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Super Human

If asked the question 'what's the purpose of  your life?', a seed would say 'to become a Tree'; a sperm would say 'to become a human'


So, what would be your answer? Perhaps, 'to become a super human?'


If the term 'Super Human' is to be defined not in relative terms (like better than this, greater than that etc) but in absolute terms, it would be:


'To know and act in a way that brings happiness and success ALWAYS'. With the human beings ultimate aim has been to be happy, this seem to be an apt definition for 'Super Human'


(the word 'Super Human' is extensively used by Aurobindo in his works)

Why Sarvodaya is important for Life

Democracy working with capitalism favours the few who have capital. Democracy together with socialism favours the majority, but is still limited to humans. Sarvodaya includes the care of the earth; of animals, forests, rivers and land. For Gandhi, life is sacred and so he advocated reverence for all life, humans as well as other than humans

Joy of Being: Destiny, Dharma and Effort

when the question arises in Rama's mind as to whether destiny or the desire led effort comes first, the sage answers that rather than answer that question, he would suggest him to try and answer the same through Self realization when all answers could be revealed as till then it would be only wasted mental effort


http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/metroplus/article2738372.ece

Where is the problem?

Hunger is the worst weapon of mass destruction in the world which does not kill soldiers, but innocent children

This year’s global hunger index, developed by the Washington DC-based International Food Policy Research Institute, says that global hunger remains at a “serious” level. India has ranked 67th, two ranks below that of last year, in the index as one of the most hungry nations, eight ranks below Pakistan and only three ranks above Bangladesh. The index ranks countries on a 100-point scale — from the “no hunger” score of 0 to the “most hunger” of 100 — combining three indicators: the undernourished as a percentage of the population, the proportion of underweight children below the age of five and the mortality rate of children under five. Values between 20 and 29.9 are “alarming”. That is where India stands, with a score of 23.7.
If India is 'progressing' & growing', why are we slipping behind on this index?
Even if we are to question the accuracy of this report, th…

The Heart is the Self

Maurice Frydman: Sri Bhagavan speaks of the heart as the seat of Consciousness and as identical with
the Self. What does the heart exactly signify?

Bhagavan: The question about the heart arises because you are interested in seeking the source of consciousness.
To all deep-thinking minds, the enquiry about the ‘I’ and its nature has an irresistible fascination. Call it by any
name, God, Self, the heart or the seat of Consciousness, it is all the same. The point to be grasped is this, that
Heart means the very core of one’s being, the Centre, without which there is nothing whatsoever.

compassion is above that of justice

...there have been eloquent voices that have defended violence in service of justice. In her Reflections on Violence, the philosopher Hannah Arendt writes: “…Under certain circumstances violence, which is to act without argument or speech and without reckoning with consequences, is the only possibility of setting the scales of justice right again… In this sense, rage and the violence that sometimes, not always, goes with it, belong to the ‘natural’ emotions, and to cure man of them would mean nothing less than to dehumanise or emasculate him.” The problem with this position is that such ‘hot’ violence inevitably turns into a ‘cold’ carnage characterised by planning and calculation. Moreover, violence that begins with a clear purpose acquires a life of its own, fulfilling obscure wishes more than its consciously stated goals. It begins to exercise a dangerous fascination, a “terrible beauty”, from which, also, we cannot avert their eyes. We get a glimpse of this fascination in many ki…
During 2000-2010, the government subsidies to the global fossil fuel industry leapt to $409 billion, while those for renewable energy trailed at $66 billion. If subsidies for fossil fuel are still increasing, it seems clear that the world’s governments are yet to seriously accept the reality of the climate change situation
http://theconversation.edu.au/international-energy-agency-warns-weve-nearly-lost-our-chance-to-limit-warming-4255?utm_source=The+Conversation+Daily+updates&utm_campaign=e4b6e03c39-DailyNewsletter&utm_medium=email

Why you need to collaborate

Just a thought the other day.... Biodiversity is dying. Smaller Cultures & isolated Species are disappearing fast. But what the heck...we are just witnessing one in a probably 10 million years milestone. While many such milestones has gone by so far in this 4.5 billion year old Earth, this one is important to us, just because you can be part of only one such event.
After year's of expansion, Earth's biodiversity is contracting in the last 100 odd years. If we humans are NOT to be remembered as the 'Dinosaurs' of this modern age, we need to ACT now. If you think we already have the ability to endure any catastrophes, sorry you're wrong. The cockroaches and turtoise will outlive us for sure.
Humans has evolved learing from nature and we are yet to pass out of schooling in this education....Having to face today's earth problems in the mid-way of our journey of mastering 'NATURE', the only option we have now is to 'Collaborate' & 'Integ…

WHY WAS GANDHIJI NOT IN FAVOUR OF DEMOCRACY

It was the year 1935, the All India Congress Session was held in Bombay.The historic meet  was held after three and a half years. It was in this session that Gandhiji brought a resolution for the approvel of the All India Congress  Commette. The Bill was,to approve that Truth and Nonviolence will be accepted as the guiding principles for Congress. And unfotunately, it was not accepted and Gandhiji had no other go other than to quit from the Primary Membership of the A.I.Congress Committe. This was the most crucial point in Gandhiji s political and public life. Gandhiji failed to convene the Congress as to why he was insisting the Congress for adopting the Truth and Nonviolence as a basic creed. Dr. Rajendra Prasad was the President of this Historic Congress Session. In fact this was the begining of the moral fall of the Congress according to Gandhiji. He wanted the Congress to be an instrument of the principles of Truth and Nonviolence. Gandhiji through thses basic principles wanted to…

The Curve

Odd things happen in “curved space” that contradict what we expect from “flat space”. If you walk north ten kilometres, west ten kilometres then south ten kilometres, you would expect to end up ten kilometres east of where you started. Do that at the North Pole and you end up where you started!

Taittiriya Upanishad 2:7, 8

“Who could live, who could breathe, if that blissful self dwelt not within the lotus of the heart? He it is that gives joy.
“Of what nature is this joy?
“Consider the lot of a young man, noble, well-read, intelligent, strong, healthy, with all the wealth of the world at his command. Assume that he is happy, and measure his joy as one unit.
“One hundred times that joy is one unit of the joy of Gandharvas.
“One hundred times the joy of Gandharvas is one unit of the joy of celestial Gandharvas.
“One hundred times the joy of celestial Gandharvas is one unit of the joy of the Pitris in their paradise.
“One hundred times the joy of the Pitris in their paradise is one unit of the joy of the Devas.
“One hundred times the joy of the Devas is one unit of the joy of the karma Devas.
“One hundred times the joy of the karma Devas is one unit of the joy of the ruling Devas.
“One hundred times the joy of the ruling Devas is one unit of the joy of Indra.
“One hundred times the joy of Indra is one unit of the j…
The oxygen level was on the rise some 400 million years ago. And this was majorly was due to the bodies of vascular plants (that also appear on the earth's landscape around that time) decompose with difficulty, making it easier for organic carbon to be buried in sediments. When that happens, the organic carbon -- produced by photosynthesis -- is not available for reaction with oxygen. The consequence is a rise in the amount of oxygen in the environment. The vascular plants led to more carbon burial, and therefore to more oxygen. Then, the rise in oxygen made it possible for larger animals to evolve. (for more scientific facts, read on - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101008121348.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29)
Now the question is,
I presume nobody could have predicted then that such a rise would lead to more complex life forms.....& in turn some positive twists to the en…

When will climate change hit us?

A lily pond has one leaf in it the first day, two the second day, four the third, and the number of leaves continues to double each day. If the pond fills on the thirtieth day, when is it half full? The twenty-ninth day. Unfortunately for our overcrowded planet, we may now be on twenty-eighth day

The Mysore Maharaja story

Once,  the Maharaja of Mysore visited the Ashram. He asked for a private interview.  Of course Bhagavan never allowed such a thing. Finally it was decided that the Maharaja  be brought in when Bhagavan was having his bath. Trays of sweets and other costly presents were laid at Bhagavan’s feet. For ten minutes the Maharaja just stood looking and then prostrated before Bhagavan. 
Tears flowing from his eyes made Bhagavan’s feet wet. He told Bhagavan, “They made me a Maharaja and bound me to a throne. For the sin of being born a king, I lost the chance of sitting at your feet and serving in your glorious presence. I do not hope to come again. Only these few minutes are mine. I pray for your grace”.

discovered by science:

That in essence all things are immortal, that there is not a single atomic particle in creation that can go out of existence, that the changes we think are death and birth are only rearrangements of the living energies of which all consist.

The LOTUS!

வெள்ளதனைவது மலர் நீட்டம் மாந்தர் தம் உள்ளதனைவது உயர்வு!

The height of the water in the pond dictates the height of the Lotus flower in it. Likewise, the greatness of an individual is dictated by the beauty of Heart (The stem of the Lotus adjusts its height according to the height of the water in the pond.)

Abhyasa

Transmutation of the cerebral knowledge into spontaneous wisdom!

Educating the intellect is a cold, clinical, objective experiment that touches the outer crust of our personality.


But 'aligning the mind' to live in confirmity with such understanding is a far more tricky art - as it involves the radical transformation of the very personality.


http://www.sriramanamaharshi.org/mpath/2009/january/mp.swf - Page 39


(our fate is defined by a bundle of habits. So if you want to change your fate - change your habits)

Swadharma

No two snowflakes are the same. You are also unique. 


You have been created unique with certain abilities that no other person has. That's your Swadharma, your individual duty, the inner law of your being. 


Find out what your Swadharma is. 
Take stock of your natural inclinations and your capabilities. With some things it's so natural, like a fish in the water. You just know, 'Ahh, that's what I'm meant to do.'  


Feel the unseen hand directing your every moment, taking you along from one thing to another. Know that it's always unplanned by you and for the good of everybody. That's the real Swadharma.

Bliss

Bliss is not something to be got.

On the other hand you are always Bliss.

This desire [for Bliss] is born of the sense of incompleteness.

To whom is this sense of incompleteness?

Enquire. In deep sleep you were blissful.

Now you are not so.

What has interposed between that Bliss and this non-bliss?

It is the ego.

Seek its source and find you are Bliss.

-Ramana Maharshi

Labyrinths of philosophy

Raman Maharshi said:  

Fortunate are the one who do not lose themselves in the labyrinths of philosophy. Bhagwan says: Take Vedanta, for instance: it speaks of 15 pranas the names and functions of it   which the student is asked to commit memory. Will it not be sufficient if he thought, only one prana does the whole work of maintaining the body? Again the antakaran is said to think, to desire, to will, to reason etc. Why all these details? Has anyone seen antakarana, or all these pranas? Do they really exist? They are conceptual divisions invented by teachers of philosophy by their excessive analysis. Where do all these concepts end? Why should confusion created and then explained away? Fortunate is the man who does not lose himself in the labyrinths of philosophy, but goes straight to the source from which they all arise.

Beautiful Ananda!

The Buddha's friend and first disciple, Ananda, once remarked to his master that,

"Half the holy life, O master, is friendship with the beautiful, association with the beautiful, communion with the beautiful."

To this, the Buddha replied, "Say not so, Ananda, say not so. It is not half the holy life. It is the whole of the holy life."

(Interested in getting the context of this quote? - http://www.ecoliteracy.org/essays/toward-beauty-centric-education)

When I was the Ant.....

I was born in that house....

I experienced the Beauty of it as I grew.....

Then there was sounds of despair and calamity everywhere.....

Just then I got the instruction...
That our house is in the process of re-engineering and we gotta move on.....

And I started moving the sand particles one by one, as per the plan!!!