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We Are Weavers, by Jon Madian

FaceBook  On Jan 15, 2021 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
We all are weavers weaving the tapestry or fabricof our life. How much aware we are when we weave our own fabric? If we weave our fabric with weak threads, our selfish and self-centered, fearful and angry threads thatharm others, we also harm ourselves. We all are connected with each other. I rememberthe wise saying, " As is within so without." We are children of the past and architect of the present and future. How we live in the present shapes our future and the future of the upcoming generations. This is the way I relate to the notion of being woven into and from an ancient ever-renewing fabric.

There are moments of awakening if I do not keep on sleeping. I remember Albert Einstein's wise saying, "No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew." Such wise sayings have been very helpful to me for making a shift in my consciousness. What and how I do has an impact not only on the present but also on the future. This is an awakenedstate of consciousness for me, an inner call for me to listen to.

Hope, will, action, and self-awareness guided by spiritual wisdom helps me walk
on my path of wellness for me and for the generation to come. I am grateful to the ancient wise teachers and the teachers in my this life for enlighteningme.
Life is a blessing.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave'

 

The Broken Among Us Teach Us, by Bryan Stevenson

FaceBook  On Jan 8, 2021 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
We as human beings are imperfect and we all have gone through trying and hard times. Life is not always a bed of roses. It has also sharp thorns. It hurts. There have been times when my heart has been broken. My dreams were shattered. I have learned the value of wholeness from my brokenness. Heart breaks have taught me how to heal my wounds, recover myself, and lift myself up from the falls.Suffering is human. How do we face it and what do we learn from it is up to us.

I have gone through many difficult situations and have learned lessons from them. There were times when I felt heavy weight of emotional pain. Where there was a little light and I did not know how to walk on the the dark lanes of my life. Being with people who have endured hard times in theirlives and their empathic understanding, supportand kindness helpedme emerge from the blinding darkness. Going through difficult times in my life made me understand my own suffering and suffering of others. The words of John Lewis are very inspiring: " My head is blooded but not bowed."

Knowing that there is no certainty in life and accepting it and doing the best I can has been very helpful to me. Reading the stories of people who have gone through hard times in their lives and how they uplifted themselves also have been very helpful to me. Daily practice of Meditation has always helped meremain grounded and calm. Acceptingthe reality of life, having faith in the the higher power, and placing myself in the Divine hands has been my way of going through the ups and downs in life.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave'

 

Dark Skies Show Us Stars, by Bear Guerra

FaceBook  On Jan 1, 2021 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
We all emphasizethe value of light, knowledge, and to move from darkness to light. All wisdom traditions relate to darkness as ignorance and as light as knowledge.Author Bear Guerra presents a different way of looking at darkness: Dark Skies Show Us Stars. By accepting darkness we get connectedwith natural world. The world we live in has been highly commercialized and unnaturalizedtaking us away from the natural world. We are drifting away from the natural rhythmsof day and night, light and darkness.I agree with the author when he writes,' without darkness we are noy just incomplete, we fail to dream."
I happen to live in a community where I can see the stars twinkling in the dark sky. Such experiencesget me connected with natural world in which there is vastness and depth. I feel an integral part of the universe and feel the oneness of life. I feel the Divine Presence that liberates from my ignorance and makes me whole or holy. Such natural experiences are illuminating dispelling my inner darkness and separateness. It is a paradoxical statement: Darkness enlightens me!
Reading such illuminating writings and sharing my learnings with close friends and with my students taking classes with me helps me stay on the spiritual path. It is an enlightening and joyful journey.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave'


 

Four Stages Of Groundedness, by John J. Prendergast

FaceBook  On Dec 25, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Who am I? What is reality? Is everything changing? Is there something unchanging? Am I born with it? How do I know? I have been exploring these kinds of questions for quite some time. When my mind is silent I have a clear felt sense of open awareness. My mind is clear. my heart is open. I rest in the deepest ground which John J. Prendergrast calls our home ground or groundless ground.

There is a continuum of groundedness. The author lists four broad experiential stages of groundedness: (a) no ground: I am not in the body. (b) foreground: I am in the body. (C) background: my body is me (as open awareness). (D) Homeground: Everything is my body. When I meditate I go through these sages of natural awareness. (a) I realize that I have a body but I- the soul-am not the body. (b) My soul is in the body. (c) When I become aware of the boundless nature of the soul I realize that my body is contained in thecontainer of natural awareness. (d) The disconnect between different parts of my self goes away. I am in the homeground. I have difficulty i understandingwhat the author means by saying " Everything is my body."

Natural awareness without inner obstructions helps me grow in my senses of groundedness. when I practice Mindfulness Meditation, my mind becomes
attentive and does not get carried away by wandering thoughts,feelings, and desires. Meditation opens up doors to be connectedwith what is happening in the present moment. Meditative experienceis not bound by time and space.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave'



 

An Unusual Gift From My Grandfather, by Rachel Naomi Remen

FaceBook  On Dec 18, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
This story narrated by the grand daughter is very timely as we are approaching the gift-giving Christmas time. The conventionalway of buying gifts is so terribly time consuming and people feel confused and inadequate about what to give. The spiritual approach for gift-giving is very simple. We do it as a service to God without getting anything in return. My experience of gift-giving is simple and uncomplicatedlike the experience of the granddaughter Neshume-le. I can easily relate to what the grandfather told his granddaughter, it is not the water the seeds need to grow but" Aii it needs is your faithfulness." Faith is the foundation of all relationships and of all spiritual practices.

Blessing life is the most effective way of creating and nurturinglife in all forms-human and natural. There are times when relationships thin out or break up. Giving unconditional love from the heartbased on the foundation of faith repairs and heals our fragile relationships. Several years ago I had an agonizing and depressive experience in my life. It was a heart-breaking experience. It took time for me to recover from it. My deep faith in the goodness of heart helped meemerge fromthe hurting heart to the healing heart. It was a transforming experiencefor me.

The best teacher is within ourselves. What we need is calmness,patience, empathy, compassion and above all faithfulness. Life offers many opportunitiesfor working on ourselves to repair and heal our relationships. It is a daily metta, loving kindness practice that heals me and others. It is blessing from the heart.
May we relate to us and others with the loving light of faith and kindness!
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave'
 

The Moment We Encounter True Happiness, by Ilie Cioara

FaceBook  On Dec 11, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
We all have a deep longing for Happiness. It is the Sacred within us. It is an egoless Presence with no time and space boundaries. It is Universal. It is Within us. It is Divinity within us. It is Pure Consciousness. It is Holy.

I feel the presence of Happiness when my thinking mind is quiet. I feel the presence of Happiness when I let go of searching for Happiness. It is always within us like pure love, clear light, complete silence. I experience such Happiness when I am fully present with myselfor with others; when I am fully absorbed in what I am doing. These are the times when I in the Flow of Happiness.

Daily practice of Mindfulness Meditation, serving others selflessly, loving others kindly and unconditionally helps me. I am not against thinking mind. I need to think to solve the problems when I encounter them. I use my mind to make wise choices. I am thinking when I am responding to these questions. I am happy to reflect on this wonderful reading close to my heart.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave'


 

A 13-Year-Old In A Museum, by Nancy Collier

FaceBook  On Dec 4, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
The self-image that I create is only the reflection of the outside of me. It is like stagnant water rather than the flowing river. My life is dynamic. It is not static. It is becoming. It is a process and not a product. The image ofme is not my identity which is vibrating with energy and changing. The outside of me does not represent the inside of me.

We all have potential to grow horizontally and vertically. The horizontal axisrepresents the expansion of my consciousness-my organic connection with nature and people. The vertical axis represents the depth of my relationship with nature and people. In order to experience my inner world, my true identity, I need to be with me fully without getting caught up in mentally narratingwhat happenedin the past or worryingabout what will happen in the future. It is flowing with the present. This happens when I do mindfulness meditation and practicing mindfulness in different contexts of my everyday life. This practice helps me grow on both horizontal and vertical axes. It happens when I am listening to me and to others with an open mind and an open heart. It happens when I listen to music or get absorbed in reading a book or contemplating.

Non-judgemental awareness of my inner and outer world helps me avoid the trap of using life as a product to protect my image. Knowing that posting my image on a smart phone is not my true identity. Knowing that my shadow is an unrecognized and unaccepted part of darkness within me and working on it frees me from my self-created bondage. This is a life-long process. There is light within me that keeps me awake in the journey of my life. That light is my guide, my savior.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave'

 

Parliament Of Subconscious Minds, by John Yates

FaceBook  On Nov 28, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Our minds discriminate between right and wrong or this and that.What is being discriminated takes place in our unconscious sub-minds. In that sense I is the narrator of the experience or I is the product of a collection of the unconscious sub-minds.How do I know that? What is that I? It is awareness. Awareness is like an observer. It is pure witnessing consciousness untouched by the collection of sub-minds. That helps us from being caught up in mistaken identity.

When I need to or want to make an important decision about what to chooseI do not act impulsively or by my habitual patterns of rushing without pausing. From my experienceof such actions I have learned not to be controlled by the voices of unconscious sub-minds. This way of making wise choices is an ongoing process. It is worth doing to prevent or avoid myself from falling into a pit of suffering.

The light of awareness helps me when i am moving toward the dark zone-the wrong zone. When I am aware of what is going on in my mind and refrain myself from doing harm to me and to others, my action becomes a blessing to me and to others connected with me. Mindful actions bring blessings and prevent curses.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave'

 

Time Confetti And The Broken Promise Of Leisure, by Ashley Whillans

FaceBook  On Nov 20, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
When my mind is divided between two cognitive polls like I want to do something leisurely and enjoyable such as reading a book and checking important email messages I feel trapped by time and feel time poverty. When I do something which I enjoy doing without technological interruptions and technological invasions I feel time affluence, a relaxed, gratifying and joyful state of mind. When my time is fragmented by two demanding tasks, I feel stressed out and not satisfied with either of the two tasks. Time confetti
fragments the time of leisure, peacefulness and restfulness. Technology saves time but at the same time takes time away. It's like I have saved time but also I have lost time. Gain and loss at the same time! This is indeed the autonomy paradox.

Good life is choice making. I use discretion when it comes to spending my time. I do not make everysituation urgent unless it is really urgent. I have intentionallyand wisely broken habitual patternsof automatically and mindlessly responding to tempting and distracting stimuli. It takes time to disengage from the grip of time confetti. I maintain a balance between demanding work and leisurely play. This is an ongoing process.

As Ashley Whillanssays, " Working toward time affluence is about recognizing and overcoming the time traps in our lives." It amounts to controlling impulses that captivate my mind. It means cultivating the virtue of wisdom and the virtue of patience leading to wise choices and wise actions.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave'



 

Half A Pomegranate, by Brian Conroy

FaceBook  On Nov 13, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Such simple and easy to understand stories teacha profound spiritual lesson. When we offer a gift from our heart without expectingany rewardit becomes an abundant offering.When a poor old woman heard thatthe Buddha was accepting offerings she had already eaten half of the pomegranate.The only thing she had to offer was the other half of thatpomegranate. It was a meager offering but it had the deepest abundance. It is indeed a gift from the heart and that way it was priceless.

Serving others with no axe to grind. This is the heart of the Karma Yoga narrated in the Bhagavad Gita. This is my understanding of spiritualty. It lifts us from a lower self to a higher self. I practice Karma Yoga in my life by sharing what I have with others mostly in the form of teaching without expecting any reward in return. This way of living feels my heart with deep joy, contentment, and fulfillment.

Reading such storiesfrom different wisdom traditions, contemplating on them, and sharing them withothers has been very helpful to me in my spiritual journey. Daily practice of mindfulness meditation and cultivating skills of compassionate living help me stay on my path. It's by giving we receive!
Namaste!
JagdishP Dave'
 

The Three Narratives, by Joanna Macy

FaceBook  On Nov 6, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

I like the way Joanne Macy narrates the three frames, versions or narratives or stories. The first two narratives have been in the society for a long time. The third narrative is "the central adventure of our time." It is the transitionto a life sustaining society. We are going through this Great Turning, ecological or sustainability revolution. The challenge for us is to survive the first two narratives and keep bringing more people and resources into the third narrative. I strongly believe in deep ecology. It is our sacred duty to save and preserve our eco system. The first two narratives have served us at a big cost. Our environment is polluted, climate is drastically changingaffecting the lives of not only human beings but all beings. For many years I did not see the negative side of the first two narratives. I have been more aware of the damaging impact of the the first two narratives. Listening to eco-philosophers like Joanne Macy and many eco-scientists has made me more aware and clear about the third narrative. I have made changes in my diet for health reasons and also for supporting locaaly grown palnt-based I like the way Joanne Macy describes the three stories or narratives of realty shaping our world. The first two narratives, global corporate capitalism and industrial revolution, have been with us for a long time. These two narratives have been helpful to us in certain ways but they have caused a lot of damage not only to us but also to the eco system. There is a growing awakening and embracing of the emerging third narrative or revolution named ecological or life-sustaining revolution. This is The Great Turning. Our challenge is how to survive the first two narratives and to bring and keep more people and resources into the third narrative. I believe in deep ecology and in creating and supporting eco-friendlyenvironment. It has taken time for me to realize the value of implementing the third narrative in my life. I am in fu  See full.

I like the way Joanne Macy narrates the three frames, versions or narratives or stories. The first two narratives have been in the society for a long time. The third narrative is "the central adventure of our time." It is the transitionto a life sustaining society. We are going through this Great Turning, ecological or sustainability revolution. The challenge for us is to survive the first two narratives and keep bringing more people and resources into the third narrative. I strongly believe in deep ecology. It is our sacred duty to save and preserve our eco system. The first two narratives have served us at a big cost. Our environment is polluted, climate is drastically changingaffecting the lives of not only human beings but all beings.

For many years I did not see the negative side of the first two narratives. I have been more aware of the damaging impact of the the first two narratives. Listening to eco-philosophers like Joanne Macy and many eco-scientists has made me more aware and clear about the third narrative. I have made changes in my diet for health reasons and also for supporting locaaly grown palnt-based

















I like the way Joanne Macy describes the three stories or narratives of realty shaping our world. The first two narratives, global corporate capitalism and industrial revolution, have been with us for a long time. These two narratives have been helpful to us in certain ways but they have caused a lot of damage not only to us but also to the eco system. There is a growing awakening and embracing of the emerging third narrative or revolution named ecological or life-sustaining revolution. This is The Great Turning. Our challenge is how to survive the first two narratives and to bring and keep more people and resources into the third narrative. I believe in deep ecology and in creating and supporting eco-friendlyenvironment.

It has taken time for me to realize the value of implementing the third narrative in my life. I am in full alignment with the third narrative. I have started making significant changes in my diet. I eat non-GMO organic food. I buy locally produced food. I am a born vegetarian. It makes iteasy for me to have healthy plant-based diet.I believe in and practice the philosophy of living a simple life. I was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of living a simple life. Small is Beautiful. Contentmentand fulfillment come from living a wholesome simple living. It's not a slogan for me. It is my experience.

I was raised in a family which practiced the philosophy of simple living. Reading articles on climate change and deep ecology and having vibrant discussions with respectful and open minded people have been very helpful to me. Having a supportive circle of family members and friends also help me to walk on the path. I see more young people involved in making environmental changes. This is very inspiring. Time has come to save the earth by making wise choices. I am hopeful and happy to see changes taking place in the right direction.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave'












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How Caterpillar Turns Into A Butterfly, by Norie Huddle

FaceBook  On Oct 29, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
The central message of the story of the Caterpillar TurningInto A Butterfly is the story of transformation and emergence of ourselves as we travel in our life'sjourney. We all change. Nothing remains the same. The challenge is how the change transforms our ways of thinking, feeling and doing. It's a deep qualitative change, like the caterpillarturning into a butterfly. We all grow but in which direction of our life. Are we repeating the same cycle or we are getting out of the routine and move in an upward bound direction?
I see myself growingslowly from childhood, to young age, to adulthood and old age. It has not been a steady journey of transformation. It has its ups and downs, its twists and turns. A couple of times I fell down. I leaned from falling down and moved on in my upward journey of life. As I look behind I see myself emerging and transforming. My outlook has been widened. I see myself unbound and freed from my judgmental stances of people different from me in many ways. My inner eyes have become clear and I see people as they are. As the Buddha says "see the isness."
Cultivating healthy habits of mind and nurturing the mind in a healthy way has been very helpful to me. I keep my mind and heart open without tarnishing them with my preconceived notions. Practicing mindfulness meditation and non-judgemental awareness help me constantly emerging from my past caterpillar self into the present butterfly self.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave'



 

The Game Is To Be Where You Are, by Ram Dass

FaceBook  On Oct 23, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Reading Ram Dass'spassage The Game Is To Be Where You Are reminds me a beautiful poemCome As You Are written by Rabindranath Tagore. When we love someone, we don't love the outer form of the beloved. We love the inner being of the person which is just like us. Ram Dass uses the metaphorof taking the mask off to see the beauty of the original face without any makeups. I love the Zen Koan: Find your original face before you were born. The Indian poet Mira sings: Remove the veil and you will meet your beloved. This is the way I relate to the notion thatthe game is to be where we are.
I have had several experiences of being loved as I am. My mother did not have any conditions for loving me as I was. She planted and nurtured the seeds of unconditional love as I was growing up. She was a role model for me. I was blessed to have her in my life. I learned from her how to love and relate to people in my life as they are. As years passed I have been able to cultivate spiritual maturity in me. To me life is a spiritualjourney or as Ram Dasssays it
is a spiritual game.
Trees look different when we look at them with outward eyes. When we look at the same trees with clear inward eyes we see the treeness, the oneness, the essence, among all trees. I follow three steps for cultivating spiritual maturity:
listening to the people who are on the path of spiritual maturity, reflecting on theirteachings, and applying them in my daily living. This is called sadhana, spiritual discipline.
Namste!
Jagdish P Dave'













 

Now I Become Myself, by May Sarton

FaceBook  On Oct 16, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Becoming yourself is a challenge for all of us. Right from our childhood we are asked by others in our families, schools and societies who we should be. Our mind's are conditioned to think, feel and act according to the norms established by others. Reading this poem written by Mary Sarton reminds me of a poem written by John Milton. " The mind is its own place, and itself can make a Heaven of Hell, and a Hell of Heaven." It is up to me to make my own choice to become myself. In order to hear my own voice I need to quiet my own mind. In the quiet moments I know who I am. It's a journey of self-discovery. Once I hear my own voice, I sing my own song. OnceI know the rhythms of my life I
dance my own dance.

I feel the fullnessof life when I am my real self. Such realization grows in me like a plant rooted, watered and nurtured by love. Such inner growth takes place when I take time out and reflect deeply and feelmy "own weight and density". These are the times when the song of life is born and it comes out with sheer love and joy. The people in my life who love me as I amhear my song and sing along with me. It is a song of love, a song of togetherness and harmony.These are the gifts of becoming oneself.

My self-awarenessis my guide, my companion, my guru. When am in an awakened state the light of self-awarenessshows me the wise path of my spiritual journey. When i deviate from my spiritual path I stop and ask questions to myself: Where was I when I was with myself? Was I with me fully present with the presence of awakened awareness? Right answers come for within when I take time out and be still. Regular practice of Mindfulness Meditation and practicing mindfulness in my everyday life have been very helpful to me in my search of who am I and how to live fully.
Namste!
Jagdish P Dave'






 

We're Voting With Our Attention, by Leah Pearlman

FaceBook  On Oct 9, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
I have learned a long time ago that our mind is the cause of liberation or bondage. How do I use my mind is in my hand. If I dwell on negative thoughts negative feelings and actions I get negative outcomes. Research studies done by positive psychologists show how we create our own happiness or misery by what we think and what choices we make. We can reinforce our brain's negative bias by thinking negatively. It is up to us to decide how to use our mind. The inner light of wisdom os pure consciousness helps us to make positive changes in our mind and that way rewiring our brain. And this way we are creating positive or constructive brain's habitual patterns.

It is helpful to have information about how the application of positive psychology creates positive changes in our brain and in our personal behavior and our social transactions. Transformation takes place when we apply the information in our actions.I know what I need to do to preserve and enhance my physical health. It is hard to break the harmful habitual patterns such as what to eat, when to sleep, and when to do physical exercise. Practicing self-discipline has helped me to walk on the healthy path.

Knowing what is good and what is helpful and doing what is good and what is helpful has been very helpful to me. Living mindfully is my way of retraining my brain. I want to be master of my brain and not its slave. This is challenging and I love it. I am with the author Leah Perlman when he says, " I'm voting with my attention."
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave'




 

Substituting One Cruelty For Another, by Anthony de Mello

FaceBook  On Oct 2, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
When my vision is clouded what I look out will be clouded and if swing into actionwith the clouded vision, I will make things worse. All wisdom traditions ask us to awake from the sleep of ignorance, to see the Light Within and see the world and act with the light of love and clarity. The Light Within is the Light of Being, the Light of Love. When my doing emerges form the Inner Light, it heals the wounds. In my daily life I remember the wise words ofMeisterEchart: "It is not by your actions thatyou will be [awakened] but by your being. It is not by what you do but by what you are that you will be judged."

I remember and applythe wise saying in my daily lifethat the being in the doing shapes our experience. I apply this wise saying in all areas of my life-personal and interpersonal. There are times when I act unmindfully which disrupts the clear and loving flow of my energy. With practice I quickly wake upand get connected with the Light of Being. As a teacher and as acounselor as well as a family member I get plenty of opportunities of becoming aware of my being in the doing. And if and when I goof I quickly correct my path.

Remaining awake and aware of my bodily sensations, thoughts, feelings, emotions and actions helps me avoid the trap of substituting one unkind act for another. Awarenesskeeps the Light Within shining for making wise choices.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave'



 

A Route Back To Wonder, by Fabiana Fondevila

FaceBook  On Sep 25, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Looking at the clouds floating in the sky is very fascinating to me. I felt this fascination as a child. The sky was a paly house. The clouds of different shapes coming and going were the actors filling my heart with wonder, delight and inspiration.Watching the play of the clouds made me wonder where they are coming from and where they are going. I expressed my wonderment in a poem that I wrote in my mother tongue. " Kon,Vadalanipachalachhupatu?" Whois hiding behind the clouds?" Sadly, our contact with nature has been diminished as we are getting more amd more urbanized. Occasionally we may look at the wonders of nature. Taking time out to see the wonders of nature has been a deeply enriching experiencefor me. I appreciate what Fabiana Fonderila says:"Let'swaste time learning to love the world, everyday, a little bit more and better. Let's waste time on what is truly important."

A few years ago, we were traveling in Colorado. We were on the top of a mountain.There were a few clouds moving in front of the setting sun.There was a beautiful display of colors of the clouds and slowly slowly the sun vanishing in the horizon. We were spell bound by the natural beauty changing moment to moment. We will never forget this experience.

Natural curiosity to be connected with the beauty of nature does not get stale or old. That's a gift freely given to us if we extend our hands to receive it. Remaining aware and attending to this gracious gift of nature with gratitude is the way to retain this natural capacity. According to me there is nothing cynical about it.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave'
 

Learning How To Think, by William Deresiewicz

FaceBook  On Sep 18, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Basically I ama mono-tasking person. When someone talks to me I want to be fullypresent to the person. I do not want my mind divided between here and there. I want to be connected and engaged with the other person. Paying full attention to the person is conducive not only for cultivating cognitive function but also for cultivating social and emotional learning, for cultivating effective and positive relationships. As a learner and a teacher, I see the value of of focused attention. Our personal experience and research studies show that multitaskinghas a strong and adverse effect on cultivating cognitive, emotional and social skills. Sadly, smart phones, laptops and video-games have been powerfuldistracting factors in our schools and families.

When I am reading, writing, listening, communicating, eating, walking, driving and meditating I make it sure that I am fully attentive and focused on what I am doing. This is mindfulness practice. When my mind goes astray by an external stimulusor internal stimulus, I become aware of it and do not get trapped by it. Practicing mindfulness helps me to be free from my temptation to to be engaged in more than one task. It frees me from multitasking. When we eat we pray together. Praying together creates sacred and peaceful environment. We put our smart phones and laptops beyond our sight. When we study or communicate we follow the same helpful rule.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave'

 

Movie Of Me, Now Playing 24 Hours A Day, by Krishna Das

FaceBook  On Sep 11, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

Clear version is created by clear vision. As I was growing up, I learned many valuable lessons of life from my father, by his words and by his actions. I remember one wise saying he used to say, " Yahtadristi, tatha sristi". As is my vision so is my world. If my vision is colored by my prejudices, judgments, assumptions, and expectations, I am going to create my mental, emotional and behavioral world by my vision. The same way the other person relates to me by his vision. Our versions of each other is created by our vision.Clear versionis created by theclarity of my vision. My mother used to say that when your eyes are affected by jaundice, you see everything yellowish. Buddha uses the word sati for clarity with no clouds of prejudice or selfishness floating in the mind.It is difficult to be free from prejudiceand judgments whichhave slipped into our unconscious mind. As a result as Krishna Das says. we"create the movie of me...we write it, direct it, produce it, and star in it." Creating clear vision is a life long project. Our life is created, shaped and sustainedby the illusory perceptions of who I am and who others are. When we mindfully relate to our own illusory world and work on it, our vision of ourselves and of others changes for better. We wake up from the sleep of illusion and see the light without any walls created by our ignorance. This illumined clear vision frees us from the bondage of ego. In this statewe see oneness in manyness. This is the journey I am going through. I see more light than darkness and I feel free fom my self-created bondage. Daily practice of mindfulness meditation and living mindfully has been very helpful to me. Self-knowing and self-acceptance has created wholeness in me. I do not feel the need to see myself better than others or worse than others. May we create clarity in us to relate to others like ourselves. Namsate! Jagdish P Dave'  See full.

Clear version is created by clear vision. As I was growing up, I learned many valuable lessons of life from my father, by his words and by his actions. I remember one wise saying he used to say, " Yahtadristi, tatha sristi". As is my vision so is my world. If my vision is colored by my prejudices, judgments, assumptions, and expectations, I am going to create my mental, emotional and behavioral world by my vision. The same way the other person relates to me by his vision. Our versions of each other is created by our vision.Clear versionis created by theclarity of my vision. My mother used to say that when your eyes are affected by jaundice, you see everything yellowish. Buddha uses the word sati for clarity with no clouds of prejudice or selfishness floating in the mind.It is difficult to be free from prejudiceand judgments whichhave slipped into our unconscious mind. As a result as Krishna Das says. we"create the movie of me...we write it, direct it, produce it, and star in it."

Creating clear vision is a life long project. Our life is created, shaped and sustainedby the illusory perceptions of who I am and who others are. When we mindfully relate to our own illusory world and work on it, our vision of ourselves and of others changes for better. We wake up from the sleep of illusion and see the light without any walls created by our ignorance. This illumined clear vision frees us from the bondage of ego. In this statewe see oneness in manyness. This is the journey I am going through. I see more light than darkness and I feel free fom my self-created bondage.

Daily practice of mindfulness meditation and living mindfully has been very helpful to me. Self-knowing and self-acceptance has created wholeness in me. I do not feel the need to see myself better than others or worse than others.
May we create clarity in us to relate to others like ourselves.
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The Broken Piano In 1975, by Marti Leimbach

FaceBook  On Sep 4, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Things don't go the way I want or expect. How do I relate to such situations, how di I face such a challenge? I have two choices: accept the reality and do the best I can or turn my face away from it. If I turn my face away I feel myself defeated. If I choose to face it, I don't know what I may end up with. What will be the outcome? I am at a cross road. There have been times in my life when I have backed off and turned my face away from such situations.And there have been times when I have faced them with courage. Facing the reality courageously has helped me grow intellectually and emotionally. It feels like I am flying in the open sky seeing the wonders of the world with fresh and new eyes.
I have encountered quite a few situations in my life when I had to make a clear choice. The situation that I would never forget was deciding to marrya woman named Vanleela from another caste, another religion and another class. Since her family was totally againsther marrying me, both of us had to make a courageous decision. We faced the reality and decided to marry. This was a very powerful experiencefor both of us. It strengthened and enriched our relationship.
There are times when we need to go beyond the rational mind and listen to the intuitive mind. I trust the inner voice and follow it whole heartedly. It is important for me not to be bound by my question "What if?" and accept "Whatis", A lot of energy is consumed by "What if" mindset. That will make me feel stuck. "What is" mindset helps me to accept the reality as it is and make the right choice.
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Glory And Terror Of It, by Irina Tweedie

FaceBook  On Aug 28, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Wisdom traditions point towardthe Wholeness of the Cosmic Order. We are an integral part of the Eternal Undivided Whole. What we think, speak, and act makes a big difference in how we relate to the Cosmic Order. When there is alignment or harmony in what I think, speak, and act I am an integral part of the Cosmic Order. My thoughts, words and actions have a strong impact on my internal environment as well as external environment. The inner and the outer become ONE. When my life follows this path I experience the intoxicating
Presence, joyousness, boundlessness and freedom.

When my thoughts, words, and actions are for serving others with no self-serving expectations I feel deep joy, contentment, andfreedom and fullness.My actions are for the welfare of the whole Cosmos. I feel an integral part of the Cosmos. This way of living is called Karma Yoga in the BhagavadGita.

All wisdom traditions teach us to awaken from the sleep of ignorance. Awareness of my thoughts, words and actions keep me awakened for walking on the right path, the path of selfless service.

May we all learn how to be an integral partof the Eternal Undivided Whole!
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The Wisdom Of Uncertainty, by Jack Kornfield

FaceBook  On Aug 21, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Knowing and accepting tha fact that the cup of my life is going to be broken one day and not to get hung up or chained by the fear of uncertainty is the way of living fully. This is my understanding of the "wisdom of uncertainty". Because I know the fate, I accept it without denying or resisting it.This way of thinking and knowing creates a weather of freedom and openness in my mind. Such a mindset helps me live fully.

We all have been going through the uncertainty at this time in our life. The arrival and the spread of the corona virus has caused fear, worry and anxiety in our mind. How do we deal with these huge clouds of fear, worry, and anxiety floating iin our mind? This is a big existential challenge to all of us. My daughter runs a private MontessoriSchoolin Phoenix, AZ. The virus situation has been
causing a lot of worry and anxiety in her and my mind. We are not sure about
how long the corona virus will last. Instead of worrying about the uncertaintywe mindfully processed our fear and anxiety and came up with a well thought out plan for opening and operating our school. One week is gone smoothly and we are confident that we will be able to run the course smoothly. We are sailing the boat with the winds of compassion and cooperation of all the people involved in this endeavor.

Doing the best we can do without worrying about or attached to the outcomes of our efforts helps us live in the "Trusting Mind." When doubts or worries arise in our mind we mindfully process them, let them come and go. The "Free Mind" is the "Trusting Mind".
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The Central Commitment Of The Creative Life, by Mary Oliver

FaceBook  On Aug 14, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Knocking At The Door?
It is late at night and time to sleep.
As I am going to close my tired eyes
I hear a soundless sound.
I wonder who is knocking at the door?
I open the door of my heart
And lo and behold my heartdancing with ecstasy.
I am swimming in the river with no banks
And flying in the sky with no boundaries.
A flute is playing with no player.
I'm Radhamerging with Krishna!
 

Does The Mind Exist During Our Sleep?, by Annamalai Swami

FaceBook  On Aug 7, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Mind has its own mind. I let the mind run its own course. I do not follow it and do not fight it. When I do not identify myself with the the thoughts or feelings goingthrough the mind, I see them as clouds passing through the clear sky. I realize that I have a mind but I am not the mind. I have thoughts and feelings but I am not thoughts and feelings. I am witness consciousness-clear open sky- not bound by the clouds coming and going. When I resist and fight my thoughts or feelings, they get stronger.

When I remain aware of what is happening in my body-mind
complex, bodily sensations and thoughts and feelings, and do not identify myself with them, I am in the Zone of Being. Thoughts appear and disappear in the clear sky of awareness. This happens everyday when I sit quietly doing Mindfulness Meditation. Practicing Mindfulness Meditation regularly has a carry over effect in my daily living. It helps me to be free from the grip of ongoing thoughts in my mind. Remainingmindful in different contexts of my daily life makes me realize the I am consciousness and not my coming and going thoughts.

As stated before, practicing Mindfulness Meditation regularly and practicing Mindfulness in everyday life helps me cultivate indifference toward the mind. As the author AnnamalaiSwamistates, " Cultivating this attitude of indifference toward the mind, you will detach yourself from your"little self" to your real Self."
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Mistakes: Results That Show The Truth Of Things, by Chris Lombard

FaceBook  On Jul 31, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

Making mistakes is human. As a human being I have made many mistakes. According to my understanding there are two ways of relating to mistakes: I may criticize and get angry at myself for making mistakes. This way of relating to my mistakes will surely bring me down and stop me from learning from my mistakes. The other way is to learn from my mistakes, gain an insight from my mistakes and grow from my mistakes. I will not learn how to rise if I do not fall down. The falling down is an integral part of rising up. This is the way I learn the truth of things. I will never forget my first lesson of making a mistake. I was 12 years old. I saw children of my age bicycling to school.I was afraid of riding a bicycle. My elder brother had a bicycle. He wanted me to get rid of my fear of losing my balance and falling down.He invited me to ride his bicycle and asked me not to be afraid of falling down. He assured me that he would provide his help if I lost my balance. With fear in my heart, I took a leap. As I was riding, my brother let go of his support and let me ride the bice on my own. I aws not aware of my brother not supporting me. When I realized that I was on my own,the fear of riding by myself got hold of me and I fell down and got bruised.This was an important learning experiencefor me. It taught me to relate to challenges in life with an open mind and an open heart and not to be afraid of making mistakes. It is facing fear fearlessly. This is the way I relate to Christ Lombard's title of the article: Mistakes: Results That Show The Truth Of Things. I followthree basic steps for learning a new idea or for cultivating a new skill:1. Keeping my mind open by listening to the people who really and deeply know, the wise teachers. 2. Ask questions for clarification or elaboration. This is crucialstep for learning. 3. Meditate. Take time to observe silence to realize the truth. And then applyit for relating to challengesI face in my life. This open ended Mindfulness M  See full.

Making mistakes is human. As a human being I have made many mistakes. According to my understanding there are two ways of relating to mistakes: I may criticize and get angry at myself for making mistakes. This way of relating to my mistakes will surely bring me down and stop me from learning from my mistakes. The other way is to learn from my mistakes, gain an insight from my mistakes and grow from my mistakes. I will not learn how to rise if I do not fall down. The falling down is an integral part of rising up. This is the way I learn the truth of things.

I will never forget my first lesson of making a mistake. I was 12 years old. I saw
children of my age bicycling to school.I was afraid of riding a bicycle. My elder brother had a bicycle. He wanted me to get rid of my fear of losing my balance and falling down.He invited me to ride his bicycle and asked me not to be afraid of falling down. He assured me that he would provide his help if I lost my balance. With fear in my heart, I took a leap. As I was riding, my brother let go of his support and let me ride the bice on my own. I aws not aware of my brother not supporting me. When I realized that I was on my own,the fear of riding by myself got hold of me and I fell down and got bruised.This was an important learning experiencefor me. It taught me to relate to challenges in life with an open mind and an open heart and not to be afraid of making mistakes. It is facing fear fearlessly. This is the way I relate to Christ Lombard's title of the article: Mistakes: Results That Show The Truth Of Things.

I followthree basic steps for learning a new idea or for cultivating a new skill:1. Keeping my mind open by listening to the people who really and deeply know, the wise teachers. 2. Ask questions for clarification or elaboration. This is crucialstep for learning. 3. Meditate. Take time to observe silence to realize the truth. And then applyit for relating to challengesI face in my life. This open ended Mindfulness Meditative practice has been my way of embracing fear that opens the door for loving life.

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To Be Continually Thrown Out Of The Nest, by Pema Chodron

FaceBook  On Jul 24, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
If we want to live life fully, we need to let go and free ourselves from the grip of the past and the grip of the future. We need to release the grip of holding on to the past as well as future and live fully in the present moment. In order to fill the cup of my life fully I need to empty my cup. We need to be thrown out of the old nest.Otherwise I live a life unfulfilled. It is by letting go I receive the gifts of living fully. These kindsof paradoxical sayings come from most of the wisdom traditions.Pema Chodronrepresents the Buddhist perspective of living Mindfully.
I have been learning how to embrace life fully by throwing out of the old nest. Every morning I wake up I practice mindfulness that helps me to live fully in the present moment. I try to maintainmindfulness in taking care of my everyday tasks. I live fully in the present moment. There are times when the old habitual or conditioned patterns of behaviortake over me. I fly back to the old nest. I wake up and realize that I had imprisoned myself by not being mindful of my mind. It takes time and practice to walk on the path of mindfulness. I patiently and compassionately embrace that path.
Daily formal practice of Mindfulness Meditation and daily informal practice of Mindfulness in everyday tasks of my living help me to live fully in the present moment. This is an awakened perspective of living fully and harmoniously. And I love it!
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Discipline Of Tao, by D. T. Suzuki

FaceBook  On Jul 17, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
How to disciplineourselves in Tao is a question that every Mindfulness meditator asks the master and himself. The answerthe Zen master Hui-hai gives to Yuan, the questioner, is simple and profound: Be Here Now: not to conjure up all kinds of imaginations and and varieties of idle thoughts; to empty the mind clouded with idle thoughts. In my Mindfulness Meditation practice, I let whatever arises in my body, mind and heart come and go. Letting in and letting go is my way of emptying the useless and harmful stuff. It helps me to stay in the present moment. This daily Mindfulness practice helps me in my daily tasks and transactions. Emptiness is Fullness.

Last night I had a very helpful and fruitful talk with my 23 yearsold grandson. He wanted to learn how to be his true self-genuine and authentic self with his friends when they have a different take on Black Life Matters. We had a dialogue between two of us. This was a good opportunity for practicing Mindfulness. He observed me how I had kept my mind and heart open and non-judgmental while listening to him and responding to him without judging him. Both of us felt deeply connected with each other and understood each other's position on this hot and burning issue. It was a cool and enriching experience
for both of us.

Practicing non-judgmental existential awareness of what is happening in me in my daily life helps me to deepen my presence with me and with others. Non-judgmental self-awareness and open-mindedness enrich and deepen my understanding of myself and other people in my life. Beginner's mind is an open, empty, receptive, and a wise mind.
May we all learn and practice what Hui-hai taught Yuan.
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We Were Made For These Times, by Anonymous

FaceBook  On Jul 10, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
It is quite obvious that I did not have my voice to choose when and where I was to be born. That was beyond my control. But I have freedom to make my choices about how to live my life. I did not have control over what genes I was going to inherit from my parents. But I have freedom to create wholesomeinternal environment and external environment. Have I always made the wise choices?Of course not. There were times when I knew what was the right way to go but my actions were not in alignment with what I knew. I paid the price for it, learned from my wrong turn, and took the right path. It is a matter of choice making. I use my "second arrow"-the arrow ofhow to relate to my situations and experiences, as the Buddha has taught us.

One of the most difficult decisions I needed to make was about marrying someone whom I loved dearly. She came from a different caste, from an upper class, and from a different religion. I was the first person in my family to have an intercaste marriage. I followed the voice of my heart and faced whatever I had to face for making my choice. That was a big and bold step in my life. And that haslaid a strong foundation for me for making right-wise- choices in my life.

Experience is a great teacher. Book knowledge is helpful but not enough. I need to cultivate and nourish my need to self-actualize. It is not always easy to sing my song when the people close to me either turn their ears away or use their tongue against me. The gate of freedom is narrow and the road is hard.There are times when like RabindranathTagore says, "Walk alone even when nobody cares to listen to yor voice." Love and courage help me to follow my voice.
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The Positivity Ratio, by Barbara Fredrickson

FaceBook  On Jul 3, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
I have learned from my personal experience that life is not a straight line. It has curves, twists and turns. I have experienced negative emotions such as fear, depression and anger. They are not easy to control. Such negative emotions have made my life difficult. There are two ways of dealing with such negative emotions: denial,suppression or rationalization. The other way is to recognize them, and work on them or get professional help.

Some time ago I went for one week long silent retreat. The first two days were
difficult for me. I am not used to remaining silent for more than a day. It was a new and difficult experience for me. I felt restless, agitated, and bored. I accepted my difficult emotions and difficult times. After two days it was easy for me to remain silent. In fact I enjoyed the presence of silence and saw the value and power of silence. I spent a good amount of time on introspection and also seeing the peaceful beauty of nature. Silence opened up new doors of perception for me.

Keeping my mind and heart open and maintaining self-awareness helps me to tap into genuine heart-felt positive emotions. I feel inner fullnesswhen I experience love, kindness, joy and compassion. There is fullness in such genuine positive emotional experiences. Since there is genuine fullness and richness in such living, I do not need to grasp for the counterfeitgold.
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It Is Life That Asks The Questions Of Us, by Viktor Frankl

FaceBook  On Jun 26, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
There is an existential approach or standpoint when it comes to asking the question what is the meaning of life. The meaning of life is not static and so is the question. Life is dynamic. Life is changing. How do I relate to this truth of life? By using the past frame of reference or by planning for thee future? My response to life is relating to life as it unfolds. The unfolding life presents specific challenges in the concreteness of here and now.

We all are aware of the challenges we are facing at this time. We see the cruel face of mankind, the hurting heart of mankind, the angry outburst of mankind. This is an existential challenge to all of us. How do I relate to this existential challenge? I do not believe in remaining indifferent or quiet. I also do not believe in taking it in piecemeal or in a fragmented way. It is a systemic problem and it needs to be tackled in a systemic way. I am examining myself and becoming aware of my own biases and prejudice. Is my mind static? Am I hiding myself from myself? These self-examining questions are very important to me for understanding and relating to what is happening in our society.

I am helping myself by allowing what arises in my consciousness. It is like welcoming the unwelcoming, those parts of myself that I do not want to look at, sense or feel. It is liberating myself from myself to have a clear vision of what is and how can I relate to that is-ness.
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Mass Movement, by J. Krishnamurti

FaceBook  On Jun 19, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

Internal change and external change are interconnected. If I focus my energy in participating in the mass movement or collective action blindly and compulsively, I will not be the true participant or agent of change. The change will be on the surfaceand superficial. The wheel of suffering will continue. Deep, true, inward, and voluntary change happens when I deeply, honestly, intelligentlyand freely explore what fundamentally needs to be changed and how I can be an active and dynamic part of this change. Deep and lasting change takes place when there is an alignmentamong Head-intelligent, honest and clear thinking, Heart-love, courage, and compassion, and Hand- action. The three H's need be harmony-the fourth H. I recall two mass movements in which I had participated-one in India and the other in the USA. The first mass movement was the freedom movement called Satyagraha led by Mahatma Gandhi. It was based on two fundamental principles: Truth and Non-violence. It became a national movement against the unjust British rulers. Gandhijiwas an earnest truth seeker and peace maker. He embodiedhis message: " Be the change you want to have in the world." The second mass movement in which I participated was a movement against Vietnam war. I was very clear about the goal of the movement. The problem I had in fully participatingin the movement was some of the means that were employed by the leaders of the movement. There was no alignment between the means and the end. I am against using verbal and physical use of violence for attaining justice and peace. I could not fully and whole heatedly participatein the movement. We all are witnessing mass protest in our country against the injustice inflictedby the brutalpowerused by some police officers against black people. I fully support the mass movement against racial and social injustice. I believein taking a stand for justice and equality. I do not want to standby as an observer.Ihave spent a good amount of time r  See full.

Internal change and external change are interconnected. If I focus my energy in participating in the mass movement or collective action blindly and compulsively, I will not be the true participant or agent of change. The change will be on the surfaceand superficial. The wheel of suffering will continue. Deep, true, inward, and voluntary change happens when I deeply, honestly, intelligentlyand freely explore what fundamentally needs to be changed and how I can be an active and dynamic part of this change. Deep and lasting change takes place when there is an alignmentamong Head-intelligent, honest and clear thinking, Heart-love, courage, and compassion, and Hand- action. The three H's need be harmony-the fourth H.
I recall two mass movements in which I had participated-one in India and the other in the USA. The first mass movement was the freedom movement called Satyagraha led by Mahatma Gandhi. It was based on two fundamental principles: Truth and Non-violence. It became a national movement against the unjust British rulers. Gandhijiwas an earnest truth seeker and peace maker. He embodiedhis message: " Be the change you want to have in the world."

The second mass movement in which I participated was a movement against Vietnam war. I was very clear about the goal of the movement. The problem I had in fully participatingin the movement was some of the means that were employed by the leaders of the movement. There was no alignment between the means and the end. I am against using verbal and physical use of violence for attaining justice and peace. I could not fully and whole heatedly participatein the movement.

We all are witnessing mass protest in our country against the injustice inflictedby the brutalpowerused by some police officers against black people. I fully support the mass movement against racial and social injustice. I believein taking a stand for justice and equality. I do not want to standby as an observer.Ihave spent a good amount of time reflecting on what I can do to be a part of this ongoing movement. I am an educator. My work is to educate parents,students, and community about this long standing systemic problem affecting all of us and encourage them for taking action.
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Four Types Of Listening, by Otto Scharmer

FaceBook  On Jun 12, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

Otto Scharmer'sarticle on Four Types of Listening makes me reflect on how do I listen, what's my listening style. "Ya, I know that already." When I readsomething or listen tosomething that I already know, my curiosity level is more on the surface level. As the author writes I am listening by downloading. There is nothing new to learn. It confirms what I already know. Breaking News is mostly not really breaking news. "Ooh, look at that!". This kind of listening has wonderment, something new. It perks my years. It stirs up my curiosity. In the morning when I look out from my window, I marvel when I listen to the birds talking to each other. Though I have heard them talk before but I feel the newness in theirchirping. This happens when I read a poem. It may be a new poem or the poem I haveread before. I wonder from where does this newness emerge? The authorlabels it as Object-focusedor Factual Listening. It does sound right to me. Maybe, I missed the boat! " Oh, yes, I know how you feel!" This is Empathic Listening. This level of listeningrequirescultivation of the intelligence of the heart. When I see an angry or hateful face or a fearful or sad face my I listen from my heart. I empathize with them. Such listening makes me understand the other person on inner and deeper level. " I can't expresswhat I experiencein words". The author names this kindof listening Generative Listening. This kind of listening happens to me when I am in soul-to soul relationshipor spiritual relationship. I am in a Being Zone. I feel at home. I discover my real self. The outer and the innerwalls go away. A deep sense of oneness dawns upon me. I would name it Spiritual Listening. My life journey has gone through different phases of my development. It is an ascending journey with some ups and downs and twist and turns. It is not a straight line. Taking time out tomeditate, introspect and reflect keeps me walking on this path. Namaste! Jagdish  See full.

Otto Scharmer'sarticle on Four Types of Listening makes me reflect on how do I listen, what's my listening style. "Ya, I know that already." When I readsomething or listen tosomething that I already know, my curiosity level is more on the surface level. As the author writes I am listening by downloading. There is nothing new to learn. It confirms what I already know. Breaking News is mostly not really breaking news.
"Ooh, look at that!". This kind of listening has wonderment, something new. It perks my years. It stirs up my curiosity. In the morning when I look out from my window, I marvel when I listen to the birds talking to each other. Though I have heard them talk before but I feel the newness in theirchirping. This happens when I read a poem. It may be a new poem or the poem I haveread before. I wonder from where does this newness emerge? The authorlabels it as Object-focusedor Factual Listening. It does sound right to me. Maybe, I missed the boat!
" Oh, yes, I know how you feel!" This is Empathic Listening. This level of listeningrequirescultivation of the intelligence of the heart. When I see an angry or hateful face or a fearful or sad face my I listen from my heart. I empathize with them. Such listening makes me understand the other person on inner and deeper level.
" I can't expresswhat I experiencein words". The author names this kindof listening Generative Listening. This kind of listening happens to me when I am in soul-to soul relationshipor spiritual relationship. I am in a Being Zone. I feel at home. I discover my real self. The outer and the innerwalls go away. A deep sense of oneness dawns upon me. I would name it Spiritual Listening.
My life journey has gone through different phases of my development. It is an ascending journey with some ups and downs and twist and turns. It is not a straight line. Taking time out tomeditate, introspect and reflect keeps me walking on this path.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave

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Inclining Toward Freedom, Even Through Imperfections, by Larry Yang

FaceBook  On Jun 5, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
The two words thatstand out from Larry Yang's passage are Freedom and Imperfactions. We all want to be free from suffering, from our limitations created by conditioning of our mind. It is a a journey, a process of making invisiblevisible, a process of moving from non-awakening to awakening. As the author states: " We can't experience awakening without experiencingnot awakening." We cannot see inner light without seeing inner darkness. There is an ancient Vedic prayer which says " Lead from unreal to real, from darkness to light, from mortality to immortality."
We all know that every culture, every society, every family conditions our mind. If we are not awareof the conditioned patterns of mind, we operate on automatic pilot. So the first step is to be aware of habitual conditioned patterns of aware mind. In orderto be freefrom such habitual patterns I need to remain awakeand move towards light.Is it easy? Of course not. There are times when my conditioned mind judges others of different race, culture, and religion. The light of mindful awareness helps me to see my own dark shadow, my unawakened mind, and it facilitates my journey towards light.
Awakening and non-awakening are two sides of the coin of mind and heart. Practicingmindful awareness of my non-awakening helps me to shift from non-wakening or darkness to awakening or light.
Namaste!
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From Transaction To Trust, by Mark Manson

FaceBook  On May 30, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Mark Mason's article from Transaction ToTrust made me think deeply. Conditional relationships are transactional relationships. They are bargainingrelationships. They are deal making relationships. Such relationships are normal in the material or worldly world. We may have the same kind of conditional mindset in our personal and interpersonal relationships. Such mindset is based on the following equation: If only when you do this thing for me or if only when I get this then I will be with you. We all know that such a mindset may bring achievement or gratification for a while. Loving relationships are not founded on if when and then equation. They are unconditional. The foundation of such relationships is unshakable trust or faith.Without faith there is no true and enduring love.
I was blessed to have people in my life who mostly related to me unconditionally. The early childhood experiences of unconditional love have built a solid foundation for my personality development. It is my belief based on my experiences that the vibrations of un-conditionality bring non-transactional people together- the law of attraction!
As Mark Mason says, "It is difficult to act unconditionally." Yes. It is not that easy. It requires a shift from transactional mind to trusting heart. According to
the wisdom tradition it requires sadhana-daily mindfulness practice. Trusting others begins with trusting oneself, cultivating faith in oneself- making a gradual
shift with awareness.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave'
 

The River Cannot Go Back, by Kahlil Gibran

FaceBook  On May 22, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Are there two separate identities-the river identity and the ocean identity? Or is there One identity? Outwardly, there appearstwo identities like the river and the ocean. But when they embrace each other and merge into each other, they become one. When I love someone deeply, I become one with her. There are no twos. In pure love there is only one. They may appear two. Pure love creates a union of two and they become one. When I consider myself as body-mind complex, I have a separate identity. Two different names and forms. My true
identity is nameless and formless. According to the ancient Vedanta philosophy, My True identity is Divine identity. It is not bound by my individual identity. When I merge into the ocean of Divinity, I become one with it. We may call it soul identity.
When I got deeply connected with my beloved I felt I was in a different , unfamiliar and unchartered territory. Since I had not traveled on this love path before, at times I felt the fear of the new territory. It did not stay longer. The light of true love dispelled that fear. It brought deep unending joy and fulfillment in me as well as in my beloved. We became one.
When I let go of my ego and open my heart to the other person, I shed my individual body-mind identity, the river identity, I became one with the ocean-like identity. I call it Spiritual Identity. I become mindful when I sense my ego identity arising in my consciousness. I sense the shadow of darkness coming and I mindfully make a shift from darkness to light. I meditate on the Vedic mantra in Sanskrit "Asato ma sad gamaya, tamsormajyotir gamaya, mrityor ma amritamgamaya. Om shantihi, shantihi, shantihi" Lead me from untruth to truth, from darkness to light, from mortality to immortality. Om Peace, Peace, Peace!

Namaste!
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To Find Something, Don't Look For It, by Robin Wall Kimmerer

FaceBook  On May 15, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
I deeply resonate with the basic message of this thought provoking passage authored by Robin Wall Kimmerer: " To find something, don't look for it." In Indian philosophy, there is a concept of the Third Eye. That eye reveals the glory and awe of the vastness of the universe. We get a glimpse of it when let go of the limited capacity of our worldly eyes . Worldly eyes sadly create boundaries that separate us from the oneness of life. When we let our inner spiritual eyes open, the truth is revealed. Our inner world expands and welcomesthe guests coming from nowhere. Unconditional love, open-heartedness and open-mindedness open the doors for the unnamed guests to come.
I have had glimpses of such experiences more in my childhood than in my adulthood. I am very fond of spending time with nature. When I was a child I used to sit under a tree that I had planted in my back yard. Sitting under the tree doing nothing and expecting nothing to show up, I used to get glimpses of the beauty unfolding enriching my inner life. When I walk mindfully in nature or do sitting Mindfulness Meditation I get such glimpses that create feelings of wonder and awe.
Reading about such mystical experiencesis one thing. For experiencing the mystery of life I need to keep my mind and heart unoccupied and open to receive blessings coming from the unknown space. This openness helps me to the possibilityof receiving such gifts. There is a wise saying in Sanskrit."Tad dure tad antike". What you think is far, is right close you." Do not look for it outside. It is dwelling inside of you.
Namaste!
JagdishP Dave'
 

What Can You Trust?, by Doug Powers

FaceBook  On May 8, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
As we grow up we need to make clear choices about many aspects of our life. In order to make wise choices we need to have clear intentions. My decision is usually based on the intention on the ground of good will and greater good not only for me but also for others. That is the main criterion I apply in making important decisions in my life. Have I always made wise choices? Of course not. As a human being I have made mistakes and have made decisions that have hurt me and others close to me. I woke up and and started walking on the right path. To me life is a journey with a clear destination and clear intention.

Making clear and and right choices in our political, social and economic domains has been difficult for me. Our policies and actions are not always based on good will and well being of others. The big egos of the decision makers have been causing a lot of harm to the majority people in our country. When I was young I participated in the movement against Vietnam War. Even though I saw the rightness of this movement I did not go along with the use of violence caused by both sides. I realized how difficult it is when the movement is not grounded in the good will of the people.

Good will and doing greater good for people is the basis on which I make my choices. Remaining awake and mindful of myself has always been very helpful to me in remaining on the path. By nature I am optimist. I believe that the inner light of wisdom will shine and help us to go through the clouds of darkness.
May we all walk on the path of serving people and doing good for others!
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave'




 

Harder I Work, The More I Love, by Lynne Twist

FaceBook  On May 1, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
It is my understanding based on my experiences that deep joy comes from facing pain, suffering and hardship rather than running away from it.It is like going through the heat of the fire to experiencecoolness. It sounds counterintuitive and paradoxical. Deep joy is born in the womb of love. Mother goes through the agony and pain of birthing the baby and feels deep joy when the baby comes out from the womb. Such joy is not temporary. The flow of joy keeps on flowing when she raises her baby who goes through passages of life. Her source of deep joy is pure and unconditional love for her child.

Suffering is the first noble truthaccording to the Buddha. We all suffer physically, mentally, emotionally and relationally. I have experienced such suffering through out my life. Such experiences have been beneficial to me. By facing such experiences and by going through them I have become more
empathic, compassionate and kind to myself and to others. I know where, how and why my shoe pinches and that way I have learned where, how andwhy other's shoe pinches. Such knowing comes from facing our suffering with compassion and kindness for ourselves and for others in our lives. Denying, averting or reacting to suffering causes more suffering.

The tree of love grows by nurturing the seeds. Self nurturing and nurturing other folks in my life helps the tree not only to survive but also to flourish. Working on myself mindfully has been very helpful to me. Serving others selflessly has always brought deep joy, contentment, fulfillment, and happiness in my life. In that sense I feel the same way like the author Lynne Twist says: "The harderI work the more I love."
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave'






 

Opposite Of Meditation Is Not Action, It's Reaction, by Richard Rohr

FaceBook  On Apr 24, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Sadly, the world we live in has a little time to slow down and has a little time to be silent. Both our outer world and our inner world has a little time to pause, see, listen and contemplate. Both worlds are largely filled with little space and time for emptiness and silence. This essay reminds me of a wise saying stated by the great Indian spiritual teacher Shankaracharya:
Gurostumaunamvyakhyanam, shishyastuchinnaha samshayaha. The teacher observes the silence and the doubtsof the students get dissolved. The teacher is within us. In order to make wise and pure choice and take wise and pure actions, deep inner silence is essential. My father taught us to be silent by repeating the Sanskrit word Shantihi-Peace- three times. When we asked him why three times, he mentioned Peace within-intrabeing, peace between-interbeing, and beyond both- Transcendental being.

Over the years I have learned the power of practicing pause as stated by Victor E.Frankl:" Between stimulus and response there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom." Only reading and understanding is not enough. The knowledge needs to be translated into action and practiced in our daily life, in our daily action. It is our light house-guiding our way of living truthfully and compassionately.

In order to live truthfully and compassionately I practice Mindfulness Meditation. It is my daily spiritual practice. I consider it my Dharma. It keeps me rooted and grounded. This daily spiritual practice helps me to stay grounded in primal presence, primal silence,primal consciousness. This is my way of relating to me and others on a daily basis. Each day is a silent day, a spiritual day, a day of awakening and a day of serving.
Namste!
JagdishP Dave




 

Why We Listen Better To Strangers Than Family, by Kate Murphy

FaceBook  On Apr 17, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
This essay authored by Kate Murphy reminds me of a saying my father used to say in Sanskrit "Ati parichayatavagna" meaning too much closeness in relationship results in indifference. I often hear parents and children saying" I have heard it before and there is nothing new you're going to say." So they turn their deaf years and miss a great opportunity to listen to each other's evolving story. In any close relationship we should not be bound by the assumptions that the other person is going to play the same record and nothing new is going to emerge. The foundation of intimate relationship is LOVE. Love keeps my heart and mind open to listen to the other sharing his or her evolving life story.

We have an extended family age ranging from 22 to 95. My daughter gets tired of taking care of many things in her everyday life. She gets tired and at times exhausted. She and I are early risers which give us time to talk during our half an hour coffee time. Last Friday she talked about her getting exhausted by doing so many tasks. We came up with an idea of having one hour family meeting on every Saturday morning to listen to each other and create a schedule for the week to lessen the burden of my daughter. We did meet last Saturday. It was an open minded and open hearted communication meeting. She felt so much relieved and grateful for being listened to by all in the family. Her burden is lightened and she gets less tired. We are going to have such weekly meetings for listening to one another and enriching our relationships.

Loving and caring for one another with an open mind and open heart and taking time to listen to each other deepens our understanding of each other and our relationships. Finding time from our busy life for listening deeply is crucial for our family wellbeing.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave'
 

Turning Ourselves Toward Stability And Hospitality, by David Mckee

FaceBook  On Apr 10, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
The ideas of stability and hospitality are very important as we are going through times of uncertainty, fear and anxiety. We all are facing new challenges. How to make our life stable and relate to these challenges without being uprooted is a BIG question for all of us. Ignoring, denying orminimizing is not the answer. Acknowledgingand accepting what is happening is my way of relating to these challenges. I relax my body and mind regularly, practice mindfulness meditation, go with the flow of the reality as it is, and use the free time I have by helping other people in my life. Serving other people selflessly and doing good work creates loving and kind flow of energy in me.

I am very grateful to the spiritual teachers in my life for teaching me how to be open , stable, grounded, calm, and compassionte. These precious gifts have helped me when I go through darkness in my life. Daily practice of living consciously and mindfully has made my life stable and hospitable. Non-judgmental loving awreeness of myself and others has become my way of living. It is very fulfilling and gratfying.
Namstee!
Jagdish P Dave


 

Into The Chrysalis, by Chris Corrigan

FaceBook  On Apr 4, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
We all have the potential to transform ourselves on a small scale or a big scale. We journey through our life at times knowing where we are going, encountering obstacles coming in our way and dealing with them rationally. And there are times in our life when we face opportunities and challenges that we have never encountered before. We are landing in a new world which may baffle us, confuse us, intimidate us. Our rational mind knows no way to relate to the new emerging un -kownworld. There are two ways for us to go through these new doors. Either we shut off our mind and heart or keep them open, inquisitive, wondering, trusting and welcoming the new light entering into our selves. I love the way Chris Corriganwrites about this transformation: " We all are heading into our chrysalises. We have all climbed into cocoons....Have some empathy for the caterpillar who creates its chrysalis and becomes a pupa."
As I had mentioned before life is a journey. Life has given many challenges for me to face, learn and grow. There are times when I tumbled and fell on the ground. At these times, I look within, stay calm and grounded. The universe is sending me a message to remain open and patient to listen to my inner voice.The inner voice of wisdom guides me to receive the blessings of self-transformation. I feel very grateful for the gift that I receive from the loving kind universe. Life is wonderful!
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave




 

Keeping The Smoke Hole Open, by Martin Shaw

FaceBook  On Mar 27, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
The Coronavirus presents a great challenge to all of us for safety and survival.Whose safety and whose survival? The little ego says " the safety and survival for me at the cost of others." When we face a huge crisis we need to go beyond our little ego. This is a call to all of us to learn how to tackle personal or collective crisis. How to grow from it? All wisdom traditions emphasize to offer selfless service to those who need. When we go beyond our ego, when we close the " smoke whole", we get connected with the divine world within us. It opens the door of compassion, generosity and unconditional love., the Divine Love.

I always find time and a quiet place to do Mindfulness Meditation. I seek solitude to practice Mindfulness Meditation for quieting my inner noise, the busy and chattering mind, to connect with the marvelous, the Divine Light within me. The marvelous Divine Light guides me to walk on the path of serving others.

Like others, I miss walking on the spiritual path and lose my connection with the Divine within me. I go to sleep. Unconsciously I dim the light within me. My pure consciousness shrinks. It is covered by darkness. I wake up and open my inner door and invite the Divine Light to guide me.
Namste!
Jagdish P Dave'




 

Life May Itself Be A Koan, by Rachel Naomi Remen

FaceBook  On Mar 21, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
A tree is born in the womb of a seed. The seed is invisible though it is there in a dormant state. So is the life. Our life is pregnant with unseen and unknown meanings. We need to relate to this dimension of our life with open mind and open heart, open eyes and open ears to see and hear and feel the wonder and awe of life. Our life gets nourished, enriched and expanded by embracing the manifestation of beauty, wonder and awe.
I will always remember the experience I had in a Zen retreat. While doing sitingMindfulness Meditation I saw myself flying in the open sky with my feet
firmly planted in the solid ground of the Mother Earth. This experience taught me not to confine myself to the limited and narrow mindset and heart set I was used to. I realized the meaning, value and the power of the "beginner's mind." The mind that is not bound by preconceived notions, opinions and assumptions. It is not attached to and bound by the chains of the past and lost in the worries of the future. The present moment is free from the right and the wrong. It is an open meeting space in which life blossoms and offers gifts of love, joy, compassion, and kindness to others.
I am very grateful to the gifts of naturethat I receive everyday in my life. I watch the sun rising and setting, smell the fragrance of flowers, birds chirping, rain falling and the earth keeping me grounded. Sadly, how often we take the gifts of nature granted and miss offering our gratitude to nature.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave'









 

Pandemic, by Lynn Ungar

FaceBook  On Mar 13, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Sound of Silence! In the noisy and busy world of doing and having, we tend forget to listen to the inner quiet and wise voice of the heart, the soul. Our minds get filled with fear, anger, annoyance, grievance, blame and despair. In the times of crisis we need to center down and let our bodies and minds be quiet, calm and clear. We need to turn off our agitated bodies and minds and create to listen to the voice of silence filled with empathy, compassion, kindness and love. We are encountering such challenging and testing times right in front of our eyes.. Can we go beyond our self-serving mind set and heart set and become brothers keepers? These are the times when we go beyond our self-created boundaries and relate to each other as children of God? This way we can shift of our mind set from me to we. As the poet Lynn Ungarwrites " Promise this world your love- for better or worse, in sickness and in health, so long as we all shall live."

Structuresof body and mind change slowly and at times drastically like the times we are facing now. I see and experience the openings of hearts welcoming, helping and caring for people impacted by this calamity.
Such experiencesfill my heart with gratitude. Such acts of love and compassion make the world sacred and beautiful.

Giving myself quiet time to fade away noises of mind helps me to be connected with my heart which is the abode of love, generosity, compassion and warmth.
Jagdish P Dave'
Namaste!




 

I Have No Need For An Enemy, by Troy Chapman

FaceBook  On Mar 6, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
We see man-created sides in many areas of our life such as social, political, economic and religious. We often draw lines between us and them. The other on the other side becomes our enemy. We fight for justice by seeing the other our enemy. We create such walls and fight for our side which we consider always right. This a dualistic perspective -"me" against " you", love against hate. There is the third Transcendental perspective that helps me to see the other as me and me as the other. Love is the core teaching of all Wisdom traditions. When we relate to ourselves and others with love and compassion we see others as me. This is the meeting place as the Sufi poet Says, "Out beyond ideas of wrong -doing and right- dong there is a field. I will meet you there."

Living this way liberates me from dividing myself within me and between myself and others in my life. This way of living creates harmony, peace and love within me. Living this way I become the citizen of the world. As an Indian poet sings, " The whole universe is my family."

s I was growing up in India I saw the power of living truthfully and non-
violently, compassionately and selflessly manifested by Mahatma Gandhi. He
was an embodiment of love, compassion , and truth. He related to the British rulers non-violently even though he was behindthe bars many times in his life. He has had a strong and benevolent impact on me as I was passing through youthful years on my life.

The stream of loving kindness has continued flowing as I am passing through the last phase of my life.Practicing Karma Yoga-Yoga of selfless action or Yoga of selfless service, Bhakti Yoga- Yoga of pure love and devotion and daily meditation-practicing Raja Yoga, introspection and contemplation keeps me on the on track of " Right Living."
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave'
 

Releasing Willpower From Movement, by Gert van Leeuwen

FaceBook  On Feb 28, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
When I want or need to make a choice to change or modify my behavior I use my willpower, my cognitive control. It is not always easy to change my well established habitual patterns. When I feel tension, physical, mental, or emotional, I use relaxation techniques, such as deep belly breathing. yoga exercises and or meditation, I feel the tension released. It is felt sense.

Tunnel vision narrows my view and outlook. It comes in the way of seeing the whole picture. I have realized from my own experiences how my way of thinking and my energy is indeed blocked and wasted by not looking at the whole picture. Life is multifaceted and multidimensional. When I look at the problematic situation holistically, I find better ways of easing or releasing my stress. As the author Gertvan Leeuven says, " Returning to yourself is like coming home."

Non-judgmental awareness of what is happening in my body, mind and heart and my actions helps me make wise choices. It helps me to relate to my body with open and respectful hands.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave
 

In Eyes Of God, We're All Minorities, by Barbara Brown Taylor

FaceBook  On Feb 21, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
To me a true religion is a way of serving others of any faith with no expectationof getting any kind of reward from the receiver. It is an expression of unconditional and selfless love. Anybody can be a Good Samaritan, a Good Muslim, a Good Hindu, a Good Buddhist, a Good Jain, a Good Jew, a Good Atheistor a Good Humanist. The world we live in is pluralistic with a wide spectrum of beliefs, ideas, opinions and faiths. Our task is how to relate to people different from us with genuine respect; how to implement the Golden Rule in daily life. We all are children of God- outwardly looking different but the same inwardly. If we live from our open heart and loveothers unconditionally, we all can live in harmony. Harmonious living is a spiritual living, a truly religious living.

Tolerance is different from respect. In tolerance, we consider ourselveshigher or better than others. In respect we view and relate to others as equal. As I was growing up I have had manyexperiences of relating to people of different faiths in different contexts. My father was a Kirtankar- chanting the Songs of Rama and Krishna. My brother accompaniedhim by playing a harmonium and a Muslim gentleman playing tablas-Indian drums. I will never forget how ecstatic and happy we were transcending man -made dividing boundaries. I had similar experiences when as a child I was in the presence of Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad. Such unforgettable experiences have shaped my outlook and behaviors towards people of different faiths.

I have learned to be mindful and aware of any thought, sense or feeling arising in my mind about superiority of my spiritual or cultural tradition. Such mindful introspection is very helpful to me to work on my own self.

Namaste!
JagdishP Dave'

 

The Liminal Space, by Heather Platt

FaceBook  On Feb 14, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

We all go though ups and down in our life, feeling high and feeling low, elevatedand depressed. There have been times in my life when I did not know which way to go. The outcomes were beyond my control. The best way for me was to hold space-the liminal space, with non-judgmental mindfulness, and open and tender heartedness. I needed such empathic and compassionate support for me to hold me. It was my responsibility to hold me in that liminal space. I did not feel alone. A deeper loving and compassionate part of myself held me to go through the difficult times of my life. My personal experience has taught me how to provide such liminal space to others when they go through agonizing and painful experiencesin their lives. These are the times when I feel the other is me. I feel deep empathy for the other. As a teacher and a counselor, I often encounter such situations when my students and clients feel stuck in no-exit condition. They feel lost not knowing what to do. These are thee times when thy need someone to hold them and help them go through the difficult times in their lives. These are the times when I help them to hold space, the luminal space, to carve their own path, to find their own internal strength. Such experiences fill my heart with happiness. I have learned how to fill the cup of my life with loving kindness, loving awareness and loving compassion. It is an ongoing journey of growing in which I hold my hands with self-compassion and extend my helping hands to others as they are going through theirown journey. Namaste! JagdishP Dave Life is not a straight line. As we journey through life, we run into unexpected and unfamiliar curves and corners. We are facing ambiguity. We are at the threshold of not knowing which way to go. It is an interim space of ambiguity and disorientation. We are caughtup between two identities-the one who we once were and the emerging identity,"like the chrysalis stage between caterpillar a  See full.

We all go though ups and down in our life, feeling high and feeling low, elevatedand depressed. There have been times in my life when I did not know which way to go. The outcomes were beyond my control. The best way for me was to hold space-the liminal space, with non-judgmental mindfulness, and open and tender heartedness. I needed such empathic and compassionate support for me to hold me. It was my responsibility to hold me in that liminal space. I did not feel alone. A deeper loving and compassionate part of myself held me to go through the difficult times of my life. My personal experience has taught me how to provide such liminal space to others when they go through agonizing and painful experiencesin their lives. These are the times when I feel
the other is me. I feel deep empathy for the other.

As a teacher and a counselor, I often encounter such situations when my
students and clients feel stuck in no-exit condition. They feel lost not knowing what to do. These are thee times when thy need someone to hold them and help them go through the difficult times in their lives. These are the times when I help them to hold space, the luminal space, to carve their own path, to find their own internal strength. Such experiences fill my heart with happiness.

I have learned how to fill the cup of my life with loving kindness, loving awareness and loving compassion. It is an ongoing journey of growing in which I hold my hands with self-compassion and extend my helping hands to others as they are going through theirown journey.

Namaste!
JagdishP Dave

































Life is not a straight line. As we journey through life, we run into unexpected and unfamiliar curves and corners. We are facing ambiguity. We are at the threshold of not knowing which way to go. It is an interim space of ambiguity and disorientation. We are caughtup between two identities-the one who we once were and the emerging identity,"like the chrysalis stage between caterpillar and butterfly." In such experiences, there is liminal space of openheartedness and our need to be held in that space. For helping others we need to learn how to hold ourselves with empathy, compassion and openheartedness.

As a teacherand a counselor I often run into such situations when a student or a client is in a state of conflict and confusion.They feel stuck. In such situations
I extend my helping hand to them with empathy,openheartedness, compassion and loving kindness.Such a stance helps them to relate to themselves with openness, self -compassion and kindness. Clarity grows within themselves and they learn how to overcome their hurdles-to move from darkness to light.

Life is an ongoing journey. There are times when I need loving kindness and help from others. Such experiences have helped me to take care of my self in difficult and trying times and also to help others who may be going throughhard and stressful times.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave





































































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Being Human, by Climbing PoeTree

FaceBook  On Feb 7, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
To me Human without Being is like the Sun without Light, Stillness without Movement, Silence without Sound, Up without Down, Beginning without Ending. They are intertwined. There is beautiful Sanskrit word , Sahaja, which means Natural, Effortless. Nature follows hernatural rhythm. Body goes through its four natural cycles-birth, growth, decline and death. The challenge for me is to live as a Human Being maintaining connection between Human and Being. Human without Being is incomplete, self-centered, egotistic and narcissistic.

When I take a mindful walk in nature I feel naturally connected with external nature- the vastness of the sky, the touch of the wind, the fragrance of flowers, the chirping of birds, the sound of silence. I feel such effortless connection between my inner nature and outer nature when I meditate and when I get absorbed in chanting or listening to chanting. I feel at home.

I always take time out to be with me and be fully present with me. I take a mindful walk, meditate, read and reflect on spiritual teachings. I do not feel lonely when I am alone. Such aloneness is a blessing for me to explore my inner self and work on myself.

Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave
 

When Someone Deeply Listens To You, by John Fox

FaceBook  On Jan 31, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Listening deeply to someone means to be fully attentive to the other person's saying. Sounds simple, but not that easy to do. When I listen to someone my mind is fresh, clean, open and undivided. I am fully present with the other person. If and when an urge arises in me to talk, I hold my tongue and just listen. Listening to the other person deeply and fully requires self-discipline.

My friend and I are teaching Science of Happiness to Middle School and High School students. Yesterday we were exploring the topic of social connection as an important component ofhappiness. We were discussing how deep listening is a significant building block for creating and sustaining happy and healthy relationships. We have a very quiet and a very smart student in our class. He sits by himself reading a book of his choice. One of his class mates empathically and compassionately looked at him and asked him to say what makes him sit apart from others. The quiet student felt the other student'sgenuine curiosity and compassion. He opened his mind and heart and shared his sad experience of being criticized and humiliated by his friends. Deep listening opened the door for him to talk openly and honestly. He felt at home.

For me, there are two ways for cultivating deep listening. First is to listen to my self deeply and compassionately. It is self-introspection and self examination. This mindfulness listening helps me to cultivate the skill of listening to others deeply and compassionately. Deep listening is a gift to me and to others in my life.
Namaste!
JagdishP Dave
















 

A Heart Of Warmth Is Not Something Impossible, by Tenzin Palmo

FaceBook  On Jan 24, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Love is born in heart. It flourishes in heart.It flows from heart. Love liberates us from the grasping of selfish desire, from the craving of getting something from someone even at the cost of the other person's well being. When I offer mylove to someone as a gift from my heart with no expectationof getting something in return I feel a tremendous amountof ofjoyfulness,tenderness, warmth and fulfillment. It is my conviction the we are born with the potential to love everyone.What we need to do is to open out heart to relate to nature and other human beings lovingly, kindly and compassionately. The seeds of love need to be nourishedby ourunconditionallove. This is my way of cultivating love.

I have been blessed to have loving people in my life who have extended handtheircaring hands to hold me in theirwarm and loving hearts. Such experienceshave helped me to nourish and cultivate warmth, tenderness and compassion in my heart. I will never forget how my mother raised me and took care of me and wiped my tears when I was feeling down and depressed. She always stood beside me even when she would be tired. he was an embodiment of love, kindness and compassion. By living example she taught me how to love. I have been following in her footprints even though she has passed away many years ago. She lives in my heart. Love never dies. It gets richer and deeper as I am growing like a tree!

Whenever I move into the dark zone of my life, love shines and helps me to go though the darkness of pain and suffering. I have learned the powerof becoming still and go though the dark zone without getting lost. The waves of pain and suffering subside and I regain my balance and inner strength. Remaining mindful of the self-created misery and freeing my self from the grip of my ignorance and attachment, I regain my peace.
Namaste!
JagdishP Dave
 

Meaning And The Song Of The Soul, by Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee

FaceBook  On Jan 17, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
I love this thought provoking essay written by Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee. We are born out of the sacred and nourished by the sacred. Is not something that can be taught. We are born with it. It is natural, instinctiveand effortless. It is our home. When we live in the sacred home life feels wonderful, beautiful, colorful, fragrant and meaningful, like a flower of different colors and fragrances. It is an experience of joys and sorrows, smiles and tears, lights and shades, a gift and a promise.

In my journey of life, I have seen sun setting and rising, clouds coming and going, life passing through dark zones and light zones, gains and losses. I have learned many lessons from life's ups and downs. At times from long periods of pain and suffering. When I acknowledged and accepted darkness and emptiness, and quietly, non-judgmentally, and compassionately investigated what brought me down, I started seeing the light behind the floating clouds. This awakening was a gift and a promise to me. It helped to be reconnected with the sacred ground of the soul, the Divinity within me.

Self-examination, open-mind and open heart, and relating to all kinds ofexperiences mindfully has helps me to be reconnected with the sacred, the soul. Daily meditation, introspection and contemplation helps me reclaim my sense of sacred.
Namaste!
JagdishP Dave
 

Spiritual Materialism, by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

FaceBook  On Jan 10, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
The ver phrase spiritual materialism seems contradictory to me. To me spiritualism is an inward journey to discover and know who and what I am. It is indeed self-inquiry transcending my physical, mental, social and cultural and national identity. When we get enlightened there is a heart-to-connection with another person or persons. There is no higher and better self than the other person. When my motivation is to be recognized and admired by others, to feed my ego, my spirituality loses its heart and it turns into spiritual materialism.

To know oneself, self-realization takes time. It demands self-discipline, let go of ego and humility.There are times when I get eager and excited to teach others my spiritual knowledge. When others recognize my spiritual achievement and accomplishment and praise me, my ego gets inflated and my spiritual growth gets stunted. When I wake up from my self-created sleep and delusion, I am on the path of spiritual recovery. I become free from my ego trip.

Awakeningand self-awareness have been very helpful to me in my spiritual journey. I remember the wise and encouraging advice my father used to give me when I would deviate from my spiritual path. His advice was "the morning comes when we wake up." His advice has helped me whenever my mind takes an ego trip. I am very grateful to him for guiding me on my spiritual path. Self-awareness illuminates my mind from darkness.
Namaste!
JagdishP Dave

 

Silence, by Jean Klein

FaceBook  On Jan 3, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
As I was reflecting on the reading by Jean Klien, thoughtsabout silence started flashing through my mind. Here I am wondering about what silence means to me. My mind is busy looking for the answer to the question "What does silence mean to you?" I noticed my mind wondering and wandering looking for something beyond the thinking mind. As I let go of the thinking and talking mind I felt the presence of silence. I felt like I am flowing in the river of silence, the flow of is-ness beyond time and space.

My daily practice of MindfulnessMeditation helps me to be connected with my home ground. I feel at home, secured, silent, centered, flowing and at ease. When I went to a week -end silence retreat I had prolonged periods of silence. This was a profound experienceof silence for me. It has had a carry over effecton me.

My daily practice of Mindfulness Meditation helps me to cultivatesilence and to be established in silence. It has a carry over wholesome effect in my daily transactions.
Namaste!
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Meditation: A Process Of Retraining The Mind, by Bhante Gunaratna

FaceBook  On Dec 27, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Our untrained mind is a"shrieking, gibbering madhouse". It happens in our waking state as well as in our sleep sate. Our mind hardly rests.Our mind is like a monkey mind, jumping from one thought branch to another thought branch.It is either restless or void or blank.We need to be awareof these two states of the untrained mind. Noticing these two states of our mind without judging is the first and foremost step for retrainingour mind.

I like the way BhanteGunaratnadescribes the process of Retraining the mind." Gently, but firmly---, simply return to the simplephysical sensation of the breath. Then do it again the next time, and again, and again, and again." It sounds simple but it is very profound. I practice this breath meditation everyday. It has been very helpful to me.

Daily practice of the Breath Meditation helps me to go beyond thinking and sinking mind into total awarenessof what's happening in the present moment.It helps my mind to be quiet, centeredand clear. This is an ongoing process and not a one time deal. When my mind goes astray or takes a hike, I notice it without judging and return to in-breath and out-breath awareness.

May we cultivate the skill of remaining fully in the present moment!
Namaste!
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The Anatomy Of Falling, by Michael Singer

FaceBook  On Dec 21, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
We have a tendency to hold on to what blocks our energy caused by disturbances and distractions. Our consciousness is drawn to the most distracting objects and that drains our energy. When our perception is clouded things do not look as they are. Instead of denying or rationalizing we need to recognize them, face them and let them go. It's a good idea to recognize such distractions and disturbances right away and let them go. Awareness of what is happening outside as well as inside is the way to be free. Such awareness helps us to release the darkness and creates light within us. This inner light freesus from the grip of blockages created by our own selves. Letting go helps us ascend our consciousness on a higherplane.

Letting go of drain energy blockages is an ongoing process until we are fully enlightened. There were times when i had a hard time to let go of emotionally painful experiences. I distinctly remember how I was deeply hurt when someone I loved deeplybecame the cause of my suffering.The sky of my life was filled with dark clouds of agony, anger and pain.My energy was blocked and I went through severe depression. I put my life on hold. It took some time for me to awaken. I let go of the blockages and slowly and gradually became free from
the depressive thoughts and feelings. I learned from this heavy duty experience how not to get sucked in the hole of this painful misery. By letting go I become free from the bondage of suffering. My suffering mad me stronger inside myself.

Non-judgmental awarenessof what is happening in me, physically, mentally and emotionally helps me making wise and healthy choices. Letting go of the past and worry somethoughts of the future helps me to live in the present. It generates a positive flow of energy in my daily living.
Namaste.
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Beauty Is The Very Nature Of The Kosmos, by Ken Wilber

FaceBook  On Dec 15, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Ken Wilber's passage reminds me of the song sung by a saint: "By losing myself I found myself." When the ego creates the world of this and that, mine and and thine, beauty and ugliness, the world of oneness and wholeness is cracked. It closes and blocks the Internal Eye, the Spiritual Eye, which sees the all-pervading, unending radiant beauty. Every thing is the manifestation of the Radiant Beauty- the all-pervading Divine Presence.

I feel the presence of Divinity when I let go of the grip of the grasping ego. When I am aware of the ego -created boundaries of separation I feel the presence of the Radiant Beauty in nature and in sentient beings. Daily practice of meditation and mindfulness open the door of my heart. I feel at home even though physically I may not be at home.I become intimate with me, with nature and the people with me and around me.

As mentioned before, loving awareness, meditation and mindful living help me to see the all-pervading "Beauty". This isSadhana, practicingspirituality and living spiritually.
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Too Many Names, by Pablo Neruda

FaceBook  On Dec 6, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
We live in the world of forms, the outward forms with names and titles, yours and mine, the above and the below. We relate to the world with distinctions. Underneaththe forms and distinctions there is oneness, wholeness. formlessness. Remainingawake and aware of the underlying oneness or wholeness helps me to relate to the world of distinctions.

I work with children and parents who outwardly look different age wise, look wise and in many other ways.When I relate to them from my heart the outward differences get dissolved creating a deep sense of oneness or wholeness. Unconditional love opens the heart doors creating a deep sense of wholeness or oneness.

Spiritual awakening and awareness of the underlying oneness in manynesshelps me to stay rooted in a generouswholeness without losing touch with the world and its distinctions. The outer eyes see the distinctions, the inner eyes see the wholeness, beyond space and time. As the poet Pablo Neruda says, " all of us are dust or sand, all of us are rain in the rain."
May we remain awake and be awareof the the underlying wholeness and oneness without losing touch with the world and its distinctions.
Namaste!
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Do You Remember Your Song?, by Alan Cohen

FaceBook  On Nov 29, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Every one has a purpose of living. When we realize what it is we have found our song. As we go through crucial life transitions, we may forget to sing our song. We may miss the direction and take a wrong step. A true friend does not criticize us or abandonus. He or she will sing our song to remind us that we have taken the wrong turn. They do not focus on our wrong doing and judge and criticize us.. As the author Alan Cohen puts it so beautifully," They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken;your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused."

I have been blessed to have a few such noblehearted friends who stood by me when I was falling into a dark pit. They empathizedwith me, walked with me, reminding me the purpose of my life whichI had seemedto have forgotten. They held my tired hands, wiped my tears; enkindled light of hope within me when I was in the dark zone of depression. I will never forget their kindness and compassion.

The gift of unconditional love and acceptance that I got my friends has helped me to stand by others when they go through dark times in their lives. Standing by them lovingly I help them to connect with their song. It feels so good when I follow this path-the path of receiving blessings from others and being grateful to them for helping me and helpingothers when they go through hard times. It is good to recognize that we all get lost at times as we go though different passages of life and we forget our song. It is also gratifying to know that there are helping hands that help us rememberour song.

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How Can You Live In This World And Yet Be Innocent?, by J. Krishnamurti

FaceBook  On Nov 22, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Being innocent means being true to oneself, being authentic, with no pretensions, no masks and no conflicts. Being innocent means revealing our original face with no facade. When we live innocently. it not only creates a fundamental change or transformation in the individual but also in the society at large.The person living innocently becomes a potent nucleus for social revolution. Such a person becomes a dynamic agent of transformation.
Living innocently requires awakeningand vigilant awareness of the clouds of fear arising in our mind and heart. I was blessedto have my father who displayed courage to stay firmly on the path of being true to himself. He became the role model not only for us but also for the society he lived in. The other great model for my individual transformation and the transformation of the country was MahatmaGandhi. Both, my biological father and the father of the nation, have had a positive strong impact on my transformation

As I have mentioned before,remainingawake and aware of myself when I walk astray from my authentic self, my true self, helps me to be a human of innocence. It's like being a child again. Living innocently is living fully. I am glad to go through this journey of my life.

Namaste!
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Trapped By Views, by Ajahn Pasanno

FaceBook  On Nov 16, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

We all have our views or perspectives and opinions about what is good and what is bad, what is right and what is wrong. If we get strongly attached to our view and judge others who have a different point of view, there is a strong probability of creating contention and conflict or even enmity. When I am with people whose views are different from my views, I become aware of my point of view that is starting to arise in my mind and let it go. That meansI do not get attached to it or bound by it. I do not want to be trapped by my view that can block or hinder my empathic understanding of the other person's point of view. I believe in having open-minded and open-hearted relationships. When I operate this way our relationship thrives. When I am not trapped by my views,I can respond to the other person more skillfully meaning non-judgmentally, empathicallyand respectfully. The ideal way of freeing myself of my view is to recognize that "whatever comes up is just a mental formation within the mind, just a thought or just a perception." (AjahnPasoma). RecentlyI had a conversationwith my 75 years old friend who strongly believes that old age is notproductive and not valued in the youth -oriented American culture. Her view is very strong and it has a strong impact on her mental and physical health. I have a different point of view. I know that as we get old we are perceived not productive from economic point of view. I was trying to convince her that she needs to change her point of view as it is affecting her mental and physical health. Out of my concern for helping her I Kept on trying hard to change her self-defeating attitude. As I became awareof how my way of thinking and communicating was causing a wall between both of us, I consciously let go of my "right" way of thinking. When I did it, my empathy and concernfor her came up in the foreground. And that resulted in strengtheningand enriching our friendship. I have learned to pay my attention an  See full.

We all have our views or perspectives and opinions about what is good and what is bad, what is right and what is wrong. If we get strongly attached to our view and judge others who have a different point of view, there is a strong probability of creating contention and conflict or even enmity. When I am with people whose views are different from my views, I become aware of my point of view that is starting to arise in my mind and let it go. That meansI do not get attached to it or bound by it. I do not want to be trapped by my view that can block or hinder my empathic understanding of the other person's point of view. I believe in having open-minded and open-hearted relationships. When I operate this way our relationship thrives. When I am not trapped by my views,I can respond to the other person more skillfully meaning non-judgmentally, empathicallyand respectfully. The ideal way of freeing myself of my view is to recognize that "whatever comes up is just a mental formation within the mind, just a thought or just a perception." (AjahnPasoma).

RecentlyI had a conversationwith my 75 years old friend who strongly believes that old age is notproductive and not valued in the youth -oriented American culture. Her view is very strong and it has a strong impact on her mental and physical health. I have a different point of view. I know that as we get old we are perceived not productive from economic point of view. I was trying to convince her that she needs to change her point of view as it is affecting her mental and physical health. Out of my concern for helping her I Kept on trying hard to change her self-defeating attitude. As I became awareof how my way of
thinking and communicating was causing a wall between both of us, I consciously let go of my "right" way of thinking. When I did it, my empathy and concernfor her came up in the foreground. And that resulted in strengtheningand enriching our friendship.

I have learned to pay my attention and attachment to my own point of view that can create walls between me and the other person in our relationship. I have also learned to pay my attention to the impact of someone's point of view and behavior on me and not to react to the other. I have learned how to respond wisely in stead of reacting unmindfully. I value authentic and compassionate relationships. These are the building blocks of living peacefully.

May we learn how to be free from our own fixated and locked in perspective that closes the door to peace and harmony!
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Staying Small To Stay Safe, by Peggy Dulany

FaceBook  On Nov 8, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
When we are not in the fight, flight or freeze survival zone, our mind and heart are open to see and experience amazing, vowing and magnificent presence of natural beauty and beauty of human mind and human heart. We are born with the sense of curiosity, wonderment, and magnificence. As we grow up, our natural tendency to relate and welcome the mysterious unknown gets shrunk and compartmentalized. Sadly our mind and heart shrink and become narrow by the fear of the unknown. The shine of magnificence gets obstructed by the clouds of fear.

My true self is not bound by attachment or aversion. It is vast and open. My ego self lives in a closed, fragmented and narrow world. Whenever I am in the being zone free from fear of losing my self, in the zone of unconditioned love and unconditional acceptance my magnificence eruptsbeyond its walls of containment.

I am grateful to my beloved lifepartner who provided an ambience of letting me to be me in my relationship with her. In this relationship we become one. In such relationships there are no walls of fear, worry and other obstructions.
I become mindful of whatever arises in my mind that blocks the experience of wonderment. I accept it, investigate it and learn from it. Living in the world of fear, anger, hatred and cruelty gives me an opportunity to work on myself and help others to work on themselves.

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When My Life Is In Danger, by Christina Feldman

FaceBook  On Nov 1, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Compassion is a caring feeling that arises in us when we see someone going through suffering. Seeing someone suffering evokes compassion in me and an inclination in me to reach out and help the person to heal him. Seeing a person going through emotional pain touches my heart and creates emotional bond with the other person.
I have gone though deep suffering in my life. I accepted my suffering and went through the process of healing me. It took time to heal my emotional wounds. I had learned to face my suffering compassionately rather than fleeing away from it, from my own being. I had gone though several days of darkness and pain. Working on myself compassionately helped me understand and relate to suffering of other people. In my everyday life I run into young and old people going through small and big sufferings. Walking in and going though my own suffering taught me how to empathize with them, understand them and hold their hands as they are going through their suffering. Such experiences are spiritual experiences for me. They make me a whole person.

According to my understanding and experience we all have the potential to cultivate our heart qualities. What helpsus to develop such qualities are people in our life who practice compassion. I always remember the wise saying of MahatmaGandhi, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." I was blessed to have parents, friends and teachers as role models as I was growing up. They provided me nourishment to cultivate the seeds of compassion and kindness in my heart. Remembering my own suffering and Keeping my heart open to suffering of others helps me todevelop and sustain my heart qualities.
Namsate.
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Life Is Full But Not Overcrowded, by Peace Pilgrim

FaceBook  On Oct 25, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

! ask and explore three basic questions forliving a full, meaningful, peaceful, joyful and happy life. They are What? Why? How? What kind of life I want to live? What is my purpose of life? Why is it important for me to live such a full life? How do I attain such full and meaningful life? What are the obstacles that I create that overcrowd my life and cause inner struggles? How do I create rootedness in me so that I do not get uprooted by the strugglesI experience in my life? When I explore these questions I come to know the distinction between struggle and harmonious process. Inner struggles or intra conflicts drain my energy. Such struggles also drain the energy of people connected with me. What goes in my mind, my thoughts, creates struggle or harmony. My mind creates bondage, struggles and suffering and the same mind creates freedom, ease and harmony. How I use my mind makes the difference. How to live wisely is a life long process. There are times when I create my own struggles and suffering and cause suffering to the people close to me. When I wake up from my "sleep" state I see the light and become free from my self- created dark zone. This is an ongoing journey of life. Everyday is a learning day, an awakening day. One of the ways that helps me to make wise choices is asking a very simple but very significant question. Do I need or do I want?. Needs are few, wants are almost endless. When I get carried away by my wants, I create overcrowding both in the outer space and the inner space. I have learned not to get attached to what I don't need and that way not to get overcrowded. Living mindfully in different walks of life is a blessing for living peacefully, joyfully and happily. Namaste! Jagdish P Dave One of the ways for me.  See full.

! ask and explore three basic questions forliving a full, meaningful, peaceful, joyful and happy life. They are What? Why? How? What kind of life I want to live? What is my purpose of life? Why is it important for me to live such a full life? How do I attain such full and meaningful life? What are the obstacles that I create that overcrowd my life and cause inner struggles? How do I create rootedness in me so that I do not get uprooted by the strugglesI experience in my life? When I explore these questions I come to know the distinction between struggle and harmonious process. Inner struggles or intra conflicts drain my energy. Such struggles also drain the energy of people connected with me. What goes in my mind, my thoughts, creates struggle or harmony. My mind creates bondage, struggles and suffering and the same mind creates freedom, ease and harmony. How I use my mind makes the difference.

How to live wisely is a life long process. There are times when I create my own struggles and suffering and cause suffering to the people close to me. When I wake up from my "sleep" state I see the light and become free from my self- created dark zone. This is an ongoing journey of life. Everyday is a learning day, an awakening day.

One of the ways that helps me to make wise choices is asking a very simple but very significant question. Do I need or do I want?. Needs are few, wants are almost endless. When I get carried away by my wants, I create overcrowding both in the outer space and the inner space. I have learned not to get attached to what I don't need and that way not to get overcrowded. Living mindfully in different walks of life is a blessing for living peacefully, joyfully and happily.
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What Is Wealth?, by Ryan Holiday

FaceBook  On Oct 18, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Wealth is a means to taking care of my basic survival needs such as food, shelter, and safety. It is a means and not a goal. My higher level needs such as need to belong to, self-worth, contentment, inner peace and happiness,and self-realization cannot be fulfilled by never-to-be-satisfied craving for more, more and more money and things and possessions. Real wealth according to me is inner wealth that makes my inner life rich, joyful, generous, kind, and loving-Happy

I was blessed to be raisedby parents who shared their bread joyfully with those who were hungry and provided shelter to those who needed it. They were living examples of the saying of St Francis of Assisi, " It is by giving we receive...It is in pardoning that we are pardoned." I experience such inner wealth almost on a daily basis by serving people who are going though emotional pain.Teaching and counseling is my profession. I earn inner wealth by offering my unconditionalloving kindness to others. What a blessing!

Discretion is one of the basic qualities of living wisely. In my choice making, I ask the question, "Do I need this? Is this really necessary?" I patiently wait for the answer. If the answer is no, then I do not higgle haggle. I totally accept it and move on rather than getting something I really do not need. Whenever I have not followed that inner wise voice, I end up getting more which I really do not need. I accumulate unnecessary burdensomephysical and mental stuff! Wants are nothing but endless cravings and grasping. Discretion is my savior. I am happy to say that I am making good progress!
May we cultivate discretion and make wise choices!
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Monet Refuses The Operation, by Lisel Mueller

FaceBook  On Oct 11, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
The world is in the eye of the beholder. So true! There are two worlds-the outer world and the inner world. When I see the outer world with my outer physical eyes, I see parts of the world distinct from one another. The outer world is made up of natural objects like trees, leaves of trees, flowers, waves of oceans and streams of rivers. The human world is filled with all kinds of differences. If I see the world with outer eyes, I see the world of separateness and divisiveness. Black versus white, rich versus poor, east versus west, life versus death, me versus you, my religion versus your religion.These differences create distances , conflicts and wars. We lose the seamless thread of the reality, the oneness in manyness. When I see the same world with my inner eyes I see the interconnectedness and even oneness in the apparent divisiveness. The world appears as we see it.

In my daily life, when I see the outer world with the eyes of my heart, I see the interconnectedness of life. At times I experience the outer world as an integral part of my being and at times as an extension of my being. Seeing people with the eyes of my heart, with empathy, kindness and compassion builds a bridge between the seer and the seen. This way of living enriches my inner life. I find it difficult to relate to self-centered and unkind people with empathy, kindness and compassion. I know I am not perfect. I am working on myself. Loving Kindness " Metta" mediation helps me to relate to such "difficult" people.

I have been practicing Mindfulness way of living. Such a way of living helps me to develop interconnectedness with life, oneness in manyness, and unity in diversity. It is a life-long journey and I am not in a rush. I remember and implement the wise saying, " Hasten slowly!

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Zen Of Archery, by James Clear

FaceBook  On Oct 4, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Reading this passage reminds me of the advice my father used to give me when as a student I was working on my assignments. His advice was: "Focus on your work with sincerity, intensity and one-mindedness. Remain focused on the process. And the right result will come." I have followed his advice in many walks of my life as a student, as a teacher, as a counselor, and also in taking care of my health and the health of others in my family. As the Zen saying goes," The path is the goal."

I will never forget the time when I waited patiently for four long years for marrying my beloved lady Vanleela. Her father did not want her to marry me because I came from a poor family. Vanleela was raised in a very affluent family. Her father thought and felt that his daughter will be miserable going to a poor family. Vanleela out of affection, regard and concern for her father accepted to wait for four years. Both of us felt the loving presence of each other in our hearts. Both of us continued going to college for our Masters degree. Staying the course with patience, perseverance and determination resulted in the wholesome outcome-us coming together and eventually receiving the blessings of her parents. Vanleela passed away seven years ago. She dwells in my heart and will be there until i will pass away

Living in the present is the key for remaining focused on the path of living fully. Worrying about the future and getting stuck with the past is the sure way of missing the blessings of the present. I love and practice the saying, " Don't arrive before you arrive."
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My Neighbor's Corn, by Naren Kini

FaceBook  On Sep 27, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

I love a beautifulsaying I had read a long time ago> it is in Sanskrit: " Udar charitanmavasudhaivakutumkam." For those whose hearts are filled with generosity, the whole universe becomes their family. Gifts coming from our generous and compassionate heart serves both the giver and the receiver. Once a disciple asked GautamBudhha, " Does my body belong to me?" Buddha responded to his question: " Our body is an integral part of the planet. It is not separate from the planet. What we offer to our body becomes an offering to the planet. If you eat bad food, it has an impact on the planet. Unhealthy food has a negative impact on you and also on the planet. You need to make a wise choice. The planet is in you and you are in the planet." I need to be mindful of what I put in me, my body, mind, and heart and how I act has an impact on others. It is a circle.My wholesome thoughts, emotions and actions create wholesome energy for me and those who are connected with me. Offering my gift from my heart brings a deep sense of joy and gratitude in me and I see the impact of my gift on others receiving my gift. This happens almost everyday. I am a teacher and I am happy and joyful by offering the gift of my teaching to my students. I see a lot of joy and gratitude on my students faces. Sharing and spreading the quality of my thoughtsand love uplifts my spirit and the spirit of others connected with me. I am also a counselor. This morning I helped a teacher going through a lot of emotional pain in her personal life. Spending half an hour with her and helping her how to mindfully process her emotional pain brought a great deal of joy and gratitude in me. I saw her face getting more relaxed and a feeling of hopefulness slowly growing and spreading on her face. Giving and receiving such gifts fills my heart with a deep sense of joy. Cultivating skillful means requires daily practice of remaining awake and aware of what's going in my mind to know  See full.

I love a beautifulsaying I had read a long time ago> it is in Sanskrit: " Udar charitanmavasudhaivakutumkam." For those whose hearts are filled with generosity, the whole universe becomes their family. Gifts coming from our generous and compassionate heart serves both the giver and the receiver. Once a disciple asked GautamBudhha, " Does my body belong to me?" Buddha responded to his question: " Our body is an integral part of the planet. It is not separate from the planet. What we offer to our body becomes an offering to the planet. If you eat bad food, it has an impact on the planet. Unhealthy food has a negative impact on you and also on the planet. You need to make a wise choice. The planet is in you and you are in the planet." I need to be mindful of what I put in me, my body, mind, and heart and how I act has an impact on others. It is a circle.My wholesome thoughts, emotions and actions create wholesome energy for me and those who are connected with me.

Offering my gift from my heart brings a deep sense of joy and gratitude in me and I see the impact of my gift on others receiving my gift. This happens almost everyday. I am a teacher and I am happy and joyful by offering the gift of my teaching to my students. I see a lot of joy and gratitude on my students faces. Sharing and spreading the quality of my thoughtsand love uplifts my spirit and the spirit of others connected with me. I am also a counselor. This morning I helped a teacher going through a lot of emotional pain in her personal life. Spending half an hour with her and helping her how to mindfully process her emotional pain brought a great deal of joy and gratitude in me. I saw her face getting more relaxed and a feeling of hopefulness slowly growing and spreading on her face. Giving and receiving such gifts fills my heart with a deep sense of joy.

Cultivating skillful means requires daily practice of remaining awake and aware of what's going in my mind to know how to make wise choices. It is an ongoing inner journey of exploring the world of my mind, heart and actions. This practice helps me to stay rooted in the circle of life in my daily decisions. With an ongoing practice, it becomes my second nature or saying differently it becomes my original nature getting rid of the walls obstructing it. It is like by emptying the cup the cup of life gets full.
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When Light Shines, Darkness Becomes The Light, by Thich Nhat Hanh

FaceBook  On Sep 20, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

ThichNahtHanhhas bee a great spiritual teacher for me. I am very grateful to him to plant the seeds of learning how to live spiritually.This essay raises important questions in my mind. What is darkness? Where does it come from? What is light? Where does it come from? As I am reflecting on these questions quietly, following my breath, light of awareness shines from within. This nonjudgmental awareness enlightens me. Darkness is created by myself in my mind and heart. Restlessness is created by myself in my mind and heart.This illuminated knowing liberates me from my self-created darkness. Darkness merges with light. Darkness becomes light. Light of awareness guides me to live mindfully. Two days ago, i and my co-teacher were discussingthe topic of Forgiveness with our Middle School-High School students. It was an open-enddiscussion. It was quite interesting to observehow a few students were reacting strongly to the students who were expressing their ideas of forgiveness very differently from other students. We as teachers wanted our students to learn how to listen to other students as well as to us as teachers mindfully by being fully attentive and present without passing judgments about ideas and opinions expressed by others. I shared how I related to the ideas of the students which were very different from my ideas of forgiveness. I shared my experience of forgiving someone who hurt me very deeply. I mindfully processed my thoughts and feelings and let me be free from my anger toward the person hurting me. I let my thoughts and feelings come kindly and freely without judging, denying and getting stuck with them. I consciously let them come, stay and fade away effortlessly. This process helped me relate to the person hurting me empathetically and kindly. We built a bridge between both of us. I have been learning how to keep the light of awareness shining within me. I have been learning from my own experiences the lessons of kindness, compassion, forgiveness, and  See full.

ThichNahtHanhhas bee a great spiritual teacher for me. I am very grateful to him to plant the seeds of learning how to live spiritually.This essay raises important questions in my mind. What is darkness? Where does it come from? What is light? Where does it come from? As I am reflecting on these questions quietly, following my breath, light of awareness shines from within. This nonjudgmental awareness enlightens me. Darkness is created by myself in my mind and heart. Restlessness is created by myself in my mind and heart.This illuminated knowing liberates me from my self-created darkness. Darkness merges with light. Darkness becomes light. Light of awareness guides me to live mindfully.

Two days ago, i and my co-teacher were discussingthe topic of Forgiveness with our Middle School-High School students. It was an open-enddiscussion. It was quite interesting to observehow a few students were reacting strongly to the students who were expressing their ideas of forgiveness very differently from other students. We as teachers wanted our students to learn how to listen to other students as well as to us as teachers mindfully by being fully attentive and present without passing judgments about ideas and opinions expressed by others. I shared how I related to the ideas of the students which were very different from my ideas of forgiveness. I shared my experience of forgiving someone who hurt me very deeply. I mindfully processed my thoughts and feelings and let me be free from my anger toward the person hurting me. I let my thoughts and feelings come kindly and freely without judging, denying and getting stuck with them. I consciously let them come, stay and fade away effortlessly. This process helped me relate to the person hurting me empathetically and kindly. We built a bridge between both of us.

I have been learning how to keep the light of awareness shining within me. I have been learning from my own experiences the lessons of kindness, compassion, forgiveness, and gentleness for relating to me and to others in my life. This is an ongoing process. I am happy to walk on this path and help others
to walk on their path by doing inner work mindfully.
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Song Of The Birds, by David G. Haskell

FaceBook  On Sep 13, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Let's listen to what David George Haskell states in the last short paragraph of his podcast Song Of the Birds:
"Let's answer the birds' invitation, stepping outside to give them the simple gift of our attention. Listen. Wonder. Belong."
There are two languages. One with which are too familiar; the verbal language of human kind. The other language with which we are hardly familiar is thelanguage of nature. When we take time to step outside of our human language, be silent, attend, and listen, we get connected with language with universal grammar.The human language can and often does create self made boundaries, divisiveness, conflicts, battles and wars. When I keep my mind open and listen to the other language, a new language is born that expands and deepens my consciousness.

Two instances stand out in my mind. One when I was with my friend listening to a song beginning with two Hindi words, "Ful kahe" meaning the "flower says". These two words opened my eyes to see the beauty of nature right in front of my eyes.The second was when I was reading Tagore's poem. The poet was looking for beauty in the far awy forest and on the Himalayan Mountains. He hearda soft and gentle voice of a flower plant in his yard inviting him to see beauty right in front of his eyes. Both songs have opened my eyes to see beauty in nature close to me , right beside me!

Finding time to attend, behold, wonder and connect everyday to relate to nature helps me to to listen to the wisdom offered to me as a gift.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave


 

Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, by Alice Walker

FaceBook  On Sep 6, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Life is a balancing act. It's like a string of a string instrument. If you stretch it too hard, it will break. If you keep it too lose, it will not make a sound. Like all of us I have felt thousands of joys and thousands of sorrows; thousands of ups and thousands of downs. I have learned the art of being mindful of the swings of energy I am experiencing in my body and mind, acknowledge it and flow with it without getting stuck with it or frozen by it. In the Yoga system is called Samatva Yoga- Path of Equanimity.

We all go through different kinds of losses. There are times when I have found them too muchto bear. When I saw my parents, brothers and sisters passing away right in front of my eyes, it was very hard for me to maintain the equanimity and balance. Each passing away has taught me to
be aware of the gifts each one of them had given to me from their heart. Holding such precious gifts of love in my heart and feeling grateful to them have enriched my life with love, joy and gratefulness.

Mindfulness is a nonjudgmental existential awareness of what's happening in me. Such awareness helps me to create and sustain balance in my life. It keeps my mind awake. With practice I have been able to cultivate such mind set. There are times when I "go to sleep" and act mindlessly. These are challenging times. I have learned to face them boldly. I agree with Alice Walker when she says, "Such hard times rquirefurious dancing."











 

Universal Humans In Training, by Gary Zukav

FaceBook  On Aug 30, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
A universal human is beyond everything that divides us our personality, our physical reality such as I am a male, I am a Hindu, I am an American Indian,I am 94 years old, I am a highly accomplished person. A universal man is a citizen of the universe. A long time ago I came across 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; There is one child in the world and the child's name is All Child. I may add one line: The person's name is All Being or a Universal Soul. Am I evolving in this direction? From body, mind and individual personality? I sense it when my personality is in alignment with with the soul. I am on the WAY. I am in the making. I sense it. I experience it. I realize it.There is oneness in manyness.

There are many small examples of my personality in alignment with my
soul. This morning I went to SwaminarayanMandir-Temple-with my friends. I saw old and young, man and woman, multiracial, multiethnic, multi religious people in the temple. My friends and I felt the sense of Universal oneness in the sacred place. When we came out from the temple, I ran into a small family-father, mother and a little child being held in his father's hands. He looked at me with a childlike innocent smile. He extended his little hands towards me to reach out. I held him im my hands close to my heart. It was a heart filling experience of onenessgoing beyond all apparent differences. And I get such heart-filling gifts amy times.

What helps me to have such beyond man-made boundaries is my open mind and open heart to receive such gifts. In such moments, time and space melt away. It's a pure experience of here and now consciousness, an experience of soul transcending body and mind. As the author Gary Zukav says, " We are all universal humans in training."

Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave
 

Abandon Only What Is Not Yours, by Shaila Catherine

FaceBook  On Aug 23, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
We all have different kinds of suffering. I have sufferedand all the people I know have suffered. This is first Noble Truth. The Second Noble Truth is making an inquiry about the cause of suffering. The Third Noble Truth is to seek the way of ending the suffering. And the Fourth Noble Truth is to follow that way consistently. I love these words of wisdom expressed by Gautama Buddha. I have learned that I have caused my suffering by holding on the craving that causes suffering to me and to people close o me. When I let go of the leash that I myself have created i become free from my self created suffering. Following this path of letting go involves no loss. It frees me from my suffering and that is big gain.

The Buddha's words of wisdom, "If you do not want to suffer don't cling." and"Whatever is not yours, abandon it; when you have abandoned it, that will lead you to your welfare and happiness." These words of wisdom have helped me to awake and be aware of what thoughts are go through my mind. As the Buddha has said "What we become what we think." Remaining awake and aware of what goes in my mind and letting go of suffering -causing thoughts helps me to walk on the Dharma path, the path leading to wellness, happiness, and peace.

I have learned that acquiring information from books, podcasts and even teachers is not enough for me in my spiritual journey. I need to remain connected and engaged with the lessons I have learned and I am still learning and practicing and applying it everyday in my life. This is a gift and I am very grateful for receiving this gift every week that keeps me awakened.

Namaste!
JagdishP. Dave
 

Does God Have A Form?, by Arthur Osborne

FaceBook  On Aug 16, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Who am I is question that arises in mind especially whendisturbing sensations, thoughts and feelings go through my body and mind and when I get stuck with them, when the stream of my energy gets blocked by such recurring sensations thoughts and feelings. When I pay compassionate attention to what is happening in me, the question comes to my mind what is, who is suffering? At that time I realize that I have the body and I have the mind but I am not the body and I am not the mind. When I do not identify myself with the body and mind, the forms, I realize that that I is formless.It is the flow of life with no forms. It dawns upon me that I am not this or that but beyond these forms. And that is I and I is that.
Many years ago when my wife and I went to RamanMaharshiArunachala Ashram in India, we sat quietly in the hall where RamanMaharshiwas meditating. Sitting doing nothing we felt the Presence of him. We sat there for an hour and felt our formless nature, our true nature going beyond names, shapes and forms. This experience reminds me of the Zen poem:
Sitting by the river, doing nothing,
Spring comes, the grass grows by itself.
The experience I had in the Ashram many years ago has opened my inner door to realize who I am. Such knowing comes from giving myself time to me to listen to my soundless sound, to realize the "great truth has great silence." Reading books and acquiring information does not help me to know my nature, who am I. What helps me to be rooted in my nature is letting my mind be still to be connected with my nature, my true self.
May we keep our inner door open to see the Self dwelling in us.
Jagdish P Dave
Namaste!
 

Grateful For Nothing, by Gregg Krech

FaceBook  On Aug 9, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
Every moment I breathe in and out. It is a gift of life. a thread running through my life, holding my life. It is so close to me that I do not notice it, not aware of it and be grateful for having such a vital gift.This is the way I relate to the notion of "nothing happened." Attending to my breath, being aware of the in and out rhythms of my breath and being grateful for the breath is worthy of celebration. I celebrate it and be grateful for it.

I recognize that the stream of my life does not always flow smoothly. I have experiencedsmall and big hurricanes in my life: people close to me passing away, going through chronic aches and pains and swings of ups and downs. As I am getting old, thoughts of the doors of life coming to close arise in my mind, and I see the shadow of death approachingme. Noticing these thoughts and accepting them makes me realize the inevitable truth of my existence. Awareness of this happening in my mind makes me appreciate the gift of life, the gift of breath. And that is seeing something!
Attention, awareness, acceptance of what is happening and remaining awake is the way I relate to the flow of life. I appreciate the gift given by the author Gregg Krechin the last paragraph of this passage:
" So take a moment and sit back. And breathe in "nothing happened". And breathe out a breath of thanks. Gratitude for just being able to breathe. Now that's a really somthing!


" So take a moment and sit back.And breathe in"nothing happened"


 

Pilgrim In The Open Shore, by Pancho Ramos Stierle

FaceBook  On Aug 2, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

There is oneness in manynessand there is unity in diversity. I am in complete alignment with this apparently opposite statements.There is oneness or unity in the background of the manyness or diversity in the foreground. i see that and experience that truth both in the natural world and the human world.The diversity enriches the unity. It is like the formless is manifested in variety of forms-sights, shapes, sounds and colors. How and when do I see it and experience it?
I see it and experience it when I am aware of it without thinking about it, analyzing it, comparing it and contrasting it. In other words when I do not engage my mind dividing and fragmenting the wholeness of it. When I
am mentally still and silent, I become aware of the melody of sounds, the seven colors of the rainbow, different but merging and melting. Everyday I encounter people of different races, different shapes, different ideas and different opinions. When I keep my mind and heart open to empathically understand them, I see the same human face with no dividing differences.I wish we become free from preconceived and judgmentally based notions and ideas of people looking different from us and having different ways of thinking and living.
Uniformityis very different from unity. Uniformity deprives us from being ourselves. It takes away the beauty, enrichment and delightof the diversity. It takes away our individuality, freedom and multiformity.
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave











 

The Matrix, by The Wachowskis

FaceBook  On Jul 26, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
The dream world, the world of illusion, is created and sustained by my distorted perceptions. It is like seeing a rope as a snake. The real world as it is, is created and sustained by my clear perceptions. When I live in the world of illusion or the world of unreality, I create problems for me and for others. The dream world is the world of my projections. When I am aware of my inner world and outer world, I free myself form my self-created prison. The real world is the world of inner freedom.
There was a time in my life when I felt heavy duty depression.My mind was occupied with suicidal thoughts and depressive feelings. I felt compassion f and support of people who deeply cared about me.That sustained my life line.Even in the dark clouds of total despair, there was a glimmer of self-awareness that created light of seeing the world of misery and suffering I had created by my intense craving and thirst for filling my heart with love. The inner light of awareness brought me out of the dream world I had created and helped me see the real world. I learned a great lesson of life. Happiness comes from within and not without. I learned how my intense craving and thirst caused suffering in me. I learned how to fill the inner emptiness by me remaining awake and relate to the inner source of happiness. My experience of suffering has helped me to understand the suffering of others empathicallyand kindly.
What helps me to break through self-created world of illusion and suffering is to give myself time everyday to be with me and explore my inner world with compassionate self-awareness. Not to sleep, but to wake up and see the inner light.
May we cultivate self-awarenessand loving kindness for us and for others in our life!
Namaste!
Jagdish P Dave













 

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