• The Science of Cause and Effect

    by Amit Patel | Jan 31, 2016

    A gentleman is an executive and he lives an honest and principled life. His wife torments him to do use unethical means to bring in more money. To appease his wife he decides to take bribes.

    Eventually, when the executive is offered a bribe in return for a favor, he gets cold feet and rejects the money. In this birth he is unable to take bribe because of his past belief that taking a bribe is immoral. Then he remembers what his wife had told him and makes a resolution that taking a bribe is alright. By making this resolution, he plants the seed for the next birth.

    A person accepting a bribe today had decided in the past that it is okay to take one. One day he realizes that taking bribe is unethical and makes a resolution not to accept bribes. In the next life he will be unable to accept a bribe.

    There is always tension in our lives based on past belief and present understanding. To do or not to do becomes a puzzle. The answer to this puzzle is to resolve “not to be immoral” and then attentively watch what happens in the future.

    What is the basis for one person taking a bribe and another not taking one? The basis is rooted in science. This is the science of cause and effect (result). One gets result from the cause or resolution that was made before. When a cause yields fruit the action occurs. Therefore it is very important that you make the right resolution (cause) so that you get the desired result.

    The person who takes bribes but who makes a resolution for the next life that he should not take bribes is on the right path. Another person who is not taking bribe but makes a resolution that he should take bribe is on the wrong path.

    -Excerpted from July 2015 Akram Vignan published by Jai Sachchidanand Sangh

  • Q&A with Holistic Scientist about Bondage and Liberation

    by Amit Patel | Jan 31, 2016

    Aspirant: Please explain what is moksha (Liberation)?

    Holistic Scientist: Why do you ask such a question? Right now are you in bondage (bandhan)? Do you realize that you are in bondage? Do you understand what bondage is? Do you experience dependence or helplessness (parvashata)?

    Aspirant: No, I don’t feel dependent.

    Holistic Scientist: If there is a cage and we lock a monkey in it. Then what will the monkey try to do?

    Aspirant: Try to be free.

    Holistic Scientist: Yes, he does not like to be in the cage. He wants freedom. He does not like the bondage of the cage. In the same way, you are also in bondage, but you have not realized it. When will you desire moksha? When you realize you are in many bondages, when you feel uneasy in many situations, you feel like you are in a cage, then you will desire to be free. When even a monkey does not like bondage, then how can we like it? Do you understand this?

    Aspirant: Yes, I understand.

    Holistic Scientist: If you go home late, do they rebuke you when you reach home? Do you like that?

    Aspirant: No.

    Holistic Scientist: That itself is bondage. That itself is dependence. So from within you will be afraid when you are late, is it not? When you commit an offence, then you will feel afraid of the authorities, would you not?

    Aspirant: Yes, I will be afraid.

    Holistic Scientist: All this is dependence and dependence itself is bondage. If you have a severe body ache, would you be able to go out? Would you not be forced to stay at home and suffer?

    Aspirant: Well, are we not dependent because of physical body (Prakruti)? 

    Holistic Scientist: Yes, we are dependent because of Prakruti, but are we not dependent because of all the family members? They will say, “It is seven in the morning and you still have not got up?” So, although you may be tired, but because someone says, “You still have not got up”, you will be forced to get up. Or else someone will say, “Please get up, tea is ready”, then even if you are not well, you still will have to get up, is it not?  

    Aspirant: Well, we have to adjust with everyone, is it not?

    Holistic Scientist: Yes, what else can we do? We have been born in this world with a mutual relationship, so we have to remain dependent. If we become independent, then nobody is required in this world!

    Aspirant: But when we realize that this world is like a dream…………

    Holistic Scientist: Even if it were like a dream, but as long as there is no bondage there is no problem. But this is sheer bondage. One feels dependent throughout that day, there is not any freedom whatsoever!

    If you are made to sit in this gathering (satsang) for two hours, without being allowed to go out and if you feel hungry, then what will you do? Then, does not hunger become a bondage, bondage of thirst, bondage of sleep, then the bondage of policeman if caught, wife’s bondage, children’s bondage, so many types of bondages?  If the hair has grown long and is not cut, then it irks in the mind, This is bondage. If the nails have grown and are not cut then it irks as bondage. However, for someone who is fond of growing nails it won't feel like bondage.   

    So now do you realize that you are bound? Do you realize that you are bound from so many sides?

    Aspirant: Yes, but earlier this bondage was not felt.  It is only now, when you have pointed it out, I have realized this.

    Holistic Scientist: Earlier you were not conscious at all. Today people are looking for religion but they do not know that they are in bondage. And I was experiencing this bondage right from the age of thirteen! When I heard that God would give me moksha, I said, “If God is going to give me moksha, then I do not want it!” If God gives me moksha, then he is my superior. And if there is a superior, then dependence persists.

    Therefore, the knowledge (Gyan) that is prevailing in the world, the knowledge that people are aware of, that knowledge is public prevalent (laukik). Everybody says that God has made this world, but if God has made this world, then he will continue to remain our superior forever and nobody can ever be free.

    The true meaning of moksha

    Aspirant: Then, please explain, when we can it be said that moksha has been attained?

    Holistic Scientist: Moksha means no one is our superior and no one is our subordinate. When nobody interferences with us it is moksha. No interference in our happiness that itself is moksha. We can feel that we have become free.

    We should become independent. For how long should we remain dependent like this? In this world, even a mosquito can interfere with you. What an awful dependence! Then again, to get a haircut we have to go to a barber. Don’t you feel that there is a need to be independent?

    Aspirant: There is no need to be independent, but the right understanding to be independent is needed; that’s what I believe.

    Holistic Scientist: Yes, only that understanding is required. If we have that understanding it is enough. Even if we cannot be independent, at least that understanding is required, is it not? Even if we have that understanding, it is more than enough. 

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    Excerpted from the book: “Who am I” by Jai Sachchidanand Sangh.

  • The real yearning to be free

    by Amit Patel | Jan 01, 2016

    Holistic Scientist: The one who desires to be bound won’t get the opportunities to be free and the one who desires to be free won’t get the opportunities to be bound. Does anyone really have the desire to be free?

    Aspirant: That is exactly what we are looking for. Everyone loves freedom.

    Holistic Scientist: No, nobody has really ever desired to be free! People have only liked the desire to be bound.

    Aspirant: Well, we want to be free. How can we be free?

    Holistic Scientist: No, not like that. One must have the real desire to be free.

    Aspirant: But such a question is asked only when one has got such a desire, isn’t it

    Holistic Scientist: No, everyone has got such fleeting desires. Everybody definitely desires to be free. Nobody likes bondage. Everyone definitely gets tired of it. But the real desire to be free means, one never forgets that desire for freedom. Only then one can be free. But don’t you forget it for some time? Do you go to sleep at night or not

    Aspirant: Well, one will definitely feel sleepy, won’t he?

    Holistic Scientist: Yes, but in spite of that, one who does not forget that desire to be free, can be free. However, one covers himself at night and goes to sleep and then forgets all about it! Then during the day, if someone tells you that, “You don’t have any sense,” then one not only forgets the desire to be free, but instead does things by which one gets bound! If someone tells you that, “You have spoiled our work,” then at that time won’t you forget the desire to be free and do something which will bind you?

    Aspirant: Then what should be done so that the desire to be free is not forgotten?

    Holistic Scientist: For that, one must know what is the real way of having the desire to be free. Otherwise, just by talking like this, nothing can happen. All these sadhus (monks), acharyas (spiritual teachers) are struggling just to be free, aren’t they? And since so many life cycles they have been doing the same jap, tap, tyag (chanting, penance, renouncing) but still nothing has happened. Without a method, nothing can happen. A right method is required.

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    Excerpted from “Who am I”, Published by Jai Sachchidanand Sangh.

  • Holistic Vision and Understanding of Human Life and Living

    by Amit Patel | Jan 01, 2016

    Mankind has gone through great lengths to unleash the power of his mind to gain mastery over his environment.  The world is changing everyday replacing yesterday’s garb by a more brilliant and an unexpected one. The unlimited power of science and invention has positively changed our living standards. It appears as if our physical evolution is complete.  At the same time, the problems of today have become so complex that a superficial smattering of knowledge is inadequate to enable the layman to grasp them all, much less to discuss them. This fact has been exploited from time to time by the so called materialistic scientists and religious zealots by misrepresenting the truth and misleading the public.  Man’s moral evolution is far from over.  The time has come for all men and women of good heart and good intentions to become conscious of the part they can and must play if our life on this planet is to endure the internal and external challenges that confront us today. Everybody shares a responsibility for the future.  This can materialize into a constructive effort only if people realize the full meaning of their lives, the significance of their endeavors and their struggles, the faith in the Divine potential within us, and the bond that binds us together as one human. In short our aim in life should be humanistic, first and last.  We should use our innate abilities which are virtually limitless, and yet ignored, for a higher purpose than our physical and social requirements.  To achieve this we have to turn inward and know the truth of ourselves and our responsibilities as humans. 

    Holistic living is life based on moral and spiritual foundations in which all four aspects of human life---physical, social, moral and spiritual are integrated in a harmonious way and given due importance. The Indian tradition of Purusharthas (values) and Sanathana Dharma offer an integral approach to the complex problems of life.  Kama and Artha, the two purusharthas taken together fulfils the physical and social needs of man. Dharma provides the moral and ethical framework for the pursuit of Kama and Artha (our desires) and the final pinnacle of the purusharthas is Moksha were we transcend the embodied life and experience our innermost self as pure consciousness. 

    Sanathana Dharma’ is the universal dharma that is holistic and all inclusive.  It is one of the ancient concepts known to humanity dating back to the 3800BC.  It’s positive, life affirming principles are as relevant today as it was then and the word Sanathana itself denotes that which is eternal.   Everything in existence has a dharma, an inherent essential attribute. Like wetness and water, heat and fire, time and progressing/aging.  Dharma is the Eternal Natural Way that sustains the entire universe. It calls for tolerance, coexistence, and harmonious living with one another and Nature. The underlying philosophy is God is all pervading and is in each and every living being.  Behind the names and forms there is universal life with only a difference in the degree of manifestation.

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    Vitrag Vignan' or Holistic Inner Science revealed in the present time by DADA Bhagwan is the science of one’s own life and living. It covers the entire spectrum of human life from the Pure Soul, which is our innate nature or REAL identity and the RELATIVE functioning aspect of our existence in mind-body-speech, name, form and relationships with each other and the external world. The natural laws as it relates specially to human beings in the present times and circumstances are explained in simple language with real life examples. If understood properly and practiced under the guidance of those who have been blessed with this knowledge by Pujya Dada Bhagwan we can restore our lost link with Nature and the natural laws that govern human life which are very much relevant and needed in the present time.  The aim of this presentation is to introduce this science as revealed by Dada Bhagwan which goes by the name 'Akram Vignan’ or the Stepless Path to Liberation.  A detailed exposition of the science is beyond the scope of this presentation.  Only excerpts from Pujya Dadaji’s satsangs and aphorisms of Dada Bhagwan that can be applied in our daily living are presented here.

    Our perceptions of Reality, Creation, God, world and our own identity are ALL based on beliefs.  We never see the world exactly as it is but only through our filtered screen which constantly projects our likes and dislikes, preferences and opinions.  To quote David Bohn, the renowned theoretical physicist:

    “Reality is what we take to be true.  What we take to be true is what we believe.  What we believe is based on perception. What we perceive depends on what we think.  What we think depends on what we perceive.  What we perceive depends on what we believe.  What we believe determines what we take to be true.  What we take to be true is our Reality".

    We often wonder “who created this world, why are we here, what should be the purpose of life? Neither science nor religion has been able to provide convincing answers so far since the debates and discussions are still going on.  Science is not interested in motive finding but only facts that are consistent with reason that can be correlated into laws.  On the other hand true religion should be able to provide answers and give guidance that even a common man can understand and get the benefit of living with that light. Its main purpose is to help us live creatively, peacefully and even joyously with realities that are beyond our comprehension.

    This is the vicious cycle from which we aspire to get released if at all possible in this lifetime. Embodied life is no way to live said Adi Shankara thousand years ago. That being the case what is the way out in the present time? 

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    Akram Vignan'or 'Holistic Inner Science' offers  the opportunity for true seekers to get released from this cycle.  It is a unique system which starts with self-realization through grace and continues with awareness and inward focus of knowing and seeing all that is happening within and without. We get a clear vision that we are not the doer by real viewpoint but only the knower and perceiver of passing events.  The crux of 'AkramVignan', which I am experiencing, is that by the grace of the gnani the covering veils obstructing our pure vision and knowledge are burst open during the initiation and after that we begin to realize our pure self by experience of its bliss. “I“ the Pure self is separated from My, that is, the mind, speech, body, name and name belonging attachments and all karmic bonds.  Subsequently, egoism and basic attachment goes away from within.  In other words, wrong beliefs of ownership   and doer ship egoism are fractured. This is by way of inner understanding   resulting from initiation. Five simple precepts  are given after the initiation by the Gnani to be followed:(1) Real  “I”  within us is  the knower and seer  (2) Relative  includes me, mine, others and  all  internal and external events (3) Vyvasthith Shakthi or Scientific Circumstantial Evidence is the responsible agent  for all happenings ; (4) All  dealings with others and the outside world are to be disposed of amicably with equanimity; (5)Prayers to the Pure Soul given during the time of initiation. From then onwards the 'Pragnashakthi' (Enlightened vision) within takes over and navigates our life.

    It is not a religion in the traditional sense nor does it call for outward discipline or rituals. The science dates back several thousand years to Lord Rishaba Dev who first initiated his son King Baharat who was eager to renounce the kingdom for the sake of liberation. It has come back to us in the present time as a gift of Mother Nature through Dada Bhagwan who had the experience of the Pure Soul in 1956 in Surat, Gujarat while sitting on a bench in the crowded railway station.  The experience he had is summarized in his own words:

    "I know how the world is created and  is being governed.  God is the creator as proclaimed in the religious scriptures is correct from their viewpoint but not by fact.   The fact is, it is only Scientific Circumstantial Evidences.  God is present in every creature whether visible or invisible but not in man- made creation. The Pure soul within each and every living being is God and God is pure knowledge, pure vision, and pure love." After enlightenment, his aim was to give this knowledge (Akram Vignyan) to the common man regardless of race, religion, background. Presently, Pujya Kannudadaji who is himself a Self-Realized Soul is giving this knowledge and is the founder of the Vitrag Vignan Charitable Research foundation (VVCRF) in Surat, India and the Holistic Charitable Research Foundation, USA.

    Years of personal experience and centuries of cultivated learning have taught us the habit of “holding on”.  We hold on to our values, our beliefs, our preferences, our opinions and our relationships that we find it difficult to let go or get free of when circumstances warrant it. The secret of Akram Vignan is we remain as knower and perceiver and hence free of all these.  It is not a passive inaction but a dynamic acceptance of the fact that the world goes on its own accord and no independent power can interfere in its operation. This is the unique contribution of DADA Bhagwan in the present time. It is scientific because it is a cause-effect (Karma and Karma Phal) phenomenon and the events are not random but exact and subject to time (kal), place (kshetra) instrument (nimitha) and external factors.  What we project comes back to us through this self-regulatory power.  It is akin to filling and emptying of a vessel where filling is in our control (our projections) and emptying is in the hands of Vyvasthith.  This is precisely how the universe operates including human life according to DADA Bhagwan.  Once filling has occurred it has to be emptied and that is in Nature’s hand. Letting go is not external renunciation but an internal transformation.   We draw a clear demarcation of what is in our control (Real) and what is outside (Relative).  Through understanding and acceptance of events as natural circumstances (avastha) and remaining centered as a witness-- Knower-Perceiver we develop the inner vision (drishti) and understanding that we are all instruments only and not the doers.   We have been put here to settle our accounts from previous births and once that is over we leave and come back to settle what we incur in the present life.  The cycle repeats itself until we ourselves realize and resolve (Nischay) in our life time that this cycle has to come to an end.  Once we decide to end the cycle, we should make every effort   NOT TO CREATE ANY MORE ACCOUNTS   and abandon the notion of Doership (Kartha Bhav) once and for all internally despite being engaged in our worldly life.  This is the direct, stepless path of Akram Vignan.  An example from the life of Lord Buddha reveals that this philosophy was practiced by the Lord himself. Once a person abused Lord Buddha and his disciple was surprised at Buddha’s silence.  When asked why he did not respond or react, the Lord’s answer was that he had no intention of opening new accounts. 

    Acceptance without fault finding is Vitrag Drishti.   Seeing the world faultless and settling all accounts amicably, one can free oneself from the clutches of Karma (cause) and Karma phal (effect) and attain liberation.  It is not an overnight transformation but is the path exemplified in the Life of the twenty four Thirthankars and the Spiritual Masters from all faiths.   It has its rewards even in our present mundane life because it is a sure and safe way to lead a life free of clashes and conflicts.  What is needed is constant vigil or Awareness (Jagruthi) that tells us what is in our best interest while engaging in any type of activity.  It is beyond consciousness and is always within us (Pure Soul). We have to “turn it on” and “keep it on” all the time. Only then can we have the correct understanding of the situation and actions performed under the direct light of the soul help to recognize our own mistakes and shortcomings.  In the beginning it may appear as if we are not making progress but gradually it becomes part of our nature to turn inward in every situation. We let the natural forces take over and let the results of the past actions run its course.  The strength of the Oak tree is in the seed and it is the seed (cause) that we have to be vigilant about in this life.

    Dada Bhagwan gave the simple visions for happy, harmonious daily living and a stepless path to liberation.  He never asked for forcible change of behavior but always imparted correct understanding (samaj) that will result in the change of behavior.

    Aphorisms – Dada Bhagwan has given us several sutras that are short and precise words of wisdom that are very effective in our spiritual progress and in our daily life.  They are in Gujarathi and some of them have been translated to English.    A selected few is provided here

    Liberation is perfect freedom—no boss to command and no subordinates to follow

    There are only two things that exist in this world—Atma (Soul) which is permanent and unchanging and Avastha (circumstances) which is always changing. Losing oneself in circumstances is worldly life and remaining as knower-perceiver of all circumstances elevates one to Godhood.

    True purusharth is when the soul remains as knower-perceiver. All other purusharths are egocentric.

    One should constantly be aware of what is good in one’s own self-interest.

    The world is our own projection.  What we see, feel, hear, give and receive is our own echo.

    Acceptance of everything that happens as just and correct is holistic inner vision

    Self- inquiry is the easiest of all practices for liberation.  It seems difficult because we have lost touch with it and become strangers to our self.

    To free yourself from the clutches of worldly life it is wise to resolve and settle issues without sticking on to the perceived loss.

    Everybody should have principles in life and yet be adjusting to circumstances.

    One should not insist on one’s viewpoint or be rigid.  Rigidity breaks relationship and leaves unsettled accounts.

    In this world you will not be able to make eye contact with anyone without a past account.

    Intellect binds one to the worldly life.  It can never lead to liberation.

    Desire sprouts when things are destined to happen

    Natural speech is that which does not have a trace of ego.

    As long as one does not see one’s own faults one cannot progress spiritually

    What does seeing one’s own fault mean?? That it is never repeated

    There is no one in this world that knowingly or independently can do anything on his own all the way up to final liberation.

    - Dr.Radha P Krishnan  
    President, Holistic Science Charitable Research Foundation
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.

  • What is Holistic Inner Science?

    by Amit Patel | Nov 30, 2015

    Scientific progress has gifted us with abundance of comforts and luxuries. We feel that we have made quantum leaps in our understanding of the universe through the advances in information technology, communication, nano technology, stem cells, genetics and neutrino or God particles.

    However, a thorough introspection using the following questions leaves us with less than satisfactory answers about the quality of our life.

    Am I having a happy, harmonious and meaningful living?

    Is my life balanced and wholesome?

    Do I have inner unrest, dis-adjustments, clashes, stress, tension, and fear?

    Do I have difficulty in adjusting with family members and colleagues at work?

    Do things bother me and do I suppress my feelings?

    Do I know the purpose of life?

    Do I effectively manage myself in all situations?

    What is under my realm (control) and what is not?

    Do I know the answer to ‘who am I’?

    This is where Holistic Science comes to our rescue. Holistic Inner Science is the science or correct understanding of our own life, inner and outer happenings along with natural laws and natural regulatory system. It provides visions or correct understanding to enable us to live a happy, harmonious, meaningful, and balanced life in all aspects of our lives including personal, familial, professional, social, national and global. 

    Holistic Inner Science is unique in that it does not require rituals, external renunciation or hard penances. Instead, it emphasizes clear understanding of the world within. With correct understanding or right vision we can make the right decisions and projections that positively impact our inner happiness.

    We are driven by the relative inner self of mind, reflective consciousness, intellect, ego, opinions, beliefs and inner weakness like anger, pride, greed, deceit, attachments or aversions. Holistic Inner Science does not prescribe a forceful change of behavior to overcome our weaknesses. Instead, it helps us develop correct understanding of a given situation. As a result of this understanding, our inner opinions, decisions and projections change. This naturally results in a change of behavior without outside intervention.

    Holistic Inner Science can benefit one and all irrespective of caste, color, creed, faith, nationality or social economic status. Its ultimate goal is to help us lead a happy and rich inner and outer life.

  • Good and Bad

    by Amit Patel | Nov 30, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1.
    O Supreme Self/O Lord! May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength as would restrain me from hurting, causing someone to hurt or supporting someone hurting even slightly, the ego of any living being.
    •  May you bless me with such an inner strength in the philosophy   of relative pluralism (syadvad) in thinking, speech and conduct as would restrain me from hurting even slightly, the ego of any living being.
    2.  O Supreme Self/O Lord! May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength so as not to hurt, neither cause someone to hurt or support someone hurting even to the slightest extent, the foundation or view-point of any religion or faith?
    •             May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength in the philosophy of relative pluralism (syadvad) in speech, conduct and thinking as would restrain me from hurting any of religious view-points or beliefs? 
    3.  O Supreme Self/O Lord! May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength as would restrain me from uttering untrue adverse things, from offending or showing disregard (disrespect) to any preacher, monk, nun or a religious head.
     
    4.  O Supreme Self/O Lord! May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength as would not make me dislike or hate any living being to the slightest extent, neither cause anyone nor support anyone doing so. 

    5. 
    O Supreme Self/O Lord! May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength as would restrain me from speaking, causing someone to speak or supporting someone speaking harsh, hurtful language or language of rivalry to anyone.
    • Give me inner strength to speak soft, sober, soothing language even if someone speaks harsh, hurtful, egoistic or biting language.
    6.  O Supreme Self/O Lord! May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength as would restrain me having faults, desires, gestures or thoughts of perverted sensuality or passion towards any gender-male, female or neuter.
    • Give me the supreme strength so as to be free of sensual or passionate attitudes or perversions forever.
    7.  O Supreme Self/O Lord! May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength to control my excessive temptation towards any relish or taste of food.
    • Give me the strength to take food having balance of all tastes.
    8.  O Supreme Self/O Lord! May you bless me with such an infinite inner strength as would restrain me from uttering untrue adverse things, from offending or showing disregard towards any being-living or dead, in one’s presence or absence. 

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

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








  • Keeping the Delicate Balance between Our Inner and Outer World With Holistic Inner Science

    by Amit Patel | Oct 27, 2015

    We live in an extremely fast-moving, externally focused world where everything is about hunting and gathering more.  “More” seems to be the quest.  The quest for “more” has led to “more” anxiety, disease, stress and conflict!  So, in a world focused on Selfie pictures, fancy cars, shopping, luxurious trips and satisfying the desires of the senses on demand; it becomes a necessity to start discovering the world within.  The journey inward is a beautiful, exhilarating, rewarding and satisfying one provided we have a clear understanding of the purpose and method to maintain the delicate balance between our inner and outer world.

    In a world where electronics and machines have become rampant to the point that some generations live a “virtual” existence rather than connecting actively to the world around them; it becomes a conscious choice and effort to remain as a natural and normal human being.  The art of interpersonal communication skills has become an anomaly.  No wonder no matter the amount of luxuries, fancy cars or tasty food; many people feel empty inside!  The inner world has been sorely neglected, hence, cultivating lasting virtues such as humility, kindness, caring, sharing, compassion, peace and joy have been abandoned in the quest for “more”. 

    Understanding our inner world and our outer world involves playing roles in the outer world yet not becoming them.  As the forces of Mother Nature plant those delicate seeds that give rise to 
    the amazing human life, there is an intricately woven set of roles that  are a large part and parcel of that process for each and every individual as an micro ecosystem.  At the appropriate time and space the energies come together with matter and spontaneously give rise to those circumstances in which the roles must be played.

    Through the various phases of life, there can be myriad of roles one plays in the relative world.  They are to be played "dramatically" in order to be played "perfectly"!  Yet, there must be a genuine spontaneity in the playing of the roles that can only be accomplished with the essence of 
    being "dramatic".  Just as performers in a play must act as though they were truly that character, our roles as spouses, parents, children, professionals, teachers, guides and the list goes on must be played “dramatically” on the stage of the world.  We can only be truly “dramatic” when we are operating from the heart center.  The egos of all those surrounding those roles must be satisfied in order to get a passing grade from Mother Nature.   The greatest mysteries of life lay in paradoxes.  This is definitely one of them! 

    By practicing holistic inner science, one can become quite adept at this process. There is the relative world experienced through the mind-speech-body and  the senses that go with them; and there is the inner world that revolves around the eternal soul, heart and spirit involving developing virtues such as kindness, humility, gratitude, caring, sharing, compassion and elevating our consciousness from within to gain a clearer understanding of ourselves and others.  They are two totally separate worlds.  The language, protocols, sounds, energies and experiences are distinctly separate.  They run parallel yet have little to do with the other besides the fact that neglecting either one will result in chaos in both!  So, by dramatically playing the "roles" with genuine spontaneity, we are able to still "actively" be engaged in the realm of the inner world; growing, experiencing, progressing, caring and sharing with spiritual cohorts, friends, guides, ancestors, and contemporaries.

    Depression is such an over-used buzz word, yet, what it really means is that the inner world is being neglected and needs careful attention in order to regain balance between the outer and inner world of the mind-speech-body experience.  Hence, the need to take priceless “time-out” for one’s inner world becomes a priority as opposed for the race for “more”.  We lose our inner peace, joy and well-being in general when the inner world gets neglected.  More often than not, in today’s world this is the case for most people.  When we seek the solution outwardly for something that needs tending to inwardly; we actually become more frustrated and go further into a depressed state of being. 

    The good news is that in today’s ever-evolving world; we have so many tools that can help us to take the journey inward and guide us along the way.  Yoga, meditation, journaling, understanding the chakras in the body, understanding our bodies, understanding the science of food consumption, understanding our own heart and what drives our behavior are critical to regaining a healthy balance in our lives.

    We can start by journaling and noting all the “triggers” to anxiety, stress and conflict in our lives. By noting down these “triggers” we are better able to understand ourselves and where there needs to be changes and/or more clarity in understanding.  Also, a gratitude journal will help us to know what works for us in helping us maintain a meaningful, harmonious, joyous life as well.

    If we never start, how can anything ever be accomplished?!  So, by valuing the gift of human enough to do this for ourselves is the first step to an exhilarating inner journey to a treasure chest of jewels waiting to be discovered within oneself!

    Shaila Bharat Mulji, Los Angeles, California

     

     

  • Holistic Science Perspective on Wealth

    by Amit Patel | Oct 27, 2015

    Finance is defined as the wealth of overall resources and assets available to one for attaining one’s goal or purpose of life. These resources include the mind, speech, body, health, skills, time, intellect, and vision of life. In the midst of finance, money should not be considered the goal of life but a tool to attaining one’s goal. By recognizing money as a tool, one can assess if the true purpose of this tool is being met.  The goal of life should be happy harmonious balanced daily living. Thus we should be questioning if money is bringing happiness to me and my family or is it a source of stress or clashes within myself and family members. If social life, family life, inner spiritual happiness, and one's health is all balanced, then the earning and spending are properly allocated in your life. 

    In today’s world, it is easy to drift into dishonesty with consumers/ employees/ stakeholders, maybe as you are trying to earn more profit.  During those times, self-introspection is necessary. Holistic science teaches that any happiness or unhappiness given to others first affects oneself.  That’s when you realize dishonesty is the best foolishness. As soon as you are dishonest, you get unrest and stress within yourself.  This principle drives you to consider your truest intentions in all your actions, thoughts, and speech.  If the true interest of others are at your heart and core of all your interactions, then money, name, fame, and credibility will come through nature as a byproduct. 

    Everything should be in normality as holistic science conveys that normality is the essence of life. One should define normality for their given age or phase of life and work towards a life that is balanced. In terms of spending, a part should be dedicated to one's basic necessities including loan repayments for education, one's mortgage and bills.  Another part should be reserved for long term and short term savings in a safe and secure setting such as property, gold or government bonds. The final part of one's earnings should be allocated towards others.  Holistic science shares that giving to others brings more fulfillment and rejuvenates positive energy in oneself rather than spending selfishly. Giving should not be limited to monetary means but also includes time, food, advice, and spreading positivity to others. There should be caution that money is not being wasted on things that, when looked at neutrally, bring lower living thoughts, bad habits, and unhealthy lifestyles.   

    Although honesty, integrity, sincerity, and ability do come into play with earning, the balance of meritorious and unmeritorious deeds in one's account may causes discrepancies between how much efforts are put in and the outcomes of these efforts. Competition and comparison leads to inability to enjoy what you have presently. Rather assess your financial state in terms of meeting the overall goal of happy harmonious daily living.

    -Summary by Avani Desai based on a Google Talk delivered by Holistic Science Expert Dr. Shailesh Mehta on the topic of wealth.

  • A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE OF HOLISTIC SCIENCE

    by Amit Patel | Oct 04, 2015

    It is the egoism that dies and it is egoism that is reborn. And Pure Soul is the Absolute Consciousness, Absolute Knowledge and Bliss.

    An Ego desirous of freedom from worldly sufferings and resultant cycles of birth and seeks purification through the path of Self-Realization. Holistic Science is an exception to the rule of nature for Self-Realization. It happens but-naturally and transcends the normal process of Self-Realization that is ancient to Indian history. More importantly, with the absence of Tirthankaras (the absolute living masters) over the past 2540 years, Holistic Science provides a real and variable alternative means for Self-Realization, when the normal paths of ritualistic doer-ship based on renunciation and penance have become dormant under the mighty influence of Kaliyuga. It is a time that appears cyclically during which, living beings as a whole and human beings in particular face dire circumstances at an ever increasing pace. The most evident feature of Kaliyuga is the de-synchronization of the unity of Mind, Speech and Body, which happens to be the most essential factors and a fundamental requirements for spiritual progress in any religion. A religion as a science is eternal and must manifest itself to its Real end at all times. In this context Holistic Science is a ‘Step-less’ path towards Self-Liberation.

    A true religion is an ultimate Science for which the end-result is permanent happiness. However, the Science remains dormant without a true living scientist. The Holistic Science of Vitrag Vignan was reveled through the fully Enlightened Soul Sri Ambala Muljibhai Patel (1908-1988), popularly known as ‘Dada Bhagwan’. He always said that what you are looking at is A.M. Patel and ‘Dada Bhagwan’ is the one who has manifested with. In the context of today’s time, Mr. A.M. Patel was the ‘Holistic Scientist’. This exceptionally unique Science enables one to remain completely detached even while administering to ones worldly responsibilities.

    Prior to A.M. Patel, this Science was revealed only once by Lord Rishabhdev (the First Tirthankara, also known as Adinath) to his son, King Bharat. The need for Holistic Science was unique to King Bharat. Even though King Bharat was the crown prince to the kingdom, yet he was desirous of complete liberation. While the remaining ninety-eight sons followed the normal process of undertaking sainthood to Nirvana, Lord Rishabhdev made the exception for King Bharat to follow Holistic Science without giving up kingdom and household – worldly life. Simply stated, by virtue of this Holistic Science, as a Science of exception enabled King Bharat to remain completely detached even while administering his worldly responsibilities and he attained Nirvana in the same life.

    In its true sense, Holistic Science is not a Religion. Rather, it is a direct path to Self-Realization resulting from the divine grace (Krupa) of a living Enlightened Person, An Aatma Gayni Purush (one who has experienced the state of total separation from his Body- hereafter used to represent the assembly of mind, speech and body). Such Self-Realization is Scientific because once initiated, it is perpetually self-active and definitely ends in absolute freedom – total independence. The aspirant is continuously guided by the inner divine light ‘Pragya’ that opens as the outcome of this Self-Realization.

    The basis of this Holistic Science is the clear line of demarcation between the attributes of the Pure Soul [Self] and the Body [Non-Self], which can only be drawn by a fully Enlightened Person.

    In today’s suffocating atmosphere and confounding environment, the nectar of Holistic Science flowed to quench the thirst of the compounding worthy and genuine spiritual aspirants. In order to regain that pristine harmony in human life and to revive the forgotten ideals of human unity and universal brotherhood amidst overt differences, it was necessary to emphasize and prove that man is not a mere physical entity, rather through Self-Realization he recognizes himself as a spiritual being whose ultimate goal is perfect and ever-lasting happiness in this life and thereafter also.

    For Sri Ambalal Patel, the revelation of the Absolute Truth and the unfolding of the Holistic Science happened in the month of July 1958 while sitting on a bench on platform no. 3 of the crowded Railway Station of Surat in Gujarat, India. In this historic moment, with the absolute manifestation of the Pure Soul in its infinite knowing and seeing power, the mysteries of the whole Universe lay bare before him; besides for Him, having known the secret Holistic Science of Nature as to how the world operates; what is life? What is death? How is one reborn? What is the purpose of human life? What is freedom? How can one attain Nirvana? Etc…the Ego of doer-ship was gone.  He declared that this experience encompasses a detailed answer to every possible question, query, puzzle and dilemma of life and living. This finally culminated into a very divine AIM of his life…

    “Presently, the light of pure and holistic science of human life is obscured. Today, I am the only fully enlightened person in Vitrag Vignan. I am ready to answer all relevant questions from anyone in the entire world. I am ready to answer and explain to the 6 billion people of this world; but one who is in quest of answers has to meet me.

    In fact, I am thinking to assemble one day the interested scientists of the entire world! Then I will reveal the real facts concerning questions such as:

    1. What is this composed of?
    2. What is mind?
    3. How does mind get born?
    4.  What is intelligence?
    5.  What is Pure Soul?
    6. How does the world operate?So this is a comprehensive science, which if it reaches people, it would be highly beneficial and helpful to them.

    If we are able to illuminate the path of those scientists, they would convert their knowledge in their lexicons, then it would be available to each and every person. It is my idea that this science has to be made available to everyone in every nook and corner of this world; everyone in the world has to feel happiness and peace. This is my intention, my idea and the thrust of my inner force.”

    From 1962 onwards, four years after the enlightenment in Surat, he dedicated the rest of his life to the spiritual uplifting of people everywhere through the same Holistic Science. During the course of time, he traveled all over the world with the goal of removing man’s ignorance about his true ‘Self’ identity i.e. Pure Soul (Shuddh-aatma) and for the fulfillment of his Divine aim. He wanted to share with them the ineffable joy of Self-Realization and the experience of Real Freedom in the lifetime. He explained that ignorance about one’s own true ‘Self’ identity was the root cause of puzzles, dilemma and suffering in life. His own life became a Public Trust with only one goal: The spiritual welfare of Mankind- with no strings attached (Jagatkalyan).

    Dada (as He was lovingly and popularly known) used to share his spiritual experience during his religious dialogues (satsangs) in the form of answers to questions being put by the people, relating to spiritual inquires as well as to the day-to-day problems of life. These people are the living testimony pf the depth, accuracy and appeal of Dada’s answers on all matters. The answers are unique and never to be found recorded in any of our traditional scriptures. However, they totally adhered to the fundamental principles of the Omniscience found in these scriptures. These very words have been tape-recorded, video shot and have been condensed in the form of tapes and printed Aptavnis (Accent of the Enlightened One). These are regarded as authentic words of the divine experience of the revealed knowledge.

    Dada departed from the body of Sri Ambalal on January 2
    nd, 1988. However tis path will continue as long as there is a Living Holistic Scientist, a fully Enlightened Self-Realized person. The state of Pure Self cannot be achieved by one’s own self-efforts but can only be graced by such an enlightened person. Sri Kanubhai Kantilal Patel (popularly known as HDH Sri Kanudadaji) is the present living Aatma Gyani Purush, lovingly known as ‘Kanudadaji’ who is now presenting this Holistic Science – Vitrag Vignan to the worthy aspirants of the world around.

    From the book – An Introduction to Holistic Science (Akram Vignan – Vitrag Vignan) as Revealed by Dada Bhagwan, published by Holistic Science Research Center, Kamrej, Surat, India.

     

  • Science of Food and Diet

    by Amit Patel | Oct 04, 2015

    There has been always questions as to why we eat, what we should eat, how much you should eat and importantly how should you eat. It has been said that what and how one eats food and water, it has effect on mind, body and speech. It is very interesting that water plays a big part in speech.

    How Much Should You Eat?
    Do we eat to live or live to eat? Since we eat to it is very important for to know the science of food since it has a bearing on how we be living. In fact, it is very important to understand what and how much one needs to eat. It is said that we should do everything in normality which also includes normality in food. This will vary from person to person since each one has own beliefs which guide in the execution of the tasks.

    Normality according to the Holistic Scientist is that since stomach is small one should eat  such that stomach after eating the stomach should have 50% food + 25%  water + 25% air.

    What should we eat?
    Holistic scientist says that we should be eating food that encompasses six tastes which are provided in the following table and their sources.

    Common Sources

    Fruit, natural sugars, milk products (butter and cream)

    Sour fruits, yogurt, fermented foods

    Natural salts, yogurt,  sour cream, pickles

    Dark leafy greens, bitter melon, herbs and spices

    Chili peppers, garlic, herbs and spices

    Beans, lentils, raw fruits and vegetables (broccoli, aspargus, herbs (turmeric,

    What Should you Eat?

    Taste

    Primary Actions

    Common Sources

    Sweet

    Builds tissues, calms nerves

    Fruit, natural sugars, milk products (butter and cream)

    Sour

    Cleanses tissues, increases absorption of minerals

    Sour fruits, yogurt, fermented foods

    Salty

    Improves taste to food, lubricates tissues, stimulates digestion

    Natural salts, yogurt,  sour cream, pickles

    Bitter

    Detoxifies and lightens tissues

    Dark leafy greens, bitter melon, herbs and spices

    Pungent

    Stimulates digestion and metabolism

    Chili peppers, garlic, herbs and spices

    Astringent

    Absorbs water, tightens tissues, dries fats

    Beans, lentils, raw fruits and vegetables (broccoli, aspargus, herbs (turmeric,

    Based on the science of molecules and ahimsa we should be eating one sense (Ek Indriya) products such as vegetables and grains.

    Ruchir Patel
    Director - Strategy and Performance Improvement, Chicago

  • Holistic Science Perspectives on Wealth

    by Amit Patel | Aug 26, 2015

    Finance is defined as the wealth of overall resources and assets available to one for attaining one’s goal or purpose of life. These resources include the mind, speech, body, health, skills, time, intellect, and vision of life. In the midst of finance, money should not be considered the goal of life but a tool to attaining one’s goal. By recognizing money as a tool, one can assess if the true purpose of this tool is being met.  The goal of life should be happy harmonious balanced daily living. Thus we should be questioning if money is bringing happiness to me and my family or is it a source of stress or clashes within myself and family members. If social life, family life, inner spiritual happiness, and one's health is all balanced, then the earning and spending are properly allocated in your life. 

    In today’s world, it is easy to drift into dishonesty with consumers/ employees/ stakeholders, maybe as you are trying to earn more profit.  During those times, self-introspection is necessary. Holistic science teaches that any happiness or unhappiness given to others first affects oneself.  That’s when you realize dishonesty is the best foolishness. As soon as you are dishonest, you get unrest and stress within yourself.  This principle drives you to consider your truest intentions in all your actions, thoughts, and speech.  If the true interest of others are at your heart and core of all your interactions, then money, name, fame, and credibility will come through nature as a byproduct. 

    Everything should be in normality as holistic science conveys that normality is the essence of life. One should define normality for their given age or phase of life and work towards a life that is balanced. In terms of spending, a part should be dedicated to one's basic necessities including loan repayments for education, one's mortgage and bills.  Another part should be reserved for long term and short term savings in a safe and secure setting such as property, gold or government bonds. The final part of one's earnings should be allocated towards others.  Holistic science shares that giving to others brings more fulfillment and rejuvenates positive energy in oneself rather than spending selfishly. Giving should not be limited to monetary means but also includes time, food, advice, and spreading positivity to others. There should be caution that money is not being wasted on things that, when looked at neutrally, bring lower living thoughts, bad habits, and unhealthy lifestyles.   

    Although honesty, integrity, sincerity, and ability do come into play with earning, the balance of meritorious and unmeritorious deeds in one's account may causes discrepancies between how much efforts are put in and the outcomes of these efforts. Competition and comparison leads to inability to enjoy what you have presently. Rather assess your financial state in terms of meeting the overall goal of happy harmonious daily living.

    -
    Avani Desai summarized the Holistic Science talk by Dr Shaileshanandji. The topic was Weath. Videos of Google Talks on a variety of Holistic Science topics can be found at https://www.youtube.com/user/HolisticInnerScience



     

  • Keeping the Delicate Balance between Our Inner and Outer World With Holistic Inner Science

    by Amit Patel | Aug 26, 2015

    We live in an extremely fast-moving, externally focused world where everything is about hunting and gathering more.  “More” seems to be the quest.  The quest for “more” has led to “more” anxiety, disease, stress and conflict!  So, in a world focused on Selfie pictures, fancy cars, shopping, luxurious trips and satisfying the desires of the senses on demand; it becomes a necessity to start discovering the world within.  The journey inward is a beautiful, exhilarating, rewarding and satisfying one provided we have a clear understanding of the purpose and method to maintain the delicate balance between our inner and outer world.

    In a world where electronics and machines have become rampant to the point that some generations live a “virtual” existence rather than connecting actively to the world around them; it becomes a conscious choice and effort to remain as a natural and normal human being.  The art of interpersonal communication skills has become an anomaly.  No wonder no matter the amount of luxuries, fancy cars or tasty food; many people feel empty inside!  The inner world has been sorely neglected, hence, cultivating lasting virtues such as humility, kindness, caring, sharing, compassion, peace and joy have been abandoned in the quest for “more”. 

    Understanding our inner world and our outer world involves playing roles in the outer world yet not becoming them.  As the forces of Mother Nature plant those delicate seeds that give rise to 
    the amazing human life, there is an intricately woven set of roles that  are a large part and parcel of that process for each and every individual as an micro eco-system.  At the appropriate time and space the energies come together with matter and spontaneously give rise to those circumstances in which the roles must be played.

    Through the various phases of life, there can be myriad of roles one plays in the relative world.  They are to be played "dramatically" in order to be played "perfectly"!  Yet, there must be a genuine spontaneity in the playing of the roles that can only be accomplished with the essence of 
    being "dramatic".  Just as performers in a play must act as though they were truly that character, our roles as spouses, parents, children, professionals, teachers, guides and the list goes on must be played “dramatically” on the stage of the world.  We can only be truly “dramatic” when we are operating from the heart center.  The egos of all those surrounding those roles must be satisfied in order to get a passing grade from Mother Nature.   The greatest mysteries of life lay in paradoxes.  This is definitely one of them! 

    By practicing holistic inner science, one can become quite adept at this process. There is the relative world experienced through the mind-speech-body and  the senses that go with them; and there is the inner world that revolves around the eternal soul, heart and spirit involving developing virtues such as kindness, humility, gratitude, caring, sharing, compassion and elevating our consciousness from within to gain a clearer understanding of ourselves and others.  They are two totally separate worlds.  The language, protocols, sounds, energies and experiences are distinctly separate.  They run parallel yet have little to do with the other besides the fact that neglecting either one will result in chaos in both!  So, by dramatically playing the "roles" with genuine spontaneity, we are able to still "actively" be engaged in the realm of the inner world; growing, experiencing, progressing, caring and sharing with spiritual cohorts, friends, guides, ancestors, and contemporaries.


    Depression is such an over-used buzz word, yet, what it really means is that the inner world is being neglected and needs careful attention in order to regain balance between the outer and inner world of the mind-speech-body experience.  Hence, the need to take priceless “time-out” for one’s inner world becomes a priority as opposed for the race for “more”.  We lose our inner peace, joy and well-being in general when the inner world gets neglected.  More often than not, in today’s world this is the case for most people.  When we seek the solution outwardly for something that needs tending to inwardly; we actually become more frustrated and go further into a depressed state of being. 

    The good news is that in today’s ever-evolving world; we have so many tools that can help us to take the journey inward and guide us along the way.  Yoga, meditation, journaling, understanding the chakras in the body, understanding our bodies, understanding the science of food consumption, understanding our own heart and what drives our behavior are critical to regaining a healthy balance in our lives.

    We can start by journaling and noting all the “triggers” to anxiety, stress and conflict in our lives. By noting down these “triggers” we are better able to understand ourselves and where there needs to be changes and/or more clarity in understanding.  Also, a gratitude journal will help us to know what works for us in helping us maintain a meaningful, harmonious, joyous life as well.

    If we never start, how can anything ever be accomplished?!  So, by valuing the gift of human enough to do this for ourselves is the first step to an exhilarating inner journey to a treasure chest of jewels waiting to be discovered within oneself!

    Namaste
    .  (i honor the same light in you that resides within us all)

    Shaila Bharat Mulji, Los Angeles, California

  • Human Excellence

    by Amit Patel | Jul 28, 2015

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

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

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

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

    - Dr. Radha Krishnan

  • Emergence of Man as Man: Oneness of Human Family

    by Amit Patel | Jul 28, 2015

    Einstein, a great scientist has propounded a famous E = M * C2. This equation was a result of his theory of relativity that has brought about a great revolution in terms of our perception of the beginning and functioning of this Universe.

    In this equation, E=Energy, M=Mass and C
    2 is the square of the speed of light. Light travels at a speed of 1,86,300 miles per  second. Therefore, C2   =  1,86,300 x1,86,300 miles. The equation means that whole mass and light are converted into energy.  The mass or the material does not perish but gets only   converted or transformed.  Our collective and cumulative wishes wear the subtle transformation.

    Though this theory falls into the realm of physics and matter, it is very much a base of Holistic Science that endeavors to explore the infinite energy of human mind lying dormant within. Holistic Science is a multi- dimensional approach that takes into consideration relative pluralism of the objects. Having analyzed and synthesized all prevalent view-points, Holistic Science comes up with a comprehensive and candid vision.

    The physical events are nothing but extension and expression of feelings accumulated and vibrations emitted at various occasions by a human mind. Therefore, the root of each event in our life is our own feelings and vibrations and there is nobody or nothing to blame for any of our misfortunes.

    The visible is the concretization of the invisible inner intent, feelings and vibrations. They get accumulated in cosmos and at a proper time appear in the form of visible events or happenings. They assume the pivotal role of 'Scientific Circumstantial Evidence.' So we don't have to harbor a grudge or grievance for the apparent happenings of things, as they are the results or effects of our previous projections. They can't be altered or amended.  But at the same time, if we nurse and nourish a healthy and harmonious thinking within, we will be greeted with the good, expected favorable outcome.

    However, our life can be saved of many misfortunes or ill feelings if our mind is watered and nourished   with  the   positive  and   compassionate feelings and vibrations. Holistic Science precisely becomes an instrument to water and nourish such thoughts in a human mind. It addresses the roots within and effects the outside events. Holistic Science is inclusive of all objects with their multi- dimensionality, thus   leaving no room for the incomplete perception to linger on.

    Holistic Science does not aim to cut down the venomous branches and leaves of the tree of hostility and vengeance. It rather targets to uproot the entire poisonous tree and plant a new one which will yield the fruits of purity and peace. In this age of stress and depression, this science comes to us as the only saving grace as it transmits the positive human vibrations into reality effortlessly. Holisticism starts from within and translates into a friendly favorable response from outside. It examines the object or happening from different angels and repudiates the rigidity of the partial perception.

    Holistic Science encourages human beings to nurture positive thoughts to live with equanimity. This enables us to get rid of all types of psychological accumulations unfolding the inhuman and inimical brooding within.

    Though all religions have come into being to uplift and satisfy the yearning of various types of people, the fundamental of all of them remains the same—to liberate man from suffering. This main task of liberation has been described in different dicta by different religions such as liberation, salvation, Nirvana, the Day of Judgment, the Kingdom of God, El Dorado, Arcadia, Olympus, etc.

    All the religions advocate to living a life that can be instrumental in achieving the final goal of liberation or ultimate desired destination. It is the only geographical, psychological and social differences that have given birth to different systems such as monotheism, polytheism, hedonism, iconoclasticism, etc. These all aim to protect man from pitfalls.

    Each faith is like a coin with two sides. One side relates to the mode of worship, spiritualism and ceremonies. The other side depicts the code of living. These two streams run parallel and in the code of living religious faiths plead for human values, mercy, etc. All religions emphasize positive virtues such as mercy, compassion, love, friendliness, peace and forgiveness. They do not advocate any negativity such as deception, violence, stealing, adultery, dishonesty, illicit use of others’ belongings, etc.

    The ultimate aim of human life is to be happy. The external differences among faiths are hereditary and rooted in geographical realm but deep within the structure of human body is his art, his abilities, his love for favorable things which are similar all over the world. The same medical science or engineering, the same computer science, the same artistic expression, the same admiration, the same modern technological presentation for human facilities – all this is universal and we can convert the external universality into oneness for humanity.

    Our external activities of mind, speech and body are but the tip of an iceberg—1/8
    th of the whole. In the same way, inward prompting is cause of all the externality. Moreover, our mind, speech and body are dependent upon some mysterious forces and we are not independent in the activities of our own mind, speech and body, e.g. however much we desire, we cannot stop the flood of evil thoughts or dreams. Willy-nilly, much against our resolve, we blurt out witlessly or burst into rage.

    A person with a decision not to speak anything untoward utters such words as may prove painful to the others. Sometimes, unexpected and undesired physical problems shoot out, so the visible world is happening beyond our control. Being assisted by favorable factors, we simply make a statement of our control over mind, speech and body. But the vigilant observation and analysis will bring out a fact that we are simply decoding the inner infrastructure which is genetically acquired. We ourselves place ourselves in the illusory state of independent performance.

    What is happening or what happens is the result or the outcome of our own accumulated or projected deeds but in order to have a better life we should learn the art of analyzing our inner functions and resolve not to step into the disagreeable or distressful support.

    In order to have a taste of freedom, we should remove two powerful impediments or passions. These are attachment and abhorrence which breed desire, anger, price, avarice and jealousy. These are our foes. They are universally harmful forces. One may belong to any religious faith, but if one tries to soar above attachment and abhorrence, he will feel the fragrance of his faith irrespective of his caste, creed, cult and country.

    Holistic Science has been admired and appreciated by almost all leaders and religious faiths. In the uninterrupted process of evolution, this science will bring progress and development. Today, the external sciences have brought the whole globe in our small cabin. Space ships explore the planets and galaxies. Biologically also medical science has done many amazing things. At this stage, I remember the words by Armstrong—the first one to put foot on the soil of the moon: “one small step for a man but a giant leap for mankind.” This giant leap pf mankind is with reference to the external aspects with time saving devices and safety, modes of communication, technological and aeronautic advances but the external progress has to be in tune with the inner progress which will blossom the virtues and merits of human values.

    If we can have a plunge into the fathomless firmament, if we can reach up to the Moon, Mars and Saturn, we can also have the evolution from an ordinary man tin to Superman. This inner giant leap will transform our planet into a paradise of peace and progress.

    God has given us beautiful eyes and brilliant brain for the pleasure of beholding the beautiful, auspicious and truth. We have to behold our own reflection in others. We should restrain from enacting those things which we could not like to have enacted upon us. Man is the sum total of all the conditionings and complexes which simply manifest the inner urges. If we are not in agreement or liking of such things, we may keep away from the repulsive person but we should not hold any prejudice or ill feeling for the other man. Our sympathetic attitude and living manner may bring about a change in him. Today’s repulsive person may be a highly reputable celebrity tomorrow. It is rightly said: “judge not lest ye be judged.” We do not have to judge the world with the measure stick of our likes and dislikes.

    We have to view the world as is and spread healthy vibrations. These vibrations will touch the inner core of the people and subtly bring out transformation of the society.

    Now time has come when we have to consider such ways and means as well as to lay the foundation of oneness of mankind. This has been longing in the heart of countless millions. Now that dream is within the reach of the world. For the first time in history, we can view the entire planet with its multi-dimensional diversified people from one perspective. Now the old stubborn clinging to or craze for the worn and customary pattern has to be replaced by a new culture bringing out world unity and peace.

    Our present century has been blessed with the amazing scientific and technological advances. These portend a great surge towards the social evolution and oneness of mankind. They will help a lot in the solution of practical problems. They will provide the balance in administration of the complex and demanding life style of the fast progressing world.

    Never before had we been at a better advantage as now for the realization for the vision of humanity and ‘one people’ and of the earth as a common homeland owing to amazing advances in electronics, technology, transportation and communication. The choice has be between human-thrust Deluge and Divine Dreamland of Delight. We have to wipe out the woeful witless misdeeds of the past and set afloat the sincere sentiments for the unifying vision. It is said, “Charity Begins at Home.” So beginning has to be made individually within- and the society, the nation, the religious communities – why, the entire world is garland of beads of individuals.

    Today world lives under the specter of war, the collapse of internal, economics, the spread of anarchism and terrorism and a lot of sufferings. This has made the social, economic and religious aspects to succumb to the pessimism but it is a convulsive gesture for the reconstruction – “The older order to change, yielding place to the New.”

    A link of spiritual luminaries have established a close relationship between humanity and ultimate reality. Holistic Science which respects all the religious faith is now the inevitable demand of the age. If the flame of the religious lamp is dimmed, chaos and confusion will prevail and the virtues of fairness, of justice, of peace and tranquility will stop glimmering and guiding mankind. Ad heavy responsibility rests on us. We should not let confusion and artificial barriers between faith and reason, science and humanity to eclipse our wisdom.

    The moral support and strength of goal-oriented ideologies and faith will play a pivotal and principal role in perfecting human existence on this planet. Nature which is a permanent pointer of human welfare has to be adhered to. It should not be exploited and our life should be natural and normal. The attempt to tame or to rule over nature has failed and this calls an effort to stay in harmony with nature. Fresh efforts are needed which should reform and revolutionize our feelings and thinking.

    The foundation of the world order should be on the unshakable consciousness of the oneness of mankind. This requires renouncing opinions and prejudice of the cult, class, color, creed, clime, country, caliber of the people. This is the first basic need for reorganization and cessation of the untoward adverse happenings of the earth.

    We do not have to destroy the diversity but extend and broaden the base that will accommodate all view-points, faiths and ideologies in the ever-changing world. This is what Holistic Science aims at. There is neither ignorance nor suppression of the diversity of ethnic origin of climate, of language and tradition, of thought and habits. All these will become the ornamentation in the Beauty Parlous of Holistic Science. There will be a world without economical barriers and interdependence of capital and labor.

    A universal constructive approach for the menacing problem, the end of bigotry and strife, racial animosity and intolerance can be put aside proclaiming: “Live and let live.” These momentous movements need inner strength, pure motive and love for mankind, spiritual and moral values. This will be an era of optimism, removing the fear of nuclear holocausts. It will foster internal cooperation and peace. The unification of all the people in the world is a must.

    The unity of mankind is the goal towards which the ailing humanity is struggling for. This is a crux of the maturity of the species called Man. It will carry forward the ever-advancing civilization. It will enhance human dignity, trust worthiness, forbearance, mercy, love and compassion. Let us all sing a lullaby of love for mankind with growing baby of new generation to come in the cradle of neo-civilization and culture. Let each individual be a fragrant flower in the park of this planet. Let us each one cherish the positive, peaceful and pleasant sentiment within.

    This will surely herald he heaven of happiness on this earth. The evolution of mankind will result in the emergence of the “Man” with multifarious human values, contribution to the creation of a unique, utopian world and oneness of mankind will be elevated to the level of divinity. Like Socrates, we too will say” “I am a citizen not of Athens, but of the whole world.” There will be a chorus of “Vasudaiva Kutumbkam”, meaning the world is my family.

    - Late G. A. Shah

  • From Birth to Death - A poem

    by Amit Patel | Jul 01, 2015

    From Birth to Death,


     No Man is without Worry,


     Because nobody has guided him


     That this Drama is temporary.


     ‘My’ Stage is creation of Nature,


     ‘I’ am only an Actor.


     One who says :

                                 ‘My Mind’,

                                 ‘My Speech’,

                                 ‘My Body’,

                                 ‘My Camera’,

                                 ‘My Radio’,

                                 ‘My Home’,

    Will Never say:

                                 ‘I am Mind’,

                                 ‘I am Speech’,

                                 ‘I am Body’,

                                 ‘I am Film’,

                                 ‘I am Sound’,

                                 ‘I am Theatre’,

    This Fact speaks for itself

    That ‘I’ and ‘My’ are separate.

    Invisible ‘I’ has no name,

    Visible ‘My’ is a worldly game.

    Circumstantial Evidences surrounding ‘Me’

    Are temporary adjustments,

    In which ‘I’ is the only permanent.

    Still nobody has ever questioned

    “Who Am I?”

    By Kaviraj Shree Navnitbhai Sanghavi, Mumbai

  • Understanding the path of permanent bliss or freedom

    by Amit Patel | Jul 01, 2015
    All living beings are seeking to achieve something in their lives and focus their efforts towards it. However, in everyday interactions there are difference of opinions, different mindsets, clashes and conflicts. This disturbs our inner peace. In general human beings want to live a peaceful life, obtain permanent bliss, and seek freedom from the cycle of birth and death.

    Based on this wish and based of one’s understanding, one chooses a path, reads books or seeks a Guru and makes an effort to achieve this goal. If the person seeking advice does not get correct advice, his goal will not be fulfilled. All the efforts will go to waste, and the mission remains incomplete.

    On the other hand if one receives proper guidance from a Guru who is himself is enlightened, then the path becomes easy, effortless, and the goal becomes attainable. What is the proper path? The path where worries, tensions, different of opinions, clashes and conflicts subside and where anger, pride, attachments and greed decrease.

    With so many choices of paths seekers can follow, there is a lot of confusion. People follow different religions like Swaminarayan, Jainism, Christianity, Islam, etc. Really speaking all these religions are correct from their viewpoints. All religions are seeking “Who am I” and when the answer is obtained they all converge. Where there is true knowledge there is no religion, no specific path, no sect or no sects with different opinions.

    For example. One seeker of a particular religion truly believes that this is his last birth and he will attain liberation or freedom and there will be no birth and death any more. This goal of freedom is correct since this is ultimate goal for all seekers. However, one needs to find out how much one has progressed towards that goal and needs some metrics to gauge progress.

    One metric is decrease in anger, pride, attachments, greed, likes and dislikes. Once these diminish and have been conquered, freedom will be definitely obtained.

    Second metric is to obtain the grace of a person who is liberated. We are presently mired in worshiping an idol which is perishable. The form of Lord Krishna we are worshiping is the one that perished when an arrow hit him. That bodily form is not Lord Krishna. Real Krishna is one who does not die, cannot be burned, and who is omnipotent. So if we know this form which is pure consciousness, then we are on the right path.

    If we ask someone who are you? He or she would say, ‘I am so and so’, I am so many years old, I am father or mother, I am brother, etc. All this understanding or belief is anchored in a perishable or temporary state. A person may say that ‘I am soul’. But, when someone insults this person, he immediately reacts with anger. The understanding that I am Mr. such and such is perishable. How can one become imperishable? It can be done when a Gyani Purush (an enlightened person) changes our outlook and make us stable in our imperishable (soul). After that, the path to freedom really begins.

    Lord Krishna has said that whenever there is a decline in righteousness (sins increase beyond limit), and unrighteousness (lack of morality and sincerity) prevail, ‘I’ manifest. I manifest in each era to protect straightforward and righteous people, destroy sins and establish righteousness or religion again. How can we recognize such a person? That which does not burn, is not affected by fire, does not get wet and is eternal is the real Krishna. Lord Krishna says that in each era this kind of soul light manifests in someone’s body and that is the Krishna form. Further he says that relative (body/name sake’s) religion is full of fear so leave all the religions and surrender to me. One needs to learn which Krishna needs to be worshiped and surrendered to. And after that if our worries and anxiety do not stop, then either it is the fault of Krishna or our own. God says that one needs to think about the dharma of mind which is to have thoughts, dharma of ear which is to listen, dharma of eyes which is to see, and likewise dharma of other senses.  All of the sensing organs are in their own dharma. In ignorance, one who is the soul himself has understood that all these sensing organs are to be his, even though they have their own dharma. When a thought comes to mind, then then the person will say “I had a thought”. To believe that the others’ dharma is mine is the cause of fear. One needs align with one’s own dharma, which is the dharma of the soul.  The word “I” has been used in the context of “Soul” only and not the mixture of soul and body. Lord Krishna was the greatest knower of the Soul. One who knows soul is a soul-yogi and one who can show the “soul” to others is the Soul God (atma-yogeshwar).

    Jains want to follow the path of Lord Mahavira. They want to get rid of anger, pride, attachments, greed, likings and disliking. They want to end the tormenting of one’s self with stress, worries, anxiety and by hurting others. They want to know “Who am I”, and want to get rid of the wrong beliefs and know the truth. When one knows one’s own true self, wrong beliefs changes to right beliefs.

    Therefore, the knowledge of light is beneficial to everyone. Due to the onset of Kaliyug, the real gist of religion philosophy has been lost. However, it can be understood from a Gyani Purush. People of all faiths come to Gyani because he is impartial. He is not aligned with a sect but with the dharma of the soul, one’s own dharma.

    In today’s world the person who has given us the science of soul is Shree A.M.Patel (lovingly known as “Dada Bhagwan”). This science useful to the seekers of the truth. Today the Gyani Purush who is present is His Divine Holiness Shree Kanudadaji.

    This Preface is translated from book : Vitragnee Drashtiae by Dr. Shaileshanandji Mehta 
  • Business Theories for Successful Life

    by Amit Patel | May 31, 2015
    Clayton Christensen, a Harvard Business School professor, is a leading authority on innovation, a successful entrepreneur and a church leader. In his recent commencement address, he shed light on how we can use business theories to guide our life.

    Success in business as well as in life depends on how well the strategy is defined and implemented. “For me,” Christensen affirmed, “having a clear purpose in my life has been essential.” When Christensen was a Rhodes Scholar he was in a demanding academic program . Despite that, he spent one hour every night reading, thinking and praying about his life’s purpose. Christensen added that if he had spent “that hour each day learning the latest techniques for mastering the problems of autocorrelation in regression analysis”, he would have misspent this time. The tools learned in class can only be applied few times a year, but the knowledge of the purpose of life can be applied every day.

    Business disasters are caused by managers who fail to judiciously allocate resources. Similarly in life, we often fail because we overinvest in our careers and underinvest in our families. We try to seek temporary happiness but ignore the source of lasting bliss—our families.

    Finance and economics teach us that while evaluating alternatives we should ignore fixed and sunk costs and make decisions based on the marginal costs. When we are lured into doing something wrong for just that “one time”, we fall prey to the lure of marginal cost. If we cross this line once, we will cross this line over and over again and self-destruct. Therefore, Christensen says that it is easier to hold on to our principles 100% of the time than it is to hold them 98% of the time.

    Christensen articulated the yardstick by which we can measure our success in life. “Don’t worry about the level of individual prominence you have achieved,” he said, “worry about the individuals you have helped become better people…Think about the metric by which your life will be judged, and make a resolution to live every day so that in the end, your life will be judged a success.”

    - Manish Shah, Chicago
  • Nowhere is Safe - A poem

    by Manish Shah | May 31, 2015

    As one rolls along with the roles of life,
    Some lasting for seconds,
    Some for minutes,
    Some for hours,
    Some for days,
    Some for weeks,
    Some for months,
    Some for years,
    Some for decades,
    Some for a lifetime,
    Some for many lifetimes;

    All roles at some point in time,
    Come to an finale,
    As one rolls along with the roles of life;
    Nothing dependent on matter, space, energy, time,
    As one rolls along with the roles of life;
    The only eternal is the divine,
    Lasts forever,
    As one rolls along with the roles of life;
    So BE nowhere in the temporary relative realm,
    Yet BE everywhere in the eternal divine realm;
    Cause NOWHERE is SAFE!
    As one rolls along with the roles of life.

    - Shaila B. Mulji, LUCTF, Philadelphia.

  • Our Divine Connection

    by Manish Shah | May 01, 2015

    There is a proverbial saying that if we want to live a contended and well balanced life “You have to give up your present life to get another life”.  Though not to be taken literally, it is very relevant to the predominant intellectual temper of our time.  It is not a novel idea but only a new way of looking at the old ways of thinking.  The new life goes by the name Pragmatism or Humanism which is nothing more than living   by applying “common sense” solutions to complex situations.  Common sense, as my spiritual master defined, is “one that works everywhere, all the time, and for all of us” Often, we dismiss the word “common sense’ because it sounds too simple and unsophisticated among intellectual circles. We presume it only applies to our mundane life and living and does not satisfy our intellectual curiosity.   This is not so. Today, common sense goes by the name Pragmatism or Humanism in intellectual circles.   The name Pragmatism was first invented by Mr. C. S. Pierce as long ago as 1878.  It was applied by him to the doctrine that the significance of thought lies in the action to which it leads.  The full fledged philosophy of Pragmatism or Humanism developed much later and it is now accepted in intellectual circles as the way of living.  It also goes by the name Holistic Living.   It can be summed up in two statements:  (1) we must know the truth or “FACT” (as opposed to “opinion or viewpoint”); and, (2) we must avoid error.   Just because we do not know the truth or lack conclusive evidence, our passion for knowing the truth should not be abandoned.   Often, we are compelled to act and make decisions even when there is lack of evidence.  It is under these circumstances that being tuned to our “Divine Connection” within helps in deciding among complex alternatives and at the same time to get closer to knowing the truth. Truth is revealed only by experience and that too by our own living experience and not someone else’s experience.   It tells us impartially   “what one has to do under the compelling circumstance” and not “what I, the ego- centric individual, wants or ought to do”.

    To understand the Divine connection is to understand life’s mission. Life’s mission is not limited to the external life we lead, namely our relationships and external surroundings.  At some point in everyone’s life, questions arise such as: ”why are we here in this world?’’; what is the purpose of our life?”; “who should we approach to guide us?’ how should we set our direction going forward?”  Choice is our greatest power, greater than even love which is proclaimed as the ultimate in divine living.  We must first choose to be a loving person,   For example, if someone has spoken hurtfully to us, in that single moment, the power of transformation rests entirely in us.  We can choose to forgive which is  what our inherent Divine nature would tell us to do  or repress our inherent divine nature and break out into anger and create a negative outcome for both .Choosing to act in accordance with our Divine potential is an opportunity to grow and transform life.  This power helps us in Self understanding which in turn teaches us that the experiences and relationships that we go through in our lifetime are only those that we are meant to have and not a matter of choice.   Mother Nature and the Cosmic laws carry out these functions whether we know it or not.  Science cannot unravel these deep and subtle cause-effect relationships and our choice, once we are here on this earth, is limited to “our intentions” only while acting and living.   Divine living implies living that supports each others’ spiritual growth. It emphasizes that relationships be treated as divine contracts made in previous lifetimes to be fulfilled.  Self understanding helps us to listen to our inner conscience and follow our intuitive faculty that is not connected or dependent on our mind, body and intellectual functions.  It alerts us at all times if only we are attentive to it and stay
    focused in the midst of choice situations.

    A confused and directionless life has other consequences besides our body and spirit. It can be a destructive force in our relationship. Howard Thurman, the late theologian and mystic said there are two questions that we have to answer ourselves.  The first is “where am I going?” and the second is ‘Who will go with me?”.  If we ever get these questions in the wrong order we are in trouble. Without self understanding or without knowing why we are here and our mission we can hurt others as well as ourselves.  If we don’t have a clear sense of how to see the “bigger picture” in the enacted world we will not be able to respond to situations especially those that are physically and emotionally close to us.  Every situation demands a sincere and conscientious resolve from our part to adjust and change our stand for an amicable outcome.  Life being a living experiment and a learning process   eventually will give us the inner resolve and strength needed to fulfill our life’s mission in an amicable way without conflicts and complaints. It will open up the immense divine potential within us while we are still living in this physical body.   We should be earnest and prepared to receive the Divine Grace which is ever present.  What is needed from our side to receive this Grace is for us to set the sails high and open so that life’s sail boat can safely and effortlessly reach its destination.  One change is never enough to transform our life.   Change is a never ending process and is the vital force that keeps the world functioning .It affects everyone, every moment.  The Knower, Soul, Atman, kingdom of God by whatever name we call it is the only unchanging entity and it is the Divine power within us which we forget and  fail to exercise.    Staying connected with the Divine power implies being aware and alert to the unchanging and changing phenomena that we experience every moment of our life. 

    Every human who has inhabited this earth from recorded history has gone through    transformation and change in their lifetime.  It is the common path and the natural path that gradually leads us to a higher level of self understanding. However long it takes, the truth revealed by our own experience in our lifetime is the only truth that we will readily accept regardless of what we read, hear or taught by others. That notwithstanding, it is only from close association with those who have realized the Divine power within and lived an exemplary life can help  and guide us in this journey. Relying on our own potential in the early stage of our pursuit for self realization can be challenging because our vision and understanding are tainted by opinions, beliefs, likes, dislikes, desires, etc.  All these act as hindrance in the early stages of self realization.  However, they can be overcome when we surrender to the Divine Force within us and follow the path of the enlightened souls who have left a legacy of their earthly experience.   The lessons to be learnt from their experience are that we are merely on lookers of the cosmic play that goes on endlessly.  The self -regulated and impartial force that operates everywhere is the only Actor in this universe.  None other than it can act independently.  Real freedom can be experienced only when we accept   and surrender whole heartedly to this Natural force and let the Natural Justice prevail.  We learn to accept situations “as they are” and not “as we expect”. When we recognize the common thread that binds us as Humans, our vision and understanding become clear and get reflected in our relationships and actions.  We begin to share our life and not possess it. We see the underlying unity in diversity. Individuality takes a back seat and we live within the bounds socially, ethically and morally.  Our sense of individuality gradually vanishes and at the allotted time Mother Nature steps in to free us from the fetters of our earthly connections and unites us with the Divine.  It happens on her watch and not ours.  It is so well exemplified in the following excerpt from the philosophical writings of the late Sarvapalli Radha Krishnan, the ex-president of India and one of the greatest philosophers of our time.

    “The oldest wisdom in the world tells us we can consciously unite with the divine while in this body; for this man is really born.  If he misses his destiny, Nature is not in a hurry; she will catch him up someday and compel him to fulfill her secret purpose.”

    -  Dr. Radhe Krishnan, Vice President, HSCRF

     

  • Holistic Science and Monetary aspects of life

    by Manish Shah | May 01, 2015

    I had a  lots of priorities: getting a degree, sending money to my family in India,  buying a car, owning a home, paying for my kid’s education, saving for retirement and donating to charity. So I made making money my number one priority.

    I was in a rat race. I worked late hours and whatever little time I had was spent looking for discounts and good deals. I overinvested in work and underinvested in my family.

    After getting exposed to Holistic Science my perspective on money changed. The first thing I learned was that “Wealth is not bad, but to hanker after it is bad indeed”. In addition, I realized that the real purpose of life was not money but inner happiness.

    These are additional things I learned.

    I need to spend time with my family and inner self.

     I need to put a limit to how much I want to earn because I have a finite life span.

    Earning money to sustain myself and my family is not bad. But I need to make normal efforts to earn money and not overextend myself.

    —Competition and comparison with others will not bring happiness.

    —Greed makes the inflow and outflow of money impure.

    —  Dharma must exist in Business but business must never exist in dharma  (In this context dharma does not mean religion but a moral code of conduct).

    As I started applying Holistic Science I saw the following changes gradually occur in my life.

    —  I worked decent hours and devoted my time off for family (e.g. I  only worked occasional weekends).

    —  I am enjoying how I earn but still working on how I spend (e.g. I still need to work on my obsession with black Friday deals).

    —  I have less worries and I do not compare my financial situation with my peers.

    Mahen Gosar, Chicago