• Holistic Science Personal Experience - Across the Borders

    by Manish Shah | Apr 01, 2014

    When we printed the first book that had compilation of experiences from USA Mahatmas, Mark did all the printing for us. When I visited the press for the first time, I had with me an English version of the Akram Vignan magazine. The magazine had a few sutras in it. Mark read them and got really interested. I asked him if he wanted to keep the magazine so that he could read it at his leisure. He said yes and so I left the magazine with him. Next time we met he asked me about Dadaji and Holistic Science and so I briefly talked about both.

    Mark is the son of a pastor and from the very young age had a conflict of opinion with his father. His father’s belief was that here is only one way to salvation whereas Mark’s belief was that there are other ways to attain salvation.  

    We had more conversations on Holistic science when we met during the course of printing the book. I gave him some other books--Adjust Everywhere, Who am I, Avoid Clashes and Science of Liberation.  We would meet once in a while but communicated a lot through e-mail. During our conversations, Mark would ask questions to clarify his understanding of Holistic Science.

    After familiarizing himself with Holistic Science, he wanted to meet Dadaji and receive gyan.

    Mark incorporated “adjust everywhere” and “avoid clashes” in his life. Once, he took his car to the mechanic and was told that it will be fixed the following day. Next day he rode his bicycle to the car shop to pick up his car. He was told that it was not fixed and they needed another day. He immediately remembered the principles of adjusting everywhere and avoiding clashes. Instead of getting irate, he contained himself.

    Following is some dialogue with him:
    The PDF you sent about Krishna was good. It clarified a couple of points for me. Specifically about fruits of one's efforts, that it is all right to expect to accomplish something but one must be accepting of the outcome whether favorable or unfavorable. I am reading a book now on Vedanta that describes the difficulty of knowing one is the pure soul but not yet experiencing it. The writer likened that state to a very poor person who is informed that he is an heir to great wealth, but lacks the legal fees to establish his ownership of it. This person is now more miserable than before knowing his true nature. This is where the gnani comes in, if I understand correctly. Only one who is established in a non-relative state can destroy the ignorance of the person who is seeking his self. The gnani will show you the missing glasses are propped on your head.


    Brazil
    In Brazil we met a lady who had helped a lot of people. We named her Krupa. As we got to know her we stated talking to her about Holistic Science. She developed a really good understanding of “adjust everywhere”. She expressed her desire to meet Dadaji. Also, I hired her in our project to help translate books from English to Portuguese and vice versa.

    She has translated Introduction to Holistic Science and Integral Living into Spanish and Portuguese. She sends an e-mail to Dadaji on his birthday every year. While translating the book she asked several questions, so that she could understand the true meaning of what was said and translate it with precision.

    She is involved in a court case with people who have taken over her property. In these difficult circumstances, she has lived her life with patience and has not said any unwelcome things about the opposing party.  She recently mentioned that Holistic Science has helped her in her life and for that she is forever grateful.


    Spain
    After returning from Brazil, I had a project which involved interaction with our Spain office and particularly the project manager there. The project manager was a very smart and sharp individual but was always quick to blame others. I was aware of some design issues because the Spanish team was asked follow the design given from USA.

    I started working with the project manager and by applying Holistic Science principles started solving problems that the Spanish team was facing. I started leveraging their experience in design. I solicited their opinions and established a healthy team environment. Their production went up and as a result they were able to meet their project requirements. The project manager and I developed mutual respect and friendship. I started having conversations about Holistic Science with him. After retirement I was in touch with him sporadically. Swami Shaileshanandji’s Introduction to Holistic Science and Integral living was translated into Spanish and Portuguese in Brazil. I thought that we could get this translation proofread by him.

    I recently sent him the Spanish version of the book.  He reviewed the preface and the first chapter found it very interesting.


    I
    ndia - Bombay Airport
    While going through the local airport security the officer who inspected me was very diligently in doing his job. Out of curiosity, I asked him which God he worshipped. He said he did not believe in God since God had done a great disservice to him. I told him not to lose faith and gave him the 9 diamonds foldout card and asked that he follow these principles. He looked at the card and was elated. Later, I met another officer who asked me what I did to the other officer that got him cheerful. I told him about the 9 diamonds card. He immediately requested a copy. I had only one copy left which I handed to him.

    - Rajnikant Patel

  • We have four wives but only one that is faithful

    by Manish Shah | Apr 01, 2014

    There was a rich merchant who had 4 wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and took great care of her, giving her nothing but the best.

    He also loved the 3rd wife very much. He was very proud of her but always in great fear that she might run away with some other men.

    He too, loved his 2nd wife, in fact his confidante.

    His 1st wife, a very loyal partner had made great contributions in taking care of the household. However, the merchant did not love the first wife and although she loved him deeply. He hardly took notice of her.

    One day, the merchant fell ill. Before long, he knew that he was going to die soon. He thought of his luxurious life with 4 wives. But felt very lonely now!

    He asked the 4 wife. ‘I loved you the most, showering you with the finest things in life. Now that I’m dying. Will you follow me and keep me company?

    ‘No way! ‘replied the 4th wife and she walked away without another word.

    The answer cut like a sharp knife right into the merchant’s heart.

    The 3rd wife replied to the similar question from the dying Merchant. No! Life is so good over here! I’m going to remarry when you die!

    And the rebuff from the second one was even sharper, I’m sorry, I can’t help you out this time! At the very most, I can only send you to your grave.’

    Then a voice called out: ‘I’ll leave with you. I’ll follow you no matter where you go.’ The merchant looked up and there was his first skinny wife.

    Greatly grieved, the merchant said, I should have taken much better care of you while I could have!’

    Actually, we all have 4 wives in our lives.

    a. The 4th wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it’ll leave us one day when we die.

    b. Our 3rd wife? Our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, they all go to others.

    c. The 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how close they had been there for us when we’re alive, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.

    d. The 1st wife is in fact our soul, often neglected in our pursuit of material, wealth and sensual pleasure.

    This article was first published in the June-July edition of the Akram Vignan Magazine.

  • Today’s Holistic Science and its new Paradigm

    by Manish Shah | Apr 01, 2014

    "Philosophy is empty if it is not based on science. Science discovers, philosophy interprets", said Einstein. Today, scientists are losing their faith in mere intellection and attach more importance and a higher validity to the power of realization of a holistic universe. "What we grasp intellectually may be overthrown by a new argument, but what you realize is yours forever. Newton and Galileo were the prophets of physical science, and Upanishad seers and Tirthankars were prophets of spirituality." In the ultimate analysis the whole universe, mental and material, will be fused into one. It’s the finding of unity towards which we are going.

    The Boostrap theory of Geophrey Chew, the concept of the 'Implicit order' by David Bohm, the successful experiment of Bell's 'Theorem' by Clauser and Freedman, all these have arrived at the vision of holistic universe where every particle is connected with every other particle even at the farthest end of the universe. The new paradigm of modern science is the holistic paradigm. A paradigm is an entire constellation of beliefs, values, techniques and so on shared by members of a given society. S. Kuhn, in one of his most influential books of modern times, shows how the scientific world is periodically overturned in a 'Paradigm shift'. The new paradigm of today’s science is based on the basic interconnectedness of the entire universe and an inseparable connection between mind and matter. This is the new holistic paradigm of science. The lopsided development of science with its sole emphasis on intellect, ignored the holistic vision bringing thereby a disaster of the two world wars. But shocks of human annihilation opened new visions to many scientists.The value of science must lie in the world of men as all roots lie there. These are the strongest bonds in the world, stronger than those even that bind the atomic scientists to one another. The scientists realized their moral duty to men and found the deepest bonds that bound them to their fellow-men.

    “With the nuclear holocaust threatening us, what we need for survival is synthesis, the ecological perspective, the holistic view”, says physicist Fritjof Capra. Who like others, feels that the Darwinian concept of the struggle for existence, natural selection and adaptation, will never explain the phenomenon of higher human evolution.” Ile says, “The new paradigm is the holistic, ecological world view. And we need this shift of perception.”

    Rene Weber, while interviewing physicists like Fritjof Capra and David Bohm felt that today’s Nobel Prize winning physicists must also become Buddha. The highest scientific mind must also be combined with the noblest Buddha heart. Capra thinks “that both Einstein and Bohr were primarily meditative and intuitive at the same time, they were the greatest of physicists.”

    About Niel Bohr, Capra said. “Bohr’s science was his mysticism” and added that “in the eastern traditions, the most enlightened becomes the most ordinary. And so these great sages just went round cutting fire wood and drawing waters”, or constructed bridges to bring people together to live as a global family, “The whole universe is one mass, one ocean of matter, in which you and I, the sun and the moon, and everything else are but the names of different little whirlpools and nothing more. It is one unchangeable, unbroken, homogeneous Atman.” Capra wrote: “We have piled up tons of thousands of nuclear weapons; enough 10 destroy the entire world several times over. All this suggests, a profound imbalance in our culture. Further reflections show that the roots of this culture crisis lie in the imbalance between two modes of consciousness which have been recognized as characteristic aspects of human nature throughout the ages. They are usually called the rational and intuitive modes or the scientific and religious modes.” These two modes of human consciousness have been described by Chinese thinkers as the Yan or the active, rational, competitive, and the Yin or intuitive, co-operative, emotional and the mystical aspects of our mind. The time is ripe for a shift from a purely materialistic, to a holistic-intuitive-humanistic paradigm. The Yan having reached its climax retreats in favor of Yin.”

    Astrophysics today proves that in the smallest particle there is the potency of the entire universe. Vivekananda gives a humanistic orientation interpreting this truth thus: “The world is homogeneous and modern science shows beyond doubt that each atom is composed of the same material as the whole universe... Man is the most representative being in the universe, the macrocosm, a small universe in himself.” Shankaracharya had tremendous intellectual power. He threw the scorching light of reason upon everything. We want today that bright sun of intellectually joined with the heart of Buddha, the wonderful infinite heart of love and mercy. The union will give us the highest philosophy: Science and religion, will meet and shake hands.” Romain Rolland wrote, “Europe and Asia are two halves of the soul. Man is not yet. He will be.”

    “Art, Science and Religion are but three ways of expressing a single truth.

    Michael Talbot wrote, “Most importantly the new physics is offering us a scientific basis for religion. This is something new in the history of western civilization, and its impact will certainly be felt in every aspect of our lives”. This is the echo of what Schopenhauer predicted in the last century on the epoch-making impact of Vedantic mysticism of the Upanishads on the thoughts of the coming ages. He said, “In the whole world there is no study so beneficial and so elevating as that of the Upanishads. The world is about to see a revolution in thought more extensive and more powerful than that which was witnessed by the Renaissance of Great Literature.”

    The rational and intuitive modes or the scientific and religious modes must unite this new paradigm and philosophy of today’s Holistic Science. Our is a holistic universe where matter, energy and consciousness are connected together in one inseparable common background which is termed as Absolute Consciousness (Chit) and Absolute Bliss (Anand) in our Eastern Philosophy. 

    - Vishnu Pathak

  • GURU

    by Manish Shah | Apr 01, 2014

    Holistic Scientist Dada Bhagavan says about the Guru’s place in an aspirant’s life. “An enlightened Guru, an alchemist of souls, transforms the aspiring disciple into himself-a liberated soul, erasing the thin line of difference between a Guru and his disciple. Nobody attained liberation without Guru’s grace-Master’s grace. Only self illumined Tirthankaras did. But they were also fortunate enough to get their spiritual guides in their previous births who blessed them with a spiritual vision.”

    The rise of new political ideology in the West after the first world-war made men intolerant of all authority. The truly-seeking minds were caught between the spirit of the new age and that of the venerable traditions and scriptures, which had, throughout the centuries, produced spiritual masters who led millions “from the unreal to the real and from death to Immortality.”

    It is small wonder then that bewildered, earnest, truth-hungry men should visit the Maharshi and seek his advice on the need or otherwise of a guru.

    Questioner: I have been following a certain school of thought which completely dispenses with gurus. But after many years of deep thinking. I have now come to the conclusion that a guide is absolutely essential on the difficult path which leads to spiritual liberation. I beg of Bhagavan to enlighten me.

    Maharshi : All scriptures recommend spiritual teachers. The guru is none other than the goal men seek, the Self. As seeker’s mind is bent outward, the Self takes a human shape as a guru to help driving it inward. God, Self or guru appears as a man to dispel the ignorance of man, just as a deer is used as a decoy to capture a wild deer. He has to appear in a body in order to dispel the i-am-the-body’ notion of the seeker.


    -1937


    Sri Dilipkumar Roy of Sn Aurohindo Ashram this morning sang in the presence of Maharshi in the Hall and in the evening asked the following questions :

    Dilipji : Some people reported you have said that there was no need for a guru. Others gave the opposite report. What does Maharshi say?

    Maharshi : I have never said that there is no need for a guru.

    Dilipji: Sri Aurobindo and others refer to you as having had no guru.

    Maharshi : AIl depends on what you call guru. He need not be in a human form. Dattatreya had twenty four gurus : the five elements-earth, water, etc., which means that every object in this world was his guru. Guru is absolutely necessary. The Upanishads say that none but a guru can take a man out of the jungle of intellect and sense-perceptions. So there must be a guru.

    Dilipji: I mean a human guru Bhagavan (The Maharshi) did not have one.

    Maharshi : I might have had one at one time or other. But did I not sing hymns to Arunachala? What is a guru ? Guru is God or the Self. First a man prays to God to fulfil his desires. A time comes when he will no more pray for the fulfilment of material desires but for God Himself. God then appears to him in some form or other, human or non-human, to guide him to Himself in answer to his prayer and according to his needs.

    -30 Oct. 1945


    Mrs. Jinrajdasa, an old theosophist and later a follower of Sri J. Krishnamurti.

    Mrs. J: In Mrs. Besant’s time we used to spend such a lot of time meditating on the Masters. Are Masters really useful?

    Maharshi : Masters do exist externally as long as the pupil feels himself to be the body. As such they are useful to teach him the truth about himself. Once the pupil experiences the Truth and breaks the body illusion, he realizes the Masters to be the same as himself, namely, the Supreme Consciousness, or Self. If there are Masters outside the Self, they are not real, being outside additions, for he who comes will also go, that is, is impermanent. The fact is Self, Master and God are one and the same.

    Mme. de Rarhonvi: Oh ! We are far from this truth!

    Maharshi : How many miles are you far from this truth? Do you deny your existence? If not, how can you deny Reality, which is pure existence, the Self?

    -19” Feb, 1937

    - Vishu Pathak

  • ‘Shiva’ is the manifest form of Shakti (Energy-Force)

    by Manish Shah | Mar 03, 2014

    “Shiva” means one’s own awakened ‘Pure Soul-form’ - ‘Paramatma-swaroop’, which is the abode of infinite knowledge, infinite vision, infinite energy and infinite bliss. The awakened Pure Soul-form Paramatmaswaroop’ means ‘Shiva Swaroop’, the manifest-form of ‘Infinite energy’.

    An individual soul (Jiva) is the best instrument for the attainment of ‘Shiva State’, the ultimate goal. Here the gift of infinite grace of the enlightened soul, in conferring the knowledge of one’s ‘Self, is the excellent medium. But the principle is that such ‘excellent medium’ must be possessing ‘Shiva-nature’ (wishing and doing spiritual well-being of all).

    But how can it happen?

    It is said that in whom the ‘Shiva Principle’ is fully manifested, the ‘body-temple’ of such an enlightened soul becomes the excellent instrument.

    The ‘Shiva-state’ is the innate, natural state of an enlightened soul. Such enlightened souls travel far and wide for the spiritual well-being of the world.

    May each and every soul of the world attain ‘Shiva-state’. The infinite soul-bliss, he has experienced, may that infinite souL-bliss be experienced by all the souls of the world. Such constant ‘Shiva-state’ eternally abides in an enlightened soul.

    To be determined in one’s own ‘Self may be called one has attained the ‘Shiva state’.

    ‘Shivji’ means one who has become ‘Kalyan-swaroop’ (well-wisher, doing good of the world) and who possesses the wonderful soul-force of doing good to every soul of the world, as an instrument. An enlightened soul is such a rare superhuman form.

    Liberation is possible only, if “I am the Pure self’ is undoubtedly determined with the infinite compassion of the manifest, present enlightened soul. Having become the soul, if one speaks : ‘I am the Soul’, liberation is attained. It is master-key lies hidden in the enlightened heart of an enlightened Soul’.

    Those who want to experience the infinite qualities of the soul and make these qualities of the soul manifest in their equivalent forms-they should be highly delighted singing the boundless, immeasurable living glory of the enlightened soul, living according to his precepts. O my God ! This is the unprecedented, divine, unparalleled story of my own ‘Soul’. My own inexhaustible, imperishable, infinite-Self-nectar-drinking.

    Infinitely infinite abode of merits virtues, infinite imperishable Force my own soul’s
    manifestation-fame-’That’ is the greatest cause of my own bliss(of the Self).

    What is ‘Experience’ of the Self? Eternal, constant state of Bliss...

    That bliss never leaves one under any circumstances (at any place, at any time). One experiences meditation with open eyes amidst (Aadhi-Vyadhi-Upadhi) physical, mental and worldly afflictions.’ The bliss of the Self, once experienced never leaves. That is called the realization of the Self. It is the ‘State of Pure Selfhood’. Going beyond the state of Self-experience attained through the observance of the precepts of the manifest enlightened soul, it culminates into perfection-state of Godhood-Siddhagati is attained-such unparalleled is the ‘Akram Vignan’ (Holistic Science)!

    The Bliss of the Self is Eternal. And, therefore, the ‘Glory of Soul’ is called matchless, infinite glory ! Before such soul-glory, even the kingdom of the three worlds is insignificant, transitory and burdensome.

    -J. P. Amin

     

  • NO ATTACHMENT TO DUST

    by Manish Shah | Mar 01, 2014

    Brahmanand, an enlightened master, wrote the following advice for his disciples.

    Living in the world yet not forming attachments to the dust of the world is the way of a true aspirant.

    When witnessing the good action of another encourage yourself to follow his example. Hearing of the mistaken action of another, advise yourself not to emulate it.

    Even though alone in a dark room, be as if you were facing a noble guest. Express your feelings, but become no more expressive than your true nature.

    Poverty is your treasure. Never exchange it for an easy life.

    A person may appear a fool and yet not be one. He may only be guarding his wisdom carefully.

    Virtues are the fruit of self-discipline and do not drop from heaven of themselves as does rain or snow.

    Modesty is the foundation of all virtues. Let your neighbors discover you before you make yourself known to them.

    A noble heart never forces itself for ward. Its words are as rare gems, seldom displayed and of great value.

    To a sincere student, every day is a fortunate day. Time passes hut he never lags behind. Neither glory nor shame can move him.

    Censure yourself, never another. Do not discuss right and wrong. Some things, though right, were considered wrong for generations. Since the value of righteousness may be recognized after centuries, there is no need to crave an immediate appreciation.

    Live with cause and leave results to the great law of the universe. Pass each day in peaceful contemplation.

    This article was published in the February-March 20012  edition of the Akram Vignan magazine.

     

  • The Valor and Power of Embracing insults

    by Manish Shah | Mar 01, 2014
    Normally, when someone insults us, the relative ego will rise up and revolt! However, when one underlines and experiences first-hand the power of embracing insults; one gets empowered rather than broken down. Anger is like taking a hot coal in the palm of one’s hands. It bums the hands in which it is held. Instead, with a humble relative ego the reaction from within is the opposite. The energy that otherwise would have been wasted on anger is absorbed and compounds to empower from within. This gives rise to wisdom and spiritual power.

    The power gained from the art of embracing and absorbing insults can move mountains! Every time one receives an insult and is able to drink it in as though it was nectar, one is nourishing the divinity within while burning away layers of ignorance.

    As the relative ego is humbled, the innocent instrument making the delivery of the insults can be held to a high esteem with gratitude from within. Instead of anger, there is a silent fountain of compassion that springs from the heart center.

    As the spiritual energy from imbibing, absorbing, assimilating the insults of the relative world compounds within one, it permeates the surrounding ether oozing with a sweet, enthralling aroma of peace and harmony.

    Only the truly brave and courageous have the humility, the will power and the wisdom to receive insults with an open heart, smiling face and steadfast demeanor. The immense spiritual power surrounding absorbing of insults cannot be defined accurately in words; but, rather is something to be experienced by oneself.

    No heartfelt Inner Attitude of “YES”

    An inner attitude of ”yes” does not mean we go around saying “yes” to everyone and to everything! It is rather an inner “openness” of the heart center. This allows nature’s energy to flow effortlessly, fearlessly and seamlessly when it comes to all the minute to enormous exchanges of ‘energy’ whether subtle or gross in order to bring the account balances of the past to a big, beautiful, liberating zero!

    The inner attitude of “yes” helps to remove all the barriers that nature’s forces face when it comes to settling the karmic accounts of infinite past lives. This inner attitude of “yes” serves to “free” from affinities/aversions in the relative life that prevent clarity of vision and ultimately oneness of mind-speech-body.

    If our innermost desire is to “clear the karmic accounts” a “yes” attitude definitely helps! So, whether we are able to meet the needs of each and every relation in the relative or not, the inner intent is still one of “yes”. Therefore, we get freedom in the process whether it seems we have satisfied all of our relations or not! In a sense we are validating our relative self by embracing this inner attitude of “yes”! The bottom line is our heart remains untainted, pure and free from any aversion/affinity towards any living beings whatsoever including our
    relative self!

    An inner attitude of “yes” allows for a total acceptance of manifesting scenes as they unravel, no matter what they may be. An inner attitude of ”yes” allows our lotus at the heart center to effortlessly emanate a fragrance of kindness, compassion and pure love to all living beings within and without whether they are friends, foes or indifferent.

    This article was published in the August-September 2011 edition of the Akram Vignan magazine.
  • Welcome to Funfair

    by Manish Shah | Mar 01, 2014

    The Polestar for Permanent Happiness
    (Good-bye Amoeba)

    Let us begin right now, from today.

    My father was a prolific reader --- a great lover of books. My mother was deeply inclined to spiritualism. In the university hostel nearby my residence, there were many friends of mine. They belonged not only to different states of India but also foreign countries like America, England, Africa, etc. Many a time in the evening, we used to meet in a coffee house and discuss different subjects. Our discussion was mostly focused on economic, social, domestic, historical and philosophical problems. We were deeply interested in the discussion and exchange of thoughts. Moreover, I had a deep interest in literature. This resulted in carving the lasting impression of science, spiritualism and literature in my mind.

    On account of this impression there was the development of curiosity and inquisitiveness in me. This had affirmed my belief that the knowledge of this universe is infinite. Today radio astronomy makes us realize the boundless expanse of this wonderful world and universe. And we are just a part of it. Such a knowledge makes us humble and wise.

    The study of science gives us a story of multi-formed, one-sensed microbes like amoeba evolving into five-sense human being. This process of evolution is an amazing and rare phenomenon of the live world. The Enlightened Person can give an acceptable explanation of this process of evolution. According to him, ‘Nigod’ or dormant state is a phase in which there are innumerable living entities who are still not named. Then they transit from the nameless existence to the living beings having specific physical frames and names. The worldly existence assumes various packings of body and these species are named and can be identified, for e.g., potato, elephant and snake, monkey, man, etc.

    Man differs mysteriously from animals, birds and insects. As man advances in age, his intellect, feeling and fancy also develop. Because of this, he gets entwined in blood relations. These are the relations of father, mother, brother-sister, son-daughter, all relatives, relations of school, college, business, job, marriage. Thus relations make us lose ourselves in the thick forest of relativity.

    These relations breed dualities --- conflicts and clashes, happiness and unhappiness, hope and despair, ambition and rivalry, jealousy, opinions, blaming, attachments and expectation, worry, craze for power, sex, anger, pride, greed, violence, disadjustment, negativeness. These dualities lead to the breakdown of the bridge between human beings and other living entities. Man becomes a victim of physical ailment and mental suffering. Pain and agony go hand in hand. Thus each of the relations leaves a painful scratch on him.

    To my memory comes a story --- once a king visits the mental hospital. He happens to see a man hitting his head on the wall. When asked the reason of doing so, he narrates his story of his failure in love for the woman whom he could not get. The king enters another department. There, another madman is spitting on a picture of a lady whom he loved. On inquiry, it is known that he gets the lady he loves but that lady leads him to lunacy. Thus whether one succeeds in love or fails in love, there is lunacy. In fact there are atoms of lunacy in all of us. Our life is a distorted picture, a baseless edifice where we stand helpless and hapless.

    Just recall the picture of a human being with tiny balloons, stuck all over the body on the wall of a stall. You have to shoot the rubber balloons with the airgun. If you shoot all the balloons you get a nice gift or cash. In our life also miseries, worry, stress, anger, pride, greed, cunningness, violence, unkindness, cruelty are like rubber balloons stuck within us. One who makes efforts to shoot them wins life and enjoys the game of living.

    Dear friends, I would like to elate you by these illustrations. A rapport has been created between us, be it only of five minutes. Let us make a Master Plan of being happy. Hopefully all will like this project and greet it. Let us take a round in fun-fair in order to bring about a radical change in our living and create a total transformation of our existing state.

    Thus from the fun-fair you have got a unique vision which is already there within us. Quietly, gradually patiently let us shoot down the rubber balloons of stress and striving in our life. In the conversation that follows and from our openness we will be gifted with the Road Map of permanent happiness and peace. We welcome you most heartily and lovingly. Oh, we would like to hug you! Let us all decide to fill our existence with a new zest and zeal and be one of the mankind in the world of happiness.

    Wisdom is inside. The World is outside.

    Sudhir Shah

     

  • A Return to Natural Living

    by Amit Patel | Feb 03, 2014


    According to holistic scientist Dada Bhagwan, “In the unique life science known as natural living, one can live as a guest of Mother Nature in accordance with natural systems and natural laws.”

    Declaring that natural living is positive living, Dada Bhagwan says, “Positive living denotes not negating any living aspect of nature, as far as possible. Only then can one be in sync with nature, as one is part and parcel of Mother Nature. Our body is a natural formation and if it remains natural and subject to Mother Nature, it will work wonderfully. A natural role is one wherein nobody gets hurt.”

    Living For Others
    Dada Bhagwan elaborates, “The mind-speech-body as available to us is a natural formation. When Mother Nature is always ready to help us all, why cannot our mind-speech-body — a natural formation — also be useful and helpful to others? Our mind-speech-body should be used to oblige others. It should be one’s latent aim and inherent desire to live to help others. Our hearty inclination of ‘how can I be helpful to others’ and ‘how can I do something good for others’, is what would make the best humane living. In the present age, this is the most simple straightforward path or approach. Even though outer circumstances may not change, our inclination from within and hearty willingness ought to be to live for others, and to live in such a way that nobody is hurt; such a living, rich from within, is ideal living.”

    The holistic guru says he considers those with an obliging nature as super humans. Such human beings are eager to oblige others in any situation in life. Even in adverse circumstances, such people would not compromise with their nature, he adds.

    Power Of Projections
    Dada Bhagwan says, “In human form, one has the ‘power’ — the bhavsatta of living — to proclaim that ‘I am so and so’, with the power of taking decisions or having the power of projections. To have such power is a valuable, natural gift. While living for others, one’s overall self-interest is automatically taken care of by the scheme of things of Mother Nature.”

    Then, why does one face obstacles or hindrances? Any obstacles or hindrances are due to crookedness or lack of straightforwardness. When one interferes in natural occurrences, one is bound to encounter obstacles, he says.

    Cherish Diversity
    Holistic scientist Dada Bhagwan explains how our own home is like a nice garden, having a variety of flowers in the form of different personalities. So, diversity should not be feared but enjoyed with proper interaction existing among everyone at home.

    When did human life become unnatural? After birth, the physical mind-speech-body are in a natural formation. So, being born as a natural formation, there is nothing unnatural about living after one’s birth. Whatever nature or karmic stock or sum total of cause-effect of life-span that one brings with oneself, it keeps getting regulated and discharged naturally throughout life, as one’s fate. A similar process of discharge occurs in all forms of life. But why is it that only in the human form, the process takes on unnatural shades during the process of natural discharge of mind-speech-body? Dada Bhagwan explains that though the body is part and parcel of Mother Nature, we do not always remember this. We forget that just as nature is part of our body, our body is part of nature.

    What if we made our wish for ‘universal welfare’ our projection, asks Dada Bhagwan. Isn’t that everyone’s basic, innate wish? That is what the word bhava implies. Our mind-speech-body constantly yearns for universal welfare and if full of such vibrations, it would naturally become a precious asset to the world as it would spread vibrations of happiness all around.

    The holistic scientist further says that human nature is not at fault by default. But it should become natural and normal so that it can be beneficial to all. Human life is nothing but a natural occurrence of living naturally. Thus, only those who are sincere to one’s own consciousness, can be sincere to Mother Nature, he says. If human nature becomes natural and normal, then Mother Nature would also blossom. Nature would also feel that the load on it is reduced to that extent, he adds.

    Dada Bhagwan concludes: “Inner living should be according to the following principal prayers: Let my mind-speech-body not hurt any living being in the world, even to the slightest extent. Let my mind-speech-body make one and all happy. Let everyone in the world attain peace and happiness.”

    This is an extract from the book, Holistic Science Of Human Life And Nature as revealed by Holistic Scientist Shree Kanudadaji, published by the Holistic Science Research Centre, Surat. Readers interested in getting a complimentary copy of the book may email to: hsrcsurat@gmail.com.
  • Science - Inner and Outer

    by Amit Patel | Feb 03, 2014


    “I now wish to observe the observer, know the knower within me.” 
    - Einstein

    In this era of science, we try to understand world in scientific terms. Science means 'vignan' or 'vishesh gnan’- knowledge that is special. There are two main types of science.

    First is material science or outer science which is also termed as physical science. It is a science of the ever changing things or relative things. Today, the use of material science has breached the limits of normality. For example, we have resorted to reduce our wrinkles through the use of a poison called Botox.

    The progress in material sciences has gifted us with lot of amenities, luxuries and comforts. But if one looks within, one discovers that still there is plenty of unrest. As a result, inner peace, happiness and harmony are elusive. Medical field, which previously emphasized only physical health, has increasingly emphasized total health which includes mind, body and soul. Instead of just focusing on intelligent quotient (I.Q.), significance is given to emotional quotient (E.Q.) and spiritual quotient (S.Q.).

    Vitrags (Holistic Scientists) have realized the limitation of outer science for resolution of inner issues. Through self-realization, all the mysteries of self, non-self and universe have been revealed to the Vitrags.

    The science revealed by the Vitrags is 'Inner science' or 'science of Inner Self'. It is a science of one's own life that includes mind, body and speech along with their surroundings animate and inanimate and its natural regulatory mechanisms. In other words it is a science of conscious or Pure Soul in relation to matter. Also it is a science of ' relative Self' in relation to 'Real self’,  anatman in relation to atman, prakruti and purush, and the science of cause and effect.

    What can one gain or what can one expect by knowing this science? This science enables one to have the puzzle free, positive, happy harmonious humane living from within. It enables one to experience inner freedom even in adverse circumstances or situations.

    Everyone has the latent abilities similar to the abilities that manifested in spiritual leaders such as Mahavir, Krishna, and Christ. Using vitrag vignan one can fully realize one’s potential by realizing the ultimate truth.

    In the present times vitrag vignan was perceived, experienced and then revealed by self realized Holistic Scientist Dada Bhagwan who was enlightened in 1958. It is being furthered by Holistic Scientist Kanudadaji who attained self realization in 1963.

    - Dr. Shailesh Mehta
  • Morality and Sincerity - The Two Pillars of Humanity

    by Amit Patel | Feb 03, 2014



    Morality and sincerity are twin pillars of human religion. If these pillars are preserved, humanity is preserved.

    What is morality? Morality means to use or enjoy things that are lawfully ours and available in normal natural course of our life.  It is immoral to think of possessing things that rightfully belong to someone else. Unlawful wealth and unlawful sensual pleasures fall in this category.

    Sincerity means to deal with others, as one would deal with one’s own self. We do not like to be hurt, bothered or insulted by others. Therefore, we should not inflict pain on others.

    At present, morality and sincerity have dipped very low. It is rare to come across the person who is perfect when it comes to morality and sincerity. To guide us in these times of dipping morality and sincerity, Holistic Scientist Dada Bhagwan has given us a wonderful principle.

    "There should be Dharma in commerce but there should be no commerce in Dharma".

    Here Dharma does not mean religious activities or beliefs but a principled way of living. Commerce includes not only financial matters but all activities that involve give and take.

    Whether we are performing the role of a parent, a spouse, a professional or a businessman, we have to live within the boundaries of morality and sincerity. If we do that we have incorporated Dharma in our life. For example, a lawyer should not accept bribes (morality) and should be considerate to his opponents (sincerity).

    Business must have principles of humanity at its center. If all business strategies or actions center around humanity, the world will change for better. On the other hand if all actions are centered around profits, it will lead to chaos.

    Humane living involves living with integrity and according to natural and humanitarian laws. This is way of life fosters peace and love in a world full of chaos.

    - Dr. Shailesh Mehta

  • Holistic Science Personal Experience - Sufferer is at Fault

    by Amit Patel | Feb 03, 2014

    We encounter many different forms of justice in our daily lives. We get reward for our hard work and dedication at work. If we get caught speeding down the interstate we get a ticket. In both cases, the seeds that we have sown naturally bear the appropriate fruit. Nature’s justice system is unchanging and constant, which eventually brings all instances to just equilibrium. We as guests of nature should understand a key principle of nature, “The Sufferer is at Fault.” Those who are worthy of merit are rewarded and those who need to be reprimanded are indeed punished.

    Two concepts that I’m sure you’ve probably come across, are the concepts of what the world actually is. From a geological and material stance, the world is what we see around us. There are land masses, oceans and living beings of all shapes and sizes. Sub-consciously however, the world can arguably have much more of a sub-atomic existence. In his lecture at HSCRF’s seminar in Atlanta, 2012, Dr. Rice mentioned that, “The mind is much more than what’s above the neck.” We are our own world and its master.

    The question then arises is that, “If we are our own master, why can’t we control everyday circumstances?” In college, we had a Senior Design “Capstone” Project. Our project was to optimize the production of a GE circuit factory in Indonesia. I served as the project manager of my team. During our interim trial phases, one of my group members fell short on his commitment and didn’t complete his simulation portion as per our timeline. The team panicked. We had one day left and we were missing a key piece. At first, we blamed the team member who did not deliver.

    Natural Law is derived from the concept that human conduct and morals are a body of unchanging and constant principles and that nature perpetually works to bring things to equilibrium. Greek philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle researched this concept in great detail to understand this concept. Throughout Western history, many have supported this thinking. There are even active political parties today across many nations which continue to support this thinking. Though it is clear that human morals should remain unchanging, this concept is yet to determine the prime law behind this concept. Holistic Science strives to spread the message that the sufferer is at fault.

    The Supreme Court of nature governs this world at all times with perpetual equanimity given specific Scientific Circumstantial Evidences. It isn’t within any particular person’s control to cause anyone any harm or to give any reward. Rather, we are all brought to justice by nature. So then, the question arises, should we tolerate the events unfolding before us or find a solution? First off, tolerance is limited. By tolerating the event, one continues to have the understanding that he is a victim of the event. So tolerance is not the solution.

    By applying the vision of Holistic Science, we find a permanent solution. With Holistic Science one understands that the event is but a mere discharge of their past karmic accounts and that one is now being freed from that account.

    One who suffers is fully responsible for the cause of his suffering. This is the only law in the Supreme Court of nature. Blaming the ‘Instruments’ used by nature to deliver what we think is “suffering” is wrong. Instead, we should recognize that nature is constantly balanced and fair in all of its transactions in every aspect of our lives. We should accept our own fault and if necessary seek forgiveness.

    Revisiting my Senior Design project, after much panic, we had no option but to resolve our issue. Who was at fault? My team member wasn’t at fault from my perspective, I was. We all were. Either way we looked at the situation, after all the complaining, we had to resolve the issue. We stayed up that night and completed the simulation.

    Holistic Science has taught me that no one has any control over anyone. If you are wronged, simply ask yourself, “Who is suffering?” From that very moment, you will see a very perfect solution unfold in front of you.

    Our lives are not meant to live in suffering; rather we should always remain positive. We only receive what is meant to come our way, nothing more and nothing less. From the everyday worldly perspective, the one who inflicts pain is the one to be blamed. Once again, it is the sufferer that is at fault, as it is his account that is being cleared. When the time comes, the one who inflicted the pain will be considered at fault the moment he begins to suffer. I am grateful that I have understood this principle of law of nature through the medium of Holistic Science.

    Our inner enemies, ‘anger’, ‘pride’, ‘attachment’ and ‘greed’ show us fault in others. This vision of Holistic Science does not see fault in anyone. Thus we must conquer these inner enemies. Someone with no inner enemies naturally sees no fault in others, and understands that what is happening is a discharge in his past accounts.

    Our biggest mistake, once again, lies in the fact that we think we are actually suffering. The belief that “I am Ram,” is the biggest mistake that I could possibly make. It is when we separate the “doer” and the “non-doer” that we can truly understand the principle, “The Sufferer is at Fault.” Ram has to settle his accounts. Once his balance is clear, he is free. It’s as simple as that. 

    - Ramtirth Patel, Oak Ridge, TN
  • Positive Visions

    by Amit Patel | Jan 07, 2014
    Incorrect or wrong vision leads to unhappiness while correct or right vision leads to happiness.

    We look at the world, feel, perceive and experience everything through our inner beliefs and visions. Life is nothing but a bundle of beliefs and visions. 

    Do the circumstances make us happy or unhappy? No, it is how we perceive the circumstances using our vision that makes us happy or unhappy.  Vision is the light of knowledge that shines within us.

    Positive visions are ones that find happiness or positivity in any event or situation. Positive visions occur due to knowledge light that is in concurrence with the natural laws.

    Negative visions are ones which highlight a problem, a shortcoming or an objection in any given situation. Negative visions occur due to ignorance and create sufferings for one's own self. Here are some examples of how to use a positive vision.

    We routinely travel using airplanes and trains. We always complain of fatigue when we use these modes of travel. A Gnani Purush (Holistic Scientist) would say that he was sitting or sleeping comfortably on the plane or train as it was travelling. As a result of this vision, he does not get fatigued.

    When we have fever, we are getting cured. Fever is a natural reparative process of our body.

    Once, Lord Mahavir was having discourse with his disciples. He asked, “What would you do if someone does not offer you food?" The disciples replied, “We would be grateful to him as he is not insulting or offending us". "And if he insults you?” Mahavir asked. “We would be happy that he is not hurting us physically", the disciples replied. The enlightened ones always rejoice in what they have.

    One who insults us is really obliging us. He normalizes our ego and gives his energy to us. So we must be thankful to that person.

    A person with Holistic Inner Science visions does not suffer in any circumstance. According to Holistic Inner Science, each circumstance comes to teach us, to relieve us or to liberate us. With positive visions, we generate a lot of positive energy. This energy creates total well being, unlocks our potential and automatically helps at all levels be it individual, social, interpersonal or professional.

    - Dr. Shailesh Mehta (Swami Shaileshanandji)
  • The inner workings of mind, subconscious, intellect and ego

    by Amit Patel | Jan 07, 2014
    Based on the skit performed by Chicago JSS Youth

    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. Due to circumstances and prevailing situations, 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.  It is our own opinion that binds us, and not things external to us or other people. Thus the mind becomes the cause of bondage.

    INTELLECT (BUDDHI )AND KNOWLEDGE (GNAN)
    Intellect is the indirect light of the soul coming through the medium of ego. It is like the sunlight filtering through a hole and then reflected on a mirror.

    Absolute knowledge is the direct light of the soul. It shows the knowledge in the pure form and has unlimited energy which can illuminate the whole universe. It is like the Sun which can illuminate other objects such as the moon.

    Even if the knowledge of all the subjects of the world can be contained in the intellect, it is not free of ego. On the other hand, absolute knowledge is free of ego.

    Intellect is righteous when one has the Realization that I am a Pure Soul. The Righteous intellect tries to resolve situations amicably. 

    SUBCONSCIOUS (CHITT)
    Chitt’s function is to wander and take photographs of things. That chit that wanders outside the body is impure chitt. Pure chitt is the pure soul state. 

    EGO
    The intellect is the indirect light that comes through the medium of ego. Once the intellect makes a decision, the ego agrees with it and the action is performed.  In some cases, the ego may not agree with the intellect, and hence the action is not performed.

    The Holistic Scientist says that the basic false belief that ‘I am so and so’, is the greatest form of egoism.  The whole world exists on this foundation. To think  that, “I am the body (ego Self),” is egoism.  On the other hand, to believe that, “I am the pure-Self,” is not egoism.

    Following interaction between a husband and wife demonstrates the inner working of the mind, intellect, subconscious (chitt) and ego. It also demonstrates how they use the understanding of holistic science to resolve their situation amicably.

    A wife comes home from work. Her thoughts are, “I have had a long day and I am exhausted. My work was really demanding. Traffic was really bad on the way home. I don’t feel like cooking but I will have to cook dinner because eating out is not healthy and also expensive”.

    Then her subconscious moves to choice of dinner, “My husband really likes Indian food. I can make that for him today. Maybe we can have Mexican food tonight. I have frozen beans so I just need to cut some tomatoes and onions. Another option is to carry out from Taco Bell and break our rule of eating healthy.”

    Her intellect now kicks in, “Let me do some calculations and see how much the Indian food will cost. The cost is $15.  Well in that case why don’t we just eat Mexican food? I have frozen beans and tortillas. I don’t have to buy cheese since it is fattening. Tomatoes and onions will be about $3. So, that comes out to be $5.00 total.

    Well actually, why waste the $5? Why not just eat cereal and milk today? It would be nice to have something light today. And this option is quick!”

    Then the Subconscious (chitt) flashes pictures, of the good time they had eating Indian food in while visiting India.

    Now the  Ego comes in the play and concludes , “Ok yes, let’s eat Indian food today. I approve”.

    Wife’s final resolution, “I have all of the ingredients that I need to make Indian food, so I’ll go ahead with that decision.”

    Husband is on his way home. He is driving and thinking, “Well I had a very busy day at work. I can’t wait to go home and see what’s for dinner. I am so hungry. Today, I would love to have some Indian food.”

    Husband is home and is surprised that dinner is not ready. He says to his wife, “Did you just get home and start cooking?”

    Husband’s mind, “Nothing is ready yet. Looks like it will be a while before food is served”.

    Wife says, “Yes, I just got home. I am going to start cooking. It shouldn’t take that long. What do you want to eat?”

    Husband replies, “I am craving homemade Indian food”.

    Wife says, “I need 15-20 minutes. It will take 5-10 minutes if you come help me”.

    Wife’s  mind, “I knew he would ask for Indian food. He loves it. Let’s see if he comes and helps me.”

    Wife’s Intellect, “If he helped me chop the vegetables I can fix dinner in 10 minutes”.  

    Wife Subconscious (chitt), “If he does not help, I shouldn’t get emotional”.

    Wife’s Ego, “I agree. If I suffer, then it is my own mistake.”

    Husband’s thinking, “She has made me join weight watchers and now I have to count points and calories all day long.

    Husband’s Intellect, “Let me count calories for tonight’s dinner.  It comes out to be 1600 calories. I didn’t eat lunch today and so I have some extra points. I can afford to eat some ice cream.”

    Husband’s Righteous intellect, “Intellect is showing me to act negatively but we need to resolve all conflicts amicably. My wife and I are not separate. If I make her happy then I will automatically be happy.”

    Husband’s Pure Subconscious (chitt), “Last week when I helped her, she was very happy.”

    Husband’s Righteous intellect, “In order to be happy, we need to make everyone else happy”.

    Husband’s Ego “I agree with Righteous intellect. I should go help her. I can work late to finish my office work.”

    Husband, “You must be tired, dear. Let me come help you. I will do my office work later, Thanks for making my favorite food.

    Husband and wife enjoy the delicious dinner.

    CONCLUSION
    The Righteous intellect shows light to resolve the situation amicably. Charity begins at home. You don’t have to conquer the world but win at the home front.

  • Holistic Science of Mind for Ideal Living

    by Amit Patel | Jan 07, 2014

    Introduction
    In recent times the mind has been a source of trouble. Situations are such that people are in a constant state of stress. They are always worried about one thing or another. This engulfment of tensions has made people seek peace of mind. They are seeking solutions like meditation to still the mind. They find great solace when the mind is calm; when thoughts cease. But is this peace sustainable? Is it possible to remain forever in such a thoughtless state? To answer this, it is necessary to understand the nature of mind, its function, how it is formed and how it can be managed.

    Nature of mind
    Mind is the place from which thoughts emerge. It is a physical entity, composed of sub-atomic particles (anu-parmanus) in the form of globules or knots. Each knot is a collection of thoughts of a particular type. For example, thoughts about health, money, pride, etc.

    Distinction from intellect and consciousness
    Mind is distinct from intellect (buddhi) and consciousness (chitt). The function of intellect is to evaluate and show advantages and disadvantages in any given situation. For example, on boarding a bus or train, the mind will immediately show the advantage of taking a particular seat; viz a viz, a window seat. The function of consciousness (chitt) is to visualize. When we close our eyes, chitt helps and visualize another place or person. What goes out and wanders is the chitt. This wandering is due to its impurity.

    Function of mind
    Just as the function of ear is to listen, of eyes to see, the function of mind is to think. Thoughts emerge or sprout automatically at their appropriate time depending upon the circumstances. Mind functions as an indicator. Just as an aircraft pilot gets indications on his screen in case of a problem or if there is an upcoming impediment, the mind emits thoughts when the body is hungry, thirsty or is hurt by someone’s speech or action.  For example, while travelling by car on a curvaceous mountain if we see an accident, the mind will say, ‘What if this happens to us?’ It merely reports the situation.

    Mind is also activated when our inner weaknesses like anger, pride, deceit, greed come into play during the course of our daily living.

    The present day mind is already formed or pre-charged like a pre-recorded CD. It simply plays out whatever is recorded in it. All thoughts that emerge today are already embedded in the mind previously. These thoughts are only a discharge of what was charged or formed in previous births.

    Formation of Mind
    Mind is formed by two things. Opinion and Language. In the words of Holistic Scientist Shree A.M.Patel,”Opinion is the father of mind and Language is the mother of mind. When the two come together Mind is formed.” This is bhaav man or causal mind. It is extremely subtle. Bhaav maan results in dravya man or effect mind in the next birth. It is from this effect mind that thoughts emerge. Let us understand this with an example. On seeing a beautiful white rose, if we exclaim in delight and say, “Oh what a beautiful rose!”, we form an opinion that such a rose is beautiful and express it in our language. The cause or seed of mind is sown. Collection of all such expressed opinions is the causal mind. This then becomes dravya man or effect mind in the next birth. So in the next birth when we see a similar white rose, immediately a thought will flash within, ‘Oh what a beautiful rose.’ This is the effect of the cause we had implanted previously.

    Glimpse of our past
    Based on this, if we observe the major thoughts that come to us in our day to day living, we can get an idea of the type of opinions we must have formed previously. The opinions would have been formed obviously based on our understanding and circumstances prevalent at that time. Our thoughts give us a glimpse of our past; the type of person we were and the kind of beliefs we had held then.

     Management of Mind
    Thoughts cannot be stopped. They will definitely come and go as they are pre-charged. What can be stopped or controlled is their influence over us. Let us look at some means by which we can be free from their detrimental influence.

    1)      Disengage: Do not get engrossed in it. Just observe the thoughts that arise. Say, ‘Bye, bye’ to each one of them as they come. Simply allow them to pass. If we get engrossed in them, they will seize us and give rise to feelings of fear, joy, hatred, etc. But if we let go, thoughts will just come and go without affecting us.

    2)      Nullify with opposite: Nullify distressing thoughts by saying the opposite. For example, when scornful thoughts arise on seeing someone whom we don’t like, say within, ‘Oh, he is such a nice person!’ This will neutralize the effect of the disturbing thought. We can also tell ourselves, ‘Take it easy’ when we are under stressful situations. It will immediately create a soothing effect within.

    3)      Refuse to accept: When thoughts arise against our set goals, do not accept them. Rein in the mind, say, ‘Nothing doing, I will not act according to your wish.’ This is similar to a farmer who is proceeding to another place on his bullock cart. He uses the reigns to prevent the bullocks from straying from their path. If the bullocks are allowed to act according to their own wish, the farmer will not be able to reach his destination. Similarly, act according to your targets and not according to the thoughts from the mind. For example, when you make a resolution to get up early or eat healthy, you should act  according to your goals and not listen to the mind.

    4)      Set up an appointment: Due to someone’s behaviour or certain situations, the mind gets agitated and thoughts keep pestering us during the day. In this case make an appointment with the mind.  Tell the mind, ‘Meet me at 10pm. I will listen to you then.’ This will silence its chatter during the day allowing us to work freely. Then listen to the mind at night when we are free. We will be able to deal with the mind more rationally.

    5)      Give conditional rewards: When we have to do work that we dislike, tell the mind, ‘If you finish off this work you will get to eat your favorite food’ or say, ‘No breakfast till you say your morning prayers.’ Use the carrot and stick approach to do what we wish, rather than be at the mercy of the mind.

    6)      Exhaust it: At times we are unable to sleep at night, due to the unending unnecessary chain of thoughts. We try to stop the thoughts and go to sleep. But the thoughts erupt again. We are neither able to sleep nor silence the mind. Rather than stopping the thoughts and trying to go to sleep, we should make the mind a horse and become its rider. Allow the mind to run freely. Tell the mind, ‘Run, run (i.e. think, think) as much as you want.’ After some time it will tire out and you will be able to go to sleep.

    Worries
    Worries are nothing but an abnormal flow of thoughts. Just as we shut the window when the winds are gusty, we should cease the thinking process when there is a cyclone of thoughts. This typically happens when we have a major problem for which we are unable to find a solution. In such cases we should stop thinking and searching for a solution. There is a very wonderful law in nature which says, ‘The useful thought, (which is the solution) will emerge automatically at its pre-determined time.’ So stop thinking and take it easy till then.

    Till such time, to be free from the bombardment of thoughts, divert your attention with a prayer or mantra. This is like shutting our doors and windows when it is noisy outside. One can also talk to one’s own self, reassuring us that everything will be alright. Everything has an expiry date. All circumstances are of parting nature. The present situation will also disintegrate and cease after some time. Ultimately, our own lives too have an expiry date because of a finite life span. So don’t worry, take it easy. Try your level best, and leave it to nature.

    Summary
    Mind cannot be silenced forever. Thoughts will come and go as they are a result of our past causes. Mind can however be managed. With the above scientific understanding about the nature, formation and management of mind, we can be free from its detrimental effects and use it effectively to progress in life.

    Acknowledgement
    All the views mentioned in this paper are based on the preaching’s of the enlightened spiritual master Holistic Scientist His Holiness Shree A.M.Patel.

    - Swami Pulinanandji

  • Holistic Science Personal Experience - Results from Vitrag Vignan Experiment

    by Amit Patel | Jan 07, 2014

    The ‘Shaila’ that met Dada  Bhagavan in 1984 and the ‘Shaila’ that exists today are two totally different human beings!  The ‘Shaila’ that met Dada Bhagavan in 1984 was a broken, confused, unsettled, uncomfortable and lost human being in search of answers! 

    Before ‘Shaila’ met Dada Bhagavan, she was always looking for justice in the relative world.  She was in search of pure, unconditional love and acceptance that she instantaneously found upon meeting Dada Bhagavan.  There was a discomfort within herself with her own identity.  She knew that she could not be ‘that’ mind-speech-body that was continually causing her grief and suffering!  But, she did not know ‘what’ she was!  So, like a magnet, she instantaneously bonded with Dada Bhagavan, the eternal Dada Bhagavan, that resided within the body of A. M. Patel from Bhadran, India. 

    It has been 27 years since the amazing Gyan Vidhi in Ahemdabad, India, in which Dada Bhagavan called her out from the back of the crowd in the Haveli where over 200 new Mahatmas were being initiated.  He called her to the front and onto the stage where He was sitting.  He said, ‘Sit here in front of me, close your eyes and speak very loudly every word I say.’  This was the day before His accident on the way to Khambhat, India.  It was the most compassion that any Gyani Purush could have ever shown a young Mahatma as her ‘raag’ for Him was “prashashta” and He was protecting her from that.  He did not want her to be hurt in any way.

    Since that time, ‘Shaila’ has been continually in ‘testing’ on all levels of relative life.  ‘Shaila’ realized becoming a ‘Dharmapatni’, ‘Mata’ to three young men, ‘daughter-in-law’ and so-on.  All these experiences have culminated in her coming to the ‘exact’ experience of Shuddhatma,  as Vitrag Vignan spontaneously operates within her and has done-so continually with His divine grace and compassion.

    Some of the areas she has improved markedly in includes making assumptions in the relative life about people in her life, forming opinions, holding onto opinions, making judgments as to right and wrong, and being critical of her own self as well beyond what is normal and natural in relative life.  When an opinion pops up in her mind, she immediately gets alerted by the ‘pragna-shakti’ within that this is not the way to eternal freedom.  That person is an innocent instrument dancing to the tunes of his/her own karmas and it is not beneficial to her to form opinions either way about that person. 

    Through her experiences in relative life, she has “fit” into her understanding that “avoiding clashes” and “adjusting everywhere” is the easiest and most practical way to pass through all the myriad challenges, obstructions and resistance that life presents in this Kaliyug.   She does not “do” it but rather incessantly prays to the “Dada” within for the infinite strength to do so.  This way, nature can help her to remain clash-free and adjust everywhere spontaneously.

    ‘Shaila’ has realized through experience of relative life and relative relational living that it is more important to “be” than to “do”.  The only way to “be” is as an observer from within of ‘Shaila’ from a relative viewpoint and a real viewpoint, only two viewpoints.  Those are the two viewpoint given by the Gyani Purush in all His divine grace in such simple and straightforward language. 

    The ‘Shaila’ that would immediately try to draw conclusions with her intellect about cause-and-effect in the relative world no longer takes this approach.  She, instead, applies the five divine principles that Dada Bhagavan had given through all His grace to help Mahatmas to rise above relative sufferings and experience bliss in its exactness and gradually increase their degrees of divine knowledge through the wisdom of experience on an individual level. 

    Before ‘Shaila’ would compare and contrast how others were treated by her relative relations and try to find rhyme and reason to the apparent incongruences and injustices.  Now, she has found infinite bliss, contentment, and joy within, so no longer feels that need to engage in the futile exercise of the intellect!  What actually happens to us is our own result and we have the choice to accept it as such or perpetuate the vicious cycle of birth-and-death.  ‘She’ has found no valid reason to perpetuate this cycle!  There is infinite bliss and contentment within.  That put a full stop to that pointless quest for relative justice.

     ‘Shaila’ has learned to “un-load” her discharging anger, pride, illusion and greed in a healthy manner without hurting herself or others.  Instead, the ‘pragna-shakti’ within her will immediately help her to see her own faults from within when anger, pride, illusion and greed arise within her helping to extinguish the anger, pride, illusion and greed.

    She utilizes, through grace, all the tools that Dada Bhagavan, in all His grace, gave his Mahatmas to keep and use to the fullest in the treasure chest of their hearts.  The ‘pragna-shakti’ within her will automatically start the process of purification by guiding her in inner ‘bhakti’ of ‘Dada’ either through divine hymns, kirtan bhakti, nischay vyavahar charan vidhi, naav kalamo, alochana, pratikraman, pratyakhan, shuddhatma prarthna.

    The wrong beliefs that ‘Shaila’ has carried for infinite lives have been burnt to ashes through the divine fire-power of Dadaji’s knowledge and grace.  The first-and-foremost is believing ‘relative’ to be ‘real’!  This blunder causes the manifestation of the nonsense that we all have to witness in Kaliyug. 

    ‘Shaila’ has learned from experience that giving is receiving.  She no longer holds expectations from others; the moment we hold an expectation, we set ourselves up for disappointment.  So, instead she rather lives, breathes, listens, speaks and acts from the heart.  The heart is the way to eternal bliss as the heart is where wisdom resides.  ‘Shaila’ has abandoned the ideas of the masses about what the definition of success is and rather embraced the five divine principles of Dada Bhagavan as a way of life!  Simple living and heart-centered intuitive thinking!   Keeping the inner home sparkling clean is her incessant aim and top priority.

    When ‘Shaila’ has a goal now, ‘she’ takes all the necessary steps to the best of her abilities to accomplish the goal in the relative world without strife and struggle, but rather with a clear intention in her mind’s eye fully understanding that there are myriad evidences that must come together to make anything happen.  So, when the result of ‘her’ efforts in the relative goals manifests, ‘she’ does not have aversion or affinity to the outcome; but rather equanimity from within that all that occurred is per karmic accounts and is just as it has manifested.  Furthermore, in this process, she engages in hearty confession, apology and confirmation not to commit again those mistakes that have caused pain to others in any way. 

     ‘Shaila’ has learned to validate the virtues and divine within and, therefore, is able to do the same for those who are connected with her effortlessly and spontaneously with His divine grace.

    ‘Shaila’  is a continual work-in-progress and through the grace of Dada Bhagavan and her own conviction, we, as observer of ‘her’ have no doubt ‘she’ will reach her goal of eternal bliss with the eternal grace & unequalled compassion of Dada Bhagavan.

    Gyani Purush Param Pujya Kanudadashri has been there to guide, mold and fine-tune the divine understanding of Akram Vignan which was started by Dada Bhagavan within  ‘Shaila’.   Kanudadashri has been with ‘her’ every step of the way to ensure ‘she’ does not go astray and stays vigilant on the road to eternal bliss.  His grace and compassion has been unequalled. 

    Our eternal gratitude and salutations to Vatsalyamurti Sarvagna Shri Dada Bhagavan and Gyani Purush Vitrag Paramatma Swaroop Kanudadashri for their compassion, grace and divine patience.

    Jai Sat Chit Anand. 

    Jagat Kalyan Ho!

    - Shaila Mulji, Los Angeles

  • Mother Nature - Ecology and Mankind

    by Amit Patel | Dec 03, 2013

    What is nature? Everybody knows or understands that we are getting air, water, food and our day-to-day needs either directly from nature or natural products or from its different derivatives. As mankind started feeling, nature is something different from me, it also felt that nature is affected, influenced and can be modified. As per their observations, when considering nature different from themselves, humans tried to evolve different theories based on the observations i.e. Law of gravitation, Inertia/momentum i.e. Newton’s theory, metallurgy, Motion, Time and Space i.e. Einstein theory of Relativity etc. Thus, different theories & theorems were compiled. All these gave birth to subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Quantum Physics, Physical Chemistry, Aeronautical Engineering, Mathematics, Astrology, Biology etc, etc. Humans tried to analyze and calculate the different happenings with these derived principles, established by observing nature, environment and as the answer was found correct, endorsed them as "principle" and thus mass, energy, particle, atom i.e. micro & macro metaphysical forms were described. When the energy and matter relationship, i.e. E = MC² was established by Einstein in the form of theory of relativity, it surprised the mankind, as this was not based on definite empirical theorem or logic. Similarly "Entropy of world is increasing" (3rd Principle of Thermodynamics surprise, as this leads to uncertain/limitless condition). Many theories evolved, but the effect of any definite cause if analyzed empirically, observed and solved by mankind by so derived principles, was not giving the same answer in terms of happenings but lead to the theory of probability or showing an exhibiting substance of uncertainty, as concluded by the Scientists. Ecological imbalance & disorders observed in the mother nature in the form of natural cycle disturbances, glaciers melting, carbon emission & green house effect gave rise to different theories – some even being contradictory to each other. Science means definite answer or in other words, science leads to a definite relationship of cause and effect, however, now "theory of uncertainty" has been accepted as "principle" by scientists, who have started believing that there are some missing fundamentals! Why? Einstein talks about observer or absolute time frame but does not explain who & where is that, but hypothetically imagines such absolute reference frame. All the above leads to the conclusion that, today all above metaphysical sciences is based on hypothesis i.e. not explaining all the happenings/incidents present in the world, holistically or in other words does not give a definite answer as, "This is That".

    What is Truth? Nature or Ecology & eco-balance are in relation to living forms, that too mainly to human beings. Are humans or living species limited to only metaphysical form? If yes, then why is the bifurcation of living & non-living form and their behavior? That means all living forms have certain eternal element, also which is certainly part of its total environment! What is that? Mind, speech & body (the human) but governed by certain eternal elements i.e. mind, intellect, reflective consciousness, Ego ("Man, buddhi, chitta, ahankar") which can very well be understood. For example, somebody abuses me, wherein my body is neither beaten nor harassed but the physical fight will start; within & outside. Why?

    I just think or wish good of somebody, I start getting pleasure within and also these positive vibrations reach the other person! Similarly, if I wish bad for others, I will also feel unhappy. The functioning of inner self i.e. mind, intellect, to see and to know and ego ("man, bhuddhi, chitta, ahankar"), if understood in relation to outside happening i.e. "to live out" phenomena, then only we can reach to the holistic solution. This means that the function of mankind as being only having the power of volition (bhav satta), can develop the echo/vibration, being the cause of outside environment or ecology. It is our Indian belief that matter, space, time and volition (dravya, khsetra, kal, bhav=matter, space, time, inner intuition) all together may make the incident happen. Nature is in direct relationship with human race i.e. in turn humanity and ecology. Any disorder in nature observed will definitely have cause within mankind being co-operatively/comprehensively disordered state of humanity. Thus, proper ecological balance or nature/natural cycle functioning essentially requires volition power of mankind functioning in positive manner in the sense that wishing welfare of one and all.

    Conclusion:-

    We observe very uncertain happening i.e. disorder in natural cycle, natural calamity economical slow down/recession etc. This means, disorder observed in nature is nothing but disorder in mankind. If we follow human value base practices like accommodative nature for all living being i.e. "live & let other live", "we are all guest of mother nature", "adjust everywhere", "avoid clashes", "family & social values", "value for any living creature", "compassion & love for other living species", will result into good ecology & natural order outside, where man can attain permanent happiness. To get proper fruits from nature, what is required is a good human life based on natural principles! Science when viewed as a whole will be called spirituality or holistic science. To understand nature & ecology; humanity is to be understood and thus, nature will start giving proper fruits to one and all. Hence, it can be concluded that positivity of human society will definitely result into permanent happiness and even bliss.

    Uttam C. Mehta
    Industrialist, Chairman and Managing Director of UCM Group of Companies, Ahmedabad, India

  • THE SCIENCE of Blissful Living - VYAVAHAR VIGYAN

    by Amit Patel | Nov 03, 2013

     The complexities of today’s life requires an immediate attention to have correct solutions to daily problems for common men of the society.  The presence of ignorance and egotistic life since time immemorial has resulted in innumerable wrong beliefs, which are no answers to the increasingly formidable situations in to day’s life. Dada Bhagavan emphasized the need for basic understanding of how this world functions in order to cease the ever-expanding spiral of bondage and suffering. Dada said that whether you want Self-Realization or not, as a human being you must be a part of the solution and not the problem.  One must strive to be happy but not at the cost of the happiness of others.

     Dada formulated simple principles of life in the form of aphorisms and  that are very effective in dealing positively in day-to-day worldly life, which fundamentally covered principles of THE ABSOLUTE SCIENCE. They are as follows.     

    1. God is in every creature whether visible or invisible, but not in manmade creation: Like it or not, God resides in every living being. When manifested fully The Soul itself is the God, So whom would you hurt? In other words, do not hurt any living being as you are dealing with a living God within.  So, Dada mandated not to hurt any living being by mind, speech, or body. Living a life with such utmost humility, one shall definitely live a very blissful life.

    2. Introspection - Shoot(INSIDE) FAULT on Sight: Knowingly or unknowingly, if you have hurt someone, accept your mistakes, remember the God you believe in and ask for forgiveness there and then, and finally, decide not to repeat such a mistake again.

    3. The world is your own projection and YOU ARE WHOLLY AND SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF: What you see, feel, hear, or receive is the Echo of your own doings.  Hence, You GET what you have GIVEN previously!  With this simple principle in mind, there shall not be any complaints against anybody. The world is in the form of circumstances and you will be able to accept every happening as correct and just. The Human courts may appear doing injustice, but the Nature is always correct and just.

    4. ENJOY WHAT YOU HAVE: Today, by regretting over what one does not have, one is unable to enjoy what one has.

    5. OBLIGE EVERYONE: Oblige every one with Mind, Speech, and Body by cultivating obliging nature in heart to one’s best ability with limitless energy from within. If this life is lived for obliging others, you would lose nothing and encounter no obstacle or hindrance. 

    6. The Sufferer is at fault: One who suffers is totally responsible for the cause of suffering. This is an unalterable Law of Nature. Do not blame or punish the instruments used by Nature for deliverance of justice. Recognize without a doubt that the nature is very balanced and just in its dealings with all, in every aspect of life.  So, you will not be punished if it is not your fault.  Conversely, if you are suffering, then it must be your fault  on the basis of cause-effect theory despite the circumstantial evidences that suggest otherwise.  Accept your own fault, ask for forgiveness with repentance with heart, do not crave for revenge and instead resolve not to repeat the fault.

    So long as the world appears to be at fault, one have to wander. Only when the world appears innocent, one will be Liberated.

    7. Adjust Everywhere: Whatever is the situation or circumstances, if you will adjust, you will Avoid Clashes. This is the sure way to be happy in the present times. If one has got the key of adjusting himself, one has definitely marked his/her first step towards peace and happiness in this disturbed times.

    8. THE Result of Stealing is Hard Work: If you do not steal through your mind, speech or actions, you will earn your living easily without much effort.

    9. Dishonesty is the best foolishness: Those who are dishonest to their Boss, to their spouse, to their children, to their parents, to their job or to their friends are committing the best foolishness of their life. Honesty is required to take one at the top of morality, sincerity and loyalty. Utmost humility leads to Liberation. And in relative life also you will be very happy. What is the utmost humility? If no one is hurt by us, that is utmost humility. 

    10. If you want others to listen to you: Do not speak harsh language; speak in few words. Speak only that is beneficial to others and do not speak lies. The speech (word) is such if it is properly used, all Mahavratas can be achieved. 

    11. All circumstances are nothing but passing events of our life: Hence, if one is too much attached to any event or individual, he will feel hurt when it passes away. However, a dramatic display of attachment is necessary for a normal worldly interaction. The world is like a museum. It will not affect an observer who has neither indulgence nor involvement in it. The only simple way of life is to live as per the dictates of Nature without involvement. You will get all that you deserve. 

    12. Don”t see laws; Please settle: To free yourself from any situation, it is wise to resolve issues without sticking onto your perceived laws as correct.

    13. WHATEVER REACTIVE ACTION WAS PROJECTED IN THE PAST ITS ACTIVE REACTION COMES BACK: Whatever comes ones way is nothing but what was projected in previous births. Hence from now on  do unto others as one would like others to do to you. The meeting of all individuals takes place on account of past deeds and on settlement they depart. Without past accounts nothing happens. All projections are the action(causes) and all consequent resulting echoes are reactions(effects).

    14. NATURE IS NEVER UNJUST: Human courts of Justice may appear doing injustice, but nature is always just and correct. Whatever happens in the Cosmos, is in accordance with the Supreme Law of Nature, viz. NO-LAW LAW that is, SCIENTIFIC CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCES. So, in life whatever happens, just happens! But one tries TO BE COME in these happenings by BECOMING in it and hence the sufferings

    There is no injustice in Nature. Do not search for justice anywhere else. What has happened    is just and proper. Accept it willingly. Nobody can make slightest interference in the life of    other beings unless there is a link of past deeds. 

    15. AVOID CLASHES: A lot of energy is lost by clashes. So decide to avoid clashes and only by such decision, God inside us will show us the way how to resolve different situations without having clashes. And by avoiding clashes there will be no further loss of energy and the loss, which has already occurred, will be replenished gradually.  

         To avoid clashes doesn’t mean to endure. To endure is like pressing a spring. A pressed spring will always rebound with double force. So don’t learn to endure, but learn to resolve with patience. To live life free of clashes is the Real Religion.

        Traffic laws have rules and regulations. If you do not follow them, then you may get involved in a Clash and get hurt or die. In the same way Clash with people will cause others as oneself to get hurt. If you want happiness, make others happy. 

    16. NEVER SEEK REVENGE: All the world happenings are on the basis of Revenge. When there are conflicts or clashes, one seeks vengeance and even the smallest creature will keep a note of it. Once it has suffered it will take revenge and will not let you free yourself. In the present times, in the very seed of revenge, i.e. hate, lies the tree of Love attractions and in all subsequent Love attractions, lies hidden hate relationship seed. This is how revengeful attitude wise hate is the root cause of all Samsar i.e. mundane worldly living. 

    17. DO NOT BLAME ANYONE: We are not suffering on account of anyone else. It is due to our own previous account and the person one thinks is the cause of ones suffering is but an instrument. If our accounts are not pending, no one can make us suffer. So we should settle old accounts and not open new ones. Whatever happens is nothing but the result of our past deeds (Karmas). So don’t blame anyone.

    18. RELIEVED FROM ONE KARMA: Someone harms us, insults us or picks our pocket. This is all subject to our Uday Karma. No one is at fault here. The alleged one is only an instrument (nimitta) and one should be thankful to the instrument internally by saying “You have relieved me from my one Karma”. This is Dharma Dhyan.

    We are wholly and solely responsible for what we get in worldly existence. The same is the result of our previous causes. Accept the situation with equanimity and understanding. In the world of causes and effects you have an independent right of avoiding or furthering causes. You cannot avoid the effects of causes made earlier. “As you sow so you reap” is the Universal Law. Understand that you will hear the echo exactly of the same magnitude as that of your sound. Do not blame the echo which has resulted from the sound you made earlier. 

    19.  REAL RELIGION: All relative religions are correct but not the same. Each one is correct in its own standard. Through relative religions material or mundane happiness is gained, whereas through ‘the Real’, Liberation and Permanent happiness and bliss is obtained.

    20.  FOLLOW THE LIBERATED: Follow the liberated and one shall be free. Follow the bound and one shall be in the bondage.

    21.  TWO TYPES OF KNOWLEDGE: There are two types of knowledge-Knowledge and Absolute Knowledge. Knowledge shows what is correct and incorrect in the worldly life. Absolute Knowledge leads to the path of Liberation.

    22.   LIVE THE PRESENT: By thinking of Past and worrying of the Future, one is unable to enjoy the Present state. The past has gone for ever so Live in the Present and make the best use of the Present time, the Future will take care of itself. The future is in the hands of the Universal Power.

    23.  SEEK DELIGHT EVEN IN DISCOMFORT: There always exists comfort even in a situation uncomfortable and disagreeable and so cultivate seeking comfort in such situations.

    24.  RIGHT VISION: To know the “Pure Soul” one need the right vision, nothing else to do. When your vision is free from mistakes, one will be Liberated. There is eternal happiness in the “Self” but never in externals. Such natural happiness is that of the “True Self” only. Once it is realized that there is endless happiness within, the quest for happiness from externals will cease.

    Ego and “True Self’ cannot coexist. A man with ego will never get liberated. Egoless abstinence is the real austerity. Mere fasts and rituals are called abstinence with ego. No Liberation is ever achieved under ego of indulgence and abstinence.

    25.  NATURE SUPPLIES : One is a guest of the Nature. One has brought everything with oneself and Nature will provide what is in one’s account. Live your life as a guest of Nature. Your necessities will be provided for by Nature.

    26.  ULTIMATE GOAL OF LIFE: Human life is to get eternal freedom from all bondage for ever to be experienced in the very present life.

     

  • Transformation and Experiences Through Akram Vignan: My Journey

    by Amit Patel | Nov 03, 2013

    The Aim of this paper is to discuss- "How Akram Vignan transforms our life".

    In Indian religious thought, there are several approaches, belief structures and practices which explain the context of our universe, the phenomenon itself in depth as well as the science of liberation and how it works. We also have as our religious & spiritual heritage, many concepts & philosophies, unique explanations of Karma theory, Antahkaran (inner being) and other extraordinary insights, not found anywhere else. But the question I have for all of us is: Finally what does all this knowledge and reading mean for me, what do these books and practices do for me, how do I derive benefit? This Akram Vignan being all the revelations by His Holiness Dada Bhagwan, following the experience in Surat in 1958 brings in depth explanations to all scriptures, explains all questions that may arise in any seeker and that in a simple and easy to follow language. It offers every religion additional insights into their own body of philosophical & spiritual thoughts & practices and helps every seeker from all faiths steady progress through dialogue & explanations. Detailed explanations about how karma actually works, who or what is behind this operative universe and what are the laws & principles which govern this entire cosmos.

    These answers many multitude of questions including the two questions asked earlier here today. The first inquires, “I have a mind that I am carrying forward from my last birth. Now what do I do with it? I want to progress, how do I go forward?” & the second question raised is, “What is Abhed Bhaav ?” (feeling of oneness and we will deal with this a little later).

    Dada explains that what we have today is the result of what we have built earlier, and what we have today is also simultaneously building our tomorrow. The link to create the blue print of our next birth is through the Bhaav in our inner being, that accompanies whatever is happening outside today, every day and every moment.

    Abhed Bhaav carries different connotations in different contexts, in different philosophical approaches and in different religious thought. Dada Bhagwan has woven together the different approaches to make it a simple „understanding‟ for achieving happiness. Dada Bhagwan‟s purpose in life was to make all of us happy. He shared this knowledge of what is going on with all those who are interested in this knowledge. But what was His basic intention behind this sharing? What was His Bhaav? It was to let each one of us experience happiness here and now, effortlessly. For those who are intellectually oriented they can follow the intellectual path, while others can choose the path which best appeals to them like bhakti, karma (action with the right understanding) etc.. This science does not exclude or negate any of the existing paths, religions & approaches.

    This path emphasizes on the „right understanding‟ which gives you whatever is required in your life, in your hand here and now through the grace of a Gnani Purush.

     The Gnani Purush is an actual living example of a being who is leading a stabilized life in the state of being separated; a permanent state of being separated between 'I' and 'My'. He can see the whole world as it is. So, transformation is most effectively achieved if you follow the path initially with the help of reading and studying texts which appeal to you while keeping in touch with outstanding Aaptapurush and Aaptputras who are there to resolve your doubts. But the ultimate resolution of doubts and progress towards the ultimate goal has to happen with the coming into direct contact with the Gnani Purush.

    We will be able to explain to you everything that we have experienced. You will be able to appreciate what we have experienced but if you want to experience it, then please do what we have done and that is, meet the Gnani Purush and let Him lay the foundation by His divine grace, then you will also actually experience the same transformation that we have experienced. The same transformation can be yours too.

    Today we have Param Pujya Shree Kanudadaji as a pratyaksh Gnani Purush. If you find time, opportunity and inclination then that is the marg on which you can go and the ease of the transformation will help you realize the importance of this Amurt-Murt, the importance of the living „soul incarnate‟. That is the living proof and benefit of somebody in whom, 'I' and 'My' is actually stabilized in His living Avatar. Therefore in that state He is able to appreciate and make you experience the same experience that He has, for which there is no substitute in this world. All of us are mere peripheral functionaries to draw your attention to this possibility that exists for your progress by highlighting with the kind of personal experience & several examples that I have been asked to present to you. So, friends let me start this journey for you & take you to further explore this wonderful insightful science.

    There are many difficult situations in life; they have been aptly classified as Adhi, Vyadhi and Upadhi. While going through any one of these experiences, it becomes almost impossible to be free of unhappiness, free of worries, an essential aspect to go towards liberation. Take for example, if you are born handicapped or you are born challenged, what are the recurrent thoughts that come to you? The thoughts that haunt you often are, „Why me? „Is God partial, is there justice or no? What I have done to deserve this kind of handicap, right from birth? The kind of world view that this affected intellect shapes for you on how to view your life and the life of others is so fundamentally different from the world view of a person who is not challenged and of a person who is normal in all his being. We all learn from our own experiences which constitutes our very own „Book of Life‟. Look at another situation if you are born in poverty or if you are born an orphan and if you are condemned to the streets without any support, what will your world view be? What will be your approach to God, to life and to religion to Dharma? Difficult childhood, harsh parents, friends, harsh teachers, problems of no money, continuous living in denial will affect your outlook of life. If you experience difficulties in marriage and where the differences are so severe that you would like to escape from that relationship (but for the Hindu tradition of not thinking of divorce as an option), keeps you going on and… on and… on… in daily suffering. What kind of world views will you have? Similarly childless couples struggling to get children explore all avenues from all type of medicines to prayers, rituals of blind faith & appeasement of Godmen. They are desperate for children, they have tried everything but somehow this blessing evades them. There are many of us who have passed a stage, when we helplessly see our own children suffering and cannot do anything about it. Again the question comes to our mind- „why this suffering for my child‟? Man seeks for his answers and he doesn’t get them. So, he keeps on wondering… and wondering… and wondering… and such was my story also. So to cut a long story short…..

    What I want to tell you is that, this is a science that gives you answers to all the unanswered questions. In it somewhere you will find an anchor in life. Otherwise I was like a piece of wood floating listlessly in the turbulent waters of my life. Every time there was a wave, the log of wood would rise and fall and it was like 'I' was just a free-flowing log of wood. After having got the anchor which Dada Bhagwan put inside me there was certain stability in life. Under many difficult kinds of circumstances now, I am able to remain far beyond the level of Sthith Pragna stage. You can understand this final difference when you yourself will evolve and experience that Sthith Pragna is the beginning stage and then you as you evolve over the years you yourself will find a certain amount of peace which is beyond the intellect. What Prof. Bhatt refers to it is a state when you have transcended your intellect and you are in the experiential field of stability for which you may not have answers or explanations. But the fact is Dada‟s Mahatmas actually experience this state of being. So, whether you understand this science or not, just leave that aside, but experience it - go into the field and surrender your being to a Gnani Purush- who ever you regard as a serious Gnani Purush. Your salvation, both in this life and in your life beyond lies at the feet of an experienced, Self Enlightened, Amurt-Murt in this very life time.

    Akram Path gives each one a new way of looking at both external life and at ourselves afresh and far more objectively. It explains the role of circumstances in the events that happen everywhere in life in detail, it explains for the very first time that Ego is nothing but the state of usurping doership responsibility. Leading a life with the five Agnas helps lead a simple and pure life, a life of inner joy and a more relaxed quiet & tranquil phase.

     Friends, I want to pose a question to you.

     Are we human beings going through a spiritual experience or are we spiritual beings undergoing a human experience? What do you think? Think about it. What do you believe? Are we human beings who are experiencing this spiritual thing or are we spiritual beings experiencing human experiences? I am sure, once you will think deeply about this you will find a lot of questions and answers but I thought this question is very important to begin this journey of self realization.

    For me in particular, since I have been asked to share my own experiences of transformation after receiving Gnan and understanding the vision of Dada Bhagwan, let me share what I have gone through since. I had read about Bhed Gnan and Atma Bodh many times in Bhagwat Gita, in Shankracharya‟s treatises, in Vedanta. My father was a Vedantist and all through my eleven years of school the usual birthday present that I have got from him were books on Vedanta. Other children used to get bicycles, guitars, all kinds of games but my father was a very committed Vedantist and a follower of the Ram-Krishna Math. He was very clear that salvation lies in understanding these two aspects viz. Bhed Gnan & Atma Bodh. I found that in Dada‟s science not only did I get a clear understanding of what is Bhed Gnan but he actually made us experience this inner dividing line of demarcation and that made all the difference between the knowledge of the books that I had read and the certainty of this personal experience. Now, I am enjoying the benefits of this right understanding today - this is the uniqueness of this science.

    The other aspect of this path is that it identifies and guides us through Vyavahar Vignan. There is a scientific and correct method for everything you need to do in your daily life- in relationships with your family, your work, your nation, with human beings at large and even to the eternal cosmos. There is a certain binding that he has created, a certain relationship that he has now defined which were never perceived by me of a fundamental unity of being and therefore an interconnectedness ever before. This gnan opened this up for me. The second aspect that attracted me tremendously was his fundamental explanation of the relation of the 'doership'. There is a famous author, I think her first name is Rhonda Byrne, who talks about the wonderful experience she has had. How she had only to conceive something in her mind and hold it steady over a period of time, and then how it actually happened in her life! This book has become a best seller. Now she has sold millions of copies. That is just one element that Dada Bhagwan has explained in detail in his science. But her ability to explain and narrate with live experiences has been able to touch the lives of so many people today.

    This science of doership has been laid bare for the first time with an extraordinary level of clarity only by Dada Bhagwan. I can say this with confidence as a person who has been involved in looking at comparative religion and comparative philosophy. This explanation of what constitutes the building blocks of an event, the explanation of all that occurs anywhere in the world and at any point in our lives; and what is at the root of what is happening, is exceptional; it is really exceptional, not found anywhere else. There are three people I have come across who have come close to what Dada had said but nobody was as comprehensive and as complete as what we have learnt about this science of doership.

    To go on further: there are a few dictums that Dada has given us. Some Aphorisms for which you do not require any spiritual knowledge what so ever, but they give you tremendous amount of peace and they take you to liberation. They are just two simple ones:

    (1) Adjust Everywhere :

    He describes a simple example. When, he says, while driving a car you see there is a donkey coming in front of you, what do you do ? You slow down the car, take the car a little bit to the side, you avoid the donkey and you continue your journey. What are you doing? You are adjusting with the donkey. But why does this behavior stop with the donkey? Why can’t it work with your wife? Why can’t it work with your children? Why can’t it work with all your inter-person relationships? Why do you adjust with the donkey and not with your wife?

     

    (2) Bhogve Teni Bhool:

     Translated into English it means “Each one of us, ourselves, is wholly and solely responsible for all the suffering in our lives”. Please reflect about your suffering for a while. What happens after you actually accept the statement as an aphorism? You realize the eternal truth, which means the person or the circumstances which give you the pain and suffering are not the cause - you suffer because of your past karmas and hence the responsibility is only yours. So, what does that make the person you blame as the cause of your distress? It makes him a mere postman who delivers you pain. Now, when the postman delivers you a letter announcing the accidental death of a near and dear one, do you hold the postman responsible? He is merely the deliverer of the message. So what happens in your relationship with the person who gives you pain? He becomes merely a postman of the delivery of the pain. You are responsible for all your pain and suffering. Therefore you do not develop any anti-feeling towards a person who causes you pain. Dada has gone to the extent of saying that you need to thank this person because there are so many things that you are going to get in this life which you have already charged in your previous lives. Every time someone comes and delivers you pain that item is then finished and therefore gone off the list. So he is reducing the balance of pain that is left for you. Should you be grateful for that or should you be angry with him? Think about it. It’s a question of understanding and taking a different approach to whatever happens in life.

    (3) One more essential is the Nine Eternals - the nine essentials of all religions of this world. Now I find this amazing in discussions with Muslim and Christian friends. When you do this comparative religion exercise seriously you too will find that all religions boil down to these nine basic fundamentals. Whether it is Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism or any other path, they all really boil down to just nine essential elements which are called Nav Kalamo. A listing of these with their English translations is provided at the end of this monograph. They are the essence of all religions and all they require for their observance is Bhaav. You don‟t have to practice them; they will come into being on their own. All you have to do is to resolve that these are good things to do and you promise that you will try and do them. That’s all that Dada expects you to do. After that, the science takes over completely. A mental resolution is the starting point of inner transformation. This is indeed one of the deepest psychological insights expressed very succinctly by Dada.

    So what happens as a consequence of this? You find yourself free from worries, you find it easier to get along with people; you find the experience of joy here and now and not wait to find it in some self enlightened state you may reach through meditation 25-30 years from now. You will experience peace here and now. Besides, this as Shaileshanandji very rightly mentioned does not involve any fasting, no penances, no denials, no observing of religious days and no sacrifices. Even then it is possible to live extremely happy as the external circumstances now stop affecting you. In fact friends, I had a bypass operation, I have more health restrictions on my food than from following Dada Bhagwan on religious count. There are no restrictions, it is the right understanding that leads you to the final truth to liberate you and also gives you joy here and now.

    Good deeds and bad deeds both bind you to the next life because both are binding in nature. One gives you peace and happiness in a future life and the other gives you pain and suffering. But you have to suffer through both of these. So the path to liberation is necessarily different from the path of doing good or doing bad. Liberation means a cessation, a stopping of the cycle of birth and death. That is liberation. Good and bad deeds are not enough. What you need to do is pure deeds. What is a pure deed? Pure deed is one where there is no Rag or Dwesh at the time when you are actually performing various acts; both your inner activities and your external activities. Now in the Kramik marg, it takes a very long time to reach this level of purity, especially in these fractured times where as was explained earlier: what you think, you cannot speak, and what you speak you cannot put it into practice. In the present times, the traditional Kramik Marg will not work for any one of us. The path to gradual purity with penances, an unshakable resolute will power, was not going to work for us in these very difficult times and therefore Dadaji believed that for this time and period, Akram Marg is ideal. It is through first internal purification that external purification follows later. Therefore the whole science is a reversal from the Kramic marg which is a step by step external purification process progressing gradually, internally while Akram which is an out of step purification and therefore is a truly unique science.

    The last point for me is that this thing really works for you; there is no point just talking and discussing and arguing when you see the results; when you know it really works every other argument is futile. A proper acceptance of this science really changes your life and it works by itself inside of you. It is really a remarkable experience if you just follow the practices and do what Dada has asked us to do; you too can experience the difference. It is really remarkable. It brings in change for everyone irrespective of one’s own state of personal religious dispositions and status of evolution of scriptural knowledge.

    So this is my transformation experience.

     Role of beliefs in shaping happiness

    Sir, what is your concept of happiness? Normally all of us have needs, wants that define our happiness. What do we do? We chase external situation and circumstances to achieve the inner conception in our mind of what constitutes happiness. It is all here in the mind which defines our perceived needs. Sometimes these are functional needs. Very often these needs are beyond our functional requirements. What is the difference between a Maruti and Mercedes? Both are functional. Therefore the nature of this differential demand is something else. It is not the need to go from place A to place B. The demand is that people must admire your choice! The demand is there and what had created that demand?

    If you analyze your life, you will find you are attached to your car, your office, your job and to your own way of doing things. We are all creatures of habits. One day my daughter came and slept on my side of my bed. My wife sleeps on the right side. I sleep on the left side. My daughter came and slept where I generally sleep. So, I slept on the other side. When I got up in the morning I felt disoriented. Then I realized how much are we the creatures of habit that even if I sleep on another side in the same room on the same bed I feel it is not correct. This is our nature. This is our condition whether it is music or colors. We are very much attached to praise. Similarly, whether it is music, smell, color, touch, food - all these senses have got attachments. You change it and you will say, "No this is not nice". Similarly you have aversions- you don’t like things. For example nobody likes reptiles, snakes, lizards, why? They are also forms of life but almost nobody likes them. If you take karela (bitter melon) 50% will say I like karela and 50% say I don’t. You have aversions for hideous looking people, you are averse to people who are lepers. I found that when I was in Africa, a unique thing happened to me. I found a lot of faiths and beliefs which were exactly the opposite of my existing beliefs and yet they were happy! So, I questioned, what is so sacrosanct about my own beliefs? I give you a concrete example: In Nigeria people celebrate death. In India people cry, express grief and suffer when people die. In earlier days in India there was a system of rudali where women were actually called to cry in large gathering so that everybody used to join them and cry together. This was our culture and heritage and our system. In Nigeria they served wine, they gave a feast and I found in a community in which I setup a factory, they were celebrating death not necessarily of old people, but also young untimely deaths, accidental deaths. So I went and asked the people there because some were aborigines. They were not following any traditional rituals, neither Christianity nor Islam. They explained that death for them is a reunion with nature; we come from nature and we go back to nature. In Christianity too it is said “from dust were you born to dust you shall be‟. It’s the same concept but Christians do not celebrate death. So I realize that foundation of all belief is relative. What is good for me may not be good for you. One man’s food can be another’s poison and vice versa. Therefore I saw the role of belief in why we do things and how do these shape our happiness. I began to see my own belief structure very closely only to realize that there was nothing sacred about many of my beliefs. It was possible to believe something else and be equally responsible and equally happy.

    Another thing that happens after this Gnan is the greatly improved ability to see one’s own faults easily. This is a very big thing in life. Uttambhai is a very successful businessman, makes profit, and people give him flowers. He reports huge surpluses in the balance sheet and profit & loss statement and increases the dividend for share holders. Next year there is a slowdown in America because of some foolish bankers. 2008-09 was a bad year and in 2009-10 lot of business was lost in India and people experienced losses. So what does a person say? “America is a country who destroyed the world economy and therefore I incurred a loss.” If external circumstances can destroy your profit isn’t it logical to understand and appreciate that it was external circumstances that helped you make a profit earlier as well, isn’t it? At that time the businessman takes all the credit for himself. How illogical is our thought process by assuming the role of the doer? When things go bad we say I am not the cause, I am not the doer, I did not desire that this would happen but it happened because of these peculiar circumstances. Dada says for good or bad things, both are circumstances. So, the science is not new but we use it when we fail but we do not use it when we are successful. Why this myopia? This is where the problem starts. If only we had the true knowledge it would make all of us fearless. Today‟s Dada‟s Mahatmas have become fearless. What are you afraid of in life? Think about it. Everybody has fears because of our relationships with our near and dear one‟s, our own health, even death and about what is likely to happen in the external world. We all have an idea of what constitutes a happy life. If I have children, car, everybody is happy, children are married. This is what any woman would expect in her married life. It can be more and it can be less. But when nature removes some of these elements, we feel unhappy. Why? Because your belief was that these conditions constitute our happiness. If children give happiness then will 100 children give you more happiness? Answer is No. If not, is it the children that are giving you happiness? In fact there is nothing intrinsic about happiness. Too much of anything does not lead to more happiness, it leads to unhappiness. So where is happiness? Happiness is in the mind. Happiness is defined and shaped on the basis of our relative beliefs and today we do not question our beliefs. We pursue them vigorously. Dada questioned his own beliefs right from the beginning and his whole life-history is a series of questions and observation about challenging beliefs and discovering fundamental insights. Once you have this, nothing will affect you. I lost my mother on 12th August of this year, she was hospitalized. It was an ICU death and ever since I lost my father in the ICU I have felt an ICU death is like Bhishma Pitamah’s (great character from the epic Mahabharata) death. Pitamah slept on 100 arrows, these must have hurt him. Every patient who dies in an ICU has a minimum of 100 injections. There is no difference between the death of a Bhishma Pitamah and a death in an ICU in an Indian hospital. They give medicines by the kilo! And yet when this happens you helplessly watch your own parents, grandparents, children go in front of your eyes. The knowledge of this science helps you to remain absolutely stable and steady. It is remarkable. It is something that I have experienced and I hope that you can experience too.

    One other thing that happens is your own Dharma evolves, the joy and fragrance of being comes out by itself. If someone insulted me earlier I used to sulk. I used to go into the corner I would not talk to that person like a child. Now it has stopped completely. I do not mind going and talking to that person again. I have less anger, I have less pride, my demands are less with the people I live with, I am easier to adjust, I seek less compliance from other side, I find it easier to adjust on my side. I have reduced expectation from everybody like the movie '3 Idiots' with a mental attitude that “All is well‟.

    What happened between my wife and I? Every time I use to eat daal in the house – I was afraid since I often used to get stones and usually I used to keep blaming her every time saying, “you know, the cleaning process is your responsibility, you have to do a better job”. Now if you can’t do your job you better learn or either get a cook or get somebody else and at least clean the daal twice but please make sure there are no stones in it. Once I broke my tooth and had actually to go to the doctor to get the broken one removed too. Then after the Gnan, I realized that ‘Bhogve Teni Bhool’. I am responsible for the stone that I am getting, not her. She is only the postman who is delivering the stone. Expectation of behavior between wife and husband are tremendous.

    I have seen men who want their wives to love them unconditionally like their own mother. But you have not married a mother, you married a wife! So, why are you expecting behavior that you have seen while growing up and want your wife to be just like that? Please question your expectations at a more fundamental level. You have chosen and signed in your last life that I want to marry this girl, now it’s your responsibility to make her happy. Ladies please don’t smile. It applies to ladies too! Friends, the bond between a husband and wife are one of the deepest Karmic bonds. It’s a much neglected area of attention in everybody’s family. It can bind you over many births. It is a very special relationship for those who seek liberation not only from your husband & wife but liberation from the very cycle of life and death. This relationship requires a maximum amount of attention because all others tend to go away over a period of time.

    What happens to children and I after the Gnan? Dada says: a farm is a place where all the crops are of the same type and that is what a father and mother want their children to be. They hardly give any scope for adjustment which actually allows children to blossom in their own personalities. We want to make them a reflection of our own identity. 'Why this need? From where does this belief come? It’s your experience and you are transferring it to him but he is not you! So Dada said, “Every family is a garden of different flowers, each one is different. Enjoy the fragrance. Let each one blossom in your family”. Don’t crush and try to make a rose into a lotus, it will never happen. What happens after the Gnan in terms of transformation in your business? First, I experienced that my ability to work in a team improved tremendously. Secondly, I understood that IPR is not Intellectual property regime, it is Inter-Personal Relationship. There is a great improvement when you deal with others. Even the sweeper in my office once came and told me that I have become a better person. I think that is the biggest compliment to me, for him, to have taken the courage to tell me is itself a big achievement in term of my real transformation. My relationship with my customers, with my suppliers improved. I started paying people on time, I started enjoying better co-operation and somehow I experienced certain amount of togetherness. Our friend from Ramakrishna Math calls this Abhed Bhaav. To me he was no more only my supplier he was also a Suddhatma (pure soul) discharging his Karma with me, with my body self and therefore what was actually happening? What is this game? The game is not to blame each other or harass each other. The objective now is to finish the game together, so that all of us are successful. When you play chess what do you play for? You play to win, isn’t it? Therefore you need all the pieces to come and help you to win the game. Then why should I lose an important element of my successful plan of winning the game of life to achieve liberation by scolding my suppliers and by making other people suffer? Those who feel aggrieved and are out of the game will call me back into the game because I have not finished the game with them. In my own self enlightened interest I need to adjust for myself. Salvation does not lie in improving others. It lies in improving oneself.

    The last point is, after this Gnan, you become like an open person. You are able to live at a different tranquility level. This is my personal experience and this is something that Dr. P. C. Parikh has always been insisting that I should share aloud. Sometimes I spend one hour a day with myself, alone doing nothing- enjoying Ekant (solitude).  I would strongly urge you friends to do this systematically because it has worked for me. May be it will also work for you. Ekant means solitude and in the process of solitude you are actually very fast, speedily dissolving essential elements of the very difficult aspects of your personality because during this period of one hour - Drasti Drasta pe rakhta hun and it’s a fantastic experience. Every morning I see various situations closely coming into my life and my body self reacting to them based on Sunil’s likes, dislikes, expectations and beliefs. Sunil always hopes & strives that either this would happen or that would happen, and then I review it the next day whether it happened that way or not. I have been doing this for the last many many years and the experience is that I am now beginning to see the transient as transient and slowly slowly, there is an emergence of the permanence that starts taking place inside of you. These are mere words but if you want to experience them, then please go through the process.

    Spiritual progress constitutes an unfurling of inner joy and you become steady and steady and steady. There is only joy and being an observer of all that has happened. Mind you friends, when I saw my mother die there was a part of me that was suffering but I was able to see the sufferer as different from the one who is knower of the sufferer. The knower has no pain. The seer has no pain but it is a sufferer who suffers and I am not the sufferer. I am the knower and seer. This instilled inside you in a manner that no words can do, can only happen in the presence of a Gnani Purush. And when you actually start experiencing this, is when stability comes. This is the birth of eternity in you, the perpetual, it is this birth that takes place in watching the transient. I have understood death much better. I can almost say with confidence that I think, I know what death will be and therefore it is as if I, with renewed confidence, enter life once again to do whatever is required of me, to fulfill all the obligations that I have been born into. By seeing Raag, Dwesh, aversions closely, these begin to soften and slowly slowly all the things that you like and dislike, they start falling behind you and you reach a stage where things even physically start affecting you less.

    At a spiritual level you are already removed from this bondage of suffering during the Gnan Vidhi but even at the physical level the amount of impact that life, death, accidents, good news, bad news and praise all the things that affected you strongly, now starts reducing and therefore the physical being, the Pratishthit Atma also becomes soft, pliable and manageable.

    Friends, there is a principle of homeostasis in life. When you fall sick, the body becomes warm. Why? Because it is coping with the mechanism to bring you back into normal living. When you become cold you start shivering, the reason is the body is attempting to bring you back to the normalcy of temperature. That is nature’s law. At a more fundamental level, when you transgress nature’s law then you have death and disease otherwise it is a question of permanence and living.

    Therefore friends, to conclude, this is a truth, a new view of life. It is the truth that sets you free of all the worries. That is doership or role of Scientific Circumstantial Evidences. It is the truth that gives you Joy here and now because I am Suddhatma, I am pure-consciousness, I am not the one who’s going through this experience of living this life. This leads to normal living.

    I wish you good luck as you progress to your journey towards happiness. Thank you very much.

    -Sunil R. Parekh

     A Speech delivered at a Half Day Seminar on “Akram Vignan–Holistic Science of Today” at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai on 15th. Oct 2011. The speech has been edited to suit an international audience.

     

    THE NINE ETERNALS

    Holistic Code of Conduct revealed by Dada Bhagwan:

    (I) O Dada Bhagwan/(O Lord /O supreme Self)! May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength as would restrain me from hurting, causing someone to hurt or supporting someone hurting even slightly the ego of any living being.

    May you bless me with such an inner strength in the philosophy of relative pluralism (syadvad) in speech, conduct and thinking as would restrain me from hurting even slightly, the ego of any living being?

    Explanation:

    A. Ego means „I am‟ that is to say „I am name bearer‟. Ego is very existence or life for all human beings. Only two things happen in interactive dealings, either Ego is boosted or hurt. No one can be happy by hurting anyone‟s ego. Whenever anyone‟s ego is hurt by our mind, speech or body we would have inner disturbance first. Moreover there would be reactionary behavior, echo or revengeful attitude from one whose ego is hurt. One who would not hurt anyone‟s ego anytime would straight away attain the ultimate blissful state. So this first kalam or code of conduct is of prime significance.

    B. „Syadvad’ means a vision, an all embracing approach that would take into account all different view-points (about any particular subject or fact) and does not hurt anybody‟s view-point – either religious or personal. It enables one to know by what angle it is correct and to what extent it is correct. And it also enables one to know the ultimate correctness. Everyone is correct by his/her own view-point and understanding, and there is some truth in each of the view-points. Only through ‘syadvad’ one can succeed in not hurting any one’s ego or view-point.

    In simpler words one asks for inner strength of balanced thinking, speech or act.

    (II) O Lord/ (O Supreme Self/ O Dada Bhagwan)! May you bless me with infinite inner strength so as not to hurt, nor cause someone to hurt, nor support anyone hurting even to the slightest extent, the foundation or view-point of any religion.

    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.

    Explanation:

    As per vitrag science, there are several (/fourteen lac) layers of human beings depending on belief planes and inner development. All have different developments. Like from K.G.to College and University degree there are standards in spiritual development too. And according to the standard the person will get along with a particular religion or preacher. So all religions are correct but may not be the same!

    (III) O Lord/ (O Supreme Self/ O Dada Bhagwan)! 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.

    Explanation:

    In true sense any monk, nun, preacher or religious head tries to show some light to mankind. Uttering untrue adverse things means to misrepresent or tell which is not there.

    (IV) O Lord/ (O Supreme Self/ O Dada Bhagwan)! May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength as would not make me dislike or hate any living being to the slightest extent, nor cause anyone nor support anyone doing so?

    Explanation:

    When we hate or dislike anyone, we see the packing and don‟t see the material (pure self) inside. Moreover it reflects back on our own self.

    Indifference that is disregard with a dislike and hatred or contempt are two main faults one may have towards any living being. One who can get rid of these two would attain very high state of being.

    (V) O Lord/ (O Supreme Self/ O Dada Bhagwan)! May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength as would restrain me from speaking, causing someone to speak or supporting someone speaking harsh, hurtful language or language of rivalry to anyone.

    Give me inner strength to speak soft, sober, soothing language even if someone is speaking harsh, hurtful, egoistic or biting language.

    Explanation:

    In present times most of the bondages are due to language or speech only. Speech is such that it hurts others, pierces through heart or may lead to rivalry and revengeful attitude. Words can lead to wars and words can also resolve wars. One should have a continuous bhavna, decision and ardent

    desire as to how speech can be improved, how it can become sweet, sober and soothing, making others happy.

    (VI) O Lord/ (O Supreme Self/ O Dada Bhagwan)! May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength as would restrain me having faults, desires, gestures or thoughts of sensuality or passion towards any gender-male, female or neuter.

    Give me the supreme strength to be free of sensual or passionate attitudes or perversions forever.

    Explanation:

    1. Here focus is to abstain from carnal deeds or sensual/sexual misendeavours of all kinds by mind, speech, body both directly and indirectly. One has human right to get involved in sensual pleasures with one‟s own lawful partner or spouse. But any thought, act or even a passionate stare towards anyone else is a serious fault. Everyone lawfully belongs to someone. Today it forms a major weakness or a major binding factor .so one should be aware.

    2. Sensual pleasures have been considered to be the best in the world. But really speaking, the happiness of pure soul surpasses all the sensual pleasures. Desire for sensual pleasures is one of the principal causes of bondage to humans. Yet the vitrag do not object when it is in normality and with your lawful partner to whom you are married.

    To keep ourselves pure, it is utmost necessary to pray daily for such strength and it is especially pertinent in present time.

     (VII) O Lord/ (O Supreme Self/ O Dada Bhagwan)! 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.

    Explanation:

    It is said that all six tastes are necessary to maintain health. (They are bitter, chilly, sour, salty, and sweet?) Imbalance, i.e. excess of one or absence of the other may affect harmony. So it is advisable to take all the six tastes in proper proportions.

     (VIII) O Lord/ (O Supreme Self/ O Dada Bhagwan)! 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.

    Explanation:

    Doing any such thing towards anyone is going to affect the self first.

    (IX) O Lord/ (O Supreme Self/ O Dada Bhagwan)! 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?

    Explanation:

    Our own welfare is automatically included in our wishing for the welfare of the world.

    This much is to be asked from Dada Bhagwan who is our own real self or from one in whom you believe. This is not a matter just to be read daily, (this should not slip into a daily routine of  

    recital) but it has to born within and has to be from bottom of one‟s heart. This has to be prayed or wished everyday with attentive alertness in day to day living. In this code of conduct is the essence or epitome of all scriptures.

  • Man - the Guest of Nature

    by Amit Patel | Nov 03, 2013
    Man, Dada Bhagwan (Holistic Scientist A. M. Patel) says, is the guest of nature. Nothing is left lacking or wanting in the hospitality of nature that plays the role of an adequate and amazing host by providing us lodging and boarding and all facilities for happiness and development. But man has ceased being an ideal guest by violating the laws of nature, acting as a wanton child. As a result, he has to strive and suffer and face many problems. He gets imprisoned in his own physical jail.

    In fact, nature is merciful. It is supplier, purifier and preserver. Think of the amount of the bill per capita for oxygen cylinders, if trees were not to decompose carbon dioxide and retain carbon for starch - making chlorophyll and release oxygen for man's survival. Or think of the evaporation in the seas and oceans, forming clouds and showering pure water in the rain-fall. The list can be extended for nature's continuous, all-round activity of preservation and protection. But man has been exploiting the natural resources in reckless and ruthless ways, breaking the equilibrium of nature, resulting in 'black hole', 'global warming', 'paucity' of human requirements and calamities. The whole economy thrives on unimaginable wastage. For example : A tree is cut in stead of plucking the fruit or still better gathering the ripe fruits fallen on the ground. Our left-off food is sufficient to satisfy millions of hungry bellies. Without being prompted by ego-centric intelligence and arrogance, we ought to stay as wise, decent guests of nature.

    We capriciously create dangerous disturbance and damage and then try to correct it by resorting to various measures like afforestation, recycling of plastic, paper and scraps, minimizing carbon foot-prints and gaining carbon points, herborganic food and attires, constructive utilization of atomic energy and nuclear power, eco-friendly houses and buildings, transforming of industrial waste and emission of toxic gases etc., etc.

    These external measures are welcome. This vigilant consciousness will dilute the gravity of the present, prevailing situation. It will slow down the criminal, non-ethical dissipation of natural resources.

    But most importantly, man is the pivot of the great global and cosmic happenings going on and nature is but the echo of his very, very subtle vibrations which get accumulated and exhibited on fructifying maturity of time. It is genetic engrams of violence and vengeance, mass hysteria of abhorrence, collective actions of atrocity through doing, approving and supporting it, rat-race of ego-propelled individuals and nations, martial moves for domination, etc. All this emits evil vibrations as a consequence whereof the punishment of nature comes in the form of natural calamities like earthquake, famine, flood, cyclone, Tsunami, epidemic etc. causing mass-massacre. There is no reciprocity, for man is wholly responsible for nature's catastrophic rage and menace And the inner avarice of hoarding, wasting, hostility, clinging to self-glorification, dog-in-the manger attitude, non-co-operative destructive propencities, the game of suppression and subjugation result in the breakage of beatific balance of nature.

    Man has been making exhaustive external efforts to bring back eco-equilibrium which, through his indiscriminate encroachment on nature today stands disturbed. Good ! This awareness is surely going to make him a welcome guest of nature. But what is needed is to ingrain in man the culture of amity and purity. His vision has to be holistic and peace-loving. His life and living has to be in tune with the universal sympathy of “Live and let live”. The inner subtle feeling spreads the invisible, effective waves all over the cosmos. They get reflected in nature.

    With a view to expressing our gratitude to our host, NATURE and living gracefully in its beauty and bounty, the following prayer, with changes in words, if any, as per one's heart's light and liking can be said to stand out on the earth-planet platform with the resounding notes of “वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्” ('Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam': The entire world is my family.)

    - Professor G. A. Shah