• Secrets of Holisting Living - Forgiveness

    by Amit Patel | Jul 26, 2018

    Everyone is aware of the fact that we store hurt for many years. If someone has not helped us whom we helped, someone told us harsh words many years ago, someone was responsible for our loss of wealth, someone misbehaved with us, came in our way which we considered right, held views or beliefs different from ours and we quarreled with each other, all these hurts unless cleaned with conscious effort and get stored in our memory lanes; it is very similar to blocking of our coronary artery by deposition of cholesterol.

    Clogging of our memory lanes results in blocking of the flow of our consciousness. Our observation, concentration gets continuously interrupted by imagination and surfacing of many bitter memories of the past. Our discussions - talks - conversations become superficial, sketchy, negative and meaningless. And then, to find pleasure of living, we have to continuously resort to parties, drinks, T.V. and any other news item or conversation, which will give excitement to the nerves.

    Such an excited nervous system results in sickness, lack of judgment in business, at times going beyond our limits in business in search of excitement, leading to frustration, gloominess; worry, talking about our own difficulties etc.

    This cleaning of memory lanes is possible only by understanding the eternal law that no unpleasant experience is possible without some dislike, prejudice, arrogance or attachment within us. Outside situation, which keeps on continuously, changing between pleasant and unpleasant experiences is rather helpful to dig out the negativities from our sub-conscious layers to make them accessible for cleaning.

    Surfacing of any unpleasant incident every now and then or coming across unpleasant people every now and then is the nature's benevolent mechanism - a reminder that something needs to be attended to, to be washed or cleansed. Some inner search becomes necessary to find out the dirty spot and clean the same by forgiving or friendliness (Maitri ) and love.

    Forgiving is necessary because an outside person or situation is not responsible for our bad luck. By holding one responsible for our bad luck, we live in a false world, a world of illusion and confusion and imagine a reality which does not exist. This violation of eternal law attracts punishment - a penalty that follows the law of compound interest.

    When we closely examine ourselves, we find that we keep on breaking the natural law by getting up late, waking for late hours, we use harsh words where we should be compassionate, sometimes indifference, sometimes anger, certain faults of commission and omission. It is because mother mature continuously forgives us that we are able to carry on with our normal life.

    When a disciple asked Jesus whether he should forgive the fault seven times, he says seventy times seven, meaning thereby that an endless forgiving is necessary to achieve reasonable purification of heart.

    Maitri (friendliness -love), Karuna (compassion), Mudita (cheerfulness) and Upeksha (equanimity) are four different parameters with which forgiveness is practiced. Starting with equanimity, one ends up with subjective love, a love, which does not need reciprocity - objectivity. This is a persisting exercise, producing pleasant results and a charming personality after prolonged, continuous efforts.

    Forgiveness gives seriousness, depth, poetry and music to our consciousness.

    No spiritual practice is possible with revenge lying in any corner in heart.

    Book excerpt from "Secrets of Holistic Living" by Shri Jayantilal Shah
    Published by:
    Vasant U. Patel, President
    Vitrag Vignan Charitable Research Foundation

  • Secrets of Holistic Living - Gratitude

    by Amit Patel | Jul 26, 2018

    Our present way of life which consists of piped water, covered drainage, smoke-free cooking, refrigerators, air-conditioners, telephones, TV, car, office automation, internet, systems of education - everything has originated from west; hence we must be grateful to the western nations and the scientists for having made our life so comfortable. Whenever we get time, we must pray for their well-being. Our goodwill must go to them. We should even be grateful to the British people for the gift of international language we can use in our communication, system of land revenue, penal code, railways, police, judiciary etc.

    We must express our gratitude to parents for looking after us during our childhood, our education, guiding us during our difficult times - in short, playing a crucial role during first twenty years of our life. Whenever we are alone, we must contemplate upon various episodes in life when parents played an important role in changing the course of events. One can refer early chapters of ‘Autobiography of Yogi’ or life story of any great personality to see how one has remembered the parents with gratitude.

    Gratefulness should also be expressed by remembering those episodes in life where certain friends or acquaintances became useful at critical moment.

    Gratitude should also be expressed to wife for protecting us during our times of frustration or preventing us from doing certain acts, which would have led to a disaster. Such actions should be remembered with effort.

    Gratefulness to the land of our birth however backward and ugly it may be.

    Gratefulness to all the poor people who give us a chance to exercise charity and allowing us feel worthy. Just imagine a life with no opportunity to do any act of charity, it leads to a feeling of worthlessness.

    Gratitude to nature for providing us free air and water, various types of foods and fruits, its beauty of sunrise and sunsets, hills and valleys, flora and fauna, vast expanse of sky and sea, beauty of her forests and falls - the great mother in all her diversity and variety gives us a chance to observe and enjoy her majesty.

    Gratefulness to the incidents of sickness, loss of wealth or any other painful experience which became instrumental in changing the course of life.

    'Namaskar' which is very common to Indian practice is an act of respect and gratitude to all those godly persons who help us to experience a higher level of our consciousness.

    Gratitude has to be cultivated with prolonged conscious effort to make it meaningful; otherwise it becomes ritual like ‘Thank you - Sorry' etc.

    Gratitude is one of the principal parameters of applied spirituality. Solitude or retreat is essential for contemplation and developing a spirit of gratitude. No company or too much company may turn counter - productive.

    When we go to bed every night, we must recollect something positive that has happened during the day, a pleasant chat with wife and children, a good customer, a loving smile from some holy person, nice music, a good order, a payment which was badly expected - any sweet experience during the day and offer our thanksgiving gratitude for this incident either to the person or to nature or God. 

    A person who cannot recollect any sweet incident during the day has not developed worthwhile sensitivity to the workings of nature. Every day, there is sweetness except for few days when the painful development process is on which is in a way similar to the pains of childbirth where the result is sweet.

    Gratefulness cannot be experienced by those who have not developed depth and seriousness in life.

    Consciousness cannot be purified without adequate practice of gratitude.

    Book excerpt from "Secrets of Holistic Living" by Shri Jayantilal Shah
    Published by:
    Vasant U. Patel, President
    Vitrag Vignan Charitable Research Foundation

  • Secrets of Holistic Living: Charity

    by Amit Patel | Jul 01, 2018

    All householders in all faiths have an obligation to part with a definite portion of earning for helping the orphans, poor people, education, medical relief, spiritual activities etc.

    The percentage varies from 5 to 25% of the income. Whereas 25% is the maximum, 5 to 10% is very common.

    Isha - Upanishad mentions that all earning must be used after first giving away the part. Bhagwad-Gita says that he is a thief who does not give charity and uses everything he earns for his personal use. Dada Bhagawan says that any monetary wealth does not last for more than a time-cycle of eleven years, it is bound to reshuffle and change possession anyway even if one clings too tight to money by not yielding to opportunity for charity. He says charity is an investment in the safest bank (nature) with highest interest, hence is bound to return to the origin in one way or the other.

    As far as possible, this should be done in such a way that it is not publicized. It may really not be high secret but not to be broadcast.

    A man who does not use part of the income for charity does considerable harm to himself. Flow of divine guidance within him gets blocked gradually and he tends to indulgence in addictions, drink, amour and other derelictions. He starts losing wealth by way of family sickness, quarrels, litigations, falling victim of cheating etc.

    In modern times, it is seen that uncharitable businessmen lose wealth by staff unrest, labour strikes, lockouts, recession and many other unforeseen calamities.

    Charity makes a man pure, benevolent and virtuous. Divine energy starts flowing into his internal system.

    Charity, which is given for name & fame although being good, leads to arrogance. It is in a way better than no charity yet quite inferior to charity without seeking name and fame.

    It is very difficult to remain charitable and humble at the same time but it is possible to move in that direction with conscious effort. Charity is repayment of debt to the nature who provides us air and water - two most important elements as an act of charity. Only aim of charity should be self-purification.

    Bible mentions that let your left hand not know what your right hand does - as the law of charity. Over and above the charity of money, benevolence and kindness to our staff, workers etc. is also considered as charity.

    When we give charity, we should not think of hundreds of poor people whom we are unable to help. This is a useless exercise and leads to a point of no-return. We are not the only people in the world to do charity. Nature keeps on producing hundreds of needy people and enough rich to make up the balance.

    Highest charity is to teach and make people practice benevolence, spirituality, self-knowledge etc. There are a few people capable to undertake the task of imparting the virtues of benevolence, universal brotherhood and spiritual elevation.

    Guiding people on the spiritual path, setting up of ashrams and meditation centres etc. are also acts of subtle charity although they are dependent upon gross charity.

    Saint Poet Tulsidasji has composed a popular couplet which when translated in English reads like this: 'Oh Tulsi, river water does not decrease because of drinking by Birds'; in a similar fashion wealth does not decrease because it is given as charity; on the contrary it increases by divine help.

    Charity should not be done through emotion or impulse but with a conscious feeling of oneness. Nor we should ask others to contribute towards a noble cause if it leads to reciprocal liability for us.

    Silent charity is a short cut to prosperity by activating divine forces to work for us.

    Dada Bhagawan says ‘Man is a Guest of Nature’. Storing money with a distrust of nature is opposite of charity.

    Charity without calculation is extravagance.

    Charity has the inbuilt component of the graceful acceptance of the world ‘as it is’.

    Book excerpt from "Secrets of Holistic Living" by Shri Jayantilal Shah
    Published by:
    Vasant U. Patel, President
    Vitrag Vignan Charitable Research Foundation


  • Secrets of Holistic Living: Contemplation on Our Fault

    by Amit Patel | Jul 01, 2018

    Instinctively it is easy to exactly locate where someone else is going wrong but very difficult to do a similar exercise with one's own self. However, precisely that is what is required in applied spirituality.

    Whenever we become a victim of an accident, a business loss, cheating, theft at home or at office or any unpleasant incident whatsoever, there is always someone whom we can and do blame. Although appearing real, in fact it is an illusion. Real reason lie within us. Our too much attachment to anything - money, body, wealth, our self-centeredness using unscrupulous means to achieve something to the exclusion of others, results in loss of wealth, cheating, injury and accident either to us or other family assets.

    There are certain cases like a chronic disease, prolonged ailments, a mental depression, cancer or any other disease, which result in loss of wealth or premature death or both. There is no apparent external reason. In such case usually stress caused by excessive work or desires for earning too much of hubbub or travelling, knowing too many things for multi-tasking, eating various tasty foods indiscriminately, too many clothes etc.; all these result in restlessness of the mind. Slowly control over body movement, speech etc. is lost; mind gets lost with too many imaginations. At times, this results in loss of sleep, requiring tranquilizers. Ultimately the system becomes vulnerable to disease. The evidence once again is lying inside.

    Aim of a true spiritual practice is not to stop people from earning wealth but to keep these desires and resulting stresses within permissible limits; regular meditation helps to achieve this level. In case this limit is crossed, correction can be applied by introspective Meditation so as to resolve to return to normality. Change in lifestyle: change of routine, change of place, good reading, nice company, etc. is also useful to come back to normal from excessive stress.

    Many times, people insult us, have rude behaviour towards us, create obstruction in our working by instigating people against us, strikes, lockĀ­outs, gherao etc.; all this is rooted to our arrogance displayed to subordinates in general. These insults and obstructions are to be sensed in a true spirit as a reaction to the inherent negative cause within us to be mitigated by a positive resolve of taking care of the ego of others in our interactions.

    Women and men when harbour strong under-currents by way of stored hurts, jealousy or vanity, they come across various difficulties in their marital life because of these negativities and become victims of health problems etc. If they can find these underlying evidences and make strong auto-suggestions to counter-act them with positivity, they come out of their difficulty.

    In short, no punishment comes to us without guilt on our side no rewards without earning. Coming out of our negativities bring wealth as a corollary. Searching for the fault within and correcting the same is called the effort. All other efforts are in a way merely movements of mind, speech and body; much of those tend to be negative, unwanted and excessive if the underlying faults within us continue to be preserved as such while keeping busy with attempting redressal of mere symptoms outside.

    Living in close contact with the enlightened teacher is initially very important. Following and obeying his instructions in our living prove to be of a great help in noticing the grave faults underlying within us. Once we notice and accept our own fault as a crucial evidence to generation of all the maladies we are facing, half the remedy is done as in case of a true diagnosis. The other half battle thereafter becomes easier to win as we experience the life this way, find out the deep rooted fault within and replace it with right knowledge so on and so forth steadily elevating the spirit of life.

    Book excerpt from "Secrets of Holistic Living" by Shri Jayantilal Shah
    Published by:
    Vasant U. Patel, President
    Vitrag Vignan Charitable Research Foundation

  • Secrets of Holistic Living: Defense or Safety

    by Amit Patel | Jun 03, 2018

    When some-body makes a mistake of hurting us or harming our possessions through oversight - sometimes even deliberately, we immediately lose our temper, speak harsh words, keep on reminding the party concerned that you made this mistake and so much harm has come to me because of this mistake etc. Such defending action from our side tantamount to offending the other person, who in turn returns to us similar reaction creating a beginning of a vicious cycle.

    We should have proactively defended ourselves from outcome of the vicious chain of offending and defending by either controlling our temper in the first place or gracefully accepting the happening with equanimity. This is the real defense. It conserves our energy from being wasted on getting entangled in to the vicious cycle. Further, loving and soothing words from us to the other party will protect him or her from adversarial brooding or becoming negative.

    Home: Whenever a house-maid or servant is not coming in time properly, sometimes not attentive to work, firing him might not serve the purpose. There are chances, he will not improve or he will leave the job and we will get somebody worse than him that too after a gap of inconvenience to all members of family. This chain reaction will ultimately make a negative effect upon our homely routine and even health. Best defense in such case is to politely persuade her or him, demonstrating by doing the work ourselves and wait patiently till things improve.

    In case, out of old habit, we lose our temper we must apologize during meditation to undo the offence. In that case all divine faculties will progressively come to our aid to restore health and make life peaceful.

    Business: We try to defend our business by cunningly out-witting a competitor or grab the order by bribing agent of the purchaser or commit execution of work-order within tighter schedules for completing the job earlier in haste. Usually the money earned this way is lost in labour strikes /unrest/ sickness (due to overburden)/rejection of goods due to inferior quality, dislocation of the plant /services (due to overload) etc. Best defense is righteousness and wishing well of all our employees and other parties including those who are against us or trying to harm us and one may see that miraculous results will be achieved.

    beggars / person seeking alms: If a man comes to our house asking for food or money, do not doubt his bonafides. Give him something whatever little we can and nature will take care of the rest. This is our defense.

    There are situations like being persuaded by beggars / other persons seeking alms, where the defense is to silently bow before the divinity within him. This will prevent the feeling of resentment emerging in us. Payment to the beggar is not very important per se, if you are unwilling to donate. Defense here is to salute the divinity within him and if at all we give something or pay some money, we should do it with reverence and gratitude. In nature, there is no single sided transaction, hence be mindful that blessed we are since he gave us a chance to exercise our charity and feel moments of gracefulness and fulfilment.

    : If the situation outside is noisy, as it is during Diwali /festivals/processions, do not get irritated; just think of the pleasure others are having. Slowly you will find that noise does not disturb you; you are only aware of the noise and silence. This is your personal defense.

    Dealing with
    naughtiness of Children: It is their birth right to make the things topsy-turvy, play with gadgets with their curiosity, disturb us when we are working, sometimes stop us from working by asking us to play with them etc. Know and realise for sure that you are over-working, your nerves are tense and child is the God's representative to give you a signal to take a pause and relax. If this signal is not heard, doctor will give us bed-rest for two or more weeks!

    Spouse: Best defense against our spouse is never to offend her or him. True love is the most difficult thing to develop. What we ordinarily understand as loving our wife/husband is in fact an attachment or commitment. Real love consists accepting the spouse as it is without argument/ without reason and slowly persuade her or him to do certain things we believe correct. Be aware that many of the times what we believe to be correct is not correct.

    Although defending ourselves is needed in life, many a times what actually happens is offending to others which initiate a chain of boomeranging.  Due to illusory belief, it appears as if we were defending ourselves but unmindfully it triggers offensiveness in others and generates a cyclical chain of pains. Wisdom lies in developing equanimity as an effective defense mechanism in the long run.

    Book excerpt from "Secrets of Holistic Living" by Shri Jayantilal Shah
    Published by:
    Vasant U. Patel, President
    Vitrag Vignan Charitable Research Foundation



  • Nature, Natural Laws and Natural Living

    by Amit Patel | Jun 03, 2018

    The main focus of this paper will be our planet and its inhabitants and the incredibly complex and fragile network of interconnected systems from which it is composed.  From the smallest microorganism to the largest living being, all life on Earth has a common ancestor.  The complex system from which life arose is often referred to as Nature but also goes by other names such as the Environment, Prakrithi or External World.  Nature also refers to the inner or unseen activities that occur within living beings which in humans are reflected through the mind-body speech functions and in animals as instincts. As humans our relationship with the Environment has always been one of imbalance and overuse.  We have drifted further away from being in tune with Nature (both externally and internally) as the need for more resources has changed our way of life and our expectations from life.  In the process we have willingly ignored our role and responsibilities to the environment and, in turn, our self-interest.  Although every species has its own impact on the biosphere, not every species has the cognitive ability to measure their influence or capacity to change it.  Humans are unique in this respect. It is the root cause of  our environmental, social  and the day- to- day problems we face in life and in living. By the same token, the solutions are also in us if we think and act holistically rather than find piecemeal solutions to human problems (internal and external).

    From the human standpoint, the external world is a gross form or “effect” resulting from subtle “cause” which are tied to perceptions and projections of the human mind. Mother Nature’s work is to shift, to change, to remove from here and carry it somewhere else (constant motion). The universe is transformation and life is succession of views. If we observe carefully, everything that happens in the external or internal world happens “justly” but our egoistic belief does not see it that way. The harmony in Nature reveals an intelligence of such superiority that in comparison with it all the systematic thinking of human beings is only an insignificant reflection. The Natural laws that govern and sustain the entire universe are way beyond our rational thinking but if we are sincere and open minded to know the truth it can be experienced in our own living body. For example, if we starve or eat unhealthy food it affects our body and leads to disease. The body responds to the natural law and experience is the proof. 

    Dada Bhagwan has said that the human body is the universal laboratory and our living is a “live’ experiment that is going on within us.  Our human body is a natural creation and the human personality attains full development only when we gain our self-consciousness, i.e. we are a spiritual being in a mechanical body. If we hold on to this golden rule and live, we are living naturally.  There is nothing external which is not internal.  The mind (internal) creates reason and meaning from each situation (external) in life. When we recognize the external situations as our own projections, background and conditioning we can see a higher vision that reveals the mind as a mechanical, programmed instrument. In this vision, the mind is projecting “what should be” according to our conditioned ego instead of “what is” and simply recognizing this distinction diminishes the internal conflict within us and begins to free us from likes and dislikes. We can boldly declare “let the mind be, we don’t mind”.

    We will look at some of our external and internal challenges that agitate our minds and how we could appease them knowing what is within our power and what is beyond our intervention.  Human interpretation of the natural laws is bound to vary as history tells us. Notwithstanding that fact, there is the Eternal law, the essence of all laws which sustains the universe.  What then is this Eternal law and how are we to live in accordance with it? We will address this in the context of our environment and human life and living.

    All scientific studies and evidence point to a rapid degradation of the environment.  The apparent cause is linked to an excess of anthropogenic (human) activity.  However, it is not just limited to our external activities. The role of our thinking and perceptions of the environment and our understanding of our natural link with it have been ignored. Specifically, the greed and desire to dominate the environment through technological advances for commercial and economic gains have created a competition to control the natural resources. Today, how much we can take from our planet is an open-ended question. The current ecological crisis has come to our attention in just the past three or four decades.  The effects of this crisis are already being felt in several parts of the world as people are struggling to cope with deteriorating air quality, polluted streams, scarcity of rainfall and potable water and climatic changes.

    As humans our ties to the environment are crucial and in a sense moral and spiritual. All of us at some time or the other have experienced the mystical and transcending feeling in our inner self when we are in nature’s space. This connection and feeling calls into question any notion of mastery over nature while illuminating constant struggle of mastery over oneself.  The conception of the environment in Indian tradition has from ancient times, been cosmos-centric:  everything is related to everything and creation and destruction take place simultaneously.  Nature is the perfect “recycle system”. As the Earth is the quintessential origin of all life the Indian tradition reveres all trees, plant life, rivers and aquatic life, and the sanctity attached to hills and mountains. The belief in the divinity of living organisms, in the intricate web of life, and our faith in the wisdom of our ancient traditions has slowly eroded with the advancement of technology.  In this age of science and technology, an age where we have established links with the moon, sent shuttles to space, launched satellites past planets and even claim to have discovered a new planet, we should stop to think for a moment what links we have established with the living cosmos that is our very life source. Our ancients had subtler connections with the Earth – they were truly “Green”. It is time for us to revive these connections and restore the ecological balance.   

    Natural living is reverence to all living beings and oneness with nature.  What is needed today is not an ad hoc response to the environmental crisis but a holistic approach to life itself.  The solution starts with recognizing the oneness of all life irrespective of the hierarchical position in evolution.  Humans undoubtedly are the most evolved amongst all living beings but that does not diminish the value of other living beings in the hierarchical order. Instead of exploiting nature one has to milk it. The latter does not kill the cow but meets one’s need!  When it comes to nature and how it functions, it is in our power to refrain from opinion and judgements.  Instead we need to develop an internal attitude to observe the vital life force that is behind everything that is happening, be mindful of our actions and our basic human obligation to protect the environment.

    Eternal Law or Universal Law and its Derivatives
    Eternal law is the Divine wisdom insofar as it directs and governs all the actions and movements of creatures. Dharma is another word for it in the Indian tradition and Justice is its treasured virtue.  Everything in nature reflects the Eternal law imprinted on it through its own nature or essence; examples are heat and fire, wetness and water, light and sun.  Whether we accept it or not all beings participate in the eternal law and are moving towards their due end.  We humans are no exception. We participate by conforming to our natural knowledge of positive and negative moral precepts. For example, that good is to be done and evil is to be shunned are universally accepted precepts.  It is not a law in the legal sense but an obligation we have collectively accepted as a human race for the harmonious functioning of society.  Natural law is human participation in the Eternal law through our natural gift of knowing, reasoning and discriminating what is in the best interest of humanity and what is detrimental.  It is called natural because obedience to it leads us towards the good that we desire by nature.

    The universe is said to be a reverberating chamber where every little sound is loudly heard everywhere and in which there can be no privacy.  Everything we project in the form of desire, likes and dislikes are recoded in the subtle realms, never get destroyed and are repaid in a befitting manner.  Under this scenario it would be wishful thinking on our part to try to attribute justice to any personality or individuality. Every thought, action or feeling that emanates from us has to be viewed and judged in the light of this natural law.  It is relentlessly operating within us and outside us.   Even the will of the omnipotent being cannot change or abrogate the natural law which is self-regulating (but not self-governing) according to Dada Bhagwan. Everything that is subject to change falls in the realm of Natural law or Prakrithi; we humans have only the independent power of projection.  The rest is done by Nature and therefore we need to be mindful of what we project in our own self-interest. Whatever abnormalities that we see outside or inside us they are a result or effect of our own projections from the past (causes) that have come back to us (effect) in this present life.   Nature is impartial and whatever has been projected is being purged through the mind, body and speech instruments.

    Vyawasthith Shakthi—the Natural Regulatory Power
    The wonderful secret of the Natural order and Natural law was revealed to Dada Bhagwan in 1958 during an intensive contemplative meditation when he earnestly delved into the very depth of his Being to understand Nature and how and why it functions as it does.  After experiencing the enlightening revelation he declared to the world that an “impartial, self-regulating power” which he termed Vyawasthith Shakthi governs and enables all laws of the world.  It is this impartial, systematic power that keeps everything functioning in its own natural way. We humans mistakenly think we are responsible “doers” and in the process we perpetuate the cycle of cause and effect.  It is not an animate power controlled by an authority which we commonly refer to as God.  Vyawasthith Shakthi is the inherent power in Nature charged by cosmic consciousness and controlled by Time and the laws of Karma (cause) and Karma Phal (effect).

    Dada Bhagwan also refers to this power as Scientific Circumstantial Evidence (“SCE”). SCE is governed by principles like other scientific or natural laws that are rational and universally accepted.  For example, the inherent nature of the stone causes it to fall due to gravity. Cause and effect are built in it and are functioning together. “Circumstantial” implies that there are many elements that need to come together for an event to occur (e.g. time, location, the medium/instrument ). Dada Bhagwan gives the simple example of how various ingredients are needed to prepare a cup of tea and it is Vyavasthith which brings everything together. The word evidence implies that we cannot pinpoint the exact cause and its effect. A good analog comes from the science of nutrition where the number of factors that influence how our body reacts to the food we eat makes it difficult to identify a singular cause-effect relationship. Similarly, in nature multiple permutations and combinations are going on in the minutest time interval that make it impossible for the human mind to “decode” the language of Nature.

    Dada Bhagwan has brought out this simple and yet profound universal law with numerous examples from daily living that everyone can understand.  It does not negate the code of conduct in the religious scriptures or human laws. It is all inclusive and universal.  It is the unchangeable law of Nature.  SCE when understood and implemented properly will take care of all human laws according to Dada Bhagwan, a fact borne out in the author’s life.  We begin a fresh life when we free ourselves from doership. We start to accept everything that is happening as correct and just and learn to adjust to all circumstances without finding faults.  Through this understanding and a positive vision we develop an obliging nature which will ultimately lead to perfect freedom even in this lifetime.

    Moral Law and Ethical Conduct
    The term Dharma which is commonly used to denote religious denominations (Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity and others) has a deeper meaning. It is the inherent essentiality or primary essential attribute (dharma) without which it would be devoid of meaning. Right and wrong are offshoots of dharma, the positive, life affirming principle. For example the dharma or essential attribute of water is to be wet, fire to be hot, space to be expansive and accommodating, time to be ever progressing and an infinite number of such entities.  The universe has its own dharma with a cosmic intelligence responsible for it; a place replete with inherent meaning, value and an intelligent design. In the external world we can see this dharma operating through the natural physical principles by observation, reasoning and scientific enquiry.

    Humans have their own dharma which is grounded in four values brought together under the fold of Purusharths or aim of existence.  These are Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha which denote the moral value, economic value (wealth and material), vital value (physical, mental and aesthetic desires) and spiritual values. Each has its own code of conduct and is found in the Sanathan Dharma (a collection of teachings directly from the experience of the Indian sages from the Vedic period). These are applicable universally and have been time tested.  Dharma is placed at a higher level than Artha and Kama so that morality leads the physical and social man towards a higher goal.  The fourth Purushartha, Moksha (liberation or self-realization) is the evolution of the spiritual man who has transcended his own physical, social and moral self (Prakrithi).  It is the realization of one’s own innermost self with the cosmic self (Purusha). According to this tradition, human life is deemed complete when all four aspects of life are fulfilled with the increasing emphasis on higher values.

    Dharma is the ultimate law that keeps the body, mind, society and everything in the external world in balance and in a state of perfect integration.  It makes us feel that we are an integral, holistic personality and life is nothing more than relating to everything in the external world of name and form and our own individual needs. Dada Bhagwan has given to the world the essence or code of conduct for humans in his Nine Diamonds which has been translated in English and other Indian languages.

    The path to perfection is the highest goal in human life. Morality and ethical values are the gatekeepers that will open the door for us. They are only applicable to humans and are embedded in the natural law to remind us to distinguish “what is” from “what ought to be”.   Morality is not coveting other’s possession by thought, word or deed.  The Isha Upanishad tells us not to covet others possession and puts forward the highest truth that God pervades everything and only what is due to us comes to us and therefore it is not proper to covet others.  Ethics, from a behavioral standpoint, refers to the same principle as honesty and dishonesty.  Both morality and ethics tell us what ought to be done as opposed to what can be done.

    Our trials and tribulations stem from violating this cardinal rule which create Karmic shackles that we have to deal with in our lifetime. Just as heat is generated when there is resistance to the free flow of electric current, we suffer pain when we go against the law of Nature.  It is the inherent nature of the river to flow always in the downward direction. For moving it upward we have to overcome the resistance by an external force. Does the river ever refrain from flowing because of pain?  Does the lighted lamp refuse to illuminate the surroundings by excusing from its natural duty in the name of pain? When we are pained (suffer) under any circumstances, we should internally accept that it is our own mistake and bear it without complaining. We are formed by Nature to endure everything and it is within our strength to bear anything that upsets our physical, mental and emotional balance.  We need not go after changing the events which is the worldly solution to problems. Instead we seek solace within and bear whatever comes to us with the attitude that it is in our best interest to do so or even consider it our duty to do so.  This is the highest morality that one can abide by in all circumstances. Living sincerely by finding no fault in anything or anyone and accepting total responsibility for all our sufferings (and happiness) is the royal path to perfection. 

    Concluding Remarks
    Natural living is possible only when we look at life from a holistic perspective.  Right understanding and positive vision are the twin foundations for a harmonious life.  Whereas the body-mind complex is a fixed entity given to us by Nature, the animating, enlivening and illuminating consciousness is free.  Freedom and determination, freedom and responsibility, fate and freewill these all go together.  They are not incompatible but need to be coordinated on moral and spiritual values.  Natural laws are an affirmation of the moral and spiritual nature of Man which is higher and different from the physical and social nature we share as humans. Complete freedom belongs only to the Purusha (Soul). Our earnest desire to free ourselves from the time-space constraint by which we are held together can be fulfilled only by Nature.  Experience tells us that life is changing every moment and one has to be prepared for whatever comes to us.

    It has been said that life is more like wrestling than dancing, meaning we should stand ready to tackle the onslaughts from all directions.  Three principles can keep us alert and help us in making the right decisions in life.  These can be summarized as:

    Personalization – We are at fault for our loss contrary to what our intellect will point to;

    Pervasiveness – We can keep a positive attitude to learn from adversity and maintain separation from a sense of ‘doership’;

    Permanence – The only permanent feature of the mind-body experience is change.  Grief, loss, joy, and pleasure are temporary and are not caused by any individual or higher power and will subside in their own course

    Through these principles an approach to living can be cultivated which is in increasing harmony with natural laws.  It is an approach which can precipitate a change in attitude toward the environment, an expanding set of experiences of natural law, and greater appreciation of SCE.  Dada Bhagwan says:

    “He alone is the Lord (Bhagwan) who is the Master of Circumstances and Ruler of Impulses.  Man is not punished For his sin (mistake) but By his sin.  Mistakes arising out of doership and ownership by Ego are to be lived out.”

    “The Knower does not do; the Doer does not know”.  It is a beautiful way of saying that

    God is in Everything!!  

    Dr. Radha P Krishnan
    Holistic Science Charitable Research Foundation



  • Secrets of Holistic Living: Opinion

    by Amit Patel | Apr 28, 2018


    Habit of dividing the outside situation in good and bad - actually divides the inner psychological energy and slowly reduces it. Acceptance multiplies and opinion divides the energy. Opinion lowers down the level of inner psychological energy.

    A human system under the effect of 'Opinion' loses the ability to see the fact, especially subtle facts underlying the events.

    The loss of psychological energy under the effect of opinion makes a man/woman a daydreamer, a wishful thinker, continuously planning (defensively) instead of observing the plans.

    Low energy level of the mind opens the gate of negativity. One tends to become faultfinding, pessimistic and restless.

    Observation becomes weakertrap and weaker and steadiness is lost. All this happens in psychological part of the human system.

    Opinion results in loss of creativity. There is constant bubbling of the mind with attendant loss of inner silence.

    Opinion results in weakening of nervous system leading to fear psychosis. There is excessive clinging to one’s own living.

    Stronger the opinion, weaker the mental faculty. It leads to hypersensitivity or loss of sensitivity.

    Effort to come out of opinion is equivalent to psychological 'Pranayama'. It helps in purifying and controlling the mind.


    • A man may be arrogant but charitable with high degree of organizational skill, steadfast determination, able to withstand usual temptations of money. If we judge him by an opinion we will call him bad if he speaks plainly in a way, which we do not like, and overlook or take a marginal note of his good qualities.
    • A politician working under the stress of heavy negative pressures will be judged by his lack of straight forwardness or his acquisition of wealth, which he requires for various purposes to maintain his political career.

    Only if we come out of "Opinion", we will be able to evaluate a man by taking stock of both his negative and positive parameters, without unduly exaggerating his negativities or turning a blind eye towards his positive attributes. Meditation helps to come out of opinion.

    Book excerpt from "Secrets of Holistic Living" by Shri Jayantilal Shah
    Published by:
    Vasant U. Patel, President
    Vitrag Vignan Charitable Research Foundation

  • GOD...From HOLISTIC SCIENCE Perspective

    by Amit Patel | Apr 28, 2018

    “There can only be one doer. If God has made everything then there is nothing for us to do, and if we are the doer then there is nothing for God to do!”

    First of all, what is the dictionary meaning of God?

    1. A being conceived as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient, originator, and ruler of the universe; the principal object of faith and worship in monotheistic religions.
    2. Omniscient means all knowing and omnipotent means all powerful, fully harnessing the inner energy for the welfare of the universe.
    3. A being of super natural powers or attributes, believed in and worshiped by people, especially a MALE deity thought to control some part of nature or reality.
    4. The sole Supreme Being, eternal, spiritual, and transcendent, who is the Creator and ruler of all and is infinite in all attributes.
    5. Generator, Operator, and Destroyer of the world.

    Holistic Science has revealed the following basic facts regarding our Universe, God, Living beings, Human Life, and Mother Nature:

    1. Universe is jam packed with living beings of all four life forms viz. Humans, plants and creatures, Angels and hell; and from one-sense (only Touch) to five-sense viz. Touch, Taste, Scent, Sight, and Hearing in progression.
    2. Universe and so the Living beings are all fundamentally made up of Six Perpetual Eternals viz. Soul, Matter, Space, Motion, Inertia, and Time.
    3. Matter in association with the living beings is identified as Live Matter, simply to differentiate from the non-living inert physical matter.
    4. Soul is the only divine and spiritual element with its unique attributes of PERCEPTION and KNOWLEDGE. It is identified as the GOD element of Absolute Purity that remains totally separate from all other perpetual elements, in spite of its close association with them within the living form by virtue of its distinctiveness quality.
    5. There are principally only two things in the world. First is Soul as GOD element with its divine activity of Perceiving & Knowing. Secondly, CIRCUMSTANCES comprising of the other five eternals with their activities in connection with the natural living instincts of FOOD, SLEEP, FEAR, and REPRODUCTION.
    6. These basic instinctive activities become unnatural especially in human society under the potent pressure of self-ignorance and resultant egoistic living under the influence of anger, pride, possessiveness, greed, likes, and dislikes, which becomes the very cause of unhappiness, pain, and disharmony among them.
    7. The effects of such unnatural living get direly reflected on the Ecosystem and Mother Nature as a whole and eventually on other living beings also.
    8. Ego thus born out of ignorance, wanders in the four life forms depending upon his Karmic projections. Ego, in the very presence of the Pure Soul-God, could be positive or negative, which in the present time it is mostly negative. However, it is ego that bears the consequences of its positivity through worldly happiness and comforts and the same ego bears the consequences of its negativity through worldly unhappiness and discomforts. As per Holistic Science both happiness and unhappiness are suffering only. It finally transcends into the Perpetual Spiritual Being through the Right Knowledge of Self and understands that he is wholly and solely responsible for himself, which he falsely believed as ‘Doer’ at times by identifying himself as the body-self and as ‘Knower’ at other times, but unknowingly. And now, But with the understanding of Holistic Science, he starts living with total HUMILITY and MINDFULNESS leading to the total elimination of ‘Doer-ship’; thus emerging as Perpetual Pure Soul Divine Being -- God that ONLY PERCEIVES and KNOWS, freeing from REBIRTH forever!”

    Let us now go through some of the very subtle, logical, rational, and thought provoking intelligent arguments of the Holistic Science:

    1. If the world is created by God, then who created God? And then who created God's creator? One can keep going on and on and on... I believe, with this understanding we cannot come to any finality of a precise answer!
    2. Also, when did he create the world? Because the Holistic Revelation in this regards is: “World is perpetual -- without beginning and is endless.”
    3. If God is the doer, then he is like a potter or a cobbler or even a shoe maker, which doesn’t sound right. Also, if he is truly doing everything, then would you ever be responsible for anything? No. We falsely believe ourselves egoistically as ‘doer’ for every good thing and conveniently put the blame on others for the bad things! Egoistically, harnessing the omnipotence of God, Ego creates his own world in which he has to suffer. But the perpetual fact is neither God nor you are the doer. As Holistic Science has revealed: “God is creator by Hindu viewpoint, by Christian viewpoint, by Muslim viewpoint, but not by fact. By fact, it is only ‘The Scientific Circumstantial Evidence/s’ [SCE/s].
    4. Now, does God really exist? Yes, he does exist. Then what is his address? Is it the heavenly abode up in the sky? No. There is nobody living up in the sky, there are celestial bodies – Angels up there. Rather, the Holistic Science Revelation is: “God is in every creature, whether visible or invisible but not in creation -- not in manmade things!”
    5. Look at the ocean, it appears as if the waves get created and they die (subside). However, water remains forever. It is the SCE i.e. nature – coming together of water, sunlight, and heat combination that the pressure is created and the wind blows creating disturbances in the water, which we call them as waves. Now imagine, where is the need for any God in this natural happening?
    6. A piece of iron when fully dipped in seawater never gets rusted, never gets oxidized. However, when left outside in the open air on the seashore it easily gets oxidized and gets rusted. Again, is God needed to do this? Definitely no! It is the coming together of the Scientific Circumstantial Evidences of the iron, seashore, and moist salty air that it gets rusted. This is a very simple pure Natural Science.

    So, there are no miracles in the nature, but it is the science of coming together of specific ‘Causes’—Evidences and their subsequent ‘Effects’ i.e. SCE which makes thing happen; and not doing by any particular Evidence, which most of the time, we conveniently hold it solely responsible! Holistic Science calls this collective coming together of the various causes of people and/or things, which make things. We call them Happening (fruits of the past seeds) -- Circumstances in nature are only ‘Scientific Circumstantial Evidences’!

    Unfortunately, people do not have knowledge of this Natural Science to solve every mystery of happening that surrounds them. This is simply because they are plagued with ignorance -- lack of knowledge i.e. they lack the ‘Science of Circumstances’ which Holistic Science has so gracefully revealed to us.

    For example: Of all the people in the crowd, why did my pocket get picked? Look around! Who is suffering today? Is it the pickpocket or me? One who has lost his money, he is in pain, and today I am suffering and not the pickpocket because I am paying for my past misgivings! While the pickpocket is enjoying his new fortune today, he will be punished by the nature for sure; he will be caught like me in the future. Holistic Revelation for this is, “Sufferer is at fault!”

    In the same way, it is not the mistake of the person who shot the arrow! It is the mistake of the person who got hit by the arrow, who is suffering today. But in the world, socially this is not acceptable. When the person who shot the arrow gets caught and proved guilty then it will be his mistake and would be punished, but now the person who got hit has been caught in the nature, being suffering today.

    So, whose mistake is it? It is of the one who suffers. The primary mistake is that you ignorantly believed you are John or you are Sandy. This wrong belief causes pain and suffering. If this wrong belief is removed through Self-knowledge, the world would be without any faults.

    The aphorism, “Adjust Everywhere”, will take you to the zenith of effectively discharging your worldly duties. No one has got freed or liberated without doing so. One has to resolve the worldly life puzzles in an amicable manner so as to not accumulate new Karmas.

    Where there are differences or clashes, there is no presence of God, and it is not even a sound worldly activity either, then how will it ever be a pious religious activity? So, we must resolve to ‘Avoid Clashes’ for our own peace, happiness and harmony.

    So, God is the divine eternal entity as Pure Soul within all living beings. It remains within us as a mere witness only. And we live as Ego, ‘I am John’ or ‘I am Sandy’ for example. This is irrespective of our religious belief whether I am Hindu, Jain, Christian, Jew, or Muslim. The divine power of Perception and Knowledge of God gets primarily realized and experienced indirectly by us (as John or Sandy) through the 5-senses, which we all have. Our mind gets inspired through the Karmic Causes of the past lives based on the thoughts that sprout and further make us (John or Sandy) do things in connection with the Karmic Suffering we (John or Sandy) have to pass through, which is not possible without the presence of God, our Real Self, who unfortunately we are not aware of. Our body self (John or Sandy) is our Relative Karmic Self making us (John or Sandy) suffer all day and night -- 24X7.

    Karmic connections, in the presence of God – Pure Soul, inspire us and that’s how we end up doing things which eventually makes us suffer as part of our discharging Karmas only, and not otherwise! Discharging Ego makes us suffer, whereas Charging Ego conceives us for the next life through wild ignorant doer-ship projections.

    The Charging Ego continues only until you are Self-realized as God when it stops, and then what remains is Discharging Egoistic activity only. Through Self-realization you come to know yourselves as God – Pure Soul that ‘I am’ when you simply start “Perceiving” and “Knowing” all discharging Karmic effects of Ego (John or Sandy) through SCE i.e. nature.

    Now, in the matter of two to three lives mainly elevated humans or higher form of Angels with a maximum of 15 lives in total and the definite last life of human only, when all Karmic Effects get fully discharged for you to attain perpetual freedom -- Nirvana, emerging and experiencing ourselves as God of absolute Bliss! This is how we all are Divine Spiritual Beings as omniscient, omnipotent, all pervading God of absolute Bliss!!


    God as Perpetual Pure Soul Eternal Element, although with its divine qualities of Omniscience, and Omnipotence, is only passively-active; present in every living being. And so unfortunately, it is totally lame without getting personified (which should be the goal of every human).

    Now, as we have already seen above, “Knowledge” is the primary attribute of God as Pure Soul. And Activities is the attribute of the Body-self through Scientific Circumstantial Evidences (SCEs) of Mother Nature, caused by collective egoistic doer-ship projections. Ego in the ignorant state does the representation of God. The divine Knowledge-light of God through the filter of the Ego, indirectly acts as Intellect. The intellect keeps discriminating and protecting Ego by judging others at fault, resulting into self-hurt. Thus, in every human life Ego creates a new mind through ignorant wrong beliefs, resulting in the vicious cycle of rebirth. Absorbed in our Ego, we take credit for every success and conveniently blame others, including God for our failures.

    Now, in spite of all these, in principle, every living being is the TEMPLE of God! But it is only possible in the human form when that individual once Self-realized gradually gets rid of all his weaknesses of anger, pride, possessiveness, greed, likes, and dislikes through self-retrospection and correction; he finally becomes even SUPERIOR to God when the divine qualities of Omniscience and Omnipotence become actively-passive! Through such embodiment of God, this egoless person becomes a universal guide in principle for the entire humankind. This enlightened person’s mind is totally free from discriminating wrong beliefs, intellect is non-existent, and vision is that everyone is innocent still living in the world with total humility like other common humans. This enlightened state was accomplished by Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Mahavira, Lord Jesus Christ, Prophet Mohammad and many others. They came at different times in different eras, and depending upon the condition of the prevailing human society then and their outlook, these individuals portrayed themselves as “Son of God” or “Messenger of God” or “God Personified” and did the welfare of the human society with the same Holistic Science in their hearts, with the fundamental principle of “Discrimination-free Vision” and “Total Humility”. The proof of their perfect humility is that they earned a respectable place in the hearts of many people. Interestingly, during their time none of them professed any brand of religion, but after their passing away people formed religion around their teachings!! So, what remained are the ritualistic Religions with conflicting beliefs, each trying to prove their perfectness, dominance, and genuineness, claiming their path as the only “WAY OF LIFE!” Now, this is also correct but only when they all have the same principles of Holistic Science in their hearts without any discrimination and bias. With this correct understanding when one builds a Temple, let it be anywhere but without any controversy. A Temple where followers are taught Holistic Science with the belief that true abode of God is our Body, the moving divine Temple. And wherever such a Living Temple goes, he or she will create the same atmosphere of unity, love, and universal brotherhood. Here, we want to recall what the scientist of the millennium, Albert Einstein has said so thoughtfully and precisely: 

    “Science without Religion is lame, Religion without Science is blind.”

    So, inner Perpetual Pure Soul Eternal Element, God with the perfect understanding of the Holistic Science in our hearts, whichever Religion we may profess and follow, we will be able to coexist perfectly as human society of ONE HEART, which is the need of the present chaotic TIME!

    By Deepakanandji Mistry,
    Holistic Inner Science expert and educator on Happy and Harmonious Daily Living

  • Secrets of Holistic Living: Eternal Law of Acceptance

    by Manish Shah | Mar 29, 2018

    "What is nature’s language? What appears to be justice or injustice by worldly viewpoints is all justice in nature’s language. So accept that whatever has happened is just and correct. Even if you are not ready to believe, you will have to accept it after going through agonies."

    This aims at accepting all individuals and situations either with equanimity or gracefully. Any pattern of internal change like meditation, introspection leads to acceptance. In short, acceptance is a technique of internal change to correct external situation like health, business conditions, family problems etc. in a limited way. It is the, opposite of reaction.

    Response to a situation like sickness by way of treatment is well observed practical pattern. Here again change of life habits; diet etc. that forms the internal change is acceptance. So also in case of business loss. Change of strategy by introspection to correct the situation is acceptance. Change of business pattern due to obsolescence is a response, which is the sub-set of acceptance.

    The concept of acceptance is at the center (a middle point of view) of the extreme responses of either non-acceptance or over-acceptance.

    Non-acceptance is the (reactionary) effect of over-acceptance; correction need be first applied to basis of our non-acceptance by understanding its destructive power.

    It is observed that when one does not accept human beings gracefully, whether one likes them or not, the result is loss of wealth and health. This is due to one’s failure in managing well his interpersonal relations.

    Non-acceptance of things like clothes, furniture and way of living is not as dangerous as Non-acceptance of men & situations.

    Non-acceptance of human being is usually in case of partners, government officers, family members, neighbours, servants, members of different regional or religious groups etc. As long as somebody is not accepted and hence avoided, a man or women worse than those whom we have not accepted is put in our path by nature till ultimately we learn to accept the uniqueness of human beings. So is the case with situations.

    It can be learnt by experience as also meaningful observation of different people that non-acceptance usurp lot of energy by way of internal and external friction and thereby reduces the energy level of the human system, may hamper the immunity level and making him open to disease.

    Whenever, we are in difficult situation, by instinct we try to change the situation whereas by acceptance we overcome our own hostility to the situation. That is, we ourselves change and the degree of our change is reflected in a change of situation appearing in our favour.

    If we cannot change our non-acceptance, then we should gracefully accept the result of our non-acceptance to reduce the damage. This is called secondary acceptance.

    Acceptance is a measure of our grace, culture and creativity. It is cultivated by a strong auto-suggestion to accept. It requires a patient effort over a prolonged duration. It puts life into our system. It is a very important way to come out of our misery.

    When practiced under the guidance of a teacher, it transforms human system into serene divinity enabling intense activity with a calm and steady poise. It cleans the memory lanes by removing "HURT" spread all over. It is the receding of ego system represented by its manifestations in the form of arrogance, obstinacy, fear, anxiety and restlessness.

    Acceptance is not helplessness although usually a situation is accepted when there is no other way. It is the calm acceptance of the people who appear to be responsible for uncomfortable situation by meditating on the real cause of our predicament.

    Acceptance is in the ultimate analysis an inward search for the causes. Taken to an extreme, it is blessing all those responsible for our difficulty - an opening of life within and reducing our hostility which over sometime shall be responded by a matching positive feelings from them.

    Acceptance when properly understood and practiced locates a true spiritual centre line, away from all dualities like love and hate, rigidity and looseness, health and sickness, poverty and wealth.

    It is the way to come out of material and spiritual bankruptcy.

    If one over-accepts one-self, ego-principle becomes strong and light goes away. If he does not accept himself and starts reducing himself, he becomes worthless man.

    We always get what we deserve, wife, children, business partners, neighbours, colleagues, profit, loss. Depending upon the extent of hostility and love within us, some are favourable some are unfavourable. One can experience that by accepting unfavourable persons gracefully, their number decreases and life becomes more pleasant.

    Practice of acceptance over a long period leads to inner silence. It is the essence of non-violence and compassion. It is the aim of all meditation practices.

    Of all the non-acceptance, the most powerful one is of death, strong breath currents built by nature at the time of birth creates a strong misbelief in us that we are the body and death of body means our own death. Only slow practice of meditation can take us out of the fear of death. Accepting death gracefully is not to ask for death. It only generates strong life currents within us during our lifetime. There will not be old age.

    Acceptance is also the basis of principle of impermanence (Anitya), which requires experiencing nature of all sensations as arising - passing away and then calls for their graceful acceptance, be them pleasant or unpleasant.

    Book excerpt from "Secrets of Holistic Living" by Shri Jayantilal Shah
    Published by:
    Vasant U. Patel, President
    Vitrag Vignan Charitable Research Foundation

  • Complainer is Guilty

    by Manish Shah | Mar 29, 2018

    We need to learn to adjust at home. If we come home late at night, what would our family members say? “Please try to come home earlier.” Is it not our duty to come home on time? So, ‘Adjustment’ needs to be made over here.

    If the bullock of the cart doesn’t get going, then it gets hit by the rider with a stick having a nail in it! If it keeps walking, then it wouldn’t get hit. Poor dumb animal, whom is it going to complain?!

    On the other hand, if humans get hit, there would be many people who would come to their rescue. But now, why did the bullock got hit? This is because previously he had complained a lot while in the human form and this is the result it is getting back and now it just cannot complain! When he had the power to ‘Adjust’ to do right things, he had complained a lot and now it does not have any power so it has to bear the pain without complaining.

    Now, based on this example we have to learn to do plus - minus. So, decide never to complain. Because if you complain, then there would be every chance to become accused in the eyes of the other person with a counter complain and hence there would be serious paybacks. We do not want to be an accused or an accuser (complainer) either. If someone curses us or does anything (good or even bad) we just ‘accept’ it. Truly there is no legitimate reason to complain. So, beforehand we must ‘Adjust’. Afterall, what is wrong in ‘Adjusting’?

    But if you complain, then you become an accuser, a complainer. Holistic Scientist considers the person who complains, himself is the accused, as ‘guilty or accountable’. Why at all did you have a situation to complain? It is observed that most of the people who complain are themselves guilty in the eyes of the Mother Nature. So, in principle, if someone is guilty, then only he would complain. And still if you complain, you will become the complainer and naturally the other person would accuse you back! So, in the eyes of the other person you would become the accused. So, never complain against anyone.

    Now recall the purpose of learning ‘Multiplication’ and ‘Division’ in our school mathematics class? When you ‘Multiply’, value/things increase, grow, and proliferates. But when you ‘Divide’, value/things decrease, subside and reduces.

    So, if you see anything wrong in the other person, tell your mind that, ‘The person is a good person and you are the one who is actually wrong’.

    In this way, you have changed the ‘Multiplication’ to ‘Division’ and there would be no ‘Remainder’. In the same way, if there is ‘Division’, then do ‘Multiplication’. This is how Holistic Science teaches us to amicably take care of our day to day life circumstances. So, ensure that there is no‘Reminder’ remaining anywhere.

    By thinking that the other person said,‘This and that to me’, is criminal. While walking if you hit a wall, do you ever complain to the wall? No, we tell that it is inert. By the way, what happens to you when you are hit by some humans? Consider the other person as a tree only! Imagine if a cow steps on our foot, do we ever complain?  This is how we have to take it while dealing with others. What is the basis on which Holistic Scientist forgives everyone? He knows that people don’t seem to understand their life’s happenings, which are exactly like hitting the tree but those who understands will immediately realize their mistakes and do ‘Repentance’ (ask for forgiveness).

    So, now think, who would ever come to a person and complain? One who is guilty will only come and complain!

    However, in this difficult era things are such that those who are the judges, they take side with the people from whom they hear first. It is like when the father comes home, and the daughter immediately complains about the brother, the father takes her side and treats the son as culprit even before understanding what really had happened. Why is it that the daughter complained first and not the son? And what the son might have done doesn’t come into picture at all but the father being ‘sensitive’ will simply take side of the daughter. Father would not conclude that since the daughter came first to complain, she is the one who is to be blamed as the guilty party.

    Similarly, people would come and complain to the Holistic Scientist about their home problems. But he would always listen to all and then only make any judgment. So, by making proper judgments, complains would not increase and the complainer who is truly the guilty party would feel that I should be careful in the future about complaining, since I will definitely get caught over here.

    The world is such that “Whatever happens is just and correct!” So, there is no reason to complain at all. It is only the guilty ones who would like to complain, give false manipulated details, and become an ‘arbitrator’! Holistic Scientist would never entertain any complaint from any such ‘arbitrators’. The way mud tells us (silently) that if you put your hands into me, your hands would get dirty and you will have to wash them. We have to learn to take the best care of our self-such that no one becomes an ‘arbitrator’ in our life.

    Some people, all day would keep on doing, ‘mine and yours, mine and yours,’ for everything, which they are not going to take along with them when they die. What are you going to take along with you for the next life? All quarrels and puzzles done with others! Any charity done and of course ego will be going along with you. Anger, pride possessiveness, attachments, aversions, and greed you are going to take along with you. So, be careful.

    We should not see others’ faults otherwise our life will get spoiled. One must keep looking at one’s own faults only. This life is the result of our past Karmas only so why complain at all?

    Saying, “You are like this and you are like that”, itself is a big aversion and a bad karma get created while talking casually sitting at the dinner table. World goes on like this with these kinds of aversions. That is why Holistic Scientist has categorically said to resolve everything amicably and magnanimously so that no karmas are created while others phase out.

    - Translated from article on Complaint from AkramVignan, Feb 2018.

  • HOLISTIC INNER SCIENCE For Happy and Harmonious Daily Living

    by Amit Patel | Feb 26, 2018

    How to live successfully… Whether it is work or family, our success story solely depends upon how well we understand & use the Principles of Nature and i.e. Holistic Inner Science in all of our life’s activities.

    So, let it be work or any of our family RELATIONS, they all are glassware and must be dealt with PERFECT HUMILITY and DISCRIMINATION FREE VISION along with other supporting Positive Vision Tools such as…

    u  In any situation, look around for who has suffered… because SUFFERER IS AT FAULT;

    u  And because, WHATEVER HAPPENED IS JUST, after I suffered, without any ambiguity it is certainly my DESTINY only! Here again, “Nothing comes from nothing!”

    u  So, I must… ADJUST EVERYWHERE and never PROCRASTINATE… i.e. never delay in adjusting or even correcting wherever I have gone wrong;

    u  This will definitely help me… AVOID CLASHES! For my own happiness!

    Further evaluating with… Positive Visions of HOLISTIC SCIENCE… such as, understand… The WORLD IS MY REFLECTION, So, I am dealing with myself only although apparently it looks as if I am dealing with someone else.

    u  HOLISTIC SCIENCE says… DON’T SEE our perceived LAWS as Correct, instead PLEASE SETTLE Amicably and unconditionally;

    u  And be HONEST and SINCERE to my family, my work, my friends, and of course myself because… DISHONESTY IS THE BEST FOOLISHNESS, to reach to the highest level of MORALITY wherein Nature will come to my total rescue and help me experience INNER PEACE, FREEDOM & HAPPINESS as Goal of my LIFE!

    u  What you had given before, you are getting it back. Positive or happiness given before brings positivity and happiness now while negativity or unhappiness given before will bring negativity or unhappiness now.

    Whether I SUCCEED or FAIL … Failure always teaches me lot of lessons! Because…

    Whether I SUCCEED or FAIL … Failure always teaches me lot of lessons! Because…

    But when I live with this understanding of Holistic Inner Science, I will ultimately SUCCEED whether I am at work or with my family or with my Self!


    Further deeper UNDERSTANDING…

    HOLISTIC INNER SCIENCE, being at the core of every existence, we have seen it doesn’t really differentiate between work and family. It has so precisely revealed principle subtle facts about human life, living and coexistence that all beliefs and differences, which prevailed until today in human society got total clarification with absolute conviction and we are able to UNDERSTAND the exact working of every aspect of our individual and collective existence associated with the LIVE MATTER i.e. Matter in relation with our mind, speech, body, intellect, consciousness, ego and the living Soul and NOT the inert matter.

    HOLISTIC INNER SCIENCE has further given complete account of CIRCUMSTANCES with the ultimate SCIENCE OF HAPPENING, as Cause & Effect Theory or Seed & Fruit Theory or Freewill & Destiny Theory, i.e. beginning, sustenance and end of every HAPPENING, which is by virtue of the origin, use and dissolution of the Cosmic ENERGY associated with and controlling this LIVE MATTER, to what we truly call as NATURE and NOT GOD as Generator, Operator and Destroyer. For example, when someone has worked hard (Positive CAUSE) for his exams, he gets good grades (Positive EFFECTS).

    Here, so wonderfully, Nature is simply bringing everything back to NORMALITY! In fact, what we see around as GROSS ACTIVITY i.e. DESTINY in the Nature today is the mere sustenance and decaying aspect of the very subtle form of the SEED, which was caused (or created through SUBTLE ACTIVITY) Naturally [or unnaturally], conceived previously all because of the HUMAN BRAIN i.e. INTELLECT i.e. his FREEWILL EGO! Everyone is being radically conditioned, mostly negatively these days, and all against Nature out of Self-ignorance. And that is the reason there is so much of chaos all around in the world today.

    Humans have become so mean due to Ego and Greed that although He is an ‘Independent (non-moving) Being’ as Soul – the Perpetual God Entity and ‘Dependent Moving Being’ by virtue of his BODY, as part of The ‘Naturally Moving Whole SYSTEM’ – we call The WORLD or The UNIVERSE, unfortunately, he becomes a miserable MOVER (i.e. a Doer) in it by ‘Be-Coming’ Egoistically out of Self-ignorance, i.e. by identifying him as the SUFFERER and subsequently projecting as a DOER, instead of Being Naturally as Soul, the GOD, who truly he is in God’s realm, as PERCEIVER and KNOWER of everything that is JUST HAPPENING around him of his own mind, speech, body assembly and all others including other life forms, transparently!

    So, in this collectively UNIFIED and singularly ONE WHOLE Universe, of the shape of a standing Human with his hands resting on his waist, with his egoistic, discriminative and divisive attitudes [FEELINGS], he [the Ego and NOT the Soul, it being Blissful by its very Nature with infinite source of power] ends up PROJECTING, taking the Nature’s Power in his hands, thereby extracting power from his very Soul, charging new Karmas, trapping himself in the vicious cycles of ‘Causes and Effects’ of SUFFERING in the 4-Life forms viz. Angel, Human, Plant or Creature, and Hellish Life forms. Here, Human form is the junction point of causing new Karmas in the 4-Life forms and also facing the effects of the previously charged Karmas. Whereas, all the other three life forms are merely meant for suffering the effects of those Karmas caused in the Human form.

    Here, HOLISTIC INNER SCIENCE has given perfect solution to every aspect of our existence, whether it is work, family or self, ultimately helping us learn to deal with total Sincerity and Morality with our own Self and all others we come across. Our Goal of Inner Peace, Freedom and Happiness, effortlessly gets fulfilled by Heartily doing THE FOLLOWING basic ‘3-Prayers’ and the ‘9-Code of Conduct’ as 9-Key Tools for Living Happily …

    1. I don’t want to hurt any living being through my mind, speech and body.
    2. I will give Happiness to everyone I come across with the POSITIVE VISIONS (understanding) of HOLISTIC SCIENCE viz.
      1. World is my reflection, and echo of my doing ONLY.
      2. I am wholly and solely responsible for myself.
      3. Sufferer is at fault!
      4. Adjust Everywhere and Avoid Clashes!
      5. Dishonesty is the best foolishness! So, always be sincere and moral to your spouse, friends, and self for your own happiness.
      6. Don’t see laws, please settle amicably.
      7. Relations are glassware, handle with utmost care.
      8. Soul is the perpetual God residing in every living being then whom will you hurt?
      9. Ego is the center point of everyone’s existence. So, never hurt Ego of any person.
      10. Committing mistakes is a common occurrence. Wisdom is there in correcting them through Retrospection, Acknowledgement, Forgiveness and Resolution that ‘I don’t want hurt any living being through my mind, speech and body’, will keep us safe, pure and perfect all the time.Earnestly, I will remain in search of a Holistic Scientist in whose heart resides the HOLISTIC INNER SCIENCE, and on meeting him, I will immediately come into his total obedience. Following his footsteps, I will experience the same INNER PEACE, FREEDOM and HAPPINESS like him and become a PERFECT INSTRUMENT for the welfare of the world!
    3. Earnestly, I will remain in search of a Holistic Scientist in whose heart resides the HOLISTIC INNER SCIENCE, and on meeting him, I will immediately come into his total obedience. Following his footsteps, I will experience the same INNER PEACE, FREEDOM and HAPPINESS like him and become a PERFECT INSTRUMENT for the welfare of the world!
    Give me that inner strength:

    1. Not to hurt or support anyone hurting even slightly, the ego of any living being.
    2. Not to hurt, neither cause someone to hurt or support someone hurting even to the slightest extent, the foundation or view-point of any religion or faith.
    3. To restrain me from uttering untrue adverse things, from offending or showing disregards (disrespect) to any preacher, monk, nun, or a religious head.
    4. Not to dislike or hate any living being to the slightest extent, neither cause anyone nor support anyone doing so.
    5. To restrain me from speaking, causing someone to speak or supporting someone speaking harsh, hurtful language or language of rivalry to anyone.  Give me inner strength to speak soft, sober, soothing language even if someone speaks harsh, hurtful, egoistic, or biting language.
    6. To restrain me having desires, gestures or thoughts of perverted sensuality or passion towards any gender – male, female or neuter. Give me the supreme strength so as to be free from sensual or passionate attitudes or perversions forever.
    7. To control my excessive temptation towards any relish or taste of food. Give me the strength to take food having balance of all tastes.
    8. To restrain me from uttering untrue adverse things, from offending or showing disregard towards any being – living or dead, in someone’s presence or absence.
    9. For being instrumental in welfare of the world that is common good of mankind as a whole.

    -Deepakanandji Mistry, Holistic Inner Science expert and educator on Happy and Harmonious Daily Living.

  • Innovation Means Relying on Everyone's Creativity

    by Amit Patel | Feb 26, 2018

    Innovation has always been a primary challenge of leadership. Today we live in an era of such rapid change and evolution that leaders must work constantly to develop the capacity for continuous change and frequent adaptation, while ensuring that identity and values remain constant. They must recognize people's innate capacity to adapt and create-to innovate.

    In my own work I am always constantly and happily surprised by how impossible it is to extinguish the human spirit. People who had been given up for dead in their organizations, once conditions change and they feel welcomed back in, find new energy and become great innovators. My questions are, How do we acknowledge that everyone is a potential innovator? How can we evoke the innate human need to innovate?

    The human capacity to invent and create is universal. Ours is a living world of continuous creation and infinite variation. Scientists keep discovering more species; there may be more than 50 million of them on earth, each of whom is the embodiment of an innovation that worked. Yet when we look at our own species, we frequently say we're "resistant to change." Could this possibly be true? Are we the only species-out of 50 million--that digs in its heels and resists? Or perhaps all those other creatures simply went to better training programs on "Innovation for Competitive Advantage."

    Many years ago, Joel Barker popularized the notion of paradigms or worldviews, those beliefs and assumptions through which we see the world and explain its processes. He stated that when something is impossible to achieve with one view of the world, it can be surprisingly easy to accomplish with a new one. I have found this to be delightfully true. Now that I understand people and organizations as living systems, filled with the innovative dynamics characteristic of all life, many intractable problems have become solvable. Perhaps the most powerful example in my own work is how relatively easy it is to create successful organizational change if you start with the assumption that people, like all life, are creative and good at change. Once we stop treating organizations and people as machines, and stop trying to re-engineer them, once we move into the paradigm of living systems, organizational change is not a problem. Using this new worldview, it is possible to create organizations filled with people who are capable of adapting as needed, who are alert to changes in their environment, who are able to innovate strategically. It is possible to work with the innovative potential that exists in all of us, and to engage that potential to solve meaningful problems.

    We are gradually giving up the dominant paradigm of western culture and science for over 300 years-that of the world and humans as machines. Almost all approaches to management, organizational change, and human behavior have been based on mechanistic images. When we applied these mechanical images to us humans, we developed a strangely negative and unfamiliar view of ourselves. We viewed ourselves as passive, unemotional, fragmented, incapable of self-motivation, disinterested in meaningful questions or good work.

    But the 21st century world of complex systems and turbulence is no place for disabling and dispiriting mechanistic thinking. We are confronted daily by events and outcomes that shock us and for which we have no answers. The complexity of modern systems cannot be understood by our old ways of separating problems, or scapegoating individuals, or rearranging the boxes on an org chart. In a complex system, it is impossible to find simple causes that explain our problems, or to know who to blame. A messy tangle of relationships has given rise to these unending crises. To understand this new world of continuous change and intimately connected systems, we need new ways of understanding. Fortunately, life and its living systems offer us great teachings on how to work with a world of continuous change and boundless creativity. And foremost among life's teachings is the recognition that humans possess the capabilities to deal with complexity and interconnection. Human creativity and commitment are our greatest resources.

    For several years, I have been exploring the complexities of modern organizations through the lens of living systems. But rather than question whether organizations are living systems, I've become more confident about stating the following: the people working in the organization are alive, and they respond to the same needs and conditions as any other living system. I personally don't require any deeper level of clarity than this. But I'd also like to note that one of the gifts of understanding living systems is that it soon becomes evident that Life's processes apply both to individuals and systems. The dynamics of life are "scale-independent"-they are useful to explain what we see no matter how small or large the living system.

    The new worldview of organizations as living systems rather than machines offers many principles for leadership. Each of these principles has affected my work in profound ways. Together they allow leaders to accomplish our greatest task -- to create the conditions where human ingenuity can flourish.

    Meaning engages our creativity
    Every change, every burst of creativity, begins with the identification of a problem or opportunity that somebody finds meaningful. As soon as people becomes interested in an issue, their creativity is instantly engaged. If we want people to be innovative, we must discover what is important to them, and we must engage them in meaningful issues. The simplest way to discover what's meaningful is to notice what people talk about and where they spend their energy.

    In my own work with this principle, I've found that I can't learn this just by listening to managers' self-reports, or by taking the word of only a few people. I need to be working alongside a group or individual to learn who they are and what attracts their attention. As we work together and deepen our relationship, I can then discern what issues and behaviors make them sit up and take notice. As we work together, doing real work, meaning always becomes visible. For example, in meetings, what topics generate the most energy, positive or negative? What issues do people keep returning to? What stories do they tell over and over? I can't be outside the process, observing behaviors or collecting data in traditional ways. I've also learned that I notice a great deal more if I am curious rather than certain.

    In any group, I know that I will always hear multiple and diverging interpretations. Because I expect this, I now put ideas, proposals, and issues on the table as experiments to see what's meaningful to people rather than as recommendations for what should be meaningful to them. One of my favorite examples of how easily we can be surprised by what others find meaningful occurred among healthcare professionals who were trying to convince parents of young children to use seatbelts. But these parents were from a traditional, non-Western culture. They did not see the act of securing their child to a seat as protective of the child. They saw it as invoking the wrath of God. Strapping in a child was an invitation to God to cause a car accident.

    I've learned how critical it is to stay open to the different reactions I get, rather than instantly categorizing people as resistors or allies. This is not easy--I have to constantly let go of my assumptions and stereotypes. But when I listen actively for diversity rather than agreement, it's fascinating to notice how many interpretations the different members of a group can give to the same event. I am both astonished and confident that no two people see the world exactly the same.

    Depend on Diversity 
    Life relies on diversity to give it the possibility of adapting to changing conditions. If a system becomes too homogenous, it becomes vulnerable to environmental shifts. If one form is dominant, and that form no longer works in the new environment, the entire system is at risk. Where there is true diversity in an organization, innovative solutions are being created all the time, just because different people do things differently. When the environment changes and demands a new solution, we can count on the fact that somebody has already invented or is already practicing that new solution. Almost always, in a diverse organization, the solution the organization needs is already being practiced somewhere in that system. If, as leaders, we fail to encourage unique and diverse ways of doing things, we destroy the entire system's capacity to adapt. We need people experimenting with many different ways, just in case. And when the environment then demands a change, we need to look deep inside our organizations to find those solutions that have already been prepared for us by our colleagues.

    There is another reason why diversity lies at the heart of an organization's ability to innovate and adapt. Our organizations and societies are now so complex, filled with so many intertwining and diverging interests, personalities, and issues, that nobody can confidently represent anybody else's point of view. Our markets and our organizations behave as "units of one." What this means is that nobody sees the world exactly the same as we do. No matter how hard we try to be understanding of differences, there is no possibility that we can adequately represent anybody else. But there is a simple solution to this dilemma. We can ask people for their unique perspective. We can invite them in to share the world as they see it. We can listen for the differences. And we can trust that together we can create a rich mosaic from all our unique perspectives.

    Involve everybody who cares
    Working with many kinds of organizations over the past several years, I've learned the hard way that building participation is not optional. As leaders, we have no choice but to figure out how to invite in everybody who is going to be affected by change. Those that we fail to invite into the creation process will surely and always show up as resistors and saboteurs. But I haven't become insistent on broad-based participation just to avoid resistance, or to get people to support my efforts. I've learned that I'm not smart enough to design anything for the whole system. None of us these days can know what will work inside the dense networks we call organizations. We can't see what's meaningful to people, or even understand how they get their work done. We have no option but to ask them into the design process.

    I know from experience that most people are very intelligent-they have figured out how to make things work when it seemed impossible, they have invented ways to get around roadblocks and dumb policies, they have created their own networks to support them and help them learn. But rarely is this visible to the organization until and unless we invite people in to participate in solution-creation processes. The complexity and density of organizations require that we engage the whole system so we can harvest the invisible intelligence that exists throughout the organization.

    Fortunately, during the past ten years there has been pioneering work (by Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff, Robert Jacobson, Kathy Dannemiller, and many others) on how to engage large numbers of people in designing innovations and changing themselves. Yet even in the presence of strong evidence for how well these processes work, most leaders till hesitate to venture down the participation path. Leaders have had so many bad experiences with participation that describing it as "not optional" seems like a death sentence. But we have to accept two simple truths: we can't force anybody to change. And no two people see the world the same way. We can only engage people in the change process from the beginning and see what's possible. If the issue is meaningful to them, they will become enthusiastic and bright advocates. If we want people's intelligence and support, we must welcome them as co-creators. People only support what they create.

    Diversity is the path to unity
    All change begins with a change in meaning. Yet we each see the world differently. Is it possible to develop a sense of shared meaning without denying our diversity? Are there ways that organizations can developed a shared sense of what's significant without forcing people to accept someone else's viewpoint?

    There is a powerful paradox at work here. If we are willing to listen eagerly for diverse interpretations, we discover that our differing perceptions somehow originate from a unifying center. As we become aware of this unity in diversity, it changes our relationships for the better. We recognize that through our diversity we share a dream, or we share a sense of injustice. Then, magical things happen to our relationships. We open to each other as colleagues. Past hurts and negative histories get left behind. People step forward to work together. We don't hang back, we don't withdraw, we don't wait to be enticed. We actively seek each other out because the problem is important. The meaningfulness of the issue sounds louder than past grievances or difficulties. As we discover something whose importance we share, we want to work together, no matter our differences.

    I've been humbled to see how a group can come together as it recognizes its mutual interests. Working together becomes possible because they have discovered a shared meaning for the work that is strong enough to embrace them all. Held together in this rich center of meaning, people let go of many interpersonal difficulties, and work around traditional hindrances. They know they need each other. They are willing to struggle with relationships and figure out how to make them work because they realize this is the only path to achieving their aspirations.

    People will always surprise us
    Perhaps because of the study of human psychology, perhaps because we're just too busy to get to know each other, we have become a society that labels people in greater and greater detail. We know each other's personality types, leadership styles, syndromes, and neurotic behaviors. We are quick to assign people to a typology and then dismiss them, as if we really knew who they were. If we're trying to get something done in our organization, and things start going badly, we hunt for scapegoats to explain why it's not working. We notice only those who impede our good plans--all those "resistors," those stubborn and scared colleagues who cling to the past. We label ourselves also, but more generously, as "early adopters" or "cultural creatives."

    I was recently given a T-shirt with a wonderful motto on the back: "You can't hate someone whose story you know." But these days, in our crazed haste, we don't have time to get to know each others' stories, to be curious about who a person is, or why she or he is behaving a particular way. Listening to colleagues-their diverse interpretations, their stories, what they find meaningful in their work -- always transforms our relationships. The act of listening to each other always brings us closer. We may not like them or approve of their behavior, but if we listen, we move past the labels. Our "enemy" category shrinks in population. We notice another human being who has a reason for certain actions, who is trying to make some small contribution to our organization or community. The stereotypes that have divided us melt away and we discover that we want to work together. We realize that only by joining together will we be able to create the change we both want to see in the world.

    Rely on Human Goodness
    I know that the only path to creating more innovative workplaces and communities is to depend on one another. We cannot cope, much less create, in this increasingly fast and turbulent world without each other. If we try and do it alone, we will fail.

    There is no substitute for human creativity, human caring, human will. We can be incredibly resourceful, imaginative, and open-hearted. We can do the impossible, learn and change quickly, and extend instant compassion to those who are suffering. And we use these creative and compassionate behaviors frequently. If you look at your daily life, how often do you figure out an answer to a problem, or find a slightly better way of doing something, or extend yourself to someone in need? Very few people go through their days as robots, doing only repetitive tasks, never noticing that anybody else is nearby. Take a moment to look around at your colleagues and neighbors, and you'll see the same behaviors --people trying to be useful, trying to make some small contribution, trying to help someone else.

    We have forgotten what we're capable of, and we let our worst natures rise to the surface. We got into this sorry state partly because, for too long, we've been treating people as machines. We've force people into tiny boxes, called roles and job descriptions. We've told people what to do and how they should behave. We've told them they weren't creative, couldn't contribute, couldn't think.

    After so many years of being bossed around, of working within confining roles, of unending reorganization, reengineering, down-sizing, mergers and power plays, most people are exhausted, cynical, and focused only on self-protection. Who wouldn't be? But it's important to remember that we created these negative and demoralized people. We created them by discounting and denying our best human capacities.

    But people are still willing to come back; they still want to work side by side with us to find solutions, develop innovations, make a difference in the world. We just need to invite them back. We do this by using simple processes that bring us together to talk to one another, listen to one another's stories, reflect together on what we're learning as we do our work. We do this by developing relationships of trust, where we do what we say, where we speak truthfully, where we refuse to act from petty self-interest. These processes and relationships have already been developed by many courageous companies, leaders, and facilitators. Many pioneers have created processes and organizations that depend on human capacity and know how to evoke our very best.

    In my experience, people everywhere want to work together, because daily they are overwhelmed by problems that they can't solve alone. People want to help. People want to contribute. Everyone wants to feel creative and hopeful again.

    As leaders, as neighbors, as colleagues, it is time to turn to one another, to engage in the intentional search for human goodness. In our meetings and deliberations, we can reach out and invite in those we have excluded. We can recognize that no one person or leader has the answer, that we need everybody's creativity to find our way through this strange new world. We can act from the certainty that most people want to care about others, and invite them to step forward with their compassion. We can realize that "You can't hate someone whose story you know."

    We are our only hope for creating a future worth working for. We can't go it alone, we can't get there without each other, and we can't create it without relying anew on our fundamental and precious human goodness.

    - Margaret Wheatley

    Margaret Wheatley is a well-respected writer, speaker, and teacher for how we can accomplish our work, sustain our relationships, and willingly step forward to serve in this troubling time. She has written six books: Walk Out Walk On (with Deborah Frieze, 2011); Perseverance (2010); Leadership and the New ScienceTurning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the FutureA Simpler Way (with Myron Rogers); and Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time. Each of her books has been translated into several languages; Leadership and the New Science appears in 18 languages. She is co-founder and President emerita of The Berkana Institute, which works in partnership with a rich diversity of people and communities around the world, especially in the Global South. These communities find their health and resilience by discovering the wisdom and wealth already present in their people, traditions and environment (www.berkana.org). Wheatley received her doctorate in Organizational Behavior and Change from Harvard University, and a Masters in Media Ecology from New York University. She's been an organizational consultant since 1973, a global citizen since her youth, a professor in two graduate business programs, a prolific writer, and a happy mother and grandmother. She has received numerous awards and honorary doctorates. You may read her complete bio at http://margaretwheatley.com/bio.html, and may download any of her many articles (free) at http://margaretwheatley.com/writing.html

  • Akram Vignan on Be-ing and Living

    by Manish Shah | Jan 28, 2018

    I would like to focus on two key points related to Akram Vignan :  Be-Ing and Living.  They are not separate entities but distinct and have a much deeper meaning than what we take for granted,  Be-Ing again, is not the same as Being  (all forms of life species that we commonly associate with Being))  Be-Ing  is the Internal State of Pure Awareness (Jagruthi) of ones Presence as ‘I” only  in all situations  without my, mine or other.     It is the “I” that precedes everything we perceive in the external world.  Holistic Scientist A. M. Patel put it in  simple terms when he said any number of zeros have no meaning unless preceded by the number “1”.  Our true nature is Be-Ing only.    It is the core within us  which goes by various names Atma, Brahman, Dao, Soul  and yet paradoxically it seems beyond.   Akram Gynan  teaches   us to become more conscious of our true nature  behind the façade of personality and mind-body-speech functions.  It does not dismiss the external  world as an illusion but only separates the Real aspect of our nature which is “Be-Ing” and the Relative aspect the” living” with all its attributes of mind, body and speech functions.  With this  separation,  from my personal experience  I can say life takes a new turn and   there is much more internal peace , harmony and  contentment.

    There are occasions in  everyone’s life of spontaneous awakenings to a feeling of ‘oneness' beyond the myriad forms of life when our mind is totally withdrawn.  Such moments are few and far between and not sustaining but it is that state that we refer to as Be-Ing  where we are momentarily disengaged in any activity.  The trigger might be a spectacular scenery or an illuminating Satsang  or even Fear and the like or for that matter no apparent reason when the mind goes quiet momentarily where we only feel our presence(Turya) . In those special moments of “Be_Ing” we feel more aware of our Presence and fully engaged in the NOW and no longer lost in thoughts or concerns.  It is a self-integrated, holistic state where one ceases to be a self-centered individual and is fully absorbed in the wholeness of Reality.  It is as if a mental wall divides the waking consciousness from our intrinsic state of pure awareness albeit momentarily. The majority of such recorded experiences show that they come unbidden accompanied by the all too familiar expression “I did nothing to make it happen” .It just came upon me.   Here is what Saint Tulsidas says about Be-Ing;

    I am smaller and subtler than an atom.  I am also big as the Sky.

    I have overcome the illusion of a separate body(mind) ego and the self-created world

    I have resolved the differentiation of the Knower, the known and the process of Knowing

    The enlightening lamp of Holistic Self is shining spontaneously within me

    Tuka says “Now I live just to help others!”

    ( Translated from the original Marathi quotation---Courtesy  Dr Vinod Deshmukh, MD, Ph.D.)

    Living  is relating and responding  to the external world . To live life one has to necessarily relate  and  with it comes  challenges .  Once we understand  that life is nothing more than Role playing and is subject to change at any moment we have a better chance of overcoming the challenges and obstacles. Holistic Living  is all about how to live life without intrinsically undergoing any change in our true state of Be-Ing and yet actively engaged in Role playing. Failure on our part to clearly understand our role(s) in any given situation is the root cause of many of our personal problems.  At all times we should strive to avoid the problem of the Role becoming  our personal problem .  Be-Ing  in Living implies  ensuring that our Real intrinsic nature is not in the least affected by the role or roles we play.  This is an amazing fact of life that we can undergo change when we relate without intrinsically undergoing change.  It has been said that all the activities of a wise man is only in the eyes of others and not in his own.  The wise man knows that all activities take place in his Presence (Be-Ing) and he is only a witness and does nothing.    Holistic Living  is living with such a vision and fulfilling our roles in life taking  utmost care to see that no trace of  the role we play remains in us ( opinions, judgement, likes, dislikes, attachment).  At all costs one should avoid conflicts and clashes and see to it that the problem of the role does not become a  personal problem.

    - Dr. Radhe Krishnan, President, HSCRF

  • Understanding the Timeless Principle of 'Sufferer is at Fault' for Inspired and Empowered Living

    by Manish Shah | Jan 28, 2018

    The basic building blocks of holistic inner science consist of intricately understanding our inner and outer worlds. Our inner world is what is going on within our psyche, meaning our mind, intellect, reflective consciousness and ego. And our outer world is how the mind, body, and speech co-exist and interact with everything that is outside that micro-ecosystem of the mind and body. The perpetual challenge is to maintain a healthy balance between our inner and outer worlds. When the heart-center and mind are at odds, inner turmoil results. It becomes extremely difficult to think with clarity, and we lose valuable insights. We must turn our focus inward to purify the heart center through introspection. When the heart-center and mind are in harmony, we can seamlessly maintain a healthy balance between our inner and outer worlds. Our hearts are where timeless wisdom resides, which aids us in making intuitively sound decisions. As a result, we are better able to play the roles that are demanded of us in our outer worlds and maintain joy, peace, and harmony in our inner worlds as well.

    As Buddha so eloquently stated, “Pain is inevitable; suffering is a choice.” By understanding correctly the timeless principle, 'Sufferer is at fault,' we can avoid choosing to suffer but rather to grow in our understanding of ourselves and choose healing, growth, and expansion as human beings. When we take one hundred percent responsibility for our own results in life, we begin to understand the timeless principle of 'Sufferer is at fault'. Our life is the result of the choices we have made. Furthermore, we can choose gratitude over complaining, forgiving over blaming, and optimism over pessimism. We can choose to be kind.  The choice is always our own. It becomes much easier to choose what will elevate our existence when we are one hundred percent accountable to ourselves and others.  A critical aspect of total acceptance of our life is mindfulness. Mindfulness requires us to be present in the moment. When we are present in the moment, one hundred percent acceptance of oneself and others naturally flows as well. Thus, by choosing one hundred percent responsibility, accountability, and acceptance, we begin to practically experience the true benefits of correctly understanding the timeless principle, 'Sufferer is at fault'.

    The timeless principle of 'Sufferer is at fault' is not designed to be used for anyone else but for the betterment of our own lives. When we suffer, we must investigate where we have gone wrong.  We essentially toss out the “blame game” forever. By doing this, we free-up tremendous space and energy within us that was previously jammed with the toxic waste of the blame game. By tossing-out the blame game, our attention turns inward, illuminating our own vices, weaknesses, and mistakes that cause us to suffer. When we become aware of these vices, weaknesses, and mistakes, we can take baby steps towards freeing ourselves from them. As we become empowered more and more from within, our creative energy also expands, helping us to turn adversity in our outer worlds into opportunities for growth and expansion as human beings and humanity. Einstein declared, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” As our creativity flows, we find different ways of responding to life's challenges that are healing, empowering, and invigorating rather than destructive and draining to our personal power, strength, and quality of life.

    We all seek freedom from worry, anxiety, and fear in a world that is paralyzed and crippled by them. It is critical that we evaluate and research what is in our realm of personal power.  As we come to terms with and fully understand what is in our power and what is not, we find freedom from worry. Our greatest power is our attitude. We choose whether we are going to be grateful, positive, and kind or bitter, negative, and cruel. We choose how we see things; whether we see a problem or an opportunity, obstacle, challenge, foe, or friend.  It is amazing that things become how we see them. If we see something as a fun challenge, it suddenly becomes a fun challenge. If we see a curse as a blessing, it becomes a blessing. It is up to us to see things with practicality and balanced intellect. Our life essentially becomes what we choose to project from within. If we are truly grateful for all that we have in life, our experience of life will reflect that gratitude back to us. More importantly, we can utilize what is in our realm of personal power to combat anxiety and fear. As we take full responsibility for our lives, our ability to respond will increase dramatically to bring peaceful resolution in all areas of our lives.  When we make a firm decision for healing, peace, and serenity, nature will deliver the necessary instruments to help us. Our firm decision will also help us make choices that will help accelerate healing and transformation. Through our decision to heal over suffer, our worries, anxiety, and fear gradually dissipate as our inner world transforms. Our responses in our outer world will come from the center in a balanced, joyful, and meaningful manner.

    An in-depth understanding and application of 'Sufferer is at fault' will eventually give us a much clearer bird's-eye understanding of the fact that we are separate from our circumstances. Circumstances come and go and, thus, are temporary in nature.  We continue to exist despite changing circumstances. As this becomes more a part of the wisdom of experience in our heart-center, we will begin to keep our focus on ourselves instead of watching what everyone else is doing. With the understanding of our personal power, and with the fact that circumstances and other people's behavior are primarily beyond our personal power, we gradually let go of the desire or need to control anyone or anything.

    It is important to understand what we can do to practice acceptance for mindful, present living. We can make it a point to dedicate time to express gratitude from within for everything that we have in our lives. We can acknowledge everything, from the things we take for granted to the big things. We can actively send positive thoughts, wishes, and energy to those who are suffering or hurting. We can actively draw boundaries for ourselves in order to maintain the integrity of our mental, emotional, physical, social, financial, and spiritual health.  It is not selfish or narcissistic to live according to what is in our highest self-interest. More importantly, we can learn to mind our own business. By understanding and slowly realizing there is no benefit to us or anyone else by holding judgments, forming opinions, or even proving ourselves right in most cases, we not only stop doing it but also free up energy to engage in more empowering and inspiring activities, whether internal or external.

    Through our in-depth understanding and application of 'Sufferer is at fault'; we are making a conscious commitment to cultivate virtues. There are several ways we can actively take steps to cultivate virtues such as journaling; opening out our vices, weaknesses, and fears to trusted guides, friends, and family; and setting aside time for daily self-assessment as a priority in our lives. It is important to set achievable micro-goals so that they are achievable. We also stay focused on integrity and quality rather than end up with shoddy results.

    In summary, it is well worth our time to understand 'Sufferer is at fault' in depth in order to better the quality of our lives. We will discover the treasure chest of virtues within; experience increased growth and expansion in our humanity; and enjoy increased efficiency, joy, and peace along with the sweetness of whole-hearted acceptance. Most importantly, we will make active progress towards the goal of being one hundred percent human.

    - Shaila Mulji, Los Angeles, California, United States

  • Matters that majority of people ignore

    by Amit Patel | Dec 29, 2017

    In the face of easiness, ignorance embosses mortality on us. Endlessly interconnected events accommodate in a single moment, and we can’t see through them while remaining lost in the web. Moments pile up over and over, to make past a history forever while planting seeds for the future fruits and we never realize where the essence of life is. What passes unnoticed, counts to our blindness which is acknowledged upon facing unforeseen collisions that erupt out of the clear sky. Meanwhile, the heap of accumulated ignorance continues digging our grave.

    In various mythologies like Indian, Greek, Roman, etc. the presence of gods is believed in almost everything that can be thought of. Gods act as a powerhouse to let the people be full of strength, owing to their faith by remaining grateful for everything they have, as gratitude brings contentment for the needs by trading off the greed. Anger, pride, attachments, abhorrence and greed act as incubator for ignorance. In order to combat the devilish fruits of ignorance, our civilization has the provision for sacred places and their worship, be it a mosque, temple or church; they are found everywhere around to let our faith listen to his omnipresent silence that effectually weeds out our hazardous vagabonding tendencies.

    Despite of any barriers, our instincts for greed are unstoppable in the inadequacy of faith in the present times. When our acts hit an achievement, we prefer to remain enveloped in a wave of pride to sing the glory of our deeds. On contrary, we keep counting the number of people and evidences while trying to find a backdoor upon meeting a failure. This duality originates from non-acceptance due to our irrational inclinations which scarcely have the fortune of facing the daylight. If not every time, then at least once in a while almost everyone exhibits the symptoms of this disease.

    If we go through the checklist of our pursuits, we would unfailingly find some areas which we strictly refrain from giving an open insight. This is where we define our limitations, which embrace ignorance. Rejections are not harmful, outcomes are not eternal, but our short-sightedness is sometimes determined to make us blind when we can’t feel the thrill of an adventure. Functioning in the survival mode is the most intrinsic nature of human brain; it has caused the evolution of hunters and gatherers to this age of information. While craving for unethical happiness demeans the significance of being a human.

    In the absence of a live absolute master (who can show who you are!), our minds act as magnets to ignorance. Some knowledgeable authoritative people from ancient times upon perceiving this hurdle, they devised the screening rituals and beliefs, whose practice could ensure scaling down the ignorance prevailing in the air. Few of them are still prevalent but majority of them could not synchronize with the pace of time, and are inoperative to be termed as superstitious since they don’t affect ignorance anymore.

    Whatever we see is so limited, it is always a two dimensional picture; however, we never feel any constrain being three dimensional as we have developed an unshakable belief in the existence of the third dimension which remains embedded in our two dimensional view. This is the gap we leave for illusion to surround our minds when we remain obvious for the existence of the third dimension. We never realize that our vision comes with a choice of pursuit i.e. our eyes would never cease from functioning even if we choose to modify or disregard their vision, this opens up the possibility for some more vision beyond. Eyes help us to see yet vision is barely limited to eyes. It is popularly said that: “We see what we want to see”. For circumventing the clouds of ignorance, it takes a holistic vision to visualize the groundbreaking reality.

    Holistic Scientist gave us the keys and principles to art of living for inner happiness which would be beneficial for us to be benevolent, by giving easy examples from his own life and experience which if we imbibe, they will make us a good human. For instance, ‘Adjust Everywhere’ is an unmatched science of understanding for amicable life, which serves us as a wake-up call for rich inner living when we remain immersed in the depths of our transient biases to rescue us from the captivity of our incomplete perceptions. Permanent happiness however, can only be achieved with the knowledge of soul, which can be obtained from the Absolute Master. 

    Firstly, we need to know the purpose of life besides accumulating wealth and providing for the family. Then the goal of our life needs to be established and frequently gauged.

    They say health is wealth. Are we living a healthy life? Are we doing regular exercise? Are we eating the right food? When we eat do we concentrate on food or are we slaved to the numerous electronical gadgets available. Are we letting our stomach know what we are eating and what is to be digested? Are we eating the six tastes food or one or two or three taste food?

    Another wealth is the speech and mind. What have we done to make them sweet and healthy?

    Besides this wealth another part is the spiritual growth. What are we doing for it? How much time do we spend for ourselves in a day to see how our mind, speech and body have been doing? We need to assess our behavior against the Nine Divine Codes of conduct given below.

    The purpose of life is to use mind, speech, and body for the use of others. Research shows that people who help others have less tension and enjoy higher sense of inner satisfaction. Their spirituality increases and is moving near the Pure Soul. They have a sense of gratitude and are not in competition with others.

    This research has science behind it since those who are benevolent and use mind, speech and body for others, meet all their needs and never run short of anything that is needed in living and their life is full of happiness. Religion starts with obliging nature which is real spirituality. When one does something for others, then happiness starts.

    Holistic Inner science has given nine divine codes of conduct that make one fit to be a human and one has to set them as their prayer. The science behind this is that one need to plant seeds for future fruits. These codes of conduct encircle every aspect of our day to day life. These have been rigorously exercised and epitomized by the Holistic Scientist to never let ignorance set in. 

    1st of 9 Priceless Gems/Diamonds for Divine codes of conduct:
    O Supreme Self/O Lord!
    May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength
    as would restrain me from hurting,  causing someone
    to hurt or supporting someone hurting  even slightly the
    ego of any living being.
    May you bless me with such an inner strength in the philosophy
    of relative pluralism (syadvad) in speech, conduct and thinking
    as would restrain me from hurting even slightly, the ego of any living being.

     2nd of 9 Priceless Gems/Diamonds for Divine codes of conduct:
    O Supreme Self/O Lord!
    May you bless me with such infinite inner strength so as not to hurt, nor cause
    someone to hurt, nor support anyone hurting even to the slightest extent,
    the foundation or view-point of any religion or faith.
    Bless me with such an infinite inner strength in the philosophy
    of relative pluralism (syadvad) in speech, conduct and thinking
    as would restrain me from hurting any of religious view-points or beliefs.

    3rd of 9 Priceless Gems/Diamonds for Divine codes of conduct:
    O Supreme Self/O Lord!
    May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength
    as would restrain me from uttering untrue adverse things,
    from offending or showing disregard (disrespect) to any
    preacher, monk, nun or a religious head.

    4th of 9 Priceless Gems/Diamonds for Divine codes of conduct:
    O Supreme Self/O Lord!
    May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength
    as would not make me dislike or hate any living being
    to the slightest extent, nor cause anyone nor
    support anyone doing so.

    5th of 9 Priceless Gems/Diamonds for Divine codes of conduct:
    O Supreme Self/O Lord!
    May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength as
    would restrain me from speaking, causing someone to
    speak or supporting someone speaking harsh, hurtful
    language or language of rivalry to anyone. Give me inner
    strength to speak soft, sober, soothing language even if
    someone is speaking harsh, hurtful, egoistic or biting language.

    6th of 9 Priceless Gems/Diamonds for Divine codes of conduct:
    O Supreme Self/O Lord!
    May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength
    as would restrain me having faults, desires, gestures
    or thoughts of sensuality or passion towards any
    gender - male, female or neuter. Give me the supreme
    strength so as to be free of sensual or passionate
    attitudes or perversions forever.

    7th of 9 Priceless Gems/Diamonds for Divine codes of conduct:
    O Supreme Self/O Lord!
    May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength
    to control my excessive temptation towards any relish
    or taste of food. Give me the strength to take food
    having balance of all tastes.

    8th of 9 Priceless Gems/Diamonds for Divine codes of conduct:
    O Supreme Self/O Lord!
    May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength
    as would restrain me from uttering untrue adverse things,
    from offending or showing disregard towards any
    being - living or dead, in one’s presence or absence.

    9th of 9 Priceless Gems/Diamonds for Divine codes of conduct:
    O Supreme Self/O Lord!
    May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength
    for being instrumental in welfare of the world that is
    common good of mankind as a whole.

    You have to resolve to act according these Divine codes of conduct And pray heartily at least three times a day. This will be the planting of the seeds and hence such behavior would result as fruit or effect.

    Ignorance proves fatal. The essence of life lies in continuously sieving consciousness from every passing moment to positivity and unbiasedness and the lacking consciousness of ours is ignorance, which paints the world in an illusionary belief of “I know it All!” which is the utmost dreadful bug of our mind that actively drains all the knowledge. The only price which could ever guarantee the optimum value of absorbing any learning with maximum ease is the inner belief: “I don’t know anything.”

    Our lacking curiosity for authenticity parts us from it by leaving us on a ground of weeding ignorance, which is seldom recognized as we get into the swirls of momentary contentment. The one who aims for progression can never underrate the inaccuracy of subconscious by calling it as involuntary, because when we look it with a clear-sight, even the smallest change can be tracked and going with it or against it is a superior possibility which should not be overlooked since it is our free will. The Holistic Scientist has said: “The world is the puzzle itself”. Here our degree of aliveness comes as a savior from the encasing ignorance.

    - Kritika Bohre

  • The Purpose of Human Life is Benevolence

    by Amit Patel | Dec 29, 2017

    The purpose of life is to use mind, speech, and body for the use of others. Research shows that people who help others have less tension and enjoy higher sense of inner satisfaction. Their spirituality increases. They have a sense of gratitude and are not in competition with others.

    This research has science behind it. Those  who are benevolent and use mind, speech and body for others have  all their needs met by nature. As a result, their life is full of happiness. Religion starts with obliging nature. When you do something for others, your happiness increases.

    The aim of human life is to break the infinite cycle of birth and death and get free (Moksha). The Holistic Scientist Shree A.M.Patel did that his entire life. He had one aim; anyone who met him must be showered with happiness. He did not worry about his own happiness but always took care of others' problems. He had compassion and that is why he attained self-realization.

    Every human being lives but how much  humanity is part of that life? One gets born, studies, works, marries, has family, and then dies! Is this how one wants to live? What is the ultimate aim of this kind of life? What is the purpose of taking a birth? What do we gain out of it? We have the embodiment of a human; then should we not fulfill our duty as a human being? We should have humanity in us. What does humanity mean? When someone hurts you, or gives you unhappiness or problems, we do not like it. In the same way we should not hurt anyone or cause problems for others. This is the highest form of humanity. One who knows this and acts accordingly, fulfills the promise of humanity.

    Once one has achieved human form, then they can go into any of the four forms; human form, animal/plant form, angel form, and hellish form. This is dependent on what causes one creates. Causes will determine the effect. If we become humane, then we will get the birth as human being. If we become inhuman, then we will get birth as plants or animals. If we do evil acts and then we will get birth in hell. If we live by helping others without any expectation and do good deeds, then we will be born as angels.

    Compiled from Vitrag Vignan of Holistic Scientist Shree A.M. Patel from the article published in Dharmdarshan.

  • Holistic Science Unveils the Treasure of Unprecedented Positivity

    by Amit Patel | Nov 26, 2017

    Nothing but light is genuinely majestic in chasing away the darkness.

    ‘No’ is only competent of introducing blockage, which limits the vision. While ‘Yes’ offers a vision until infinity. At first, both Yes and No come to us as a choice and the one we select, it sets our way in a completely opposite manner than the other. Negativity arises from doubt, which ruins the goodness around.

    The Holistic Scientist says: “The greatest negation of being a human being is to say ‘I cannot do it’, and it is a great loss of human life resulting in gaining lower form of animal life. This is a principle of Nature.”

    We remain unaware of our own potential as long as we choose to be the slaves of ‘No’ and absolutely nothing on Earth could ever change this vision except light. Light is holistic by its very nature and therefore it is capable of eluding the darkness.

    In darkness, even a person with good eyesight can misunderstand an elephant for wall or a pillar or even a rope! This gives us a very crucial insight regarding the converging nature of all darkness.

    Albert Einstein used the phrase “Stubbornly Persistent Illusion” to describe the unescapable nature of time. In a very similar way, darkness aptly fits to be a Stubbornly Persistent Illusion too. What causes one to stay contained within the limitedness of uneasiness?

    In the very first place, every disease (negativity or darkness) originates in the mind, only then it starts to affect, according to the Holistic Scientist. Stepping out of mind remains a myth without the exact principles.

    Science is never a compulsion but pure understanding. Holistic Inner Science shifts the scope of mind from an ‘Untamed Theme Planner’ to a ‘Live Show’, which is peacefully watched by ‘The Knower’. (Now you need not to run out of the kingdom when you are the King; it was the dream you saw as a pauper!)

    The Knower over here is neither a character from any plot nor any concept of imagination, but it is the live science that resides within every living being, which we call as Life. Life is so rare to realize that every creature carries the overloaded burden of one’s deeds.

    It takes a Holistic Scientist to shake-off this erroneous notion of burden by letting one to settle in one’s perpetual nature of Life, in a way that an unprecedented positivity starts its reign. This is the master stroke of the Life within a mortal.

    The Holistic Scientist says: Once the “Knower” is ‘Known’, everything is known and whatever is known for one as a knower, there is nothing that remains to be known. 

    -Kritika Bohre

  • Pursuit of Happiness

    by Manish Shah | Nov 26, 2017

    In this day and age, people wander aimlessly in search for temporary happiness and
    money. Men and women slave for countless hours to acquire wealth. Unfortunately, most of these people will never satisfy their hunger for this temporary happiness. As soon as we upgrade, what do we do? We look towards the next upgrade! When will this ladder of worldly desires end? In reality, this ladder has no end. If money and upgrades are the ultimate goal, this ladder is of infinite height in this world. It is without doubt that wealth is of high significance. Money is not the root of evil, the love for money is

    Pursuit of Business
    Business however is a very puzzling path. In business, one partakes much of stress. Traditional business requires investment. Monetary investment is not the only form of investment an owner must make, the owner has to also submit in full his time, sweat and blood. With investment, the owner also faces the fear of the failure. "What if this business doesn't make it? All investment of money and time will be lost!" Finding reliable people is also crucial to running the traditional business. The wrong people can harm the traditional business within the blink of an eye.

    Pursuit of freedom
    Thus, in order to truly upgrade our lives for once and for all, we must strive for freedom from our worldly thirsts and hungers. Freedom however can only be achieved, when one is completely satisfied and ultimately has no one to answer to. Freedom is a destination of many roads. However, most roads have their length, their curves and hills and their crosses. And so, it can be rather difficult to navigate our path. The ideal path is the shortest and smoothest. This road is none other than being your own boss.

    Pursuit of ideal business: The Life
    Thus, what is the ideal business? First, the ideal business should be based on dreams. Dreams empower us to become infinite. If our mindset is right, our dreams are bound to come true. The speed and capability of the mind is superior to all, losing only to the potential of one's Pure Soul. The ideal business should be one of virtually no risk. No investment of both time and money should be needed. The ideal business should be a business of compounding and high growth. The fastest growth is exponential and so, the success of the ideal business lies within the ease of its multiplication. We should benefit by helping others succeed. Reward will come to those only who do, not for oneself, but do for the betterment of others.

    Pursuit of freedom
    It is only by achieving first this 'Relative' freedom from our worldly desires that we can understand 'Real' freedom. Ultimate happiness lies within these freedoms and can only be obtained when truly being free. The ideal business model of life is in essence the one road suitable for all vehicles. It is simply a matter of defining one's dream, FREEDOM!

    Are we blessed to have found such a 'business'?

    (Translated from edited excerpts from discourse of Holistic Scientist Shree Kanudadaji)                                                                            

  • Give and Take in a World Rapidly Embracing the Americum lifestyle

    by Amit Patel | Oct 23, 2017

    Holistic living may be envisioned as a ‘net zero-impact lifestyle,’ meaning that what wetake from this world should be equal to what we give, during our period of earthly existence. If we are to live harmoniously in this world, we have to be considerate of not only our fellow human beings, but all living things which form part of our environment. In the world of today, one may think it is impossible to follow this principle of anrishamsya1. I certainly cannot say I do. Before the emergence of religion in human society, there was only one way of life or dharma2. It meant living harmoniously with the rest of the world. All humans strive for better living, and each one is entitled to it, but can we do it at the expense of others or the environment? Can we achieve mukti (salvation), by having a better lifestyle and leaving our offsprings’ world in a condition any less than what we enjoy today? All of us strive to leave behind a better existence for our young ones, but are we really doing that? Is there equivalence between ‘what we take and what we give?’ 

    The word Americum used in the title of this article was coined by Tom Burke of the E3G, an organization that works in the public interest to accelerate the global transition to sustainable development. Americum can be described as a unit of energy consumed by an inhabitant of this world with a per capita income of $ 15,000 or more and having a growing penchant for consumerism. The latter word is at the heart of the issue of give and take. How do we figure out how much we take from this world? What are our needs? The basic needs of a human being, primarily in the form of food, range from 2 to 2.5 kcal/day. An average Americum food component amounts to 3.5 to 4 kcal/day. This is very small compared to the total energy consumption, in an Americum lifestyle, which is 216,000 kcal/day3. This energy is used to keep ourselves warm, move from one place to other, produce all the amenities we need in our day to day life like electronics, clothes, entertainment, etc. This is the overall ‘take’ component. What about the ‘give’ component? In this world of distributed workforce, that can be difficult to decipher. In the pre-industrial age, when most humans were farmers, calculating it was a bit easier. A farmer would grow his crop, use animal labor, feed his family as well as the labor force with the food produced, recycle animal manure resulting in a relatively closed-loop, sustainable cycle. Human civilization relied on agriculture from 7000 BC up to the 19th century, when the green revolution and industrial machines started to shift the balance in the cycle. In the last 200 years the balance in every human practice is tilting. Can one quantify this imbalance? Let us look at three basic ‘take’ components: travel, food and electricity use. 

    I travel 40 miles/day by automobile. This is equivalent to generating 36 pounds of trash or waste (in this case, carbon dioxide, which is the gas released into the environment - an invisible trash). It is like throwing a pound of trash every mile one drives, as reported by Tom Friedman in his book ‘Hot, Flat and Crowded’. Are we doing enough through our daily activities, be it via serving a patient, selling a product, producing food, working in a store or industry or generating new technology, to compensate for what we take in as resources? Are we giving back enough to return those 36 pounds of trash to a harmless product? How could one possibly evaluate that? Well, here is some simplification. For compensating 40 miles/day of travel (36 pounds of trash), one would have to contribute to growing 18 pounds of plant matter per day. In other words, one has to generate 0.45 pounds of plant matter (to eliminate 0.9 pounds of trash) for every mile one drives. Am I in some way helping this world to do that? If not, I am causing an imbalance. I am taking more from my child’s environment than what I am giving! I wonder if I do enough to even generate one pound of plant matter per day or compensate in other ways to return the products I generate to usable resources.

    The second component that may be considered is food. The average daily food intake of an Americum lifestyle is 3750 calories. A vegetarian diet requires about ten-fold energy to generate it, while a meat-based diet requires about eighty-fold energy to generate the same amount of calories4. While the energy required for food generation may seem high, it is only one percent of the travel component of an Americum lifestyle.

    The third component is the electricity use. The daily household energy use in an Americum lifestyle is 18 kWh or about 4 kWh per person5. That is equivalent to 3400 kcal per day per person. This generates about 14 pounds of invisible trash per person per day. One would have to generate 7 pounds of plant biomass per day to compensate for the daily electricity used.

    One may argue that one cannot possibly produce 25+ pounds of plant biomass per day and that, it is the job of the government to figure out how to do that. One may also think that paying for fuel may cover that. Unfortunately, it does not.

    A country’s progress is typically indicated by gross domestic product (GDP). However, it does not account for sustainable conditions of growth (i.e. balanced give and take). GDP only takes into account purely monetary exchanges. An alternate index, Green Progress Index (GPI), which uses a broad set of 51 economic, environmental and social indicators, has been proposed.6 While the GDP for US and UK has been increasing over the last 30 years, the GPI has shown a reverse trend.

    In a democratic society, people control the emergence and approval of new laws and legislation. It is understandable that one may not want to spend money out of their own pockets to implement expensive counter measures (e.g. solar, geothermal technologies)but helping the government to promote development of viable solutions is completely in the hands of individual people. Politicians who have tried to do anything about it do not usually receive sufficient support. Going back to the issue of give and take, and one’swillingness to pursue holistic living, one has to find ways to compensate for what one takes from the world. The first thing to do may simply be to understand the imbalance between the give and take components. The problems faced by the human society today are gigantic. Solutions cannot be possibly implemented at an individual level, but the decision-making to do something about it has to be at an individual level.

    As the rest of the world (starting with China and India) embraces the Americum lifestyle, resources are depleting and energy is becoming expensive. The average energy consumption of this earth’s inhabitant is 56,000 kcal per day3, about 20% of the Americum lifestyle. The demand by Chinese and Indians for the Americum lifestyle means a 10-fold increase in world energy demand. Is there any other way, besides balancing our own give and take components, i.e., a holistic living lifestyle, to carve the path for a bright future for our descendents?

    - Abhijeet P. Borole, Ph.D.


  • Finding Joy: The Science of Happiness

    by Amit Patel | Oct 23, 2017

    We long to find more joy in our daily pursuits even though life has taught us it’s not so easy. New discoveries in neuroscience offer insight into how we can develop a brighter state of heart and mind.

    The First Step on the path to finding happiness is to open the mind to alternative ways of thinking about life. While much of our focus in the West has been toward comfort and the acquisition of worldly goods, in Eastern countries your status as a human being traditionally comes first. So instead of being greeted by “What are you up to these days?” or “How’s it going with your to-do list?” you may be asked in Muslim countries, “How is your haal?1 When someone inquires about your haal, they are they are literally asking, “How is your heart doing right now, as you take this very breath?” They want to know whether you are feeling happy or sad, or any of a wide range of emotions. And in India you will be greeted by namaste, which translates into “I salute the God in you”–the part of you that represents the divine.

    The Second Step begins by recognizing the importance of our attention. In the chapter on attention from his two-volume work, The Principles of Psychology, William James remarks that the ability to voluntarily bring back a wandering attention again and again is the very root of judgment, character, and will. And in a recent Harvard study by Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert, more than two-thousand adults were asked what they were thinking about during their day-to-day activities. It turns out that forty-seven percent of the time their minds were not focused on what they were doing. Even more striking was that they reported feeling less happy when their minds were wandering.2

    Those who have learned how to focus their attention on the present moment are good athletes, good listeners, good thinkers, and good workers at anything they do because this gathering of the attention connects mind, heart and body in a balanced, harmonious state of awareness, of readiness to act or to be present. As Jon Kabat-Zinn has pointed out, “in Asian languages, the word for ‘mind’ and the word for ‘heart’ are the same…You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention.”

    The Third Step on this new path is to uncover our habitual ways of thinking and acting, which often stand in the way of happiness. Charles Duhigg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, insists in his book The Power Of Habit that almost all we do is driven by habit. One successful way to study the is through the Alexander Technique, a method of re-educating the body and brain developed in the 1890s by Frederick Matthias Alexander that can relieve stress and chronic pain, improve poor posture and faulty breathing, and help sufferers of neuro-muscular disorders.

    While ferreting out our habits is essential, it’s just as important to avoid self-attack when we notice them, as in “there I go again being bad.” Which leads to the Fourth Step: non-judgmental thinking or non-critical awareness. Neuroscientists tell us why we should give up the habit of criticizing ourselves: Because every experience, every thought, every feeling, and every physical sensation activates thousands of neurons at the same moment, repetition strengthens the connection between them until they form a neural network or ingrained habit. That’s how mental states become neural traits.

    Wendy Suzuki, Professor of Neural Science and Psychology at New York University and author of Healthy Brain, Happy Life: A Personal Program to Activate Your Brain and Do Everything Better, details how our inner critic works against us: “If I remember an incident in which I failed in some way and immediately add the thought that I was stupid or inadequate—in other words, attack myself at the moment I remember the incident—I’m connecting two formerly unrelated mind events and their respective neuronal activity. What’s bad about this is that I’m emphasizing or demonizing my failure out of proportion to its real effect and making that connection, that negative self-attack, part of the memory of the incident. But if I could bring a modicum of reasoning or self-forgiveness to it, acknowledging that I’m human, or forgot, or didn’t know enough, or was unprepared to make the right decision, or whatever is appropriate, over time my new thinking will affect the neural structure of my brain, synapse by synapse.
    While such small automated self-attacks may seem unimportant, Rick Hanson explains in his book Buddha’s Brain that, “Because of all the ways your brain changes its structure, your experience matters beyond its momentary, subjective impact. It makes enduring changes in the physical tissues of your brain, which affect your wellbeing, functioning, and relationships. Based on science, this is a fundamental reason for being kind to yourself, cultivating wholesome experiences, and taking them in.”3

    In Search of Rumi’s Field
    Perhaps Rumi said it best: “Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” We all need to find that field beyond guilt and responsibility, beyond sin and redemption, where there’s rest for the busy mind, always arguing, elaborating, affirming, condemning, criticizing; rest for the anguished heart, seeking meaning in a confused world full of conflicting demands; and rest from the insidious fear that we’ll be caught out because, in spite of all our good intentions, we’re sure to get it wrong again.

    One path to Rumi’s field is to listen to the spaces between the many words we say and hear. Or to attend to the sound of silence itself. This space between doings and achieving is non-invasive. It doesn’t demand action, but provides nourishment. We could call it endless time, where we feel cared for, liberated from the sense that we must perform, get stuff done, realize a potential, serve a cause, help a friend. The fact is, endless time is always there—ready to flood in whenever we have sense enough to lay down our perceived burdens. If I can give up for a moment the problems that seem so important, so immediate, so real, then I will find myself immersed in another order of reality—the world of sound, touch, taste, smell, and unrecognized feelingsThat could be where joy begins.

    And while Endless Time can be like prayer or meditation, casting off the cares of the day for a private moment of quiet in the back room, the funny thing is that this wider space can open just as easily on a crowded subway platform where a mass of humanity hurries to their next thing. I exchange a look with a fellow passenger and feel connected to these rushing lives, as full of joy and fear and investments in relationships as mine. Then the noise recedes and inner quiet floods in from a world beyond time.

    The Power of Choice
    That brings us to the Fifth Step, making good choices. While Rumi’s field may be available to all of us, finding it is a choice we make. Will I stay in my ego-driven, hurry-up world, or will I choose to attend again and yet again to what is going on in myself and in the world, without judgment or condemnation? Can I sometimes allow love for the fractured and suffering humanity around and inside me to enter my busy field of action, as I function between heaven and earth, between extremes?

    Duhigg’s newest book, Smarter Faster Better, throws light on why some people and organizations are more productive than others. In an interview he explains that “Many people feel like they’re not fulfilled and not satisfied because they feel completely overwhelmed by what they’re being asked to get done every single day.” He urges people to push themselves to think differently, making choices about what really matters to them, rather than reacting to the demands around them, and to contemplate more why they do what they do. “You’re not happier because you turn your brain off,” he says. “You’re happier because you encourage yourself to think more deeply about what actually matters.”4

    This brings us to what is perhaps the biggest barrier to happiness, stress, and the Sixth Step: Learning to deal with it. Often under pressure, we tend to hurry, which speeds us away from the present moment
    . Neuroscientists tell us that chronic rushing feeds anxiety and heightens adrenaline levels. Over time, our brains get hooked on the stimulation of activity even as our bodies become addicted to rushing, and our minds switch to autopilot. We begin to see everything on our list as urgent—needing to be accomplished quickly—when only a few tasks have true priority. Speed, speed, speed equals pressure, pressure, pressure.

    To counter our tendency to hurry, Master Alexander Technique teacher Walter Carrington told his students to repeat each time they begin an action: “I have time.” Try it yourself sometime when you’re in a hurry, sending yourself a message to delay action for a nano-second before jumping into the fray. The pause of saying “I have time” summons an alternative mode of the nervous system, inhibiting the temptation to rush forward under the internal command to “Do it now!” When you hold back your first impulse to go into movement by creating a critical pause during which your attention is gathered, you become present to the moment you are living. Then you can choose to respond rather than to react.

    For this we need to cultivate the upper regions of our brain where greater neuroplasticity allows us to change as we learn from experience. (The lower regions have more control over our body and less capacity to change). According to Rick Hanson, the anterior cingulate cortex, which oversees attention, goals, and deliberate regulation of thought and behavior, can bring “neural coherence” to an intention so that it crystallizes, and we have an experience of coming together toward an aim. Our conscious will is then able to influence emotional reactions and be influenced by them—key to the integration of thought and feeling.5

    You might be surprised to what extent you can relieve your stressed-out system with a brief, non-essential walk down the hall, a peek out the window at the outer world, or even a seriously deep sigh that engages you right down to the toes. Do anything to interrupt the deadening bond that glues all your attention to what you’re writing, reading, cooking, chopping, building. Truly, the body possesses wisdom that thought doesn’t understand. We can practice listening to it as we expand into reality. That’s where joy lives, in any present moment.

    Four Keys to Well-being
    Our three main neural functions—regulation, learning, and selection—can be excited or inhibited by strengthening some circuits and weakening others, based on what we value. So, let’s ask again, what do I value? And where is my attention focused most of the time?

    Dr. Richard Davidson is a pioneer in contemplative neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. With the cooperation of the Dalai Lama, he made MRIs of Tibetan monks in such meditative states as visualization, one-pointed concentration, and the generation of compassion. According to Davidson, “the brain can be transformed through engagement with purely mental practices derived from the world’s great religious traditions….the brain, more than any other organ in our body, is the organ built to change in response to experience.” He offers neurological proof that what counts ultimately is not what happens to you, but how you deal with what you’ve been dealt.

    Davidson indicates four keys to well-being, which he says is “a skill…fundamentally no different than learning to play the cello. If one practices the skills of well-being, one will get better at it.“ At the Greater Good Science Center’s Mindfulness & Well-being at Work conference he recently explained how each of these four keys relates to neural circuit activity, in which plasticity or changeability is involved.6

    The First Key is Resilience. As Davidson details it, “Resilience is the rapidity with which we recover from adversity; some people recover slowly and other people recover more quickly. We know that individuals who show a more rapid recovery in certain key neural circuits have higher levels of well-being. They are protected in many ways from the adverse consequences of life’s slings and arrows. Recent research that we’ve conducted in our lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison—not yet published—asked whether these specific brain circuits can be altered by regular practice in simple mindfulness meditation.7 The answer is yes—but you need several thousand hours of practice before you see real change. Unlike the other constituents of well-being, it takes a while to improve your resilience. It’s not something that is going to happen quickly—but this insight can still motivate and inspire us to keep meditating.”

    The Second Key, Outlook,
     “is in many ways the flip-side of the first one,” says Davidson. “I use outlook to refer to the ability to see the positive in others, the ability to savor positive experiences, the ability to see another human being as a human being who has innate basic goodness. Even individuals who suffer from depression show activation in the brain circuit underlying outlook, but in them, it doesn’t last—it’s very transient…research indicates that simple practices of loving kindness8 and compassion meditation9 may alter this circuitry quite quickly, after a very, very modest dose of practice.”

    It’s no surprise that the Third Key is Attention. Davidson refers to the Harvard study mentioned earlier, which asked people what they were doing and whether they were happy doing it. And the Fourth Key is Generosity. When people are generous and altruistic “they actually activate circuits in the brain that are key to fostering well-being,” explains Davidson. “These circuits get activated in a way that is more enduring than the way we respond to other positive incentives, such as winning a game or earning a prize.” He sums up: “Our brains are constantly being shaped wittingly or unwittingly—most of the time unwittingly. Through the intentional shaping of our minds, we can shape our brains in ways that would enable these four fundamental constituents of well-being to be strengthened. In that way, we can take responsibility for our own minds.”

    Finding Balance
    When I’m off balance, life isn’t so good. What’s more, the body is always moving off balance. As four-footed creatures, down near the earth, we were steady, thoughts alert for danger and centered on where the next meal was coming from. Now that we’re upright, sometimes tottering forward or reeling back, we are uncertain in body and stressed in mind about just where and how we are supposed to be. Attention must be paid both to our vehicle and to outside circumstances.

    Happiness is found in equilibrium, whether through connecting thought with the rest of us, or pursuing full-bodied awareness. So we can go at changing our brain top down, with an effort at mindfulness that engages the prefrontal cortex; or in the middle, by creating positive emotions to regulate the limbic system (not so easy); or bottom up, by calming the parasympathetic nervous system with yoga, tai chi, or meditation exercises—an indirect method that is perhaps easier for many people.

    What creates balance? A clear mind to see and even foresee what’s happening, and a body that’s tuned and ready to engage in either action or repose. There’s also a sense of contentment when the heart participates, so, at that point, our three inner worlds come together—mind, heart, and body. If your body or mind seems too foggy or, on the other hand, too over-vigilant, take it as a warning sign of stormy weather. Or maybe you’re just headed in the wrong direction, away from where the winds of your life want to take you. Here’s a pretty foolproof solution when mind or body is off balance and you don’t know what to do or which way to go:

    1. Focus first on your feet on the ground as if they were rooted in the earth. Remind yourself that there are twenty-six bones in each foot, all seeking a right relationship with each other and the ground.

    2. Then, to add more balancing power, imagine a tripod at the bottom each foot, at the center of the heel, on the pad of the big toe, and on the pad of the little toe.

    3. Next, remind yourself that the earth is coming up from below to support you so you can stop holding yourself up. Just let yourself go, tuning into the sensation of the flow of gravity down from your head, through the bones, and into the feet.

    4. Check whether your ankles and knees are still locked and let them go. As you do so, you may notice a slight, somewhat scary movement throughout. It’s a sign that you are now free to move in any direction at an instant’s notice. Alexander Technique teachers call it the “Standing Dance.”

    5. As your thoughts focus on your feet and your physical tension releases downward, you may begin to perceive an equal and opposite flow of energy coming upward, perhaps from the center of each sole—Bubbling Spring in Tai Chi, and Kidney One in acupuncture.

    6. As your mind follows the movement of energy in both directions, down from the head through the bones, up from the earth toward the head, you’ll begin to sense your whole three-dimensional Self, standing there between heaven and earth, like the Taoist ideal of True Man.

    Breathing Into Equilibrium
    The Seventh Step: Breathing more deeply helps us to center ourselves and to boost a flagging immune system. In an article in Uplift magazine, naturopathic doctor Shawna Darou that the secret is to activate the vagus nerve, “which originates in the brain as cranial nerve ten, travels down from the neck and then passes around the digestive system, liver, spleen, pancreas, heart and lungs. This nerve is a major player in the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the ‘rest and digest’ part (opposite to the sympathetic nervous system which is ‘fight or flight.’)”10

    Because your heart rate speeds up a little when you breathe in, and slows down a little when you breathe out, you can test your vagal tone by noticing the difference in your heart rate between inhalation and exhalation. The bigger the difference, the higher the vagal tone, which means your body can relax faster after stress. Higher vagal tone is also associated with better mood, less anxiety, and more resilience. Slow, rhythmic, diaphragmatic breathing is a great way to tone your vagus nerve, says Dr. Darou, adding that it can also be toned through humming, speaking, washing your face with cold water, or meditation.

    Perhaps it’s no surprise that neuroscientists think of meditation as a royal road to happiness. Psychiatrist Norman Doidge tells us in his book The Brain That Changes Itself that “plastic change, caused by our experience, travels deep into the brain and even into our genes, molding them as well.” He adds that “When a gene is turned on, it makes a new protein that alters the structure and function of the cell,” influenced by what we do and what we think.11 And Dr. Dawson Church, in The Genie In Your Genes, says that focusing on positive thoughts, emotions and prayers (which he calls internal epigenetic interventions) can positively affect our health. “Filling our minds with positive images of wellbeing can produce an epigenetic environment that reinforces the healing process,” he affirms, assuring us that, when we meditate, we are “bulking up the portions of our brains that produce happiness.”12 ♦

    1 In Arabic, Kayf haal-ik? Or, in Persian, Haal-e shomaa chetoreh?

    Wandering mind not a happy mind, article in Harvard Gazette, 11/11/2010.

    3 Rick Hanson with Richard Mendius, Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom, New Harbinger Publications, Oakland, CA, 2009, pp. 72-3.

    4 Interview by Kira Newman for the Greater Good Science Center newsletter 4/18/2016 (http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/you_can_be_more_productive_without_sacrificing_happiness).

    Buddha’s Brain, pp. 99-101.

    6 Clips and full-session videos from Mindfulness & Well-Being at Work conference available at http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/gg_live/mindfulness_well_being_at_work.

    7 Breathing meditation, http://ggia.berkeley.edu/practice/mindful_breathing.

    8 Loving-kindness meditation, Emma Seppala, Science Director of Stanford University Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education,


    9 Compassion meditation, Helen Weng and her colleagues at the Center for Healthy Minds (CHM) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. http://ggia.berkeley.edu/practice/compassion_meditation#.

    10 Article by Dr. Shawna Darou in the 11/30/15 issue of Uplift magazine (http://upliftconnect.com).

    11 Norman Doidge, The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science, Penguin, NY, 2007, pp.91 and 220.

    12 Dawson Church, The Genie in Your Genes: Epigenetic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention,  Elite Books, Santa Rosa, CA 2007, pp 67-69.

    This article is syndicated from Parabola Magazine. Parabola is published by The Society for the Study of Myth and Tradition which is a not-for-profit organization devoted to the dissemination and exploration of materials relating to the myths, symbols, rituals, and art of the world’s religious and cultural traditions. Author Patty de Llosa, is also the author of Finding Time For Your Self, The Practice of Presence and Taming Your Inner Tyrant. She is a consulting editor to Parabola, she works as a Life Coach and teaches the Alexander Technique, T'ai Chi, and Taoist mediation in New York City.