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Truth is beyond words. It is beyond time. In this sense it is ancient. It is the experience of a non-duality. Truth is transcendental. It is the experience of the state of a spiritual singularity. What is transcendence? It is going beyond the duality. All duality is a relativity. Relativity is not reality and reality is not relativity. Truth is transcending relativity. The first duality is space-time curvature. This is a part of the outer universe. This is an objective reality. What is the measuring rod? The light is the measuring rod. Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity can be of immense help to know the objective relativity. The second duality is the space-time curvature of the mind. This is that inner universe. And what is the measuring rod? A pure thought is a measuring rod. The Vedas and Upanishads which are the eternal resources of Advaita can be of an immense help to know the subjective relativity and then to experience the absolute truth as it is. Truth or reality means to transcend the objective relativity and subjective relativity. The absolute truth is beyond the objective relativity and subjective relativity.
Truth is One. This “One” does not mean a numeric one. It only means that the truth is non-dual. It means it is beyond duality. It means it is transcendental. One means the existential experience of Oneness. It is the experience of the union. It is just like how a dew drop from a lotus petal slips into a pond and becomes one with the pond. This merging is one. It is just like how a river falls into an ocean, merges with the ocean, and becomes one with the ocean. What is then left out is only the ocean. The experience of this merging and becoming one is Oneness. It is in this sense the truth is One.
Truth is eternal. It was same to my parents. It was same to me. It will be the same to my son. And it will be same to anybody, anywhere, and anytime. Truth can be experienced but can not be expressed. Truth can be known but can not be made into a knowledge. Truth can be known but can not be described. Truth can be realized but can not be given. Truth can be seen but can not be said. Truth can be smelt like the pleasant fragrance of a flower. Truth can be felt like the taste of a delicious fruit. It can never be given like a chocolate or an ice cream. But yes, it can be shared. The method can be shared. The way can be shared. The approach can be shared. The path can be shared. Because spirituality is a science of experiencing the truth. Anybody who is promising you that the truth can be given is a fake. Anybody who is assuring you that the truth can be given is a sham. Truth is non-negotiable. Please beware !!
Truth is One. We can neither join nor divide it. And all joining and dividing is the game of the mind. The mind always goes to either this extreme or that extreme, like the pendulum of a clock. Both these aspects of a division and an unity speak of duality. And the truth is in a non-duality or transcendence. This happens when the mind is no more. The first glimpse of the truth happens in a no-mind. Both the epics, that is Ramayana and Mahabharata, illustrate this metaphorically. And understanding both of them very well is for our common good. Rama creates boundaries and he does not transgress and still proves that he is a “Maryada Purushottam”. He is a rule keeper. He is an Enlightened Leader of the Dwapar Yuga.
Krishna comes after Rama and destroys all the boundaries. He destroys all the rules, and recreates new rules and new values. He is a rule maker and a king maker. And he too still proves as a “Poornavatar”. He is an Enlightened Leader of the Treta Yuga. And both of them demonstrate and establish the same truth or “Dharma” in different yugas or ages or times. Krishna takes the name of Rama in Bhagavad Geeta very respectfully. He says while explaining to Arjuna that among those who wield weapon He is Rama. Therefore, understanding Rama and Krishna and their roles very well is for our common good. And both are Enlightened Leaders of their own time. We all must learn the Enlightened Leadership lessons from them. Ramayana and Mahabharata are eternal resources of Enlightened Leadership and Rama and Krishna are Enlightened Leaders of their own time displaying and demonstrating the skills of that “Inspired Leadership”.
Mythology is an expression of truth through symbols, stories, metaphors and rituals. The truth or reality is hidden in all these. When the metaphor is understood rightly the truth is revealed. And when the metaphor is not understood rightly the truth remains as a myth. Therefore, a hidden truth is a myth and an uncovered myth is a truth. The Hindu Mythology is a rich heritage of these symbols and metaphors.
Mind over matter and matter over mind are not two different things. They are two aspects of the same phenomenon. They are two dimensions of the same reality. When my eyes are closed I can't see anything. And when my eyes are opened I can see everything. When our mind is closed nothing is clear. And when our mind is open everything is crystal clear. When there is a fog on the mirror things are not visible. And when the fog is wiped out everything is visible as it is. That is why when somebody is low and lost we ask what is the matter? We ask what is mattering you? We ask what is bothering you? We ask what is the matter of your mind, what is the concern of your mind? When the mind is below the matter nothing is clear. And when the mind is over the matter everything is clear.
Today is Sunday. A day of the Sun. The Sun is not shining and hiding behind the clouds. The dams in Pune are 60% full. Oh God will you rain? In the ancient Indian tradition Sun is considered as God. In India we call the Sun as Sun-God. Even till today the same tradition is followed. People pray and worship. The very first verse of the Rigveda is in praise of the Sun-God. Thank you Sun-God! Without you the life is nothing. You are the very source of life on earth.
Leadership is a change. All change is a choice. And no change can be forced. Leadership is not only leading others. It is first leading oneself, learning oneself and knowing oneself. First is the individual change and then the collective change. Even collective change is not possible without an individual change. When you can't change yourself how can you change others? Who are you to change others?. An individual change or transformation is the first best step and also the last best step. A teacher is not possible without being a student. A Guru is not possible without being a disciple or Shishya. A leader is not possible without being a follower. Follower-ship is a voluntary phenomenon. Enlightened Leadership is an eternal choice for an eternal freedom.
There are two ways: one by default and the other by design. By default the whole is preparing you to dissolve in itself. And by design you are preparing yourself to merge in the whole. There is a designer behind every design. There is a creator behind every creation. There is an essence behind every effect. The seen is a manifestation of the unseen. The form is a manifestation of the formless. The body is the seen form of the unseen soul and the soul is the unseen form of the seen body. The soul is the essence and the body is its effect. By design when we move towards the designer, we are moving towards our destiny. This destiny is our destination. This is our goal. Our soul is our goal and our goal is our soul.
Are you thinking of how to get an honorary doctorate degree? Then try to be a world renowned chess champion. What a move of the Grand Master? All the grand masters have been playing the chess game with the computers. The story is that sometimes the computers have won and sometimes the grand masters have won. The super computer Deep Blue has the ability to search 200 million positions per second. But still on some occasions the grand masters Garry Kasparov and Viswanathan Anand have defeated the super computers. This may go on till the quantum computers are arrived. Then it would become impossible for the grand masters to win against the quantum computers. The grand masters have always been saying that playing the chess game improves the sharpness of our mind. In order to make the current super computers undefeated against the grand masters will take hundred years. And this may take just a minute for the quantum computers to become invincible against the grand masters. We can not really imagine what would happen in a world of technological singularity.
Buddha simply means an awakened one. It means an enlightened one. Gautama Siddhartha is the beginning of his journey and Gautama Buddha is the culmination of his journey. His philosophy and understanding is very simple. First is the understanding of the Four (4) Noble Truths. These are that the: (1) Suffering does exist; (2) Suffering arises from the attachment to desires; (3) Suffering ceases when the attachment to desires ceases; and (4) Freedom from the suffering is possible by practicing and understanding the (8) Eight-fold Path. And this path is: (1) Right Understanding; (2) Right Intention; (3) Right Speech; (4) Right Action; (5) Right Livelihood; (6) Right Effort; (7) Right Mindfulness; and (8) Right Meditation. Moving on this path means moving on Buddha's journey. This is what is called Spiritual Leadership.
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The Common Wealth Games (CWG) will be known as Corruption of Wealth Games if Shera the Mascot does not stand the test of time and come out clean. Scam and corruption in the CWG has rocked the country. Are the sports in the country a game of scams and corruptions? Even the sportsmen are indulging in dope and drugs. Is this really a sport? Sportiveness and playfulness is slowly turning into craftiness. When it comes to the sports in the country both these aspects are distinctly becoming clear that the sport is becoming a scam of the game and also a game of the scams. Only God will save the Indian sports.
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