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    On Mar 19, 2021 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

    How do we make our choices and how do we live our life is a question for every body. If I make selfish choices for my personal benefit at the cost of others, I am leading a low level life. This way of living diminishesmy well being and well being of society. In order to live life fully I need to set values that enrich my life and the lives of others. This is a radical shift in my consciousness moving from a lower level of consciousness to a higher level of consciousness. I expand my consciousness by surrendering to higher consciousness. As the author of this essay James O'deasays "A Higher Level of ConsciousEngagement".

    When I see people who are suffering physically, mentally and emotionally I feel
    deep compassion for them. I extend my hand to help them by counseling or doing what I can to reduce theirsuffering. My actions are based on my deep compassion for them without expecting anything in return. This is my way of practicing Karma Yoga. This way I am detached spiritually, fully engaged without being bound by my attachment to the fruits of my action. This is also an example of a higher level of conscious engagement. Living this way brings deep joy and fulfillment in my life.

    Keeping the light of self-awarenessand following that light helps me avoid self-absorption and superficialunderstanding. I have learned to step aside when a selfish thought or a desire arisesin me. Remaining awake and aware helps me ofnot getting trapped by my self-absorption and superficialunderstanding. Light ofself-awarenesskeeps me walking on the right path.
    JagdishP Dave'

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