupose of living. Like Jack Kornfield says, " This is the task for all of us. Individually and as a society." This is our dharma-to discover peace to be connected withinn ourselves and others to end the war and divisveness in us and around us.

This has been an ongoing journey for me. I always find quality time everyday from my busy life to sit by myself and go wihin with an open mind and an open heart for receiving blessings from within and sharing them with others. This creates hope in me for peace and harmony. I appeal to all to join hands with each other to walk on this path of of creating and sustaining peace and harmony.

May we find our Tao for peace and harmony!

Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave


 

Live Like The Roar In A Lion's Throat, by Pavithra Mehta

FaceBook  On Jul 29, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I love the different metaphors Pavithra has used in this beautiful and thoughtful poem.To me living like a roar in the cave of the lion's throat is finding your own voice and expressing it and living by it. Your voice becomes you in  all walks of life.It means to be true to oneslf. It means finding your own less traveled path and if needed to walk alone. It means following your own bliss. It means finding your original face. As I was growing up I was inpisred by Mahatma Gandhi finding and walking on his path fierecely, undaunted and learning from his long walks. I remember his response to a question asked by a journalist, " Whaht is your life's message?," His answer was, "My life is my message."

Finding your own path is not that easy for most of us. I did not go through fierce struggles as there were not many choices for me to select. When I was studying in a college, I started tutoring highschool students to make my both ends meet. I enjoyed tutoring . I loved helping students who needed help. Many of them have remained in contact with me. There were  times I forgot to watch the time, the one hour of tutoring. I found my bliss. And I have been follwowing that path of teaching and serving all my  life.I do not have any regrets about choosing and following my path. I want to live singing my song on my lips until time comes for me to go.

 

Communication As Mutual Entrainment, by Ursula LeGuin

FaceBook  On Jul 20, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Communication as mutual entrainment opens the door for blossoming of mutual understanding, enrichment, creativity, and bonding. In intersubjective communication words matter. What we say and how we say matter. We affect each other positively or negatively. It depends on how we synchronize the pulses of each other. As the the author Ursula Krober Le Guin says," by getting the beats into a master rhythm, by entrainment."

For me, intrasubjective and intersubjective communications are intertwined.When I am in a quiet zone, I expereince such rhythmic communication within me. I am in entrainment with the voice arising in me. It is me listening to me. Such intrasubjective communication clears the clouds of opposing inner voices I  may not be awre of. Such intrasubjective communication helps me in intersubjective communications.

When I am in quiet natural surroundings, I experience deep connection between me and the sight and sound of nature. This also happes when I am in entunement with music and musiscians. What helps me is my deep and total attentivenes, my total presence, my alive quietness. This also happens in my intersubjective communicatios.It is like the author says an ancient gift. It's upto us to use it wisely.

May we cultivate the art of communication as mutual entrainment!
Namaste.
Jagdsih P Dave

 

We Want Relief. Cure Is Painful, by Anthony de Mello

FaceBook  On Jul 13, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

Wake up from your sleep is a message that comes from all spiritual wisdom traditions. My dad used to sing the song of awakening in Hindi every morning reminding him and us to wake up." Utha jaga musafir bhore bhai, aba rayan kahanataka sovat hai. Jo sovat hai vo kohovat hai, jo jagat hai so pavat hai." Wake up O traveler ! Morning has dawned.Wake up! There is no more night. Why do you keep on sleeping? The one who sleeps loses; the one who wakes up gains." This message has helped me through out my life. When I am not awake I fall down. I hurt mtself and others in my life. The falling down is a wake up call for me. I wake up from my sleep state, learn from my mistake and walk on the right path. Life is a journey, a process. It's all about choice making. When I am awake I make wise choices. As I am getting older my awakend state is getting longer with a few occasional short naps.

I love the Arabs saying: "The nature of rain is the same, but it makes thorns grow in marshes and flowers in the garden." It boils down to choce making. Wise choice making is like the rain growing flowers in the garden of life.

May we ramain awake and receive the blessings "All is well!"
Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave

 

Perception Is A Mirror, by Edited by Frances Vaughan and Roger Walsh

FaceBook  On Jul 6, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 There is a saying in Sanskrit, " Yatha dristi tatha shristi." As we see so is the world. Our eyes are the mirrors and what is reflected in our mirror becomes our relalty. If our eyes are foggy, what we see will be foggy too. Like the authors  Frances  Vaughn and Roger Walshsay, " You respond to what you perceive., and as you perceive so shall you behave." Our perception depends on what we beleive. Our belief shapes our perception and our behavior. If we keep our mind open and clear our beliefs change and our beleifs change our perception. We have freedom to make the right and wise choice.

Non-judgmental mindfulness of my inner perceptual, mental , emotional, and social landscape has helped me to cultivate clarirty, opemindedness, and acceptance of my inner landscape and the outer lanscape. It has helped me not to react to my inner triggers and outer triggers. It creates a free and open spece in me to make right and wise reponses. Such a way of living,from inside out, has been very helpful to me in dealing with my inner struggles and my tranasaction with others,

May we clear our mirrors of perception to make right and wise choices in our life!
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave


 

Where's Your Umbrella?, by Nazeer Ahmed

FaceBook  On Jun 29, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Sadly this is the story of many poor countries affected by climate change and man-made devastations. It is an alrm for many countries to tackle this  big human problem.The self -centric mindset needs to be changed to help those who desperately need help. We pray with faith, open our multicolor Human Umbrella and embrace all who are suffering with an open mind and open heart.

As I was growing up, I was provided with many umbrellas of kindness, compassion, and affection to protect me, to feed me, grieve my losses, and wipe my tears. My mother was the first such umbrella who nurutured lovingly by making food for me and by waiting for me when I would come home late at night for earning my daily bread. My wife was a big umbrella who left her rich family to marry me and become a part of my poor family. She always stood beside me and worked hard for our family as I was working on my doctoral degree in a foreign country. And when she passed away seven years ago, my children, grand children and my good old friends have been taking care of me. I am blessed to have such multicolor umbellas of compassion, support, emotional generosity, and uncondiotional love.

May we hold our umbrellas of kindness, compassion and generosity for people who are thirsty, hungry and starving for support and care!
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave


 

Action Without Desire Of Outcomes, by Vinoba Bhave

FaceBook  On Jun 22, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 When anything we do is done with love, it is always joyful.The action itself is the reward. Work and love are interwoven. The work could be sweeping the floor, picking up the garbage, cooking, nursing someone who is sick and invalid, teaching or gardening. When it is done with our heart, lovingly, it is joyful and beautiful. When we work for the extrinsic reward, there is dissatisfaction, disappointment and bickering.The joy of work or the beauty of work is lost.
My mom loved to cook Her face was beeming with joy. Every action connected with cooking brought a lot of joy to her and to others surrounding her They were also affected by her joy. Her joy was contageous.The same was the case with my wife. This has been my experience with many of my friends who have been very happy for cooking for me and serving meals to me.
I love and enjoy learning and teaching.I  am learning because I love  to learn. I am teaching because I love to teach not for recognition or gaining fame. I have nevr been disappointed following my bliss.Sadly, some of my friends working without passion and joy of working. I see them unahppy though they are making good money.
When reward of my work is intrinsic, I do not feel attached to outcomes.Then there is no expectation of  the recognition and admiration coming from outside. Good work done joyfully with love is usually reconized and appreciated. But that won't make any difference in pursuing work done with love and joy.The joy is in cooking the cake.The admiration, reward, is like frosting on the cake!
May we follow our bliss that brings joy to us and to others associated with us!

Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave


 

Don't Side With Yourself , by Joseph Goldstein

FaceBook  On Jun 15, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

As I am reading this article I feel at home. It's like being in the loving company of a friend, a brother, a sister or a teacher. Mindfulness meditation and living mindfully have been a life-long journey for me. In my journey I have lived unmindfully, siding with me, being self-righteous and finding fault with the other side. I distinctly remember how I was judgmental and critical of my colleague when I was teaching in a university. He was very critical of me for teaching  Meditation in my psych classes. Practicing meditation helped me understand his position as a Catholic Professor. I let siding with me go and criticizing his side. It helped me to be grounded, at ease with me and  with what I was teaching . Seeing the other side with an open mind and open heart liberated me from my bondage of self-righteousness.

Mindfulness has opened my inner door to look within and see my shadow- my justifications for reacting judgmentally and unkindly to others and finding fault with others in my life, for throwing an arrow at others. Gratefully I have been awakening from my sleep and I am able to see the light. Yes. It did not happen overnight. I have been practicing mindfulness for a long time. I have learned how to be grounded, calm, clear, contented and compassionate to me and to others in my life. Everyday is a learning day. It's a joyous and fulfilling journey.

May i and my brothers and sisters learn how to live mindfully for peace, joy, and harmony!

Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave



 

Somehow I'm Always Held, by Jeff Foster

FaceBook  On Jun 8, 2018 Jadish P Dave wrote:

 Life is not a straight line and I know it. Life has twists and turns, highs and lows, ups and downs, ebb and flow. I have experienced such swings in my life. The most painful expereince in my life was  the breaking of my love relationship at young age. It was very hard for me to go throuh it.I was at the edge of my life. What held me was the gift of  Mindfulness Meditation I had received from my dad. It helped me to go through dark clouds to see the light of life. It did not happen suddenly. It took time for me to bounce back. This experience taught me how to cultivate empathy, compassion and forgiveness, equanimity, and vaule of life in all its seasons. I am very grateful  to my dad for offering this gift.

May we value life and learn how to live fully! May we be gratteful to those what hold our hand when we fall down!
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave

 

Three Types Of Leadership, by Marty Krasney

FaceBook  On Jun 2, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 In my way of being, love is at the center-the main motivator, the apsirer and inspirer in my life. In love threre is giving and receiving unconditionally where the distinction between giving and receiving goes away. It is an expereince of merging. It is a meeting place of head and heart resulting in whilesome actions.

I have spent seventy five years of my life teaching. It has been a joyful journey of my life. My relationship with my parents and brothers and sisters was also founded on love and so also my relationship wirh my wife. She was raised in a very rich family but came to a very poor famly and became a loving member of the entire family.

I have gone through some heavy duty difficult times in my life but love has been my life holder. It is very difficult for me to relate to power and fame hungry forcefu leaders or people I come across in my life.How to be  compassionte to such people is a challenge for me. I do not hate them but also I do not love them. I want to be authentic and compassionate and that is a challenge I have been going through at this stage of my life.

May I continue facing the challenge of cultivating loving kindness for those whom I do'nt like and want to stay away from them!

 

Keeping Quiet, by Pablo Neruda

FaceBook  On May 27, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Poet Pablo Neurada remins me of a poem written by an anonymus Zen master.
                                     Sitting by the river
                                     Doing nothing,
                                     Spring comes
                                     The grass grows by itself.
Such words of wisdom have been sign posts in my life, a daily rrminder to count up to twelwe, be in the zone of being, letting go of my busy and often noisy world of doing and having. Such words rmind me to pause, feel and be with my natural rhythm of life giving and life sustaining breath, to count up to twelve, to stay in the being zone. Such words have been my daily prayer washing  away the noise of irritation and agitation, frustration and anger, and fear and anxiety. Such words open up the door for meeting my being without craving and without holding.They create a wide open space  filled with unseen beauty, unheard sound, and unknown strangers. Such words take me to a land of emptiness filled with fullness,a land of formless forms, a land beyond space and time. This is my daily prayer, a meditative prayer creating birth of joy, awe, joy, fiufillment  and gratitudein in my daily living.

May we take time out to count up to twelve everyday to be connected with our being!
Namaste

Jagdish P. Dave







 

Exhausting Quest For Perfection, by Brene Brown

FaceBook  On May 18, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave



























































 

Death Connects Us To Life, by Somik Raha

FaceBook  On May 11, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

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

Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave

 

Who Do We Choose To Be?, by Margaret Wheatley

FaceBook  On May 3, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

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


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

Namaste!

Jagdish P Dave







 

Dropping Out, Like The Buddha, by Jane Brunette

FaceBook  On Apr 30, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

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

 

Recycling Karmic Trash, by Shinzen Young

FaceBook  On Apr 21, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave


 

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

FaceBook  On Apr 15, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave.


 

Everything Is Waiting For You, by David Whyte

FaceBook  On Apr 8, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

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

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

Namaste.Jagdish P Dave

 

Listening As An Act Of Transformation, by Doug Lipman

FaceBook  On Apr 2, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

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

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

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave



















 

What Happens When We Wonder?, by Katie Steedly

FaceBook  On Mar 23, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

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

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

Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave



 

The Difficult People In Your Life, by Sally Kempton

FaceBook  On Mar 15, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave


 

What You Do Afterwards, by Keith Sawyer

FaceBook  On Mar 11, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave

 

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

FaceBook  On Mar 2, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

May we be open to welcome our innocent stranger!

Namaste.

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Wisdom Of Grieving, by Terry Patten

FaceBook  On Feb 23, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

May we live our life fully, gracefully  and gratefully!

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

FaceBook  On Feb 16, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

 

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

FaceBook  On Feb 9, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

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

Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave



 

What Breaks Your Heart?, by Maria Shriver

FaceBook  On Feb 3, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

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

Namaste.
Jagdish P Dave






 

Spiritual Activism, by Michael Singer

FaceBook  On Jan 28, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

 

Does Life Have A Purpose?, by J. Krishnamurti

FaceBook  On Jan 19, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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You Are Saved By Your Love, by Michael Damian

FaceBook  On Jan 12, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

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

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

Namaste! Jagdish P Dave


























 

Becoming Master Artists, by Eknath Easwaran

FaceBook  On Jan 5, 2018 Jagdish Dave wrote:

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

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

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

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

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


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

FaceBook  On Dec 30, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

Namaste.!
Jagdish P Dave




































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Where We Are Is Our Temple, by Jack Kornfield

FaceBook  On Dec 24, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Namaste!  Jagdish P Dave

























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The Gift Of Threshold Moments, by Sam Keen

FaceBook  On Dec 15, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

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

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

Namaste.

Jagdish P Dave








 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Namaste.

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Small Graces, by Kent Neburn

FaceBook  On Dec 2, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Namaste!

Jagdish P Dave


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The Messiah Is One Of Us , by Megan McKenna

FaceBook  On Nov 24, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

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

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

FaceBook  On Nov 18, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

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

Namaste!

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

Jagdish P dave


 

The Sun Is The Perfect Example, by Vinoba Bhave

FaceBook  On Nov 10, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

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

Namaste.

Jagdish O Dave

 

Space To Heal, by Thuy Nguyen

FaceBook  On Nov 5, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

Namaste.
Jagdish P dave

 

Welcoming Fear As A Friend, by Gerald G. May

FaceBook  On Oct 27, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

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

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

Namaste.

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Seeing Is Not Thinking, by Jeanne de Salzmann

FaceBook  On Oct 24, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

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

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

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

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

Namaste!

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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