• 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,

    http://ggia.berkeley.edu/practice/loving_kindness_meditation.

    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.  

     

  • Why is so hard to change people's minds?

    by Amit Patel | Sep 25, 2017

    Our opinions are often based in emotion and group affiliation, not facts. Here’s how to engage productively when things get heated.

    It’s probably happened more than once: You spend a lot of time trying to convince someone that their opinion on a particular issue is wrong. You take pains to make sure your argument is air-tight. But instead of coming around to your point of view, your conversation partner pushes back, still convinced of her ultimate rightness. “What do you mean poor people need social programs? They have the same opportunities as everyone else!” By the end of your debate, you’re faced with the same stalemate you had at the beginning—and your relationship may be feeling the strain.

    Why is it so hard to convince others to change their minds?

    It’s a question people have puzzled over for millennia, though the past year’s political events have brought it to the fore. The question takes on even more urgency when you believe someone else’s views betray something inherently rotten about their character—or when someone else believes the same about yours.

    While it’s easy to conclude that people’s views are barometers of their moral elevation, the more nuanced truth is that a broad range of factors help explain deeply entrenched beliefs. Certainly, some partisans are focused on policy issues above all else. But for others, the brain’s tendency to stay the course may play a larger role. Psychological research suggests that once our minds are made up on important matters, changing them can be as difficult as stopping a train hurtling at full speed, even when there’s danger straight ahead.

    Fortunately, research also hints at solutions—though you may need to change your mind about some things if you want to put these insights to work!

    Why we resist facts
    Most of us have a strong drive to hold on to pre-existing beliefs and convictions, which keep us anchored in the world. When your stance on controversial issues both cements your group identity and plants you in opposition to perceived enemies, changing it can exact a high personal toll.

    “We are social animals instinctively reliant on our tribe for safety and protection,” says risk perception expert David Ropeik, author of How Risky Is It, Really? “Any disloyalty literally feels dangerous, like the tribe will kick you out. This effect is magnified in people already worried.”

    Defection, in short, feels as terrifying as stepping off a window ledge—and to a certain extent, this fear is justified. When you think and behave in ways that separate you from members of your close community, you’re likely to experience at least some level of exclusion.

    There’s a certain amount of plain old inertia at work, too. Researchers who study how people resolve cognitive dissonance—the uneasy feeling of holding inconsistent beliefs—note that most people would rather deny or downplay new, uncomfortable information than reshape their worldview to accommodate it. From that perspective, it’s less surprising that your friend whose behavior toward women is above reproach is more than willing to support politicians who’ve committed sexual assault.

    Even lukewarm advocates can be resistant to updating their beliefs, since the very act of deciding between alternatives changes the way we evaluate each option.

    One classic study had subjects look at an array of home gadgets and rate their desirability. After they had made a decision about which one to take home as a gift (say, the fluorescent desk light), their opinion of the item they’d chosen tended to rise, while their opinion of left-behind items soured.

    In most situations, viewing your own choice through rose-colored glasses is a sensible way of ensuring you stay happy with your decision. But this outlook also skews your perception, meaning that even when you learn eye-opening new information, you may not feel alarmed enough to reconsider your views.

    The backlash effect
    When doubts do creep in, they can have a paradoxical effect, leading people to dig in their heels even more.

    “The attacks against Trump have taught me something about myself,” one Donald Trump supporter told blogger and entrepreneur Sam Altman. “I have defended him and said things I really didn’t believe or support because I was put in a defensive position.”

    Research bears out the idea that arguers’ outward insistence may be inversely related to their actual conviction. In one Northwestern University study, the less confident people felt in their opinions about hot-button issues (whether animal testing is OK, for instance), the more they labored to convince others of their chosen view.

    “You definitely need to know the other person as a person to want to stay engaged when things get controversial. ”
    -Boting Zhang

    If doubt often prompts people to double down rather than reflect, does that mean it’s futile to start a dialogue with those you disagree with? Typical debates, as you’ve probably discovered, aren’t all that effective—and if you start with the explicit goal of changing someone’s mind, you’re likely to get the opposite result. The reverse is also true: The less you try to force a particular set of views on someone, the freer they’ll feel to reflect honestly on what they think—and maybe even revise their thinking down the line.

    Productive exchange is also more likely when there’s a mutual foundation of respect and friendship. In a project called Between Americans, Seattle-based author and artist Boting Zhang is chronicling the evolution of relationships between Trump supporters and Hillary Clinton supporters over the course of a year. Participants share with each other about more personal topics, but hot-button issues do pop up from time to time—and the strength of the participants’ bond often determines the conversation’s direction.

    “You definitely need to know the other person as a person to want to stay engaged when things get controversial,” Zhang says. In exchanges about fraught topics, she advises starting from the assumption that you won’t change the other person’s views, but she admits that may be easier said than done. “That balance between caring deeply, yet seeking to listen rather than change someone’s mind, is a knife’s-edge balance!”

    How to build bridges
    Like the participants in Zhang’s project, you can strive to understand your conversation partners in ways that go beyond their views on controversial issues.

    Talk to them about their early years, or about the biggest personal challenge they’ve faced. Their answers may give you unexpected insight into why they behave as they do—and perhaps make it easier for you to empathize with them, despite your misgivings about particular views they may hold.

    When touchy topics do arise, try a non-confrontational approach, asking open-ended questions (“How did you feel when you heard about the U.S. pulling out of the Paris climate accords?”) or sharing your own experiences (“Someone groped me at work and no one believed me when I reported it, so having an abuser in a position of power frightens me.”)

    Whether you’re discussing the personal or the political, steer clear of language and behavior that signals contempt. Debaters tend to show contempt for their sparring partners in any number of ways—rolling their eyes, flinging personal insults, and deploying cutting sarcasm (witness these gambits on social media in spades). Psychologist John Gottman has identified this argumentative style as poisonous to close relationships, in part because it conveys a devastating message: “You, your thoughts, and your views are utterly beneath me.”

    Cutting out contempt doesn’t mean tiptoeing around the issues: It’s healthy to lay out exactly how you differ with someone else and express your disappointment, or even devastation, with particular views they hold. The key is to remain in the debate zone rather than crossing the line into not-so-veiled disgust.

    No matter how high-minded your intentions, it can be tempting to turn any dialogue on the issues into a game of one-upmanship.

    But asking questions—and showing a genuine desire to hear and acknowledge the answers—sets a different tone that boosts the odds of a productive resolution, or at least a friendlier stalemate that inspires further thought and discussion. Persuasion that endures isn’t a one-sided sales job, but a fertile exchange—one in which your own thinking may evolve in ways you hadn’t expected.

    This article is syndicated from Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC). Based at UC Berkeley, the GGSC studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. Author Elizabeth Svoboda is a writer in San Jose, CA. She is the author of What Makes a Hero?: The Surprising Science of Selflessness. 

    --by Elizabeth Svoboda , syndicated from Greater Good, Sep 08, 2017


  • The three types of body

    by Amit Patel | Sep 25, 2017
    The first type is the physical body that we all know about and which can be seen by all. One take picture of this body part which also experiences the effect of the five senses. Another part of the physical body is the one which cannot be seen which the doctor’s, scientists, see through cells seen in laboratory through a microscope. This part is seen through any instrument inside the physical body. Today we have electron microscope, MRI, CT scan and other instruments which helps us to look inside the physical body whose impressions can be obtained.

    Second body type is the subtle body which some people call energy body or vitality body. This body is the one which keeps the physical body going and is also known as the power house energy.  It aides in the metabolism of the body. This is detected by electrocardiogram, electromyogram, and electroencephalogram which can be seen in graphs also by measuring electro voltages. There are other means to study and one of them is with aura photography. This is the subtle part of the energy body. There are other tools also which the scientists are deeply involved in studying and doing research of the physical and subtle part of the body.

    Indian yogis and rishis studied the energy chakras in the subtle part of the body. They determined that inside the body there are 7 centers in which the energy is concentrated. When there is imbalance in these centers, then problems occur in the body. Initially it was difficulty in understanding them since it was their inner research but now with the aura photography it can easily be understood that here are 7 places of concentration of the energy.

    We believe that the disease that we get are based on some parts getting out of its place or getting germs in the physical body as the doctors inform us and laboratory tests are conducted. Those who understand the subtle part of the body understand that even though we talk about physical body, the problem starts in the imbalance in the energy body and then it will come into the physical body. This has been see in the aura body photographs that tumor occurs in the energy body and then it comes into the physical body. That is the reason that the rishis concentrated on the energy body and harmony of the energy with their inner research.

    People have reached up to this stage of understanding.

    Beyond this the Holistic Scientist says that there is a third part in the physical body know as ‘causal body’. This can only be seen by the Absolutes Thirthankars (Vitrags) and the Holistic Scientist (Gyani Purush). Science has not reached to that point yet.

    The first two body parts are called meta-physical. There are lots of research on going in this area like thinking, effects of thoughts. They have determined that thoughts are physical entity. Other research is on the words. So, there is curiosity as to what all these are and how they really function which is still evading mankind since they cannot reach the causal body. Causal body is the one which can only be seen through the inner light which the Absolutes and Holistic Scientist have.

    The Vitrags explained to us why there are disturbances in the energy body.
    What the subtlest of the subtle molecules we have brought with us are the cause of it which is commonly known as discharge Karmas. The scientists are asking what is the relationship between the subtle and the physical body with the Karmas? The Vitrags say that when there is discharge Karma is ready to give the fruits of the past seeds, the karmas atoms and molecules influences the energy body and the physical body. Karmas are the embodiment of the atoms and molecules in which there is a mechanical or physical energy or non-live live energy vehicle.

    Vitrags have showed to us how the causal body is generated.
    This only happens in the human embodiment where it is an inherent belief that ‘I am’ the name bearer and I am the ‘doer’. This belief can only be changed by a Gyani Purush by making one understand who one is.

    As long as there is a belief that I am the name bearer and the doer, there is a wire connection with the live Soul. In addition to the three bodies, there is another entity which is the Pure Soul and all work is done due to its presence only. As long as that wire connection is there and the two bodies (physical and subtle) which are doing the function of discharge karma then, simultaneously a causal body is being generated. This is based on the wishes (bhave). These wishes that the causal body which is being generated for the move to the next life.

    As long as the causal body is joined with the Pure Soul, it will always get the energy body and till then it has to get another body to discharge which is based on Scientific Circumstantial Evidences.

    If someone wants to be liberated, he or she needs to understand the formation and discharge of the causal body. How one get make a causal body with the wishes or reactions (bhave satta) or even how to stop it. Here is where the science of the Holistic Scientist is applied that as long as I am the name bearer, the effect that means physical body cannot be changed and the subtle body will not be able to change that easily but based on the Bhave Satta one can definitely influence the new causal body. If one gets to know who one is through the grace of a Gyani Purush one will be able to stop the causal body.

    The Holistic Scientist is saying that with our physical and subtle body we are not living in harmony with nature. E.g. We are willing to eat ice cream at mid night. Our system has become unnatural life and living and due to that there is an effect on our body vitality and platform for diseases.

    Other part which the world has not been able to understand is that whatever is going in our inner mechanism (mind, intellect, reflective conscious and ego) and if there is positivity, positive attitudes and harmony, then the disease can be cured and on the other hand if there is negativity, stress and lack of harmony, that is a ground for getting diseases. It is very important to assess what goes in the inner mechanism of ours. If I am harboring negative opinions about others, I am harboring revenge from the past, and the Western world is trying to resolve how to be freed from such thoughts and how to forgive and get fee from the diseases. The subtle science given by the Vitrags and their external benefits we can understand this now. The Holistic Inner Science is totally a positive science which takes care of the old diseases and does not allow formation of the new diseases thru the body, mind and inner mechanism.

    -  Dr. Shaileshanandji, a practitioner and expert of Holistic Inner Science, a visiting faculty at  Holistic Science Charitable Research Foundation

  • A Guide for Modern Parenting

    by Amit Patel | Aug 21, 2017

    Thirukkural  by Tiruvalluvar (a Tamil  poet/writer) was written more than 5,000 yrs ago. It’s one of the ancient science on Human Behavior, which has not changed in spite of modern education  & technology!

    *SOME GOLDEN THOUGHTS OF THIRUKKURAL*

    1. *If your child lies to you often, it is because you over-react too harshly to their inappropriate behavior. *

    2. *If your child is not taught to confide in you about their mistakes, you’ve lost them. *

    3. *If your child had poor self-esteem, it is because you advice them more than you encourage them. *

    4. *If your child does not stand up for themselves, it is because from a young age you have disciplined them regularly in public.*

    5. *If your child takes things that do not belong to them, it is because when you buy them things, you don’t let them chose what they want.*

    6. *If your child is cowardly, it is because you help them too quickly.*

    7. *If your child does not respect other people’s feelings, it is because instead of speaking to your child, you order & command them.*

    8. *If your child is too quick to anger, it is because you give too much attention to misbehaviour & you give little attention to good behaviour.*

    9. *If your child is excessively jealous, it is because you only congratulate them when they successfully complete something & not when they improve at something even if they don’t successfully complete it.*

    10. *If your child intentionally disturbs you, it is because you are not physically affectionate enough.*

    11. *If your child is openly defiant, it is because you openly threaten to do something but don’t follow through.*

    12. *If your child is secretive, it is because they don’t trust that you won’t blow things out of proportion.*

    13. *If your child talks back to you, it is because they watch you do it to others & think its normal behaviour.*

    14. *If your child doesn’t listen to you but listens to others, it is because you are too quick to jump to conclusions.*

    15. *If your child rebels it is because they know you care more about what others think than what is right.*




  • Letter to a Daughter

    by Amit Patel | Aug 21, 2017

    A letter to his daughter from a renowned Hong Kong TV broadcaster and Child Psychologist. The words are actually applicable to all of us, young or old, children or parents. This applies to all sons & daughters too.

    Dear daughter,

    I am writing this to you because of 3 reasons:

    1.Life, fortune and mishaps are unpredictable, nobody knows how long one lives.

    2. I am your father, and if I don't tell you these, no one else will.

    3. Whatever written is my own personal bitter/sweet experiences that perhaps could save you a lot of unnecessary heartaches.

    Remember the following as you go through life:

    Do not bear grudge
    towards those who are not good to you. No one has the responsibility of treating you well, except your mother and I. To those who are good to you, you have to treasure it and be thankful, and ALSO you have to be cautious, because, everyone has a motive for every move. When a person is good to you, it does not mean he really will be good to you. You have to be careful, don't hastily regard him/her as a real friend.

    No one is indispensable
    , nothing is in the world that you must possess. Once you understand this idea, it would be easier for you to go through life when people around you don't want you anymore, or when you lose what you wanted the most.

    Life is short
    . When you waste your life today, tomorrow you would find that life is leaving you. The earlier you treasure your life, the better you enjoy life.

    Love is nothing but a transient feeling
    , and this feeling would fade with time and with one's mood. If your so called loved one leaves you, be patient, time will wash away your aches and sadness.

    Don't over exaggerate the beauty and sweetness of love, and don't over exaggerate the sadness of falling out of love.

    A lot of successful people did not receive a good education, that does not mean that you can be successful by not studying hard! Whatever knowledge you gain is your weapon in life. One can go from rags to riches, but one has to start from some rags!

    I do not expect you to financially support me when I am old,
    neither would I financially support your whole life. My responsibility as a supporter ends when you are grown up. After that, you decide whether you want to travel in a public transport or in your limousine, whether rich or poor.

    You honor your words
    , but don't expect others to be so. You can be good to people, but don't expect people to be good to you. If you don't understand this, you would end up with unnecessary troubles.

    I have bought lotteries for umpteen years, but could never strike any prize. That shows if you want to be rich, you have to work hard! There is no free lunch.

    No matter how much time I have with you, let's treasure the time we have together. We do not know if we would meet again in our next life.

  • Live in Harmony with Nature

    by Manish Shah | Aug 02, 2017

    Atharvaveda contains a beautiful hymn as an invocation to mother earth which teaches us to love and preserve the beautiful, natural environment by living in harmony with nature.

    Our mother Earth is the only planet of the solar system nurturing life. Earth gives us food and nourishes us. Different nations live on this earth, in different parts. But though separated by national boundaries, we are a global family, ‘Vashudhaiv Kutumbakam’. The universe of ours is fundamentally interconnected and inseparable. It is one only, ‘Ekam eva advi-teeyam’. Various modern scientific discoveries today point to a holistic universe where matter, energy and consciousness are interconnected at a deeper and fundamental level. Science today projects more and more the picture of a holistic universe. The microcosm is inseparable from macrocosm, ‘Pinde so brahmande’.

    ‘Adjust Everywhere’ is a very important aphorism of Dada Bhagavan. And our experience bears testimony to this fact that Kaliyug is an age of adjustment. He who adjusts himself to any kind of circumstances succeeds, prospers and survives. Clashes of ego are very common in any field of life. But he who understands by the grace of an enlightened soul that to avoid ego is to be really happy because we are not ego-bags. Dada Bhagavan says, “You are not Chandulal. You are the Pure Soul, permanent, unborn and ever blissful. It is the body that decays and dies.” We usually sympathise with the person whose pocket had been picked, while he was boarding the bus. But Dadaji tells us that he who suffers is not innocent, he has invited this trouble himself. The law is that whenever one is punished, one is at fault. The ‘Vyawasthita Shakti’, (Universal, executrix) is just and fair. Whatever happened is justice. Dadaji very compassionately tells us, ‘Know your Real Self and your intercourse with the world and with yourself will be very happy.’

    Dada Bhagavan enlightens us with his views on the ‘Vyawasthit Shakti’ (Scientific Circumstantial Evidences) : “It's a well-planned, well-governed universe by an impartial, detached executrix that plies the gigantic universe without violating any of her laws. An Almighty Power controls the movements of the universe.”

    Human intellect has no definite answers to fundamental problems of life, like ‘Who am I ?’ ‘Why am I here ?’ We have learnt from the Gita that at times of acute crisis like decline of Dharma and the rise of Adharma, there is a divine intervention in the affairs of man to prevent him from doing irremediable harm to himself. An intellect, however successful, not blessed with inner illumination, is harmful to mankind. If man in his pride and ignorance flouts the laws of nature, he invites troubles for himself because these laws are just, exact and fair.

    Now let us remember our word ‘Par-yavaran’ (Environment) which envelopes us–mankind, birds, animals and all forms of life on the planet within its folds and deeply influences the whole process of its growth, activities and well-being.

    Environment comprises all physical and chemical elements of air, water and land technically known as atmosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere respectively as reflected in the Vedas which contain many ‘mantras’ to purify land, water, air, space and also to protect them from pollution and consequent degradation.

    All religions of the world and their enlightened messengers have always advised man to live in harmony with his inner self and outer nature, surrounding him and not to pollute its environment but keep it clean and healthy for his own survival and that of other species inhabiting the planet earth.

    The great enlightened persons, the seer-scientists have always worked and work for the spiritual well-being of mankind. They have left behind them their wise precepts for the guidance of humanity. Sanctify your tongue, heart and deed and live in harmony with your innerself and the world around you (the outer-self).

    It is with the collaboration of the outer and the inner self of man that we can seek material prosperity and spiritual enlightenment. Dada Bhagavan says, “Know who you really are. You are the Pure Soul, not the body.” Seek the divine within yourself and attain divinity from within. The experience of the divine or the realisation of the ‘Self’ is not possible till such a time a man overcomes the vacillations of the heart, so man should gain spiritual awareness from within. Then peace and tranquillity can be established in home, society and the universe. Our scriptures advise us to eradicate ill-feeling, enmity, jealousy, greed by arousing in man, the sense of love, friendship, unanimity and fellow-feeling.

    We must not forget that the individual and the universal peace are interdependent, the same way as the trees and the human beings. The real happiness of the individual lies in the happiness of the universe as a whole. The individual prosperity lies in the prosperity of the universe.

    Matter is conscious. Matter floats on the surface of an infinite ocean of energy which obviously is an expression of underlying consciousness. “The whole universe is an ocean of matter and you are the name of a little particle and I of another and the sun of another. We know that this matter is continuously changing. What is forming the sun one day, the next day may form the matter of our bodies,” says Swami Vivekananda.

    Just as a wave is inseparably connected with the ocean, one man contains the whole universe. One particle of matter has all the energy of the universe.

    Matter, energy and consciousness are connected together in one inseparable common background which is Sat, Chit and Ananda. The universe of ours is very well-planned, well-nourished, well-ordered, well-loved and well-blessed by a Supreme Power. It is an ever evolving universe.

    Nature is our mother. Man's relation with Nature is as old as the world. Our religious scriptures proclaim that so long as man lives in harmony with nature, he enjoys a happy fulfilling life. Man was very happy when he worshipped mother nature. But once he chose to lead a life devoid of natural environs, his harmony with nature was broken and then he had to face calamities of various magnitudes.

    We hear of environmental degradation and desperation these days. When man lived with nature and worshipped her and loved her as his mother, he was happy. He did not interfere with the forces of nature. She was his real benefactor and life-sustainer. He had neither inclination nor the tools and will to defy the forces of nature. He led a simple, satisfied, contented life.

    But a sudden change in the course of a river, the cutting of forests and loss of green cover, flood, fire and cyclone caused environmental crisis in those days. These are all natural calamities. But otherwise there was harmonious unison of life and environment.

    The ecological relationship among plants, animals and environment must be maintained for smooth functioning and survival of the biosphere, maintenance of atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere. In short, the ecological equilibrium must be preserved at any cost, if life on the planet earth is to survive. The problem arises due to disturbed and upset equilibrium of the natural environment either by our own activities or other causes exerting their pressure on the biosphere. The imbalances on the biosphere create structural and functional changes in atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere.

    For the last 200 years, mother earth has been barbarously excavated and her entrails have been dug out ! Industrial revolutions, man's inordinate greed for wealth and lust for power, materialistic approach to life, want of moral and spiritual values, loss of harmony with nature, want of love and sympathy in human relationships, cruel cutting of green trees–earth's loving children and friends of mankind, commercialism, bankruptcy in family life giving place to display of deceptive feelings...

    Man has torn asunder the heart of the earth, plundered her wealth in the form of precious materials like gold, silver, diamonds, oil, coal, yet mother earth gives us food and water which prolong our life.

    Man has built big dams to harness the flowing rivers. But we hear of the tremors of earthquake near dams which cause panic among people. Man has forgotten that it is his duty to return more to society than what he takes from it.

    The rapid advance of technologies has made the situation all the more alarming and the risks involved in the production process are heightening day in and day out. Needless to say that as unimpeded development flowed in unchecked, the ecological imbalances followed out rapidly.

    Voices against this rising ecological imbalance were raised even at the outset of the industrial revolution which had unleashed unbridled tapping of natural resources. But soon it was found that econimical development was not an unmixed blessing. At one end it leads to worldly, material prosperity but at the other end it unleashes the destruction, depletion and disfigurement of natural resources causing environmental crisis. Many animal species are already extinct. Air pollution not only of big cities but even of minor cities has been forcing the government to upgrade fuel quality and run vehicles with compressed natural gas, chemical fertilizers, pesticides are badly affecting the fauna and flora and accumulating harmful chemical substances in food causing dreadful diseases like cancer and carcinogens.

    Millions of gallons of carcinogenic computers seep into the soil and water and poison them. And because of chem-icalised and carcinogenic computers, today 30% of American male are infertile. The excessive use of fertilizers has considerably increased concentration of nitrats in the soil and the food that we consume gets poisonous. It is said that by the time of 2025 AD almost more than 48 countries of the world will be facing acute water shortage. Continuos use of pesticides affects ground water through seepage and our rivers, ponds and streams have become polluted because the concentration is toxic. It is horrifying to note that the level of accumulated DDT in the body tissue of an average Indian is the highest.

    It is a sad fact that our water, air, rain, forest, rare species of birds and animals are threatened with extinction. Developed countries dump their industrial and nuclear waste in and around the developing and under-developed nations causing health hazards on an unprecedented scale.

    The star war project, the global warming, the unchecked inventions of fatal biological weapons, the devices of land mines attack are going on to make human life not only insecure on the globe, but will cause ecological imbalance harmful to human existence. The overtaxed natural resources will make human life ‘nasty, brutish and short.’

    All religions of the world give messages of love, compassion and sympathy for all creatures. We must become sane and develop a new concept of eco-spirituality (not only eco-friendliness). Then this eco-spirituality will cure the cancer of eco-crisis of the present age effectively and positively. To achieve sustainable economy, we have to build a new relationship with the mother earth by slowing down population growth by using our resources most frugally and more efficiently.

    Indian cultural and spiritual heritage is rich enough to strike a balance between developmental activities and environmental equilibrium. Hinduism has preached the gospels of Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram. Ishopanishad says the universe together with its creatures belongs to the Lord.

    No creature is superior to any other and human-beings should not have absolute power over nature. Let no one species encroach over the rights and privileges of other species. One can enjoy the bounties of nature only by giving up greed, avarice, arrogance and exploitation. Indeed the holy Upanishads are the Magna Charta of human rights and obligations. They advise us to desist from our mad search for happiness in the outside world. There is no bliss in finite things, the infinite alone is bliss. And ‘It’ is with us always.

    The materiality of the modern world causing eco-crisis can be conquered only through discarding lust for amassing inordinate wealth and riches, banishing hatred and ugly competition and adopting love and compassion instead, by doing good to others including nature. The Quran reveals that man is a part of nature's web and he has no right to disturb that web. Hinduism, Jainism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism talk of love and compassion for all the creatures and harmony with nature. All religions advocate the healthy preservation of the environment and show concern for the preservation of the human environment. True religion means love and compassion for the universe. Einstein says, ‘True religion is concerned with man's attitude towards nature at large with establishing ideals for the individual and communal life and with mutual human relations. Religion exists in nature and nature sustains human life; both religion and nature should be unescapable parts of human existence. Life is unnavigable without the soul and flag of religion and as life depends on environmental equilibrium, the teachings of religions can be fairly used for developing a concept of eco-spirituality graded by various religious faith of the world. A time has come to define man not by his ability to hurt nature but by his ability to heal the wounds caused to nature by his insatiable greed, avarice and lust for dominion over nature and not by his ability to destroy but by his ability to build nature-friendly universe. The pollution of human mind prejudicial to nature can go only by embedding the eternal precepts of religion; for religion is nothing but a symbolic relationship between man and his environments promising a homogenised and congenial ambience. So, it would be true to say that all technologies should be presumed to be guilty until proved innocent.”

    We all know that two world wars have taken a very heavy toll of human lives. Now, the third world war will be for mineral oil. The fourth will be for potable water; the fifth will be for a breath of oxygen. Our wise men have said that take according to your need and leave the rest for others. Everything belongs to God.

    Now, if humanity has to survive, it has to draw sustenance of spirituality from religion for assuring eco-friendly universe. This will be the noblest tribute to Vyasa, Buddha, Mahavir, Christ, Muhammad, Guru Nanak and Dada Bhagavan who have loudly sung the hymn in praise of inextricable relation between animism, ecological balance and mankind.

    Religion has a great impact on the human psyche, so, it is necessary to draw upon the wisdom of religion to instil in man the importance of ecology.

    Any one who reads the scriptures of the world and listens to the guiding precepts of the enlightened persons, Tirthankars, Rishes, Prophets and sages, learns the perennial wisdim : to love all living creatures, preserve the beauty of the earth by living in harmony with the forces of nature without violating her laws, without polluting the environment and thus disturbing the rhythm of nature.

    All religions of the world unanimously declare that so long as man lived in harmony with nature, he was happy and contented. They warn man that he should not flout the laws of nature. But if he turns a deaf ear to these wise precepts of the enlightened persons, he invites calamities for himself.

    Jainism lays great stress on ‘Ahimsa’ and pleads for compassion towards all living creatures. Jain ecological philosophy concentrates on the Jain principle of ‘Ahimsa’. It means to avoid violence in any form through thought, word or deed to all living creatures.

    Buddhism is a religion of love, understanding and compassion. It too pays great importance to non-violence, to all sentient beings, trees, flowers and birds and animals. It believes in reincarnation and advises man to protect the environment with love, care and alertness.

    Trusteeship of Allah, accountability to Allah and unity of nature are the three concepts of Islam, which form the pillars of environmental ethics of Islam.

    Sikhism declares that God is the only source of birth, life and death of all creatures. He is the basic cause of creation. The bounties of nature draw sustenance from God. He alone is their master; without his ‘Hukum’, nothing exists, changes of develops. So, man should not interfere with the creation of God, so as to destroy nature's beauty and invite displeasure of the Almighty.

    Chritianity preached dualism which separated man from nature. It gave boost to indiscriminate exploitation of nature by man. But it emphasized that to attain a wholesome and prosperous life, one need not do injury to other living creatures nor live an intemperate life.

    Confucianism and Taoism of China talk of co-operative group of efforts so that individual's concerns are sublimated on larger sense of human good. Earlier Chinese philosophers were closer to nature, to farm life and they, therefore, pleaded for the conservation of natural resources.

    Santoism of Japan was very emphatic on preserving natural environment which even to this day finds reflection in the preservations of the natural beauties of the temples.

    So, all these religions advise man to live in harmony with nature. He has to behave eco-friendly, eco-spiritually, for his own survival on the planet earth. Nations of the world must unite like the members of a global family and help the have-nots by eradicating poverty, jealousy, greed and thus help establishing a happy world-order by arousing in them eternal, spiritual values like love and compassion, beauty and peace. This is indeed the sublime environment for mankind.

    -Vishnu Pathak

     

  • Human Excellence

    by Manish Shah | Aug 02, 2017
    Throughout history the spirit of human excellence has been exemplified by men and women from all walks of life.  Excellence is a word that we use in our daily life to express our highest appreciation for any human accomplishment that exceeds our expectation. It is almost, always, associated with a skill, performance, achievement, act of humanism and even for the common things—food, recreation weather that we relish in our daily life.  From a holistic perspective, human excellence goes beyond skills, talents, personal and social preferences.  It is the ability to direct the power of   physical, mental and spiritual energies within us and put it to the best use in everything we do. Excellence is the highest development that a human being can aspire for and seek in his or her lifetime. It represents the harmony of all human energy.   The primary motivating factor for human excellence is an unshakable resolve that nothing is beyond our reach and always do more than what is expected of us under any circumstance and regardless of the outcome.  In the words of Mark Twain “if you think you can, you can, if you think you cannot, you are right.”  

    Life presents us several opportunities to learn from, and to pursue our ambitions and goal(s). Human life is the greatest gift given to us by Mother Nature and how we use it is our gift back to her.   Knowledge and skill alone are not enough to achieve our purpose in life. They should be complemented by faith in our self and conviction that what we are doing has a Divine purpose and is good for us and the world. The external environment and circumstances may differ from person to person but the internal resolve and unshakable faith in our inner potential are the bedrock of human excellence. These two powerful forces working inside us combined with persistence, patience, personal integrity, compassion, benevolence, and humility   ensure the pathway to excellence. We find these traits in the great personalities.  Their motto in life is “not what they should do but what they ought to do” without the least concern for the worldly thralldom.  The Bhagwad Gita describes such a personality as “from whom the world is not agitated and who cannot be agitated by the world”.

    Our human history is full of examples of people of great convictions. Behind every great work we find that there is the tremendous power of conviction.  The world is shaped and moved by men and women of conviction of all types--- political, scientific, social and spiritual. All have wonderful world moving powers. They are indisputable powers no doubt but without the spiritual dimension human excellence is elusive and   an unfinished symphony.   The scope of human excellence and possibilities are not only broad and related to our external wellbeing but also deep.    The spiritual dimension of the human personality brings out the infinite man in the finite man and the immortal man behind the mortal man that is revealed by sensory cognition.  Deep within us lays this hidden strength.  The expression “faith can move mountains” relies on this strength. Swami Vivekananda exemplified in his life that the confluence of the external and internal powers of the human being, the power to act and the power to be, the power to reason and the power to worship constitute true human excellence.   What you are is equally important as what you do.  It is not whom we think we are, nor what others think we are but “what we are” that matters when it comes to excellence.  Once we develop this mind set it is a quality that gets ingrained in our personality and finds expression in every act no matter how small or trivial it may appear on the surface.  Our experience has taught us that even small acts of kindness, courtesies, benevolence gives us the impetus to bring out the best in us.  Very often we hear of common people do extraordinary acts without any desire for return or reward.  Here is an example of excellence for excellence sake:

    A tourist once visited a temple under construction where he saw a sculptor making an icon of God. Suddenly he noticed a similar idol lying nearby.  Surprised, he asked the sculptor. “Do you need two statues of the same idol?” “No” said the sculptor without looking up. “We need only one, but the other one got damaged at the last stage.” The gentleman examined the idol and found no apparent damage.  “Where is the damage?” he asked.  “There is a scratch on the nose of the idol.” said the sculptor, still busy with his work.  “Where are you going to install the idol?” was the next question to him. The sculptor replied on a pillar twenty feet high. If the idol is that far, who is going to know there is a scratch on the nose?” the gentleman asked. The sculptor stopped his work, looked up at the gentleman, smiled and said “I will know it”. The desire to excel is a drive from inside, not outside.  It is exclusive of the fact whether someone else appreciates it or not.  It is not an exceptional act but a habit.  It is caring more than what others think is wise; risking more than other think is safe; dream more than other think is practical; expect more than other think is possible.

    - Dr. Radha Krishnan, President, HSCRF


  • From Birth to Death - A Poem

    by Amit Patel | Jun 30, 2017

    From Birth to Death,

     No Man is without Worry,

     Because nobody has guided him

    That this Drama is temporary.

     ‘My’ Stage is creation of Nature,

    ‘I’ am only an Actor.

    One who says :

                                 ‘My Mind’,

                                 ‘My Speech’,

                                 ‘My Body’,

                                 ‘My Camera’,

                                 ‘My Radio’,

                                 ‘My Home’,

    Will Never say:

                                 ‘I am Mind’,

                                 ‘I am Speech’,

                                 ‘I am Body’,

                                 ‘I am Film’,

                                 ‘I am Sound’,

                                 ‘I am Theatre’,

    This Fact speaks for itself

    That ‘I’ and ‘My’ are separate.

    Invisible ‘I’ has no name,

    Visible ‘My’ is a worldly game.

    Circumstantial Evidences surrounding ‘Me’

    Are temporary adjustments,

    In which ‘I’ is the only permanent.

    Still nobody has ever questioned

    “Who Am I?”

    By Kaviraj Shree Navnitbhai Sanghavi, Mumbai


  • Good and Bad

    by Amit Patel | Jun 30, 2017

    We have been taught to do good and stay away from bad from our childhood. We have been told to speak truth, not steal and be non-violent.

    In our life, we bend the rules of the good when it is to our own advantage without thinking of the consequences. We pat ourselves on our back when we achieve something in spite of the fact that we choose the wrong means.

    Good and bad are two sides of a coin.. We take credit for the good things in our life and blame others for the bad. If we are the doer of the good things, then why do we allow ourselves to be in bad situations? This begs some reflection.

    It is said that life is our own echo. What does it mean? Echo is always related to the sound or vibrations. This means that happenings are based on our own past echoes and thus our life is our own echo.

    This means that if results of past are a good force, then everything will happen according to our wishes, and if the results of past are a bad force, then everything will go wrong and against our wishes. 

    To understand this scientific phenomenon let us look at nature. Holistic Scientist says that nature is nothing but a display of what is projected by human being and stored in a super computer. Nature is nothing but Scientific Circumstantial Evidence. Its function is to accumulate various circumstantial evidences in a scientific way. It only gives results based on data that is fed. Who feeds the data? It is us – our decisions and projections in the form of vibrational energy. Who gets them in return? We get them. How do we get them? We get them scientifically. When do we get them? We get them when all scientific circumstances and evidences come together. Nature does not do anything out of will; nature does not have free will. There is a simple rule of Nature, positivity gives positive result and negativity gives negative result.  

    “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects”, said Albert Einstein. In daily living there is Outer Living part - interaction with someone or self, pleasant or unpleasant and there is Inner Living– Inner decisions and projections. For example, a decision has to be made as to how to interact (harsh response or pleasant response or no response) and then project either good or bad opinion in mind. This is the echo of the future.

    According to Holistic Scientist there are two aspects of life; positive and negative. If we have a negative attitude, nature cannot help us. We should erase negative in our life dictionary.

    Holistic Scientist has given Nine divine codes of conduct that are to be desirable that can be included in daily prayers that will ultimately lead to the  good and hence resulting in good in our lives.

    UNIVERSAL PROJECTIONS FOR RICH INNER LIVING- The Good
    Universal projections as given hereunder work as hearty decisions with ardent prayers leading to inner transformation and rich inner living.

    Principal resolution:
     ‘Let my mind, speech, body not hurt any living being in the world even to slightest extent and  let my mind, speech, body be used to oblige others’. (‘Yog, Upayogo paropakaray’).

    • (Resolve and pray five times in the morning as you get up from b
    ‘Nine Divine  Codes of Conduct’.
    This is the Essence of all Holy Scriptures as practiced and revealed by the self–realized, experienced Holistic Scientist A. M. Patel popularly known as “Dada Bhagwan”. Dada Bhagwan is what is manifested inside and it is in all living creatures in the un-manifested state.

    1. 
    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 thinking, speech and conduct as would restrain me from hurting even slightly, the ego of any living being.
    2.  O Supreme Self/O Lord! May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength so as 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?
    •             May you 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? 
    3.  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.
     
    4.  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, neither cause anyone nor support anyone doing so. 

    5.  
    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 speaks harsh, hurtful, egoistic or biting language.
    6.  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 perverted 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.
    7.  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.
    8.  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. 

    9. 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. 

    - Rajnikant B, Patel, MSME, PMP, Author.

  • Operator of the World is VYAVASTHIT SHAKTI

    by Amit Patel | May 27, 2017

    The concept (and the principle) of VYAVASTHIT SHAKTI – Scientific Circumstantial Evidences, is His Divine Holiness, Param Poojya Shree Dada Bhagawan’s unique and glorious gift to mankind’s eternal quest for the ULTIMATE REALITY of ‘Who is the creator?’ It is an all-embracing, comprehensive concept, with the entire animate and inanimate world within its ambit.

    Unable to fathom the deepest mysteries of NATURE, most spiritual thinkers, of various hues and denominations, glibly attributed the Creatorship, Sustainer-ship and Destroyer-ship (Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas) to GOD, and named them Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Mahesh, etc. In fact, if we look at the dictionary meaning of God then it is…

    • A being conceived as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient originator and ruler of the Universe, the principal object of faith and worship in monotheistic (Doctrine that there is only one God) religions.
    • (Theology) theol the sole Supreme Being, eternal, spiritual, and transcendent, who is theCreator and ruler of all and is infinite in all attributes; the object of worship in monotheis-tic religions.
    It is also considered as one who is Generator, Operator and Destroyer of the universe.

    Albert Einstein, the greatest scientist of our Era, once remarked that he was able to discover the Laws of Nature, but was unable to discover who the makers of those Laws were.

    Holistic Scientist propounded that there is no beginning and no end – just as a circle has no beginning and no end. Aatma (Soul), the God particle, always remains just a Knower and Seer (Jnaata & Drasta); it is all pure science (Vignan).

    Mr. A. M. Patel – the Holistic Scientist, lovingly called Dadaji was not at all convinced and satisfied with the explanation of God Principle.
    Apart from its physical impracticability, if this were really so, GOD although as a Supreme Being should be held responsible for all the miseries, trials and tribulations He has been heaping on mankind, and according to the inexorable law of karma be penalized for the same. And if there was some entity like this (called GOD) people would have found him and punished him for not doing his job appropriately because what He has done that everyone is unhappy and suffering! Although, today every one professes the same inadvertently without exception!

    With his sharp and penetrating insight into things and beings, and totally IMPARTIAL VISION, he observed that the universe is suffused with billions and trillions of sub-atomic particles (electrons, protons, neutrons and now Higgs Bosons – GOD Particles), which are constantly on the move. They are in a state of flux (continuous fluctuation). (We shall henceforth refer to these minutest sub-atomic particles as just atoms, for the sake of brevity). We are actually living in an ocean of atoms without even realizing it. However, this state of flux is not a chaos but COSMOS! There is a system, a pattern, a rhythm and a symphony about it, although we are not aware of it. The Sun, the Moon, the Stars, the Galaxies, the ebbs and tides of oceans, mankind and the animal world and all living creatures including the plant world, are all under the direction and control of one Centralized Agency. Dadaji termed this Centralized Natural Agency as VYAVASTHIT SHAKTI – Scientific Circumstantial Evidences (The inanimate collective Cosmic Power operating living beings of the entire Universe).

    What we call NATURE is nothing but fructification of this Scientific Circumstantial Evidences or VYAVASTHIT SHAKTI only, in worldly occurrences. They are not accidents but incidents only. There is CAUSE and EFFECT relationship, as we shall see later on. It is Scientific subject to experimentation, observation and inference. Hence, Dadaji gave this nomenclature to make this complex phenomenon of NATURE comprehensible. Dadaji states that this discovery was the result of his endeavors spread over past several births and that it preceded his attaining ENLIGHTENMENT (Jñāna) in the year 1958.

    WHAT IS VYAVASTHIT SHAKTI or SCIENTIFIC CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCES? – MACRO ASPECT

    Billions of atoms which are eternally in a state of flux are basically PHYSICAL MATTER and are neutral (Vishrasa – without any kind of charge). They have an innate natural tendency, capacity and sensitivity to pick up the minutest, subtlest vibrations, impulses and get charged when experimented!

    Under the potent influence of self-ignorance, in the very presence of ATMA (Soul, the non-physical life force), which is eternal, immanent and immutable, one egoistically projects doer-ship based (mental) feelings of Love and Hate in various situations of life Karmic results, which are by themselves result of Mishrasa – previously charged atoms now resulting in giving happiness and/or sorrow. Nevertheless, while experiencing effects of previous Karma (destiny) due to egoistic projections fresh atoms are attracted, which inadvertently get charged, and are transmuted to become live charged particles Prayogsa (Creating Causal body for future physical body – mishra chetan). ATMA, however, remains absolutely unaffected in the whole process. It is immaculate.

    This juxtaposition of MATTER and LIFE gives rise to EGO, just as an iron rod, lying on the sea-shore gets rusted. This is a natural phenomenon of coming together of non-live and live matter. Thus starts the evolution of human civilization from matter to life and life to consciousness, and ultimately culminates in self-consciousness, as we shall see later on. This is the macro aspect of Vyavasthit Shakti or Scientific Circumstantial Evidences.

    MICRO ASPECT OF VYAVASTHIT SHAKTI – SCIENTIFIC CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCES

    EGO that has emerged from the juxtaposition of MATTER and LIFE, arrogates to itself a false sense of DOERSHIP with its inevitable concomitants of Love and Hate (Rag and Dwesh) along with their ancillaries like Anger, Pride, Attachment, Avarice, etc. (Krodh, Man, Maya, Lobh). DOERSHIP entails SUFFERERSHIP, as per the inexorable Law of Karma. This cycle is self-perpetuating: Cause and effect, effect and cause, ad infinitum, (till one attains self-realization). This is the societal life circle (Sansar Chakra).

    As stated earlier these live atoms have an innate natural capacity and sensitivity to pick up the minutest vibrations and impulses as they pass by one another and get charged. These are fed in to what we may call a Super-computer in modern parlance. These are meticulously stored for each individual and then released at the appropriate confluence of time and circumstances, depending on matter (Dravya), place (Kshetra) time (kaal) and urge (bhava). Each individual gets back according to what he has fed into his Micro-computer by his ego-centric actions at the appropriate time, by bringing about the necessary combination of circumstances by the Vyavasthit Shakti. All this takes place scientifically in absolute precision and infallibility of a perfect natural computer. This is why Dadaji has named it SCIENTIFIC CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCES or VYAVASTHIT SHAKTI, to make this complex natural phenomenon, more comprehensible for an average person and common men.

    Scientific Circumstantial Evidences or Vyavathit Shakti is the ONLY DOER in the Universe and None Else

    Any single occurrence is always a consequence of confluence of several evidences or contributory factors, e.g. a simple cup of tea cannot be prepared with tea leaves alone. Milk, water, utensils, lighter, gas, etc. are all required to make a cup of tea. In fact, we need the maker with the knowledge of making tea and the guests for whom the tea is required to be made. It is the function of Vyavasthit Shakti, Scientific Circumstantial Evidences to bring about this confluence of circumstances at the appropriate moment. Since this is the sole monopoly function of Vyavasthit Shakti or Scientific Circumstantial Evidences, it could be termed “Sovereign” in its own right, to borrow a term from Political Science. As Dadaji puts it there is nothing above Vyavasthit Shakti. “Vyavasthit is above Vyavasthit”- Dadaji. Once caused, effect is Natural and in the hands of Vyavsathit ONLY, none else!

    However, in order to safeguard against developing, passivity or negativity in one’s approach to problems arising in day to day social life, Dadaji cautions that we can attribute an occurrence to Vyavasthit Shakti only after it has taken place, and not before that e.g. while carrying a cup of tea, if it happens to slip from our hands, our duty is to do our best to prevent it from slipping, and if it slips from our grip in spite of it, then only we can attribute it to Vyavasthit. Dadaji also explains that Vyavasthit has to take care of the crockery industry and its employees, suppliers of raw materials, users as well. So, Vyavasthit would do both, demolish and supply also!!

    We get a faint inkling of the concept of Vyavasthit in the 5TH chapter of Geeta, Which reads as under:

    Geeta chapter 5(14):
    “Neither agency nor actions does the Lord create for the world, nor union with the fruits of actions, but it is NATURE that acts.”

    A similar glimpse of the concept of Vyavasthit can be also seen when Lord Krishna exhorts the broken and devastated Arjun to engage the Kauravas in battle, and not dither, because Lord Krishna says that, in his DIVINE VISION he sees that they, the Kuaravas, were all already dead and that he (Arjun) was only being an instrument (nimitt), and that he would kill them even if he did not want to.

    Vyavasthit Shakti is an integral part of Dadaji’s FIVE COMMANDMENTS (5-Precepts, Panch Aagnyas), which are quintessence of the scriptural wisdom of the world. It stands 3RD among the 5 commandments. Thus it is not only in the centre of the 5 commandments, but is also central to all the 5 commandments. Having thoroughly understood and realized that Vyavasthit Shakti alone is the real DOER in the Universe, and none else, we will not blame (hold) anyone guilty of wrong-doing. He will be seen as innocent, just as an instrument (nimitt). This helps in practising Dadaji’s 4Th commandment of amicable settlement of all our relations. (Sambhave nikal).

    Thence follow Dadaji’s dictums viz.
    1)             Adjust Everywhere
    2)             The world is your own projection
    3)             Whatever happens is just and proper
    4)             One who suffers is wholly and solely responsible for his suffering etc.

    You are reaping what was sown in the previous births. You are getting back what was fed into the Super-computer, through the instrumentality of Vyavasthit Shakti! Understand how to live with your body and others with the help of Dada’s Holistic Inner Science, Akram Vignan!

    (If I am doer, Vyavasthit is not the doer; one can understand doer-ship of Vyavasthit shakti only after his own doer-ship is dissolved. An Enlightened Akarta Purusha can only remove your doer-ship.)

    Realization of the fundamental fact that DOERSHIP is the sole prerogative of Vyavasthit Shakti destroys the very tap-root of Ego, which has falsely arrogated DOERSHIP to itself. And with it, its inevitable concomitants of Love and Hate (Rag and Dwesh) and their corollaries Anger, Pride, Attachment, Avarice, etc. which are at the back of the cycle of Births and Deaths and the eternal societal wheel also subsides. These negativities get dehydrated and drop off slowly but surely. Elimination of these gross negativities, removes the mist that has so far shrouded the glow of Atma (Pure Soul, who one is) in one’s personality. One’s vision is changed and character acquires an aroma of perfect purity. His relationships acquire a natural silken texture. The individual rises from being his personalised small Relative ‘i’ to the Universal Real capital ‘I’ as per Dadaji’s first and second commandments. He feels and experiences the essential Oneness of all existence. He feels and experiences that the Self in me is the Self everywhere. He is ONE with the entire Universe. (Atmavat sarva Bhuteshu- Abhed Bhav)

    CONCLUSION
    Having thoroughly understood, assimilated and imbibed Dadaji’s abovementioned teachings and philosophy of Vyavasthit Shakti – Scientific Circumstantial Evidences – one safely and smoothly sails through the choppy seas of life with poise, equanimity and serenity, towards the ultimate goal of Liberation (moksha), which is the final destination of mankind.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    Mr. Hashmukhbhai R. Bhatt is originally from Mumbai, he is now in Baroda. He did his Masters in Economics and Political Science from Bombay University in the year 1952. He is 95 years old. He worked his entire career in New India Insurance Company in Mumbai. He retired as Secretary of Welfare Department in the year 1982. He is a voracious reader and spent all his life in pursuit of spirituality trying to understand the hidden science of Life and Living.

    He came across two great spiritual masters in his life. In his early life, he came across HDH Swami Chinmayananda. He was closely associated with Chinmay Mission activities for many years. He was introduced to Param Poojya Dada Bhagwan by Swami Bharatanandji in the year 1978. He is very much grateful to Swami Chinmayananda for giving him wonderful insights into spirituality through Vedanta. But finally all his questions got answered by Dada Bhagwan’s step less path of AKRAM VIGNAN. After Dada Bhagwan, he is closely following His successor HDH Kanudadaji from whom he got deeper understanding of Dada Bhagwan’s principles of AKRAM VIGNAN.
    This article is on VYAVUSTHIT SHAKTI, as the Cosmic Power working scientifically as Universal Creator, Operator and Destroyer in Nature. His elaboration of this great secret of Nature as revealed by Holistic Scientist Mr. A. M. Patel  come out very well in his very simple and lucid English language. We hope this will help everyone who wants to know more about ‘Vyavasthit Shakti’.

  • The Path to Peace is Peace Itself

    by Amit Patel | May 27, 2017

    Peace, as we understand it is freedom and redemption from physical, mental and spiritual suffering.  We are habituated to look externally for redemption from suffering, but the ancient wisdom of the experienced and evolved souls tells us that the solutions lie within ourselves.  Suffering is an essential part of life and is necessary for evolution.  It is an opportunity for growth and only through the lens of suffering we can understand peace just as light is clearest through darkness.  Thoughts, emotions, perceptions and whatever we experience make up the content of our life and when we identify with them as “my life” we overlook the fact that we are not the content of life but life itself. All the misery on the planet arises from this mistaken belief that we are separate individuals with the power to do and undo what we believe to be rational in our thinking mind.   The thinking mind, no doubt, is useful and a powerful tool but it can also be a destructive tool when it takes over our life completely and mistakes opinions and viewpoints for facts. Peace can only come when we begin to understand that no matter what the situation is or whatever happens is only a passing phase in our living consciousness and not a permanent situation. We invite suffering the moment we forget our true nature which is beyond the thinking mind. Happiness is always there within us to be experienced; it is our non- acceptance of internal happiness by our Egoic self that introduces the obstruction to the flow of happiness just as darkness in the absence of light. In what follows we will examine some of these major obstacles to peace in life from a holistic perspective and how we can overcome them by a process of internal transformation.

    1.  “I” and “My”
    The secret of peaceful living is to have nothing you can call your own. We are only caretakers of what we possess. At any time we must be ready to part with everything we possess without notice.  This may sound draconian but the reality of life is undeniable.  We all know it but our Egoic self does not allow us to let go. Peace is the ultimate human desire.  Only a few know how to gain it and even fewer really do something to get it. Peaceful life is ours if we let go our Ego and limit our desires.  The challenge is how to go about it?  It is not easy but not impossible. Our vison and understanding need to be refined to know that  there is in us a deeper “I” than the I of our likes, dislikes, fear, doubt , pleasure, pain, happiness and sorrow.. The process should start with our Beliefs and our misguided perceptions. In the rapidly advancing technological world we have become experts in making guided missiles but continue to live as misguided humans. 

    2. Belief
    Belief is an agreement that each one makes with oneself, a contract, if you will, which we tend to evaluate constantly and seek agreement with others. It keeps our life moving and is the architect for our decisions, actions and the values we place in life and living. It is also the building block for faith and conviction in our spiritual evolution. The power of belief is more than the belief itself.  Events in human history tell us that numerous wars have been fought just to uphold the Belief of one person. The spoken word backed by belief could wage a war and also end a war.!!  For example, “me” and “mine” are powerful words.  Common experience tells us that when we claim something to be mine and insist on it we open the door for conflict.  In life, knowingly or unknowingly, we are always seeking consensus for our own beliefs. When there is agreement there is peace and when there is resistance there is conflict. This modus operandi can be extended all the way from the micro level (individual) to the macro level (world) wherever human interaction comes into play. We tend to justify everything based on what we consider rational but despite our best intention our behavior or actions do not always conform to our best intentions.  Our intellect and ego may not be willing to cooperate.  The age old saying “the path to hell is paved with good intentions” (Bible) and do as I say  but not as I do  are reminders that we have our own hidden  limitations.

    3. Ego and Conflict 
    Respect for, and acceptance of others beliefs and viewpoints without imposition of our own opinions and judgement is important in human relationships.  Even when others’ beliefs go against established facts we should refrain from pointing it out and avoid undesirable outcomes. It is not the belief or the viewpoint per se that brings resistance but the clash of Egos. Insistence on our viewpoint is a losing proposition in any personal or social interaction. We may win the battle but lose the war for peace.   The cardinal rule is not to put down anyone’s Ego by thought, word or deed to the maximum extent. It is, of course, easy to understand but to integrate it in our behavior requires a firm resolve and repeated effort (purusharth).   In order to succeed, we have to take a holistic vison and see the common thread that binds us as humans as one family and remind ourselves that we may have differences (race, color, creed, beliefs, personalities and so on) but we are not different. The late civil rights leader Martin Luther King said the human race has two choices: to coexist or to perish. His message has echoed throughout the world and the spoken words have proved to be more powerful than any weaponry that exists in our armory. Doctor King followed in Mahatma Gandhi’s footsteps of non-violence to achieve his goal to end racial segregation in America. In the ultimate analysis we must learn to coexist and respect and appreciate other’s viewpoints and way of life. We have no other choice.  Universal peace through disarming seems ideal.  However, the process cannot begin until we disarm our own individual hearts. We suffer because we see ourselves as separate from others and forget that the world is only a projection of our mind and what is projected comes back to us as echoes.

    3. Real and Relative  
    Co- existence requires that we develop the habit of seeing the Divine spark --the Soul, the very essence of life, in each and every living being and not the outside physical “packing” that we refer to as body.  The Soul, Atman, Spirit by whatever name we wish to call is the “Real” part, the unchanging eternal consciousness which is our true identity.   The reflected consciousness in the individual which functions through the body, mind and speech and is changing is the  “Relative” part of our existence. Knowing the changeless in the changing is the greatest asset and the most powerful weapon that only we as humans have been endowed with and to the extent we are sincere and grounded in the REAL peace is ours.  We should avoid compartmentalizing and labeling humans and human behavior and have a Holistic vision that we are all part of the “Whole” humanity or one among the many belonging to the human family, also referred to in the Hindu tradition as Vasudeva Kutumbam.  Only then we can resolve our differences in an amicable way and coexist.  Unity in Diversity is the core message in all the great religions and scriptures. God is one and is in everyone. The goal of the Holistic Research Foundation (HSCRF), USA that I represent is to bring out the Holistic Vision and Understanding of Human Life and Living.

    From a holistic perspective life has two parts.  One is our mind-body-speech and their functioning which are pre-determined and unalterable.  It is the decided part (fate or destiny).  What is in our control is the decision part (free will), our inner resolve (Nischay or Bhav).  Under the right circumstances (avastha) decided by Nature our Nischay comes to bear according to our scriptures and the enlightened souls.  If not, in this lifetime, the “wake” or “imprint” that we leave behind are bound to come to fruition.   We all agree that we reap the fruits of the efforts of  our forefathers and the wake they have left behind serves as a beacon of light in our life. It holds for our Nischay/Bhav as well. Whatever vibrations that we send out in the form of opinions, judgements. preferences (Rag-Dwesh) are being recorded in Nature and come back to us in myriad ways as cause and effect. That in itself is reason for us to be cautious and be positive both in our internal resolve (Nischay) and in our mind, body and speech functions in day-to-day life (Vyawahar). Awareness, acceptance, humility and surrender to the higher power  create the best conditions for peace. Our consciousness under these conditions is raised above the thinking mind where the Ego can no longer survive. The proverbial wisdom, resist not evil but go around is the best approach to resolve conflicts. It is a sincere effort to make peace with imperfection.

    4.0 Doubts and Doubting
    Doubt and doubting are negative vibrations and can harm us and others by unwanted stress and fear and spoil our peace of mind (if there is anything left there!!).  Doubt is an invisible destructive weapon that obstructs the natural flow of life. It is not uncommon to hear people say “What is this world coming to or what will happen if these current events  lead to an all out war  or will peace ever come in our lifetime ??.  These are examples of doubting that can bring harmful effects. The law of nature is to reform and not to punish and to set right what is upset. There is no negativity worth a grain of salt in nature.   Positivity and negativity are  exclusive human traits   What one perceives as negative may not be the case for others and vice versa. We tend to live in our “imagined” world whereas the “real” world is what it is and what it should be.  We cannot independently change the outcome of any action.  It is totally in Nature’s domain of justice

    5.0 Self- Regulated Natural Law
    The self-regulated perpetual law of Nature is responsible for the destruction, creation and sustenance in the universe. Nature reveals to us a system that is in a state of perpetual transformation.   We, as actors, participate in the play of nature with assigned roles to do our part when called for.  Living life for life’s sake and not for the Egoic self is the ideal way to coexist and live in peace. War and Peace is a cycle that has prevailed dating back to the early civilizations.  It is inevitable despite our best intentions.  Let us not forget that there are also good outcomes in war.  Acts of heroism, patriotism, empathy and compassion demonstrated on the battlefields by individuals bring out the extent of empathy and compassion that humans are capable of and the nobility inside us. They often go unrecorded in history books. When privileging extraordinary figures, we ignore the grassroots strength of ordinary individuals whose power and value are no less than the privileged leaders.  

    In one of the greatest novels  “War and Peace” written by  Russian author Leo Tolstoy one of the characters, Platen Karetov, a simple, loving Russian peasant who is sent to fight against his will offers the motherless French hero Pierre  Bezukhov, the maternal kindness he has never known in his life and shows him that the answer to his spiritual searching lies not in the glory and blistering speeches but in human connection and our inherent connectivity.  Pierre soon has a dream about a globe in which every person represents a tiny droplet detached from a larger sphere of water. Signifying our shared essence, it hints at the extent to which Tolstoy believed we are all connected.  Many such events have occurred in human history that has gone unnoticed but the human potential cannot be denied nor under estimated. Every person must pay attention to two important aspects in life---harm none and help others to the best of our ability. There will be peace in the world only when we uphold these highest moral principles and live by them. The human race has withstood all along the trials and tribulations of mankind.  It will survive in its own natural way.  Our responsibility is to preserve and protect our intrinsic human values (Sanathana Dharma), our rich traditions and the teachings of the spiritual masters.   Acharya Adi Shankara  gave a short answer to a loaded question from an aspirant:

    Aspirant:  If the world is an illusion (Maya) and there is only suffering how to overcome it?
    Acharya :  SATSANGAM---keep the company of the Righteous

    Where there is Righteousness in the Heart there will be beauty in Character; when there is beauty in the character, there will be Harmony in the home; when there is harmony in the home there will be Order in the nation; when there is order in the nation there will Peace in the world:  Om Shanthi,  Shanthi,  Shanthi. 


    - Dr. Radha P Krishna, President, Holistic Science Charitable Research Foundation

  • Freedom from Karmas

    by Manish Shah | Apr 02, 2017

    To have an intention to hurt others manifests as anger. To think of taking someone’s possessions is greed. By forcibly taking away others’ belongings and incurring loss, you strengthen your attachments to worldly things. If you insult someone your mental peace gets disturbed.

    Deceit will always make you uncomfortable from within. If you try to take advantage of others using your intellect, it will show on your face. The turmoil within will spill over in interactions with others and cause disturbance. Turbid behavior of the body will result in animosity and fear.

    The sins committed through the eyes are very dangerous and can result in many birth and death cycles. Our society honors marriages and the union is pious so after that one should not eye any other person with sensuality.

    All the worldly happenings are based on our karma so we should see others as innocent. All the negative experiences are due to our own past mistakes and they are delivered through a messenger in this life experiment.  

    All the bitter situations are a great asset since it gives us an opportunity to amicably resolve them and nullify the karma. The belief that “I am the doer” fuels the creation of karmas. This cycle goes on and it can only be broken by knowing “who am I”.

    Based on "Koine Dukh devathee", a Gujarati hymn by Shree KaviraJ Navnit Sanghvi, Summarized by Rajnikant Platel, MSME, PMP, Children books author, a student of Holistic Inner science.
     

  • Q&A with Holistic Scientist

    by Manish Shah | Apr 02, 2017

    Aspirant: Dadaji, could you explain what Sanskar means?

    Holistic Scientist: Sanskar does not mean virtues as is generally understood. There is no equivalent word for it in English. But you will understand what it means as we explain it to you.

    Sam-kaar
    means all activities are balanced. And one who is balanced, normal, in all the activities of life, in all relative living and in all the relative aspects, is Sanskari. Do you follow?

    It is extremely difficult to understand Sanskar. That is the puzzle and that I exactly what distributed Arjun for he had no knowledge of this. And why is it he had no knowledge? Because the vision that is required for such knowledge was not there. Even though he had been with Lord Krishna all his life and at that particular point of time in front of Him, yet he was puzzled. Faced with the situation of having to fight his own kinsmen, he was put in a dilemma. Lord Krishna understood his problem & explained to him that the situation demanded that as a Sanskari, he should be very alert and not waste any time or he would be finished as war was already declared. Had war not been declared, it would be a different thing.

    But Arjun continued to be puzzled. How can one be active in any relative activity and at the same time be balanced? Then Lord Krishna explained the state of a balanced human being to him. Now a human being with a balanced state! How can one be balanced in each and every situation when the only instrument one has to deal with the situation is intellect. What? Tell me.

    Aspirant: Intellect.

    Holistic Scientist: Definitely. All over the world, intellect is the only measurable instrument one has with which one as to be balanced. And that instrument itself has to be stable. Unless that instrument is stable, how can one be balanced? At that time, the intellect had some balance. But if for Arjun it was difficult to live as per his intellect, how could it be easy for an ordinary person? Lord Krishna continued to explain. And finally the time came when Arjun, having realized the limit of his own understanding power that was intellectual based, surrendered and begged of Lord Krishna to show him his ultimate form (divine state). So, the ultimate form was shown and he exclaimed. ‘Oh! Behold! Behold! Behold! ‘

    He was awe struck on seeing his form, not in the sense of stature and size. He saw the form of that Absolute Divinity within, with powers of infinite and perpetual nature unfolded in a body without egoism. A live body without egoism is that Absolute form in this limited body frame. Do you follow? A live body without egoism! That is what he saw. And yet Lord Krishna was living with everybody like a friend. Nobody could understand that he had such powers within. But to know that, you have to have that inner Divine vision.

    But for the people to understand such a form and god be fearing in life, one has o be shown and explained such a form, stature wise, dramatically, with so many heads, so many hands and all those things.

    Aspirant: So God doesn’t have so many heads?

    Holistic Scientist: No! God doesn’t have so many heads. This form is for those who have no realization of God and God’s form, His potentiality and powers, infinite powers. Till one gets self realization, one has to be god fearing keep fear of God in mind & live life. If the cops are removed and full freedom given, what will be the state?

    Aspirant: There will be chaos.

    Holistic Scientist: Chaos! People will play havoc. So cops are needed. Similarly, for the people, depending on their stages of development, to be blessed with an easy life, a smooth life, they have to be God fearing & rely on Him. That is why God is shown to man as someone with stature.

    But the true stature of Lord Krishna was that He experienced himself in every living creature, whether visible or invisible. And that was the vision, Sanskar, that the Lord Krishna gave to Arjun. Do you understand, Vikram? And you? (referring to his fiancée). So your marriage is fixed for the 18th of July? Very good. My blessings are with you. Our Sanskar are such that in spite of being bound by marriage, though dependent on each other throughout life, both of you will experience independence. That is the state… It is not the Woman’s Liberation Movement that can give independency to women. No!

    There were times when women could not read scriptures. They could not read the Vedas. There were certain reasons and certain social adjustments required. But how can rules that are subject to time and period be made into permanent laws? See how people lose their own independence on so many man created laws and other things as per social requirements. Not that it is bad. It is good. But there are certain limits within the frame of which everybody has to be understood. It is not that females are inferior to males. No! No! No! Not at all. Both have equal right to realize and experience the mighty and total blissful state of God and that too within oneself, not outside. And therefore in search of God, one has to go within, not wander outside. Within means one has to go deep, to the core of the heart.

    And Jesus is there at the core of the heart. It is not that Jesus has died. No! Jesus himself had said that ‘We’ are there and Resurrection is referred to in this sense. Vision, do you follow? And the location of Jesus, His life and way of living is at heart. He was a living example to the world in his times of a human being with heart. For Him, nobody was his enemy. Though one has to face so many contradictory situations in life, yet at heart one can be totally impartial. But today, because of the hard and complex times, to live, by heart, principle wise is very difficult. Today, nobody can trust anybody. But oh! What a wonder of Nature that in such difficult times, you have a live form before you in whom you can have trust just on seeing Him and such a live form can only be a self-realized state, in its total experience. Though He is before you, eating, speaking, participating in all the worldly activities like everyone else, yet HE is not in any of these worldly activities, totally free (separate) like a dry coconut kernel from the shell.

    Aspirant: Dadaji, when you were talking of Arjun with Krishna, you mentioned that at the time, Arjun was not aware of the Pure Soul. The issue was that he had a problem in entering the battle because of his emotions. So in today’s context, we always have the same battle.

    Holistic Scientist: Like?

    Aspirant: Like where do we draw the line because a lot of times, we have to stretch a lot…

    Holistic Scientist: In short, I will tell you. It is the crux, the basic point. That means one has to live life with the drawn line, the border line, the dissociating line. Do you follow? But that line is not physical and yet it is there. And the subtlety, the divinity and the powers of what is within are here. It’s the line of demarcation between the Relative and the Real.

    To have knowledge of the Relative perfectly as well as knowledge of oneself as Real, Shuddhatma, which is perpetual with infinite powers, infinite vision, infinite knowing power, that is true knowledge.

    But worldly knowledge in relative terms is based on intellect. The sharper the intellect, the sharper the knowledge. The sharpness of an intellectual person surpasses that of an ordinary person who understands this knowledge of the Real at a much later stage depending on his intellectual state within. But after all, it is intellectual power only and it is physical. But though physical, it is not something that the medical science can examine to understand it. It is physical in the sense that it is part and parcel of the whole physical existence. But unfortunately, understanding this knowledge of the Real has always been a puzzle in good times as well as adverse times.

    In good times too, everybody tries to solve the puzzle through the medium of intellect only. But how can intellect help when one is puzzled? But as the understanding grows, one realizes more and more that one is caught in a puzzle, which is making one dependent on so many things. In fact, this bonded state gets understood in each and every facet of life. And that experience (of the bonded state) particularly comes in adverse times when all one’s reliance on intellect fails. Then one remembers God and takes the solace of prayer. Prayer has a great impact, let me tell you. Even though one is with intellect, it does not matter. But the whole irony is that prayer and intellect never go together. Never! Prayer always has to be from the heart and the difference between the head and the heart is here.

     Now only a self-realized Soul, a “Holistic Scientist”, who has perfect knowledge of the qualities of the Relative and the Real and who is always on the Real aspect side, God aspect side, with Godly virtues, Godly qualities in spite of living in the Relative field (mind, speech, body assembly), can implant you on the Real side by destroying all the relative belief aspects which you believed to be Real and open out your Real vision. This can happen only as long as the “Holistic Scientist” is alive. The moment He is not there, then you have to rely on indirect means by way of scriptures, books or whatever activities can help you.

    But whatever may be the indirect means, they are of limited power because the body medium, which is taking the help of these means, is itself in disarray, i.e. not in unison by head, by heart & by behavior. By head means at mind level, by heart means at speech level and by behavior means activities at gross body level. So in the absence of such a unified function of the whole body, as a unified aspect, as a unified live means, one has to resort to so many other means for one to be stable within and this is very difficult. That is why Lord Krishna said that only in the presence of a self-realized person is there, that you have a solution to this puzzle.

    When Lord Krishna’s state opened out, it was a transitional time. Even though times were good, i.e. mind, speech, body were in unison, negative forces were taking over the positive forces. And today, when times are bad and there is no unison of the mind, speech, body assembly, the Holistic Scientist’s state, Dada’s state, has opened out.

    Aspirant: Dadaji, in the context of Arjun, he passed through various situations before he ended up with the decision to enter war. But when he actually came on the battlefield, he could forsee the dire consequences of war and then went back on his decision to fight.

    Holistic Scientist: No! That means he did not understand Dharma as it is. That is the point. Do you follow, Ranjitbhai?

    Aspirant: I am following but…

    Holistic Scientist: No! Dharma, to know Dharma as it is, is a totally different thing. That is where Arjun failed because his understanding of Dharma was based on intellect and the aspect of intellectual understanding (emotional aspect) of Dharma is not Dharma.

    Unable to comprehend what Lord Krishna was explaining to him. What his Dharma demanded, Arjun ultimately surrendered and then Lord Krishna bestowed Grace on him, destroyed all his belief aspects on the Relative side which he believed as Dharma and his state as his perpetual aspect was established within him. And having done that, he left Arjun to decide what he had to do.

    We have not gone through the Gita nor read any scriptures. Yet, if you put any scripture in the world before us, we can see them through and through and reveal what exactly had happened at that time. We can visualize those times and those aspects now, be it the times of Jesus, Buddha, Lord Krishna, anyone, just anyone. You too can do so but for that you have to spend some time with us and everything will be O.K. But today we have to talk to Dona and all these people.

    Come, come, Dona, ask whatever questions you have.

    Aspirant: I am going through difficult times. I had a relation with someone for four years. We had a baby. But the relationship has ended and I am having trouble moving house.

    Holistic Scientist: Would you like to taste, experience independency within you in situations where you feel depressed or in certain aspects of life that you might face in the future? I can make you experience independence from all those forces. But that desire to get freedom from the puzzles and problems of life has to come from the bottom of your heart. Right? But what price will you pay for it? You are charging for your portraits, isn’t it?

    Aspirant: I paint pictures of angels to spread the idea of spirituality.

    Holistic Scientist: In India too, there are painters who want to show that such is the brilliant light at the end of the long, dark tunnel. But pictures are pictures after all, and ‘you’ are ‘you’ as Pure Soul within, how can the pictures be seen? So because of your certain natural gift that is carried forward from your past life into this life and that little clarity which is within, you can draw the pictures.

    Aspriant: Yes, I know it’s a gift.

    Holistic Scientist: So for artists, players, dramatists, musicians, scientists, for all of them, it is like this. But a real artist with a natural gift is one who never compromises art in terms of money. The same goes for a great author too.

    Aspirant: That’s why I don’t make much money…

    Holistic Scientist: It will come when the time comes. The coming and going out aspect of money is something that is subject to certain natural laws. Do you understand? But people are ignorant of this. Certain people amass wealth in spite of not working hard or by unfair means; and honest, sincere, hard working people don’t many any money. These times are such. One can say that today’s time is parole time, a temporary, brief period for people to live life with certain means of happiness created due to the advancement of technology on  the physical side. What does Parole mean. Ranjitbhai?

    Aspirant: Parole? To  be…

    Holistic Scientist: To be out of prison for a limited period.

    Aspirant: Temporarily.

    Holistic Scientist: Then back into prison.

    Aspirant: Depending on your behavior.

    Holistic Scientist: Life is like this but people don’t realize this. For  you, money and everything else will also come. But you must remember that all this is a coming and going aspect. But the experience of your blissful state is perpetual; it can never go. It is not subject to destruction or change.

    Ranjitbhai, the answer to your query is in those 5 sentences only. Those 5 sentences can unfold infinite powers within you. But these being adverse times, that infiniteness cannot open out to its fullest extent, the Absolute state. Yet, you can experience those infinite powers within you to the extent of 14th phase of the Moon, but not the Full Moon. Can you trace the difference between the 14th phase of the Moon and the Full Moon?

    Aspirant: It’s the phases of the Sun.

    Holistic Scientist: No questions of the Sun. We are talking of the moon now. The Moon and Sun are totally different. It’s not the phases of the Sun. It’s the phases which are relative that go on operating on the physical aspects and which makes us see the Moon as waning and waxing. For 15 days waxing then waning. Do you follow? So in waxing period, when out of the Dark Moon, then first phase, second phase, third phase, like that up to the 14th phase, your infinite state can open out. But because of the time factor, the 15th phase cannot open out. So the 15th phase is here, Simandhar Swami, Absolute Vitarag and the 14th phase is here, Dada Bhagwan, though He is no more. But ‘WE’ are now here in HIS place. Though forms are different, yet the state is the same. But we cannot take credit for it. No! It’s HIS grace and yet experience is ours. You too, can achieve this state. I have not put any conditions that you have to do this or do that. After this realization of the liberated state within, you have been made free to live life fully, keeping in mind those 5 sentences given to you as Agna. Even though you have to live in this world amongst people with diverse opinions, yet you can remain opinion free and experience your blissful state. Do you follow? You can achieve this state by living as per the 5 sentences given.

    I give you 2 viewpoints. Which is the 1st on? By Relative viewpoint, I am Ranjit and the 2nd one is that by Real viewpoint, I am Shuddhatma. So why are these 2 viewpoints given as Agna? Because whatever taste you are experiencing within in a realized state is through our Grace and not due to your own efforts. Grace is required because in these times, your body medium is not in unison and therefore to follow your body medium along with other people’s body mediums and at the same time remain stable within, is difficult.

    And a stable person, even with such non-unified body aspects, the  more he progresses, the more humble he becomes. In spite of his knowledge of the Real and his understanding and experienced state within, because of his inner humility, his attitude is such that, “Oh! I am nothing. I don’t know anything.” But ordinary folk cannot understand his inner, humble state. Even for saints and sages, high sages to have such a humble state is very rare.

    In the time of Lord Rama, there was only one Maharshi and that is why he was called Maharshi. Amongst all  the  Rushis he was called Maha Rushi. Rushi  is a state, a high state. So to be in the state of Maha Rushi, it is… He was the Guru of all. Yet, he was so simple at heart. In spite of all his powers, because that realization aspect was lacking, what he felt within was “Oh! Bondage! Bondage! Bondage!” He was truly in search of a higher up. Higher up, in the sense, not in Relative terms, but in terms of an Absolute, one who is free from all bondages, i.e. a “Holistic Scientist”. And he did come across one and through his Grace, he got self-realization.

    Maharshi Vashishtha, in turn, bestowed Grace on King Rama, who also was of a high stature, and that is how he got transformed from King Rama to Lord Rama.

    Holistic Scientist: So Ramesh, you and Shashikant are friends?

    Mahatma: Yes, we are friends.

    Holistic Scientist: What is the definition of a friend?

    Mahatma: Somebody we know intimately to a certain degree, with whom you feel comfortable and somebody who respects our limitations.

    Holistic Scientist: If he insults you?

    Mahatma: Well, I guess… we forget. We learn to forgive friends more than other people.

    Holistic Scientist: Is it?

    Mahatma: I think so.

    Holistic Scientist: In any situation?

    Mahatma: Ah! Well! You are pushing it too far.

    Holistic Scientist: That is the test. The test is there. Right?

    Mahatma: A friend is someone in whose house you can fill the plates.

    Holistic Scientist: That’s true. A friend is a great word, a very great word. Amongst all the relationships is a worldly life, a friendship relation is above all. And this relationship can be found only between a mother and a child. A mother’s friendship with children us the real friendship you must have such an ideal aspect before you to understand what a friendship is. A father cannot be as good a friend to a child as a mother can be. Do you follow? That means in a friendship aspect, there cannot be calculation of any sort that you can find only between a mother and child. However, a child may behave against a mother or parents, yet a mother’s love towards the child is always in favor of the child, without any sort of expectation whatsoever. Isn’t so?

    Mahatma: Yes.


    Holistic Scientist: That is in worldly life. Similarly, in God’s realm, to experience God’s bliss, there has to be a live body in front of you, a self-realized Soul, a “Holistic Scientist”. Just as a mother’s love for a child is supreme in all the relative considerations, similarly, a Holistic Scientist’s love transgresses all the relative aspects. He identifies himself with every living creature in the whole world. He is in unison with all. Even with a fly that sits on him or an insect that bites him. He experiences oneness because his state is a pupil like state with everybody. He learns a lesson from the insect not to bite anyone.  

    Whatever physical suffering comes to any human being, can come to such a high state also. Wherever there is a body, anything can happen to the body. There is a definite account behind all these happenings. Perfect account and real accountancy of life and accountability of life lies here. Dona, do you understand?

    Our relative, worldly life is dependent on so many aspects. Yet everybody’s life accounts and its accountability is subject to one’s own doing only. You cannot blame anyone else for what happens to you. You cannot say, “Oh! He did this to me.”

    We are explaining this science to you in such simple terms but there is great depth behind this. The depth of the Pacific is nothing. What is the depth of the Pacific

    Mahatma: 30 miles.

    Holistic Scientist: Whatever it is, but it is nothing before this.

    Imagine you are in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. How would you feel? But if you are picked and placed in the shallow waters where your feet touch the floor, how confident would you feel. This is what happens when you get self realization. And once that Divine Vision opens out, when you can see all the intricacies involved in living life, how life is dependent on so many aspects, the complexity of the human body etc, then you will realize that the depth of the Pacific Ocean is nothing; the Everest is nothing, the Titanic experience is nothing. Mountains, ravines, valleys, icebergs, whatever you see, all these things, all these experiences are within you only. So this accountability of life’s happenings is individual, based on one’s projections.

    So now you can realize the importance of being a human. Though you find differences nation wise, belief wise, but basically the human form is there and being human, certain qualities have to be there. So what those qualities should be needs to be well understood today. Outwardly, people show that they are concerned about their fellow beings, but often it is not so. Isn’t it ironical that laws are laid down only for human society? In any other realm, there are no laws. These plants, these creatures don’t need any laws. They don’t need maternity homes. They don’t fall sick. They are one with Nature.

    Actually, whatever came out in the vision of an original scientist, by way of natural gift, is being applied by today’s scientists in a very negative manner. Whatever research they do, the outcome is mainly focused on monetary returns and scientific dominance over the world. They don’t even know what they are heading for and fear is constantly lurking within. Hence, it would be better if they did research on the relative aspects of life to find ways and means so that people at large, feel peace within. But unless they realize the account and accountability aspect of worldly life, they cannot do research. And this applies to each and every individual who wants to go deep in the science of life.

  • CENTER OF THE INNER SCIENCE OF THE SOUL - THE MIND

    by Amit Patel | Feb 26, 2017

    First of all, let us try to understand what constitutes the mind from the point of view of an enlightened soul (Gnani).  The mind is at the center of the inner science of the soul, and is also the very basis for the progress of modern science.

    It is said that Mind is the cause of bondage for man and this very mind is also the means for total freedom from bondage.  The question now arises as to which mind this is, and how is it the cause of bondage and Liberation?  The answer to this questions is hardly known to a few, that man’s internal charged mind is the cause of his/her bondage and emancipation, but very few have any insight into its root cause.

    ACTUAL FACTS OF THE MIND ARE UNIQUE

    It is generally believed that one has only one mind, but in fact, one has two minds:

    The causal mind - charge mind (Bhaav maan) - subtle mind

    The effective mind - discharge mind (Dravya maan) - physical mind of conscious and subconscious state

    If both of these forms of the mind are properly understood, the path to Liberation becomes simple and clear.  Science (Vignan) gives this ultimate understanding by answering the following questions.

    What exactly is the mind?
    How is it born?
    Who are its parents?
    What goes into the formation of the mind?

    If this is understood exactly, then the mind, which has been the cause of bondage, can now lead us to Liberation.

    Two Minds

    The mind is of two kinds, the physical and the subtle.  The subtle mind is called charged mind (Bhaav Maan, or feeling mind), and the physical mind is called the material mind (Dravya Maan).  The former is known as the causal mind, and the latter is known as the effective mind.  Bhaav Maan is in the charge form and Dravya Maan is in discharge form.  Bhaav Maan is integration (Puran or filling) and Dravya Maan is disintegration (Galan or emptying). Dravya Maan is completely physical and mechanical.

    Bhaav Maan and Dravya Maan that people know are only Nishchetan-Chetan (Mechanical Chetan). The Gnani Purush gives the Purest Original Chetan while the rest is the mechanical machinery. The machinery works by itself and because of the ego we say that we are the operator. This belief is fractured with the grace of the Gnani. Mind cannot be seen by a doctor but can be seen by the Gnani. The mind is complete physical whereas the subconscious mind is Nischetan - Chetan ( matter + conscious),

    Location of Minds
    The charge mind (Bhaav Maan) is situated between the eyebrow, three inches behind the center of the forehead Agna Chakra, or third eye vortex), whereas the discharge mind (Dravya Maan) is in the heart (Anahat Chakra, or Lotus Petal Link).

    ONLY ATMA GNANI PURUSH CAN PLUG INTO BHAAV MAAN
    Today mind is scattered in many places and objects. It is like water, which, after it has been sprinkled around can not be used. On the other hand if water is contained in a vessel, than it can be used appropriately. Similarly, if mind can be contained, then it can be used in the spiritual Pureuit. Since the water can be bounded by a vessel, likewise subtle physical state of mind can be bound only by a non physical state of Self Realized conscious state of an Atma Gnani Purush.

    No one but an Atma Gnani Purush can reach the Bhaav Maan (charge mind), and He alone can plug into our Bhaav Maan so that the new subtle mind is not charged anymore, and only the discharge mind remains.  Only then can the effects of Dravya Maan (discharge mind) be seen and known.

    PUZZLE INSIDE THE MIND
    Greed, pride, deceit, and anger are some of the knots within the mind.

    The knot of pride is easy to detect in another person since the person with the knot boasts and displays egoistic characteristics.  The knot of greed is also easily recognized by others, but the knot of deceit can be known only within oneself, because it sprouts from within.  One must recognize the various knots within oneself, since the knots are distinct from each other and are different from oneself.

    Atma Gnan (Absolute Knowledge) conquers the mind.  The knots are dissolved by an Atma Gnani, based on the knowledge of the Pure Self, and thus one attains the state of perfect non-attachment, i.e., non-attachment to the knots through Self-Realization.

    THE NATURE OF THE MIND IS KNOWN BY THE TYPES OF THOUGHTS

    The mind is composed of subtle material knots, which burst when various circumstantial evidences combine.

    When lighting fireworks such as a fountain, sparks rise high up according to the capacity, quantity, and pressure of the power filled in the fireworks. Similarly, when circumstantial evidences such as substance (Dravya), space (Kshetra), time (Kala), and feeling (Bhaav) occur simultaneously and spontaneously, spark-like currents arise from the subtle material knots of the mind.  When the ego gets involved with this, a thought is formed.  Thus, we feel as if we had this thought.  However, the fact is that actually the thought arises in the mind as opposed to us begetting the thought.  If we think we got the thought, this becomes significant, because it is the charging point of Karma, and thus the causal mind (Bhaav- Maan) is born.  The bigger the subtle material knots, the more thoughts we will have about them, and the smaller the knots, the fewer the thoughts.  The nature of a mind can be known from the types of thoughts arising from it.

    Human speech is formed out of atoms lighter than those of the body, and the mind is made up of atoms even lighter than those of speech.

    THE FATHER AND THE MOTHER OF MIND

    Even though today’s material science has almost reached its zenith, only Vitarag Vignan can shed true light towards understanding the minutest (subtlest) functioning of the mind. Great psychologists, philosophers, and thinkers have not been able to pin-point with clarity the subtle functioning of the mind, since only a Realized Soul can dwelve deep into the inner working of the charged mind.

    Opinion is the Father of Mind, and the Language is the Mother of Mind.

    THE ORIGIN OF THE MIND
    Opinion is constructed from the atoms of ego, and from this opinion, the mind comes into being. Good opinions form a good, positive mind and bad opinions form a bad, negative mind.  When one understands clearly and with pure faith that “I am a Knower and a Seer, a blissful Pure-Self, a Self illumine and illuminating Self,” then, the mind dissolves itself and enlightenment dawns, bliss manifests itself, and permanent happiness is experienced.

    OPINIONS ARE FORMED ON A CONTINUOUS BASIS
    Due to circumstantial forces and prevailing situations, a person is placed in, opinions are incessantly formed consciously or unconsciously.  These opinions that form in the mind may be on any number of subjects, such as people, world, time, nation, religion, sect, society, creed, etc.  Thus the mind becomes the cause of bondage to worldly life.  It is our own opinion that binds us, and not things external to oneself or other people.  All the visible, compulsory happenings that are beyond our control are the fruition of past deeds as effects (Uday Karma) and under the jurisdiction of some external force over which we has no control (Parasatta).  Thus, we should not form opinions if we want to be free from bondage.  We need to understand that believing in a concept such as ‘I am Dr. J.P. Amin’, is the most consequential opinion we can form.

    ONLY AN ATMA GNANI CAN FRACTURE WRONG BELIEF
    From the relative (worldly) point of view, ‘I am Dr. J. P. Amin’, is the first basic wrong belief(blunder) and is the root cause for cycles of rebirths in the world.  By the Divine Grace of the living Atma Gnani Purush (living Self Realized Soul who can make others realize the true Self), this wrong belief is fractured through spiritual initiation and the right belief—I am Shuddhatma, i.e., I am the perpetual Pure Soul Self is set in.  As a result of this, permanent bliss (Liberation) can finally be attained.  Here the Vitarag Vignan not only offers real solutions to the original (basic) profound questions, but also exactly shows and explains correctly its root cause.  If this right belief that “I am the perpetual Pure Soul Self” sets within, then the mind becomes the means to Liberation, because right belief (Darshan) is the beginning of Absolute Knowledge (Keval Gnan).

     Liberation is totally independent and complete freedom. There is no one above you (boss) nor any one under you( subordinate-underhand).

    “I” is permanent. But one is attaching or multiplying the permanent “I” with all temporary thing ‘Mine’. Then how can one be happy? “I” is all joy. ‘My’ is all misery. ‘I’ with ‘My’ is Jivatma. “I” without ‘My’ is “Parmatma”(God).

    It is the all time principle that No body can ever be a doer of any action by choice in one’s body belief state of the owner of doership. This is in the sense of scientific understanding of the scientific aspect of Vitarag Vignan which is distinctly separate from the ritualistic aspects of religion following of various world systems which is born out of indirect observation through action of spiritual activities ownership in spiritual search of the ultimate experience of freedom from all bondages and bliss.

    OPINION PREPARES THE BLUE PRINT
    Due to circumstantial forces and prevailing situations, opinions are incessantly formed and given, consciously or unconsciously.

    Suppose we hear that a certain individual is a thief.  Based on this hearsay,  we form a strong biased negative opinion that the person is a thief, and any subsequent encounters with that individual will only reinforce the opinion and lead to a point of fixed opinion that will be an obstruction in changing our opinion.  With the passage of time, that person might change, but due to lack of knowledge (ignorance), we remain bound to the belief that, that particular individual is still a thief.

    In pursuance of such wrong beliefs, Arta Dhyan (Dhyan, which is painful to oneself) multiply, since we may feel sorry or worry about a person, and increased suffering from within leads to Raudra Dhyan (Dhyan, which gives pain to others), in that, based on our opinions, we may say harsh words or argue with a person to get our point across.  This continuous negative process attracts negative Vibrations Karmani Varagana, i.e., subtle elemental body building blocks, from which the charge mind (Bhaav Maan) will be formed.  And when the atoms of the mind are discharged, they will cause excruciating pain.

    When a strong and rigid opinion is formed about something, it becomes an obstruction. It hinders our progress, and our inner vision gets clouded.  It is easy to remove opinions of a number of things, but it takes a great endeavor (Parakram) to remove an obstruction.

    THE WORLD IS OUR OWN PROJECTION
    Our behavior today is the effect of our opinions (feelings nursed) from previous births—thus the world is our projection.  Going down the steps of a well, if one shouts “I are a thief,” what will one hear?  Does one not hear one’s own echo?  Therefore, if one don’t like this echo, then one should say instead, “I am a king,” and one will hear the echo “I am a king.” Similarly, the world is the echo of one’s own vibrations that come from the opinions spoken loudly or  quietly in the mind. Therefore, one is wholly and solely responsible for one’s own world.

    Whatever opinions we has given in the past life in ignorance in the very presence of the Perpetual Soul on mind-speech-body of others in the Brahmandi well of the Pudgal (charge mind), their echo or echoes have become our  present world.  Our present world, therefore, have been created by nobody else but by us by giving opinions.  Neither God nor anyone else is at all responsible for our present circumstances whether they are good or bad.

    In today’s world, in ignorance, we give credit to ourselves for success and blame others or God when one fails.  It can be seen that any one person cannot give any action to another person, which is the Sanatan Principle. The actions which we give others to perform are believed by us that we are giving them but they are merely the reactions of the past opinions that were given in the Brahmandi well, which nature provides back as reactions in this life by means of various medium and persons as instruments as means for resolution, so release from past bondage can be obtained.  If it were possible to provide actions to others on a free will, then nobody would allow any one to attain Liberation that is release from bondage. Therefore, it is up to us to completely stop giving opinions after an action has taken placed so that the echoes do not come back and thereby Liberation can be achieved.

    It should be particularly noted that in being aware of getting released from bondage, we should not fear misuse from any person and supposedly get a wrong message of doership of the activity without expecting results of the activity. Such Scientific living has to be understood within for getting freedom from bondage of the past action through present reactions form which occurs within and without. This scientific wise living is from within and that is why this inner science is not be expressed outwardly. This is the way of Vitarag Science.

    Whatever seed of Karma we have sown in the past, we bear its fruit today as its effect.  If we don’t like to receive misery, unrest, frustrations, etc., then we need to realize that these are the echoes of our own previous misconduct.  If we desire happiness, comfort, and peace, we need to correct our opinions and start imparting what we want in return in the future.

     If we sow the seeds of mangoes (happiness), we will receive many mangoes, and if we sow babul (a thorny plant, representing misery), we will receive many thorns.  Similarly, we should abstain from cheating, stealing, adulterating, killing, etc., for ultimately we will suffer by receiving the same.

     

    - Dr. J. P. Amin
  • Q&A with Holistic Scientist

    by Amit Patel | Feb 26, 2017

    Questioner: Can dollar and God co-exist (dwell together)?

    Holistic Scientist: They can, of course; but if God is loved, the dollar comes. God must be loved, always, and not the dollar.

    Questioner: Is there any prohibition in the shastras (scriptures), regarding receiving interest?

    Holistic Scientist: Our shastras have not raised any such objection. But to become glutton-like in matter so interested is dangerous (i.e. charging too much interest on the loan). There is no harm in charging/receiving interest which causes on grief (trouble) to the other person.

    Questioner: It is written in the shastras that husband is God like. What is your opinion, Sir?

    Holistic Scientist: The authors of such books were men. If your husband is like (as worthy as) Lord Rama (a pious character from the epic Mahabharata), you need to be Sita (Lord Rama’s wife). If the husband can tolerate even when the wife is erratic or becomes a lunatic, then he is like God.

    Questioner: Is it ture to say that time itself is God, or that Time is Parameshwar (the Almighty)?

    Holistic Scientist: Time cannot be equated with God, other people will only repeat the name of time. You yourself are God almighty. It is necessary to know that (You are that!). Time is only an instrument.

    Questioner: Is man dependent on his age (era that he is living in), or the age dependent on man?

    Holistic Scientist: It is just like this. For the present, man is dependent on the age (era). But the concept of time is also created by us. You yourself are the King and everything is dependent on the King.

    Questioner: Even though we have time and also desire, how is that we are lazy?

    Holistic Scientist: There are generally two types of people. Some people are just lethargic about their work, and some others are too hasty about it. Those who are not hasty may not be successful and also those who are lethargic may also fail to do things wells. It is desirable to remain within the bounds of normality.

    Questioner: What is a woman’s decoration-ornaments or qualities?

    Holistic Scientist: Try to decorate a foul-tongued woman with ornaments. Can she really look attractive? If at home your wife is using bad language, decorate her with ornaments. Does she look attractive now? So a woman’s decoration are her good qualities.

    Questioner: Who is greater, the one who forgives or the one who is forgiven?

    Holistic Scientist: Forgiveness is sought by people all the time but we may not have forgiven anyone! Therefore, true worth of a person is determined by his ability to forgive. A holistic scientist’s forgiveness is natural. Even if someone makes a mistake, Holistic Scientist forgives that person even if he does not ask for it.

    Questioner: It is easy to remember something but it is very difficult to forget it? What is the reason?

    Holistic Scientist: Neither remembering is easy, nor forgetting. Both acts are equally hard. For someone who does not have good memory, remembering is very hard but forgetting is really easy. And for someone who has good memory, forgetting becomes very, very difficult.

    Questioner: It often happens that two persons are in love, but fail to get support of family members and commit suicide. Then, what would we call this kind of love?

    Holistic Scientist: Roaming love! It cannot be called love at all. When such people get too emotional they lie down on the railway track and hope that they will meet in the next birth. Such hope does not come to fruition. These individuals are just acting to settle their past karmic accounts. They can never come together again.

    Questioner: Can they never meet despite a strong desire?

    Holistic Scientist: If wishes were horses, even beggars would ride them. Hope is futile. One’s next birth will be also as a result of karma or actions.

    This article first published in Akram Vignan. It has been lighted edited to fit the audience.

     

     

  • Our daily living and its effects on our gross, electric and subtle body

    by Amit Patel | Jan 28, 2017

    Gross Body
    Gross body is that the doctors describe as the body at the cellular or the microscopic level which can be seen and can be photographed.

    Electric Body
    Modern science has proved with solid evidence that the energy body or electrical body that resides inside is of paramount importance for the health of gross body or the outer physical body and the five senses. It has been proved that disease first starts inside in the electrical body or energy body and if there is an imbalance in it, then tumor or other diseases manifest in the outer body. We can understand the importance of this in context of kundalini and chakras (energy centers). If I am angry because someone criticized me, my aura body picture will be different and my functional MRI parameters will show all negative parameters. This indicates my disturbed internal state. Instead, if I forgive the person who criticized me because I believe in universal impartiality and unconditional love, my aura body pictures will be positive and my functional MRI mapping will be positive.

    Subtle Body or Causal Body
    Causal body which is so subtle that only the enlightened ones and the Holistic Scientists can see. The modern science has not yet been able to reach to that subtleness. I am responsible for the formation of the causal body. I am the one who is giving birth to the causal body through my bhaavs (inner intents). This body gets directly linked to the nature and nature gives the result. This is the reason why the world is my own projection.

    The purpose of human life is to build the next life. Therefore, we need to do an introspection to discover the kinds of seeds we are planting for our next life.

    -          Adapted from Dr. Shaileshanandji’s talks on Holistic Science

  • Can money be a source of happiness?

    by Amit Patel | Jan 28, 2017

    Does happiness lie in possession of material things? If that is true, then all the rich people who have abundance of clothes, shoes, cars and multiple home would be happy. In fact, most of them have a lot of “stuff”, but they have an emptiness inside.

    Here Holistic Inner Science says that there is no objection to having things but at the same time, we need to understand that materials things do not bring happiness. This is because happiness is not at the level of mind or ego. True happiness lies at the level of heart. How can we have happiness and fulfillment of heart? If we decide to offer help to someone, we start feeling happy, even before we indulge in the act of helping. The secret is that whatever action of my mind, speech and body is going to make others happy, will make us happy first. It is obliging; it is helping, doing things for others, sharing, caring, which make us really happy. It is not only possessing money but using it for the benefit of others that is going to make us happy.

    It is the correct or incorrect understanding that is responsible for our happiness. If we have the correct understanding (i.e. let us help people, let us try taking care of people and share our wealth), money becomes an important tool to for happiness.  As you can see, money can contribute to happiness but only if it is used with correct understanding.

    -Adapted from Dr. Shaileshanandji’s talks on Holistic Science

     

  • Unique Contributions of Holistic Science

    by Manish Shah | Dec 31, 2016

    Holistic Science, also known as Vitrag Vignan, is a practical inner science. Vitrag Vignan is universally beneficial to anyone irrespective of cast, color, creed, faith, nationality or socio economic status.

    Scientists, scholars and seekers may benefit from the following mention of unique contributions of Vitrag Vignan:

    • ‘Scientific Circumstantial Evidence’ as basis for creation and the governance of the world. (Recently Stephen Hawkins  also expressed a view that  God did not create the universe nor does He run it)
    • Clarity and clear demarcation of fate and free will.
    • Pratisthit Atman or migratory Soul and Pure Soul are two distinct entities. Pratisthit Atman, according to Shree A. M. Patel (Dada Bhagwan) is the foundation of the ongoing world.
    • Science of relative inner self (antahkaran), with four components- mind, reflective consciousness, intellect and ego.
    •  Science of speech and its origin.
    •  Science of pure soul and matter, charge and discharge, cause and effect. 
    • A unique insight that “the world is the puzzle itself” and there are two viewpoints to solve this puzzle, one relative the other real.
    • Relative and real, both exist simultaneously. Real does not negate relative. One can fulfill all relative obligations (family, professional, community) while simultaneously enjoying the real (pure soul).
    Based on the book, Introduction to Holistic Science and Integral living by Dr. Shailesh Mehta.

  • Akram Vignan on Be-ing and Living

    by Manish Shah | Dec 31, 2016

    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