Category Archives: wisdom

L 759

Tools for creative thinking

1. Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, your mind will find ways to do it. Believing paves the way to solutions. Eliminate “impossible”, “can’t”, “no use trying” from your thinking and speaking vocabulary.

2. Don’t let tradition paralyze your mind. Be experimental. Try new ideas. Pick random things. Be progressive.

3. Ask yourself daily, “How can I do better?” There is no limit to self improvement. Keep trying.

4. Ask yourself, “How can I do more?” Capacity is a state of mind. If you want anything to be done, give it to a busy man. Asking yourself this question puts your mind to work to find intelligent shortcuts.

5. Practice asking and listening. Big people monopolize the listening; small people monopolize the talking.

6. Stretch your mind. Get stimulated. Associate with people who can help you to think of new ideas, new ways of doing things. Mix with people of different occupational and social interests.

L 757

“Clarity is Power.” Meditate to get more clarity and a broader long term perspective. Meditation is not an escape from reality. It is getting in touch with reality. It is a way of understanding reality and a way of understanding yourself and “your operating system.”

Meditation also helps to have a big picture and broad perspective on life (right brain approach) as well as focus on details (left hemisphere approach).

Having a big picture is very important now, especially in the times when the left brain approach has dominated the western thought and culture we are loosing our peripheral vision.

Life is about discovering yourself and creating yourself. A wise old man was asked what he learned about the meaning of life. Well, he answered, “I have learned that I am here on earth to help others. What I still haven’t figured out is why the other people are here?”

L 756

In Mahabharat, Karna asks Lord Krishna – “My mother left me the moment I was born. Is it my fault I was born an illegitimate child?

I did not get the education from Dhronacharya because I was considered not a Kshatriya.

Parsuraam taught me but then gave me the curse to forget everything when he came to know I was Son of Kunthi belong to Kshatriya.

A cow was accidentally hit by my arrow & its owner cursed me for no fault of mine.

I was disgraced in Draupadi’s Swayamvar.

Even Kunthi finally told me the truth only to save her other sons.

Whatever I received was through Duryodhana’s charity.

So how am I wrong in taking his side ???”

**Lord Krishna replies, “Karna, I was born in a jail.

Death was waiting for me even before my birth.

The night I was born I was separated from my birth parents.

From childhood, you grew up hearing the noise of swords, chariots, horses, bow, and arrows. I got only cow herd’s shed, dung, and multiple attempts on my life even before I could walk!

No Army, No Education. I could hear people saying I am the reason for all their problems.

When all of you were being appreciated for your valour by your teachers I had not even received any education. I joined Gurukula of Rishi Sandipani only at the age of 16!

You are married to a girl of your choice. I didn’t get the girl I loved & rather ended up marrying those who wanted me or the ones I rescued from demons.

I had to move my whole community from the banks of Yamuna to far off Sea shore to save them from Jarasandh. I was called a coward for running away!!

If Duryodhana wins the war you will get a lot of credit. What do I get if Dharmaraja wins the war? Only the blame for the war and all related problems…

Remember one thing, Karna. Everybody has Challenges in life to face.

LIFE IS NOT FAIR & EASY ON ANYBODY!!!

But what is Right (Dharma) is known to your Mind (conscience). No matter how much unfairness we got, how many times we were Disgraced, how many times we Fall, what is important is how you REACTED at that time.

Life’s unfairness does not give you license to walk the wrong path…

Always remember, Life may be tough at few points, but DESTINY is not created by the SHOES we wear but by the STEPS we take.

L 753

How do we make the most of this opportunity?

The door to one opportunity often comes from another. If you pursue an opportunity, it almost always leads to another opportunities.

People who wait for the one great opportunity often keep waiting. The way to find the best opportunities is to pursue the one at hand.

L749

“Age is not the flight of years but the dawn of wisdom.”

Wisdom is the awareness of the tremendous spiritual powers in your subconscious mind and the knowledge of how to apply these powers to lead a full and happy life.

Get it out of your head once and for all that 65, 75 or 85 years of age is synonymous with the end for you or anybody else. It can be the beginning of a glorious, fruitful, active and most productive pattern, better than you have ever experienced. Believe this, expect it, and your subconscious will bring it to pass.

Real interpretation of Mahabharata and Gita- Have you wondered why it’s so relevant in a man’s life?

It is said in the texts that 80% of the fighting male population of the civilization was wiped out in the eighteen days Mahabharata war.

Sanjay, at the end of the war went to the spot where the greatest war took place; Kurukshetra.

He looked around and wondered if the war really happened, if the ground beneath him had soaked all that blood, if the great Pandavas and Krishna stood where he stood.

“You will never know the truth about that!” said an aging soft voice.

Sanjay turned around to find an Old man in saffron robes appearing out of a column of dust.

“I know you are here to find out about the Kurukshetra war, but you cannot know about that war till you know what the real war is about.” the Old man said enigmatically.

“What do you mean?”

The Mahabharata is an Epic, a ballad, perhaps a reality, but definitely a philosophy.

The Old man smiled luring Sanjay into more questions.

“Can you tell me what the philosophy is then?”
Sanjay requested.

Sure, began the Old man.

The Pandavas are nothing but your five senses,
sight,
smell,
taste,
touch
and sound…,

and do you know what the Kauravas are?
he asked narrowing his eyes.

The Kauravas are the hundred vices that attack your senses everyday but you can fight them… and do you know how?

Sanjay shook his head again.

“When Krishna rides your chariot!”

The Old man smiled brighter and Sanjay gasped at that gem of insight.

Krishna is your inner voice, your soul, your guiding light and if you let your life in his hands you have nothing to worry.

Sanjay was stupefied but came around quickly with another question.

“Then why are Dronacharya and Bhishma fighting for the Kauravas, if they are vices?”

The Old man nodded, sadder for the question.

It just means that as you grow up, your perception of your elders change. The elders who you thought were perfect in your growing up years are not all that perfect. They have faults. And one day you will have to decide if they are for your good or your bad. Then you may also realize that you may have to fight them for the good. It is the hardest part of growing up and that is why the Geeta is important.

Sanjay slumped down on the ground, not because he was tired but because he could understand and was struck by the enormity of it all.

What about Karna? he whispered.

“Ah!” said the Old man. “You have saved the best for last. Karna is the brother to your senses, he is desire, he is a part of you but stands with the vices. He feels wronged and makes excuses for being with the vices as your desire does all the time.

Does your desire not give you excuses to embrace vices?”

Sanjay nodded silently. He looked at the ground, consumed with a million thoughts, trying to put everything together and then when he looked up the Old man was gone….
disappeared in the column of dust………leaving behind the great philosophy of Life!

L 731

Prayer is the formulation of an idea concerning something we wish to accomplish. Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire. Your desire is your prayer. It comes out of your deepest needs and it reveals the things you want in life.

Ask and it shall be given you, seek, and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Mathew 7.7

Here you are told you shall receive that for which you ask. It shall be opened to you when you knock, and you shall find that for which you are searching.

It implies the definiteness of mental and spiritual laws. You must ask believing if you are to receive. Your mind moves from the thought to the thing.

Learning 722

Never in the history of the Universe was there such a storm or the darkest night after which the Sun did not show up!!!

If you think you are going through a turbulent period for you and/or you think that there is only darkness around, do not fight it. You will waste a lot of energy and you won’t even notice when the sun appears. Accept that hard times have come to your life but do not fight them.

WAITING THROUGH A DIFFICULT PERIOD OF YOUR LIFE IN HIGH SPIRITS IS THE ONLY WISE DECISION.

If you keep calm and mindful, you will surely see some light in a short time. ☄ The light is best seen in the dark. What is more, only a good mood can help you, as bad certainly won’t.

Learning 721

“Meditation — sitting still and thinking nothing — has a lot of benefits, is stupidly simple and surprisingly hard.

Its goal is to quieten your mind long enough so you can connect to the Source Energy and listen in on your inner guidance. It brings you into the present moment, raises your frequency, opens you up to receiving unlimited information and ideas, relaxes you, relieves stress, strengthens your intuition and your ability to focus, allows you to hear your inner voice more clearly, fills you with light and love, puts you in a good mood and helps you love yourself.

So, learn to meditate. It will do you a world of really good.

When you think about how well-planned and smooth-running the universe you live in is, you can’t help but realize that it didn’t just begin randomly. It was created by an intelligent mind — a Universal Intelligence.

Everything in nature has a place and a purpose, and it works together in its intricately interwoven and compatible way. The Universal Intelligence or the Source Energy is incredibly smart.

Your mind works like that of the Source Energy. Your thoughts are the most powerful tools that you have. You think, so you are able to create awesomeness. Your thoughts essentially equate to your reality. To think what you want to think is to think the truth, regardless of appearances. Your thoughts and your beliefs change your reality, so if you want to change your reality, change your beliefs.

The moment you have the audacity to start believing in the not-yet-seen, your reality will begin to shift. Note that it is not your job to know how your dream reality will be created.

Your job is to know what dream reality you want and to be open to discovering and receiving how you will go about creating it.

Learning 716

Other people can only create situations. They may say or do something, but whether you suffer that or not is your choice.

#SadhguruQuotes

Learning 711

At 17 or even 32, nobody is worth stressing over, like move on, leave people behind, go find yourself, the world is yours, life goes on..

Learning 704

“Life is many more dimensions than you imagine is possible. It is only when you enhance your perception, you’ll access it, not in making conclusions.

This is one thing, we have to bring in to our children that most of the universe we live in, we do not know. A sense of wonder, an interest in everything that surround us.

Right now, we’ve idiotic conclusions about everything that we keep changing every 25 years.

It’s time we pay attention to the magnificent creation to which we are living. If we do this, all the other things that we are talking about will naturally fall into place, because the fight in the world, the conflict in the world is not between good and bad as people would like to project it, it is always between one man’s belief or other man’s belief. We are always fighting over that endlessly.

If we wondered about everything around us, if we paid attention to everything the universe will yield in a fantastic way. And if you live for million years, it will still keep you interested.” – Sadhguru

Learning 703

What’s wealth and what the rich focus at? Here’s great answers by Robert Kiyosaki.

“Wealth is a person’s ability to survive so many number of days forward or if I stopped working today, how long could I survive.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

“The rich focus on their asset columns while everyone else focuses on their income statements.”

In 1974, Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s, was asked to speak to the MBA class at the University of Texas at Austin. After a powerful and inspiring talk, Ray was asked by the students to join them at their favorite hangout to have few beers, to which Ray accepted graciously.

At that time Ray asked, ‘What business am I in?’

Everyone laughed, thinking Ray was just fooling around.

When no one answered, Ray asked again, ‘What business do you think I’m in?’

The students laughed again, when finally one brave soul yelled out, ‘Ray, who in the world doesn’t know that you’re in the hamburger business? ‘

Ray chuckled, ‘That’s what I thought you would say.’ He paused and then quickly added, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m not in the hamburger business. My business is real estate. ‘

Ray spent a good amount of time explaining his viewpoint. In his business plan, Ray knew that the primary business focus was to sell hamburger franchises, but what he never lost sight of was the location of each franchise. He knew that the land and its location were the most significant factors in the success of each franchise. Basically, the person who bought the franchise was also buying the real estate under the franchise for Ray Kroc’s organization.

Today McDonald’s is one of the largest owner of real estate in the world. McDonald’s owns some of the most valuable intersections and street corners in America and around the globe.

Most people work for everyone but themselves. Financial struggle is often directly the result of people working all their lives for someone else.

There is a big difference between your profession and your business. When asked, ‘What’s your business?’ people say, ‘I’m a banker.’ And when further asked whether they own the bank, they say ‘No, I work there.’ They are confused their profession with their business.

A problem with school is that you often become what you study. The mistake in becoming what you study is that too many people forget to mind their own business. They spend their lives minding someone else’s business and making them rich. Start minding your own business. Keep your daytime job, but start buying real assets, not liabilities or personal effects that have no real value once you get them home. A new car loses nearly 25 % of the price you pay for it the moment you drive it off the lot.

Keep expenses low, reduce liabilities, and diligently build a base of solid assets. As per author’s view real assets fall into following categories:

Learning 701

Proper physical exercise increases your chances for health, and proper mental exercise increases your chances for wealth. 

There is a difference between being poor and being broke. Broke is temporary. Poor is eternal. The poor and the middle class work for money. The rich have money work for them.

Too many people are too focused on money and not on their greatest wealth their education. If people are prepared to be flexible, keep an open mind and learn, they will grow richer and richer despite tough changes. If they think money will solve problems, they will have a rough ride. Intelligence solve problems and produces money. Money without financial intelligence is money soon gone. 

Most people fail to realise that in life, it’s not how much money you make. It’s how much money you keep. We’ve all heard stories of lottery winners who are poor, then suddenly rich and then poor again. Or stories of professional athletes, who at the age of 24 are earning millions, but are sleeping under the bridge 10 years later. 

In the long run, it’s not how much money you make. It’s how much you keep, and how many generations you keep it. If you want to be rich, you need to be financially literate. 

Most people, in their drive to get rich, try to build an Empire State Building on a six inch slab. While they are ignorant that they need to dig a deep hole and pour a strong foundation. 

Accounting is possibly the most confusing, boring subject in the world, but if you want to be rich long term, it could be the most important subject. 

Cash flow tells the story of how a person handles money. Money only accentuates the cash flow pattern running in your head. If your pattern is to spend everything you get, most likely an increase in cash will just result in an increase in spending. Thus the saying, “A fool and his money is one big party.”

Most people work harder but don’t get ahead. What is missing from their education is not how to make money, but how to manage money. It’s called financial aptitude – what to do with money once you make it, how to keep people from taking it from you, how to keep it longer, and how to make that money work harder for you. Most people don’t understand why they struggle financially because they don’t understand cash flow. 

There’s an important saying for people in debt, “If you find you have dug yourself into a hole…. Stop digging.” 

Learning 695

Truly  enlightened  people,  those  who experience  deep happiness  daily,  are  prepared to  put  off  short-term  pleasure  for the  sake  of long-term  fulfillment. 

So  they  tackle  their  weaknesses and  fears head  on,  even  if  dipping  into  the  zone  of  the unknown brings  with  it  a  measure  of discomfort.  They  resolve  to  live  by  the wisdom  of  kaizen,  improving  every  aspect  of themselves ceaselessly  and  continuously.  With time,  things  that  were  once difficult  become easy.  Fears  that  once  prevented  them  from all the happiness,  health  and  prosperity  they deserved  fall  to  the  wayside like  stickmen toppled  by  a  hurricane.

Happiness  comes  through  the progressive realization  of  a  worthy  objective.  When  you are  doing what you  truly  love  to  do  you  are bound  to  find  deep  contentment.

Doing  what  you  love,  whether  this  means giving  up  the  work  you  are  presently  doing to  become  an  actor  or spending  less  time  on those  things  that  are  less  important  to  make time  for  those  things  that  are  more meaningful,  requires  a  great deal  of  courage.

It  requires  you  to  step  out  of  your  comfort zone. And change  is  always  a  little uncomfortable  at  first.  It  is  also  more than  a little  risky.  Having  said  this,  this  is  the  surest way  to  design a  more  joyful  life.

Once  you  get  yourself  together, your  world will  be  okay.  Once  you  master  your  mind, body  and character,  happiness  and  abundance will  flow  into  your  life  almost magically.  But you  must  spend  some  time  daily  working  on yourself,  even  if  for  only  ten  or  fifteen minutes.

Learning 689

I find there are no good and bad people in this world.

The same person can do something positive, or negative depending on the circumstances.

We are humans, we can do the kindest of deeds and the worst of crimes.

Just make sure you are in a positive space with positive people, bringing out the best in you.

Learning 688

“It didn’t feel good at the time. 

But in life what you do, if you do what is easy, life will be difficult.

But if you do what is difficult, life will be easy.”

Learning 683

A ‘time consciousness.’ You see, I learned that time slips through our hands like grains of sand, never to return. Those who use time wisely from an early age are rewarded with rich, productive and satisfying lives.

Those who have never been exposed to the principle that ‘time mastery is life mastery’ will never realize their enormous human potential. Time is the great leveller. Whether we are privileged or disadvantaged, whether we live in Texas or Tokyo, we all have been allotted days with only twenty-four hours. What separates those who build exceptional lives from the ‘also rans’ is the way they use this time.

Time mastery allows you more time to do the things you love to do, the things that are truly meaningful to you. Time mastery leads to life mastery. Guard time well. Remember, it’s a non-renewable resource.

Learning 

Failure  is  not  having  the  courage  to  try, nothing  more  and nothing  less.  The only thing standing  between  most  people  and their dreams  is  the  fear  of  failure.  Yet  failure  is essential  to  success in  any  endeavor.  

Failure tests  us  and  allows  us  to  grow.  It offers  us lessons  and  guides  us  along  the path of  enlightenment.  

Every  arrow  that  hits  the  bull’s  eye  is  the result of  one  hundred  misses.  It  is  a fundamental  Law  of  Nature  to  profit through loss.  Never  fear  failure.  Failure  is  your friend. “Embrace  failure.”  

The  universe  favors  the  brave.  When  you resolve,  once  and for  all,  to  lift  your  life  to its highest  level,  the  strength  of  your  soul will guide  you. Everyone’s  destiny  was laid  out  for them  at  birth.  This  path  always  leads  to  a magical  place filled  with  magnificent treasures. It  was  up  to  each  individual  to develop  the courage  to  walk  this  way.