• Life Comes of It - Navajo Justice

    by Amit Patel | Jul 29, 2016

    Link to Original Article: http://www.context.org/iclib/ic38/yazzie/

    Robert Yazzie grew up in a traditional area of the Navajo Nation and attended Oberlin College in Ohio. Following his graduation from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1982, he practiced law in the Navajo Nation courts, acted as a Navajo-English interpreter in US District Court, and served as a consultant to law firms. After seven years as presiding judge of the district court in Window Rock, Arizona, he was appointed Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation in 1992.

    A "vertical" system of justice is one that relies upon hierarchies and power. That is, judges sit at the top presiding over the lawyers, jurors, and all participants in court proceedings. The justice system uses rank, and the coercive power that goes with rank or status, to address conflicts.

    Power is the active element in the process. A decision is dictated from on high by the judge, and that decision is an order or judgment which parties must obey or face a penalty. Parties to a dispute have limited power and control over the process.

    The goal of adversarial law is to punish wrongdoers and teach them a lesson. Adversarial law and adjudication offer only a win-lose solution; it is a zero-sum game. Navajo justice prefers a win-win solution.

    For centuries, the focus of English and American criminal law has been punishment by the "state," with little regard for the rights and needs of victims. They are ignored, and the result is that no real justice is done. There are many victims: family members, relatives, and the community; people who are affected by both the dispute and the decision. Often, the perpetrator is a victim as well, in a climate of lost hope and dependence upon alcohol or other means of escape.

    When outsiders intervene in a dispute, they impose moral codes upon people who have moral codes of their own. The subjects of adjudication have no power, little or no say about the outcome of a case, and their feelings do not matter.

    Within the horizontal justice model, no person is above the other. A graphic model often used by Indians to portray this thought is a circle. In a circle, there is no right or left, no beginning or end. Every point (or person) on the line on a circle looks to the same center as the focus. The circle is the symbol of Navajo justice because it is perfect, unbroken, and a simile of unity and oneness.

    The Navajo word for "law" is 
    beehaz-aanii. It means something fundamental and absolute, something that has existed from the beginning of time. Navajos believe that the Holy People "put it there for us." It’s the source of a healthy, meaningful life. Navajos say that "life comes from beehaz-aanii," because it is the essence of life. The precepts ofbeehaz-aanii are stated in prayers and ceremonies that tell us of hozhooji – "the perfect state."

    Imagine a system of law that permits anyone to say anything they like during the course of a dispute, and no authority figure has to determine what is "true." Think of a system with an end goal of restorative justice, which uses equality and the full participation of disputants in a final decision. If we say of law that "life comes from it," then where there is hurt, there must be healing.

    To the Navajo way of thinking, justice is related to healing because many of the concepts are the same. When a Navajo becomes ill, he or she will consult a medicine man. A Navajo healer examines a patient to determine what is wrong, what caused the illness, and what ceremony matches the illness to cure it. The cure must be related to the cause of the illness, because Navajo healing works through two processes: it drives away or removes the cause of illness and it restores the person to good relations in solidarity with his or her surroundings and self. Patients consult Navajo healers to summon outside healing forces and to marshal what they have inside themselves for healing.

    The term "solidarity" is essential to an understanding of both Navajo healing and justice. The Navajo understanding of "solidarity" is difficult to translate into English, but it carries connotations that help the individual to reconcile self with family, community, nature, and the cosmos – all reality. That feeling of oneness with one’s surroundings, and the reconciliation of the individual with everyone and everything else, is what allows an alternative to vertical justice to work. It rejects the process of convicting a person and throwing the keys away in favor of methods that use solidarity to restore good relations among people. Most importantly, it restores good relations with self.

    The process – which in English we call "peacemaking" – is a system of relationships where there is no need for force, coercion, or control. There are no plaintiffs or defendants; no "good guys" or "bad guys."

    Navajos do not think of equality as treating people as equal 
    before the law; they are equalin the law. Again, our Navajo language points this out in practical terms: When a Navajo is charged with a crime, in the vertical system of justice the judge asks (in English), "Are you guilty or not guilty?" A Navajo cannot respond because there is no precise term for "guilty" in the Navajo language. The word "guilt" implies a moral fault which demands punishment. It is a nonsense word in Navajo law because of the focus on healing, integration with the group, and the end goal of nourishing ongoing relationships with the immediate and extended family, relatives, neighbors, and community.

    To better comprehend Navajo justice we must understand distributive justice. Navajo court decisions place more importance on helping a victim than finding fault. On the other hand, compensating a victim in accordance with the victim’s feelings and the perpetrator’s ability to pay is more important than using a precise measure of damages to compensate for actual losses.

    Another unique aspect of Navajo justice is that the relatives of the one who causes injury are responsible to compensate the one hurt, and the relatives of the injured party are entitled to the benefit of the compensation. Distributive justice is concerned with the well-being of everyone in a community. If I see a hungry person, it does not matter whether I am responsible for the hunger. If someone is injured, it is irrelevant that I did not hurt that person. I have a responsibility, as a Navajo, to treat everyone as if that person was my relative. Everyone is part of a community, and the resources of the community must be shared with all.

    Distributive justice abandons fault and adequate compensation (a fetish of personal injury lawyers) in favor of assuring well-being for everyone. Restoration is more important than punishment. These dynamics are applied in a modern legal institution – the Navajo Peacemaker Court.

    Navajos have experienced the vertical system of justice for the past 100 years – first in the Navajo Court of Indian Offenses (1892-1959), then in the Courts of the Navajo Nation (1959-present). For over a century, Navajos either adapted the imposed system to their own ways or expressed their dissatisfaction with a system that made no sense to them.

    In 1982, the Judicial Conference of the Navajo Nation created the Navajo Peacemaker Court. It is a modern legal institution that uses traditional community dispute resolution in a court based on the vertical justice model. It is a means of reconciling horizontal (or circular) justice to vertical justice by using traditional Navajo legal values. The Navajo Peacemaker Court makes it possible for judges to avoid adjudication and the discontent it causes by referring cases to local communities to be resolved by talking things out.

    The Navajo Peacemaker Court takes advantage of the talents of a 
    naat’aanii. That is a traditional Navajo civil leader who is chosen by the community to be the "peacemaker" for his or her demonstrated abilities – wisdom, integrity, good character, and respect by the community.

    The civil authority of a 
    naat’aanii is not coercive or commanding; it is a leadership role in the truest sense of the word. A peacemaker is a person who thinks well, speaks well, shows a strong reverence for the basic teachings of life, and has respect for himself or herself and others in personal conduct.

    naat’aanii functions as a guide, and views everyone – rich or poor, high or low, educated or not – as an equal. The peacemaker attempts to bring participants to a final decision that everyone agrees to for the benefit of all. A naat’aanii is chosen for knowledge, and knowledge is the power which creates the ability to persuade others. There is a form of distributive justice in the sharing of knowledge by a naat’aanii, because he or she offers it to the disputants so they can use it to achieve consensus.

    Peacemaking is being revived with the goal of nourishing justice in Navajo Nation communities. The reason is obvious: life comes from it. Communities can resolve their own legal problems using resources they already have to make decisions the traditional Navajo way.

    Article reprinted with permission. Originally published in 
    Spring 1994 on page 29 of The Ecology Of Justice (IC#38)Copyright (c)1994, 1997 by Context Institute. Robert Yazzie grew up in a traditional area of the Navajo Nation, studied law, and started his career as a lawyer in Navajo Nation courts. After seven years as presiding judge of the district court in Window Rock, Arizona, he was appointed Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation in 1992. 

     

     


  • Keeping Nothing Between

    by Amit Patel | Jul 29, 2016

    In a restaurant a little girl in the next booth turns to look at you. It is an open look, direct from her – to you. She doesn’t know that strangers are not supposed to connect. She does not put this knowledge between herself and you. There is nothing in between. You look back. Her parents make her sit down and face forward. But then, when they all leave, she turns around at the door, to look again. After all, you and she have met therefore she wouldn’t just leave.

    In first grade the children look at the teacher searchingly, openly, reachingly. They put nothing between. The teacher is concerned with the eight levels of reading ability, and does not look back.

    Do only little children keep nothing between? Or can adults do that too? We can, but for us it is a special case.

    If you came to see me now, I would not look at you like that, nor would I notice if you looked. You would find me in a certain mood in my private struggles. I am also preoccupied with writing this paper. If you suddenly walked in, a third cluster would come: The social set for greeting someone properly. I would respond to you out of that set. Or if you are an old friend, I would respond from the familiar set of the two of us. If you then wanted to relate in some fresh, deep way, it would take me a minute to put our usual set aside, to put my concern about my chapter away, and to roll my mood over so that I am no longer inside it. Then I would be here without putting anything between. But it would be easier to remain behind all that, and depend on my automatic ways.

    If I really want to be with you, I keep nothing in front of me. Of course I know I can fall back on the automatic ways. If need be, I can also defend myself. I have many resources. But I don’t want all that between us.

    If I keep nothing between, you can look into my eyes and find me. You might not look, of course. But if you do, I won’t hide. Then you may see a very insufficient person. But for contact, no special kind of human being is required. This fact makes a thick peacefulness.

    -
    Extract from You and I - The Person in There by Eugene Gendlin. Published with permission from Eugene Gendlin.

  • Everyone is correct from their viewpoint

    by Manish Shah | Jun 27, 2016

    Five men got lost in a vast forest. They tried to find their way out. The first man said, 
    “I will follow my intuition and go left.” 

    The second man said, “I will go right. I have a strong feeling about this.” 

    The third man said, “I think I will walk back the same path we came. This should be 
    the safest option.” 

    The fourth man said: “I think we are on the right track already, so I will keep going 
    straight. I am sure this forest will end and I will find a village or a farm to ask for directions.” 

    The fifth man said, “I don’t know what to do. I think I will climb up this tall tree and take a better look around before I make up my mind.” 

    So the fifth man did that. While he was climbing, the other four men scattered towards their own directions. The fifth man now could see from above what was the shortest way to a village. He thought that the others should not have chosen the paths they did. He was wrong, though. 

    Each man chose his own path and gained a different experience. The man who went left, found a long path but in the end, it led him to the town. The man who went right, had to fight a pack of wolves, but this way he learned how to survive in the forest. 
    The man who went back, met another team of hikers and he made new friends. The man who went straight, found indeed a farm and was hosted by the family for a couple of days before leaving for the village.

    Everyone was enriched in their own unique way by the journey. 

    Some reflections on this story... 
    What if, there are no "right" or "wrong" decisions? 

    Could it be that every decision offers us new experiences, which in turn offers us innumerable further opportunities for growth? 

    It has taken every decision of our life to bring us to where we are right now. In the fullness of the present, are we really in the wrong place? Even if it feels so, can we be sure? 

    What if there are no mistakes? Only opportunities?

    -Dr A Jagan Mohan Reddy

     

  • Faith and Reason

    by Manish Shah | Jun 27, 2016

    We live in a society today where it is acceptable to say that faith in a higher power or religious identity is not important in day- to- day living. A significant number of people either want nothing to do with God, Religion, and Scriptures or question the efficacy of faith.  Personal experience and self-reliance matter most to this group of people.   Faith in the authority of God has been the common theme in all religions and one that has prevailed throughout human history.  It appears to be snapping in the present time and is becoming a matter of concern to modern day religious leaders.  At almost any point in human history, this would have been unacceptable.  The importance of faith and spirituality at both the societal and individual level is not felt and appreciated as much as it was in the past. It is not a desirable trend because the whole purpose of Faith and Spirituality is to be a source of guidance and strength to us during difficult times. It gives us the inner strength to live life with meaning, grace, peace and beauty.

    Religious teachings and beliefs have been overlaid with so much extraneous matter that their spiritual essence has become almost obscured. The deeper meanings within the spiritual traditions are no longer recognized and their transformative powers are not experienced.  Yet, there is still a growing appreciation for the hidden truths and the mysterious power of Nature. A wisdom of the highest order which is beyond the limits of our mental and intellectual capacity.  In this context many of the non-believers of authority behave spiritually even if they skip the label.

    The word Faith, while predominantly associated with religion and spirituality, is not limited to them by any means. Faith also applies to confidence, trust, loyalty, allegiance and self-reliance.    Little do we realize that it is faith that sustains much of life.   Life, as we know, is full of uncertainties – the unknown and the unknowable.  So much of what is happening in our lifetime is beyond our control and it is faith that lights up our human heart like a ray of sunshine day in and day out, knowingly or unknowingly.  Our True or Inner SELF, the deepest core of human personality within us also referred to as SOUL, ATMAN, BEING in the religious scriptures is the one source that we rely upon under adverse circumstances.  The powerhouse within us propels our physical, mental and intellectual faculties. In the absence of faith, we live in “power failure” even though we have this powerhouse within us!

    It has been said that faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the invisible.  In the words of Khalil Gibran “Faith is a knowledge within the heart beyond the reach of proof”.  St Thomas Aquinas observed that “to one who has faith, no explanation is necessary and to one without, no explanation is possible”.  True faith is the narrow path that leads us to the powerhouse within.  By staying connected internally with this positive force, we do not succumb to the negative forces that derail our physical, mental and emotional balance.  A man of true faith is one who has complete trust in his inner Self and stays connected within at all times with the  full understanding that external events are beyond his or her control and are governed by Natural laws.  Faith is more than belief; it is wisdom grounded in understanding that the same Divine power that is manifested in the external world is within us and within our human experience. The secret to unlock the spark of divinity within lies in our firm resolve to experience it in our lifetime. The process is to cultivate the art, to dive deep within from time to time in our busy life. We must catch and feel the silence and tranquility of the Soul which at some time or other in our lifetime we may have experienced. For example during life threatening moments a shift in consciousness takes place naturally within us and we are momentarily cut off from the time bound, mundane consciousness of our individual mind-body-speech personality.  The same experience is also true in moments of joy.  Our response is spontaneous --- free of thinking, free of time and free of problems. Since ancient times, the spiritual masters of all traditions have pointed to this spiritual dimension in the human psyche and its power. They declared that deep within us and beyond our ego dominated existence, the “lowercase” self, there is an oasis of calm and source of strength, our inner Self. It is waiting to be discovered and within everyone’s reach.  Faith is only the starting point.  Realization is the goal.

    Reason is a natural gift endowed only to humans.  It is a way of knowing that depends not on supernatural revelations but upon what the human mind-intellect faculties can discern through their own intrinsic power. Through reason, one can gain knowledge of the external world and the power to discriminate true from false, right from wrong and to avoid erring in our judgement. However, reason has its limitations – it can only rationalize and judge based on what we know and accept as facts from our sensory and mental perceptions.  Beyond the sense and mental perceptions, we can only imagine the other things in the universe albeit without a clear understanding at the level of the mind.  Yet, the desire to know and understand the unknowable keeps us intellectually engaged but indifferent to the other silent power within us, which is ever “willing” to reveal the unknowable. The power to will is faith.  Faith and reason have unique powers and compliment rather than conflict each other.  An anonymous saying goes “True faith can move mountains, but do not be surprised if God hands you a shovel.”

    Many beliefs are accepted without even being understood.  They are accepted on the authority of others—parents, teachers, social and religious groups. Much of it has been ingrained in us and encoded in our minds and to which we have not given any serious thought.  We often assert claims without reasoning simply based on trust.  These beliefs are what Neil Van Leeuwen calls “credences” and notes they have a moral component.  We believe that we should accept them and that others, at least those who are close to us such as family and friends, should accept them as well.  Such credences are not special to religion but also common to political issues, scientific views and other fields.  Accepting them requires a leap of faith—not based on reason but faith in the mundane sense that we trust the people who are testifying to their truth. 

    In the past, it appears that people’s hearts had a larger voice than their heads and consequently faith dominated over reason.  Previous generations had complete trust in the wisdom of the seers and saints of their times. As the ability to discover hidden truths through scientific methods (e.g. observation and experiment, falsifiable hypotheses, relentless questioning of established views) proved to be effective in learning and understanding the underlying structure of the world, people became skeptical of any beliefs or truths that had no scientific reasoning to back them.  Religion has no equivalent record of discovering hidden truths and therefore Reason and Logic were given more importance than Faith. Nowhere has it played out so definitively than in Western Civilization and the Greco-Roman era.  However, what the intellectuals in those times failed to understand is that the problems of life—mortality, grief, fear, insecurity, failure, negativity etc. are not amenable to once-and-for-all solutions based on logic and reasoning. Everyone reasons in their own way when it comes to these internal conflicts. These are internal imbalances where our mind and intellect are ineffective. Absent “feeling”, which is subtle and internal, much of what we understand in the external world through our normal sensory, mental and intellectual perceptions are learned and mentally encoded. They do not include all human experience.   The compulsive thinker who tries to reason and rationalize everything that comes to his mind can never “feel” that underneath all these labels, beliefs, images, opinions and judgments there is a Reality that is pristine and pure which only direct human experience can reveal. The harmony of natural law reveals an intelligence of such high superiority that in comparison all systematic thinking, opinions and beliefs are utterly insignificant reflections. In the words of Marcus Aurelius

    “It is in our power to refrain from opinions about things and not be disturbed in our souls for things in themselves have no natural power to force our judgements”.

    Faith and reason have been a matter of much interest to philosophers, theologians, scientists and people who have a genuine interest and desire to understand the purpose and meaning of life.  The changing face of the world has necessarily changed the importance of religion in our life.  Today we live in a society of scientific and technological advancements in which myths, beliefs and faith in authority have fallen into disrepute.   It is considered unwise to mix Faith and Reason.  Some have argued in favor of reason and that all beliefs should be subjected to rational examination and logic and that we should rely on the intrinsic power of our mind and intellect.  Others have argued in favor of Faith making the case that there is so much that we are incapable of knowing and can be known only by a deliberate attempt to understand the real insights that have been revealed in the religious scriptures. It is in our power to build a faith that speaks to the needs of the modern day. In case of apparent conflict, the domain of knowledge that is in question should be considered and all viewpoints should be accepted as only relative viewpoints rather than true or false.  Reason properly employed, and faith properly understood and practiced should not lead to contradictory or competing claims. Like art, understanding the truths of religion requires a different mode of consciousness quite different from our normal mind set.  It requires a disciplined cultivation of faith and deep reflection on the wisdom and insights of the spiritual teachings.  One of the conditions of enlightenment as we have seen in the life of the spiritual seekers is a willingness to let go of what we think we know in order to appreciate the truths that we never dreamed of.

    - Dr. Radha Krishnan

  • Growing inequalities and the Nature

    by Amit Patel | Jun 03, 2016

    “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

    ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Introduction
    At the time of attaining independence, the country was largely under-developed with its vast resources, agriculture and minerals being unexploited due to lack of proper direction. And planning offered the only way to achieve a rapid and balanced growth keeping the national priorities in mind. The success of such planned development in both agrarian and industrial sector in the USSR played a part in popularizing the concept of planned development. So the state took an active part in economic and social development, as we committed to have a sovereign, socialist, secular & democratic republic.

    The Status
    Johannesburg-based The New World Wealth, a research consultancy that tracks the global wealth sector, in its report titled The W20: The 20 Wealthiest Countries in the World, ranked India 10th among the 20 wealthiest countries in the world in terms of private wealth held by individuals. The value of total individual wealth in India - which includes property, cash, equities and business interests - is pegged at $3,492 billion in 2015. Further, as per the new data released by the IMF in its Asian Regional Economic Outlook, inequality rose in tandem with economic growth in both China and India, the two most successful Asian economies after 1990. This is in sharp contrast to what happened in countries such as South Korea or Taiwan in earlier decades. The multilateral lender has based its analysis on the Gini coefficient, a standard measure used by economists to measure inequality. As per the IMF estimates Gini coefficient for India has gone up from 45 in 1990 to 51 in 2013.

    Is it an Issue?
    Should it be a matter of concern? The answer is definitely yes. Economic inequality can give wealthier people an unacceptable degree of control over the lives of others. And when wealth is unevenly distributed in a society, wealthy people quite often end up controlling many aspects of poorer citizen’s lives. For instance, ownership of a public media outlet, such as a newspaper or TV channel, can give control over how others in the society view themselves and their lives, and how they understand their society. As many of us would agree, workers, as participants in a scheme of cooperation that produces national income, have a claim to a fair share of what they have helped to produce. But what constitutes a fair share?

    One answer is provided by John Rawls’ Difference Principle, according to which inequalities in wealth and income are permissible if and only if these inequalities could not be reduced without worsening the position of those who are worst-off. Whether one agrees with this line of argument or not one thing is fair enough, i.e., “if an economy is producing an increasing level of goods and services then all those who participate in producing these benefits including workers should share in the result”. British epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett (2009) found a very strong correlation between income equality and societal well-being. In more unequal societies, people are more out for themselves.

    What Does Nature Say?
    As we all know, nature has no favorites and every plant and every animal has to fend for itself to survive. So that way, there is equality in nature. But it is a fact that, no two plants and no two animals are the same. Each has its own strength and weakness, with exposure to its own set of opportunities and threats. In that sense, there is no equality in nature. Similarly, every human being, like every plant and animal, is unique, with its own set of strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. He/she can imagine a world where everyone, no matter what their strengths and weaknesses, gets access to the same opportunities and protection from the same threats. When the experienced world does not match up to this imagined world, we get upset, demand changes in the world and wish for messiahs/revolution.

    Humans can also imagine themselves as special, better than others, and wish to dominate over others, or be feared or respected by others. This imagination makes one feel privileged and drives people to compete and be successful. This is what prevents people from sharing and to dominate feels good. While we all yearn for equality in public. privately the preference is for inequality, i.e., the desire to dominate another, control others, be feared or respected. When we think of equality we talk of positive discrimination and reservations to create a fairer and just world. From visualization of inequality come concepts like meritocracy and free market and political correctness that gag conversations and allows for only one kind of conversation.

    What Needs to be Done?
    The trickle-down theory stated that economic benefits provided to the rich will help society as a whole, as their extra wealth or income will be invested or spent on the economy, creating jobs, wealth and income for the poor. But the WEF’s study concludes that this simply isn’t happening. A large part of existing inequalities within country results from unequal control over assets. These include natural resources such as land, water, minerals and other fruits of nature, as well as produced productive and financial assets. This increasing concentration of assets needs to be countered by explicit policies to reduce it and spread the access to resources and assets more equally. While considerable controversy surrounds these issues, we should not jump to the conclusion that the treatment for inequality may be worse for growth than the disease itself. Equality enhancing interventions could actually help growth: think of taxes on activities with negative externalities paid mostly by the rich or cash transfers aimed at encouraging better attendance at primary schools in developing countries, as examples.

    Our body is a combination of our mind, flesh and the property and privileges we acquire or inherit. And in the cycle of rebirths, the soul experiences different bodies and eventually realizes that it is temporary and the source of all agony. Wisdom lies in looking beyond the body at the soul, and realizing that the soul within us and within all those around us is the same. When this happens, we work towards helping everyone around us, strong and weak, find opportunities and avoid threats, knowing fully well that we cannot change their destiny, or alter their desire, or make the world an equal place.

    Conclusion
    As rightly said by Walt Whitman, “the greatest country is not that which has the most capitalists, monopolists, immense grabbings, vast fortunes etc., but the land in which there are the most homesteads, freeholds and where no man is made possessor beyond the sane and beautiful necessities.” When we outgrow our desires, we no longer compare and contrast the imagined world with the experienced world. And we don’t crave for a change but simply glide with the change. So let’s do our bit by moving in the right direction.

    Dr A Jagan Mohan Reddy
    Advisor, HSCRF
    and
    Associate Professor (HR) 
    Osmania University Campus,
    Hyderabad

     

  • Reverence through Holistic Science

    by Amit Patel | Jun 03, 2016

    + In order to see the real beauty in each moment "reverence" is the pill whose essence should reside in our minds and hearts.

    + The notion of reverence is full of riches that we now need desperately.

    + Reverence is more than an attitude of mind; when trying to understand the meaning of Reverence, outsiders may assume it as the respect towards the mystery but, Reverence is reflected in that dignified mind which stiffly believes that -- "The sacred is here".

    + Being biased with judgments -- prejudices and -- the saturation of consumerism -- always stay out of the grounds of Reverence, which is essentially supported by humbleness.

    + Holistic Science has its foundations deeply rooted in humbleness and the belief of oneness, which pave the way for Reverence.

    + The belief that --"The sacred is here" remains no more a belief but rather becomes an alchemized truth --"I am sacred" that is strongly reinforced by the Holistic vision of Science, which fixes the right belief of soul (that “I am”) and makes one to "Live the truth".

    + Holistic Scientist is the person living the utmost heights of reverence.

    + Reverence with its entire attributes fully comes into existence with the Holistic Science approach.

    -By youth mahatma: Kritika Bohre, Bhopal 

  • Dialogues with Holistic Scientist on Karma Yoga, Raj Yoga, Gyan Yoga and Bhakti Yoga

    by Amit Patel | May 01, 2016

    Seeker  : Kindly explain about Karma Yoga and Raj Yoga.

    Holstic Scientist : 
    Karma Yoga is to live according to karma. Here, one is not independent, he acts according to the thoughts coming to his mind.

    Seeker  :
    Is it a path to self-realization and liberation ?

    Holstic Scientist : 
    No, it is a path that leads one to the cycles of birth and death in the world, because in karma yoga ones acts are guided by the thoughts occurring in his mind.

    Seeker  :
    What about Raj Yoga?

    Holstic Scientist : 
    In Raj Yoga one lives keeping focus on his goal. One decides a goal for his life. There are basically two kinds of life-goals; whether I want to attain liberation or whether I want to earn credits-auspicious Karmas (punya) for happiness in this world.

    Seeker  :
    Is that a path to liberation ?

    Holstic Scientist :  
    Yes, provided one correctly understands Raj Yoga. In Raj-Yoga one lives independently with a firm and clear goal for his life, whether it is to attain celestial life or to attain liberation. Then, in the course of living, when your mind guides you to do something, you will do it if is conducive to attaining your goal otherwise you will not succumb to it.

    Seeker  :
    This does not seem easy. How can we know if the mind is driving us somewhere else ?

    Holstic Scientist :  
    You come to know since you have clearly decided your goal.

    Seeker  :
    That happens with the help of intellect.

    Holstic Scientist : 
    Yes, you can understand with the help of intellect as you have a soul inside. You gradually attain the experience of the soul….1%, 2%, 5%, 10% ……like that. When you experience suffocation under certain difficult circumstances something shows you ‘do this’, ‘don't do this’. This is the Gyan, what do you call it 

    Seeker  :
    Intuition.

    Holstic Scientist : 
    That vision gradually opens up….10%, 15%, 25%, 50%....It does not become 100% at a time. It is a development that shows you that this is right or this is not right for you; this is not shown by your intellect but by the development of your Self (soul). One does not become a Pure Soul all of a sudden. When you have attained 50-60% development and you meet a living fully enlightened person (Gyani Purush), he helps you to fill the gap and you attain full self-realisation.

    Seeker  :
    What is Bhakti Yoga ? 

    Holstic Scientist : 
    Bhakti (devotion) develops to the extent of development of your Gyan (right knowledge). Both Gyan and Bhakti proceed side by side but first is Gyan- say it is 15%- 25%- 50% ......and that is followed by gradual development of Bhakti to that extent.

    Seeker  :
    Kindly explain with an example.

    Holstic Scientist :          
    You want to go to Airport. You first obtain the knowledge about the route to airport and keeping that in mind you start proceeding towards the airport. Isn't it? Bhakti means to approach closer and closer (to your goal). If you do not know the route and have not planned accordingly, how will you proceed correctly towards your destination ? So, you first need to know whose Bhakti you are doing. People do not understand Bhakti in its true sense.

    Raj Yoga is the planning, the direction about the route towards your goal provided one receives the right knowledge about this from a living fully enlightened person (Gyani Purush).

    Seeker  :
    And what is Gyan Yoga ?

    Holstic Scientist : 
    It is Raj Yoga only with the right knowledge about the route and planning the journey towards the goal of liberation.

    Seeker  :
    I think what our soul shows as right is the correct way. Our own Soul is the Guru ?

    Holstic Scientist : 
    But what is the level of development of your Self. Say, if it is 40% how can it guide for progress towards the development level of say, 50%? You need someone who is ahead of you in the path of development say, 80%- 90%-100%. Do you agree ?

    Seeker : 
    Right, Sir. I am grateful to you for bestowing the right knowledge about Karma Yoga, Raj Yoga, Gyan Yoga and Bhakti Yoga.

     

  • Experience the Happiness, Bliss and Inner Peace through the Science of Pure Real-Self and Relative-Self

    by Amit Patel | May 01, 2016

    The most important internal body organ is ‘ego’. What is ‘ego’ ? What is the function of ‘ego’ ? and where it is located in body.

    ‘Ego’ in its essence is blind. It sees with the eyes of the intellect ! Intellect rules over everything but the ‘ego’ takes all credits and shows off as if it is his power. 

    The location of the gross or material ‘ego’ is at the back, below the waist, where the elders pat the young’s to congratulate them.

    The function of ‘ego’ is to taste the pleasure of being the ‘doer‘, though it may not have done anything and yet it believes that ‘I did it !’ That is ‘ego’.

    Really speaking ego only gets illusion of enjoying or sufferings. Yet, it continuously takes pride or agony of enjoying or suffering as per the prevailing circumstances. Therefore, Holistic Scientist termed ‘ego’ as
    ‘Pratishthit Aatma’.

    If we observe minutely, ‘ego’ is not the real doer
    (karta)-enjoyer (bhokta), because an action takes place when innumerable scientific circumstantial evidences get together simultaneously. Even in the process of enjoying-suffering, it is the external sense organ which enjoys or suffers first of a particular action. Thereafter mind or reflective consciousness enjoys it at subtle level and ego asserts it ‘I enjoyed or suffered’.

    Let us take one simple example of preparing ‘One cup of Tea’. To prepare ‘One Cup of Tea’ one needs ingredients like sugar, milk, tea, masalas, gas stove, match box and tea maker (He/She). On analyzing further it will be revealed that the ingredients too need innumerable scientific circumstances to come into the existence. When all the circumstances are favourable, a tea maker can prepare ‘one cup of tea.’ In such circumstances, if a tea maker says, ‘I prepared it’, a tea seller says ‘I sold it’, and the person who enjoys drinking tea, says ‘I enjoyed it’ is nothing but an ‘ego’.

    Let us take some more examples.

    Do all of us have independent power to defecate or urinate? Holstic Scientist says ‘No’. Nobody has independent power to defecate or urinate. This can be better understood when it gets stuck and has to take medicines for regulating the same.

    Can we attend Satsang or Marriage Reception or other social gatherings as per our wish? The answer is ‘yes’ if the circumstances are favourable elsewhere not. i.e. Good health, transportation especially in foreign countries, if one is doing the job then leave permission and other factors if permits then one can attend the Satsang or Social gathering. In such circumstances, to speak I attended the Satsang or a Social gathering is nothing but ‘egoism’.

    In short, ‘ego’ is not the real ‘doer-enjoyer’. Really speaking the ‘ego’ only gets illusion of ‘enjoying-suffering’ due to ignorance of the ‘Pure-Self’. The pleasure or displeasure comes in the gross form by the external sense organs which are at subtle level of the mind.

    Ego is the false projection of the sense of being the doer and enjoyer-sufferer. Really speaking physical sense organs and subtle sense organs follows their own predicate nature and uttering ‘I did’ is just relative or transient or momentary. Therefore, enjoying-suffering, happiness-misery, peace-restlessness etc., which come across in one’s present life, is by virtue of its worldly existence in the past births, where ego has asserted by uttering ‘I did’. Here ‘I’ being only a circumstantial evidence. Further, that which prompts one to perform a deed is
    Uday-Karma - a happening on the maturity of deeds. If this principle is taken in its right perception, can almost help in attaining liberation !!

    It is ego, asserting itself in the presence of ‘Self’ that does
    ‘Karma’. Therefore, it is ego that makes one bound by karma because egoism entertains it when karma (deed) is being exhausted or discharged at the right time with other evidences aiding the nature.

    In the society, often worries are seen or expressed by the person in day to day life. Why ? Because people think that they have to manage their family, they have to do a job, they are to look after the education of children, they are to take care of the health of themselves as well as of family members and so on. When the same is not accomplished efficiently and effectively, worries are seen or expressed on their face.

    Therefore Holstic Scientist termed ‘Worrying as egoism’, because ‘I do’, ‘I do’, is ignorance.

    The below mentioned example will give a clear idea.

    On birth of a new born, nature provides milk to child’s mother’s for his breast feeding. Isn’t it ? Nature does it at a right time or not ? Is there any need to worry how the infant will get its food ?

    The food we eat, gets easily digested. Who digest it ? Who separates it as a blood and excreta ? These are natural processes. Isn’t it ?

    Once the answers to above questions are revealed, worries will disappear ! Elsewhere if one feels strongly that he/she manages big show, naturally worries will take charge on their heads.

    The world exist because of egoism and also because of this, the soul comes into the bondage of any of the following four forms. (1) Human form, (2) Animal/Plant form,
    (3) Angel form, and (4) Hellish form. Actually speaking, ‘I’ the soul is neither born nor does it die, but it’s the egoism in different form that is born.

    The method to identify ‘ego’ is very simple. If the ego is influenced by the ‘Greed’, ‘Pride’, ‘Infatuation’, ‘Love’ or ‘Lust’  then it is called ‘Greed Blinded’
    (Lobhandh), ‘Pride Blinded’ (Manandh). ‘Infatuation Blinded’ (Mohandh), ‘Love Blinded’ (Premandh) and ‘Lust Blinded’ (Vishayandh) respectively.

    Thus, the world environment is not the cause of misery and bondage but only a fallacy of belief.

    The ‘Enlightened-Being’ says that the first basic wrong belief that ‘I am Dr. J. P. Amin’, is the greatest form of egoism. The whole world exists on this foundation. To solve this puzzle, Holstic Scientist gave two view points to resolve this puzzle. (1) By relative view point I am name bearer and (2) By real view point ‘I am the Pure-Self’.

    Therefore, to think that I am the body (Ego-self) is egoism, Consciousness of Self-identity is ego but to believe that ‘I am the Pure-Self’ after being initiated by an ‘Enlightened-Being’, is not egoism. Therefore, the world is not binding rather the egoism of doer-ship is the cause of bondage.

    To superimpose on to oneself what one is not, is egoism. To get rid of it, one shall strive for a living ‘Enlightened-Being’ who by His divine grace, fractures wrong belief and set a right belief at a time. Once, it is realized that who am I and who am I not ?  remaining worldly activities will be carried out without the ownership of being a doer.

    Elsewhere, one has to face all the consequences if one believes ‘I am the doer’. One who is devoid of ego will never suffer the result of doer ship. It happens as per the Natural Law.

    Egoism mainly exists in the following two forms: Charge Egoism and Discharge Egoism.

    (1) Charge Egoism :
    Sajiva Egoism: It means egoism in the form of doer ship and suffering as detailed out in earlier paragraphs. It becomes the root cause of new bondage of Karma. It is based on ignorance of the ‘Pure-Self’.

    (2) Passive Discharge Egoism
    : Nirjiva Egoism, It means the ego starts performing the remaining worldly duties after the perpetual ‘Pure-Self’ is realized by the divine grace of an ‘Enlightened-Being’ without ownership of being a doer.

    The action or duties that are being performed after initiation does not become the cause of bondage as he/she is now the ‘knower-seer’ of the action or duties being performed.

    One has to be cautious that he/she does not get involved in the activity at such instances. However, due to any reason if one gets involved in the activity and forgets at time that he/she is the ‘knower-seer’, he/she is not the actual doer, then an Enlightened Being has given remedy of
    ‘alochana, pratikraman and pratyakhyan’. By doing heartily, ‘alochana, pratikraman and pratyakhan’, as per dictates of an ‘Enlightened-Being’ one can come back and discharge his/her duties as per the five simple dictates of an ‘Enlightened-Being’. See the Kindness of an ‘Enlightened-Being’ bestowed on the aspirant of true seeker of liberation.

    Holstic Scientist :
    ‘Ego’ and ‘True-Self’ cannot co-exist. A person with ego will never get liberated. In other words without ‘Self-Realization’ ‘ego’ can never die as well as can be humble. Having the humblest ego implies performing worldly affairs with a belief ‘I am humbler than all other living creatures’ in the world, which leads to Ultimate Liberation !

    An ‘Enlightened-Being’ have eradicated all the false, ignorant beliefs and experiences perfect bliss in all the worldly circumstances of life. Had the world been capable of giving sorrow, then it would have given misery to an ‘Enlightened-Being’ also but as He is ‘Knower-Seer’ of the all the happenings, He experiences ‘Perfect Bliss’.


     

  • Aphorisms of wisdom

    by Manish Shah | Apr 01, 2016

    ‘Acquire a firm will and the utmost patience.’
    -Sri Sri Ma Anandmayi

    We begin our journey towards the supreme goal of life from where we stand. Just as it is good to be patient with others, it is equally necessary to be patient with ourselves. After all, when the desire to lead the spiritual life and live for others comes to us, we can be haunted by our past mistakes, by the amount of time we have wasted in selfish pursuits. But we must accept ourselves with all our strengths and weaknesses.

    There are many obstacles on the spiritual path which can strengthen us, and these cannot be overcome unless we have infinite patience with ourselves. If we are patient with others, shouldn’t we be patient with ourselves as well ?

    Each of us is individual with our own special qualities. We start now, where we are, with our partial love for prestige and a little for the Lord. All of us, no matter what our past has been, no matter our present drawbacks are, can take to the spiritual life, and we will progress at our own pace. It is not good to compare one person’s progress with others.

    ‘Dreams are real as long as they last, can we say more of life ?’
    -Henry Havelock Ellis

    When we wake up from a dream, the mystics say, we do not pass from unreality to reality; we pass from a lower level of reality to a higher level. And, they add, there is a higher level still, compared with which this waking life of ours is as insubstantial as a dream. To put it rather bluntly, we are living in our sleep, dreaming that things like money and pleasure can make us happy. When they do not, it’s a nightmare.

    Yet until we do wake up, nothing sounds more absurd than the assertion that we are dreaming and nothing sound more solid than this word of senses. Why should this be so ? If original goodness is our real natural, why are we unable to see it ? The mystic’s answer is simple : because we see life not as it is but as we are. We see through a glass darkly, through the distorting lenses of the mind or the layers of feeling, habit, instinct and memory that cover the pure core of goodness deep within.

    ‘He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.’
    -Master Ekhart

    Most of us identify ourselves with our pet opinions. Then, when we are contradicted, we take it personally and get upset. If we could look at ourselves with some detachment, we would see how absurd this is. There is scarcely any more connection between me and my opinion than there is between me and my car. I have a close friend who is devoted to her volkswagen “bug”. If I compliment her on it, she is pleased, if I tell her what Ralph Nader says about Volkswagens, she feels insulted. But why ? Where is the connection ? She is not a VW “bug”.

    Once we realize at a deeper level of consciousness that we are not our opinions, most
    of the resentment in differences of opinion disappears. There is nothing wrong with disagreement. In fact, sometimes it is necessary to disagree. But we should do so with complete respect for the other person.

    ‘Suffering is the ancient law of love; there is no quest without pain; there is no lover who is not also a martyr.’
    -Heinrich Suso

    Practically speaking, in order to learn to love, we need a tool for transforming anger into sympathy. We need some kind of brake to apply when the mind shifts into high gear under the influence of anger and other negative emotions. The mind is so used to having its own way in almost everything, that all it knows is how to race out of control.

    How many of you would ever step into your  Pontiac or Toyota if you knew the brake
    could suddenly fail ? I could say, “You have plenty of gas, a big engine, gorgeous upholstery, radial tyres, eight-channel stereo tape deck, ashtray. Why don’t you go ahead ?” You would reply, “But I can’t stop the thing !” The vast majority of us, amazingly enough, manage to travel through life wihout knowing how to brake the engine of the mind.

    We can all install a simple but effective brake, the mantram. Whenever you feel agitated, annoyed, impolite or downright angry, keep repeating the mantram. Gradually the mind will race less and less. When the brake is throughly road-tested, you will have the equipment to be patient and kind in every situation. You will be ready to face the tests that real love demands.

    ‘That one I love who is incapable of ill will, and returns love for hatred. Living beyond the reach of I and mine, And of pain and pleasure, full of mercy, contented, self-controlled, of firm resolve, with all his heart and all his mind given to Me-with such a one I am in love.’
    -Sri Krishna(Bhagavad Gita)

    In personal relationships, we all get troubled when we do our best to be kindsomeone and that person treats us with hostility or ill-will in return. This is common in life today, and most of us quickly reach the end of our tether. “I don’t want to see you again.” We say. “I want to get far away from you as possible.”

    All of us have these human impulses. But that is just where the Gita or Jesus or the Buddha would say, “No. That is the way of the timid. That is the way of weak.” stick it out : not by becoming a doormat, not by blindly obeying whatever command the other person gives you, but by resolutely refusing to hurt anyone, no matter how much you
    have been hurt.

    Compassion comes with insight into the heart of life, as we see more clearly the unseen forces that drive a person into action. Ultimately, compassion extends to every creature.

    ‘Dive deep, O mind, dive deep
    In the ocean of God’s beauty;
    If you descend to the uttermost depths,
    There you will find the gem of love.’
    -Bengali Hymn

    Don’t think the purpose of meditation is to go deep into consciousness, wrap a blanket around yourself and say, “How cosy ! I’m going to curl up in here by myself, let the world burn.” Not at all. We go deep into meditation so that we can reach out farther and farther to the world outside.

    In meditation, we are going deep into ourselves, into the utter solitude that is within. As a counter balance to this, it is necessary to be with people to laugh with them, to sing with them and to enjoy the healthy activities of life. It is not a luxury on the spiritual path to have hard work or to have the company of spiritually oriented people; these are necessary for our spiritual development.

    Meditation and selfless action go hand in hand. When we try to live more for others than for ourselves, this will deepen our meditation. When we deepen our meditation, more and more energy will be released with which we can love and help others.

    ‘Go to an enlightened Master and falling at his feet, request him to liberate you. He will give you liberation.’
    -Dada Bagavan (Holistic Scientist)

    ‘Thou wast seeking what thou shouldest offer in thy behalf, offer thyself. For what doth God ask of thee except thyself ? Since in the whole earthly creation He made nothing better than thee.’
    -Saint Augustine

    ‘Take refuge in Me alone. Grieve not, I will liberate you
    -Krishna Bhagavan

    The scriptures of all religions have a great deal to say about renunciation. They are not asking us to renounce our stamp collection or our tickets to the world series; they are asking us to sacrifice ourself-will. Reducing self will is a terribly painful renunciation to
    make, because the ego will try every trick in the book to undermine our effort.

    Just as the mountain climber does not begin with Mount Everest, you cannot get of all your-self-will immediately. Practically speaking it is best to start on a very small scale. When you go out to dinner with a friend, instead of painstakingly choosing, just what you like, have what the other person is having. More likely than not it will be something you would just as soon pass over. That is the time to smile and enjoy it. If two people who care deeply about one another can do this, can learn to like what the person they love likes, they have  gotten a little of their-self-will out of the way. They cannot help moving closer to each other.

  • Trees

    by Manish Shah | Apr 01, 2016

    I love you, dear trees,
    Your whisper in the breeze,
    Fills my heart with wonder,
    And sets my mind at peace.

    Krishna Bhagavan, in the Gita, tells Arjuna, his lain, disciple and great archer, that He is the origin of all, He is the Ashvattha tree among trees. The roots of the Ashvattha lie up in the sky and its leafy branches spread downwords on earth. Therefore we must love and worship trees for they give us oxygen and help us sustain our lives. They are our never failing friends. They whisper to us : “Serve others; never expect any rewards for your service. Be humble. It is the meek, humble that shall inherit the earth.”

    Krishna Bhagavan also says, “Of the months, I am Margashirsha and of seasons, the flower season-the spring. I am the sweet fragrance in earth.”

    I would like to quote a dialogue between Sri Shankeracharya and a typical, proud but dry grammarian. There’s a dry tree in front of them. The proud grammarian at once describes it as :
     “A dry tree stands before me.”

    Then Shankaracharya, the poet-philosopher, shows his love and respect for Nature saying, “This tree, the best among the trees, whose sap has dried up, is shining in glee
    before me.”

    Nature is our loving mother. As her children, it is our pious duty to love her, respect her and keep her green and beautiful. To be with mother Nature is to be with godliness. To be with trees and plants is beautiful because they go on growing high up in the sky. They become an impetus and inspiration and the whole energy in flowing upwards with the growth.

    Machines reduce man to a dead machine.

    Man has to grow and soar higher to his divine root which is high up in the sky. If we are alert then trees, plants and all vegetation with wet smell and the joy of the chirping birds and the shining sun become a milieu for spiritual growth.

    The trees grow up and hold their heads up and worship their father, the sun, who floods them with light and warmth and sustains them. Birds build their nests in trees and live there with their young ones. They give us shade in the hot sun.

    The progress of trees is vertical. Man’s progress is within-inner-from the grossest to the subltest. His journey is inward form the world of objects outside. Man wants to retire to his inner, blissful abode-His Pure Soul...

    Green forests full of trees are our friend.  We must not cut trees for our selfish ends. When we cut a tree, the heart of Mother Earth is cleft into twain; it bleeds... But cruel man cut them cruelly... We must plant trees on earth and keep her greener. We must plant more trees than we cut and make mother Earth greener, richer and more beautiful.

    Holistic Scientist says, “If we want to costruct a road which requires even a single tree to be cut as it comes in the way, we would not cut, nor even disturb the tree but the road will have to change its course. The trees are the dear, green children of mother Earth.”

    The earth is our home... All nations live and flourish on the lap of mother Earth. We are her children. Though living in distant lands and speaking different tongues and following different religions and cut into different races and castes and colours we are a global family. We must love one another or we’ll perish...

    Now let us learn more about trees from Hermann Hesse to whom lonely trees are like solitary men like Beethoven and Nietzoche and their roots rest in infinity. Doesn’t this remind of Sri Krishna Bhagavan’s Ashvattha whose roots are up in the sky ?

    Holistic Scientist makes us aware and alert of our Puresoul saying, “You aren’t Chandulal.” We are victims of our ignorant involvement in our mortal instruments like body, mind and speech and our false belief that we are doers and enjoyers...

    “For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farm boy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.

    Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

    A tree says : A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.

    A tree says : My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.

    When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still ! Be still ! Look at me ! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.

    A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one’s suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home. Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother.

    So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”

    -Hermann Hesse, Baume. Betrachtungen and Gedichte

    People and trees are intimately connected through the ages. Trees speak to the Soul of human beings.

    We consider trees as sacred in our ancient eastern tradition. We worship banyan and pippal trees and tulsiplants.

    Trees have captured the human imagination since the beginning of time. Though deeply rooted in the Earth, they sway with the wind and enjoy the whisper of a breeze in their leaves... The sight of ants marching is a straight line up or down is a wonder of nature.

    Pure hearted people can feel a trees vibrational energy. When placing their hand upon its bark. With their deep roots, trees carry significant grounding energy. We naturally feel peace and serenity when walking in the shade of trees or on a forest trail.

    Trees help us every day

    Trees remove so much pollution from the air and save our lives. People living near trees enjoy better health.

    Watching their cycle of growth, shedding of leaves and flowering in the spring, people have long perceived trees as powerful symbols of life, death and renewal. Since beginning of time, humans have had a sense that trees are sentient being just like us, that they can feel pain, that they bleed when they are hurt. Trees even look like us. People have a trunk, trees have arms. And so we innately feel deep connection to them.

    The Universal Tree of Life : Both  Ancient and Modern.

    The concept of a Tree of Life often symbolizing the connections between all life forms, is found in many eastern religions and philosophies. The Gita says, “We have our roots high up and branches downwards in the world.”

    According to modern science, the tree has become the  quint-essential symbol of biological evolution, as its ever-branching image poignantly depicts the unmistakable inter connections between all living species on the earth.

    The Tree Leaf and Eternal Life

    Consider this beautiful commentary from  Thich Nhat Hanh reflecting on a tree leaf :

    “I asked the leaf whether it was frightened because it was autumn and the other leaves were falling. The leaf told me, “No. During the whole spring and summer I was completely alive. I worked hard to help nourish the tree and now much of me is in the tree. I am not limited by this form. I am also the whole tree and when I go back to soil, I will continue to nourish the tree. So I don’t worry at all. As I leave this branch and float to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell her, “I will see you again very soon.”

    ...That day there was a wind blowing and after a while, I saw the leaf leave the branch and float down to the soil, dancing joyfully, because as it floated it saw itself already there in the tree. It was so happy. I bowed my head, knowing that I have a lot to learn from the leaf because it is not afraid–it knew nothing  can be born and nothing can die.”

    The Wisdom of Trees, Way of Nature
    (Creative Nature)

    “Trees are sanctuaries. Who ever knows how to speak to them knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life. Every path leads homeward.”-Hermann Hesse

    Holistic view of the world.
    We are the leaves of one tree,
    We are the waves of one sea.

     

  • Anger: Cause and Remedies

    by Amit Patel | Feb 29, 2016

    When the volcano of anger erupts, its destructive force destroys relationships and causes irreparable hurt to others. The ill effects of anger linger for a long time.

    Anger is one of the highest forms of violence according to Holistic Science. Anger generates a lot of heat and this heat kills thousands of microorganisms that reside in our body.

    The underlying cause of anger is ego. When your ego is hurt by others or by extreme circumstances, you get angry. You get angry when things do not go as planned or someone insults you. Holistic Science defines ego as the wrong belief which leads you to believe that you are the name bearer. For example the wrong belief that “I am Manish”, “I am a husband”, “I am a father” or “I am a professor” is my ego.

    How can you mitigate these situations so that you can pacify the volcano of anger before it erupts?  Here are some remedies for typical situations that arise in our life.

    If things do not go as planned, understand that the outcome is in the hands of nature’s regulatory system. All you can do is give it your best.

    When you incur a loss, understand that by getting angry you are doubling your loss. You already incurred one loss and if you get angry you will lose your peace and incur a second loss.

    When your kids don’t listen to you, try to explain why you want the kids to act or behave a certain way. Explain once, remind once and then leave it to nature. Invariably, the children will come around.

    When you are insulted, understand that this is a result of your past echo. You are reaping what you had sown. Handle the situation with equanimity.

    When you are under pressure because there is a lot to accomplish, prioritize your tasks. Do not rush into attempting everything at once. Realize that circumstances are of a transitory nature. They will pass. So exercise patience.

    Holistic Science gives a very effective prescription for removing the ill effects of anger. To erase the negative effects of your anger, you should pray to the soul of the person you offended and ask for forgiveness. However, you should ask for forgiveness internally and not approach the person you hurt. By doing so, you are preventing the ego of the other person from getting inflated (Look, he came and begged for my forgiveness).

    Proactively, you can use your intention to pacify anger. Holistic Science recommends that we recite this prayer, preferably early in the morning, and thereby release our intention to become free of anger.

    O Lord!

    May you bless me with such as 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 with me 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.

    Anger is considered to be a big obstacle to our spiritual progress. Armed with correct understanding, we can neutralize and conquer anger.

    -Manish Shah, Chicago

  • Experience the Principle of Acceptance

    by Amit Patel | Feb 29, 2016
    1. This aims at accepting all individuals and situations either with equanimity or grace. Any pattern of internal change like meditation or introspection leads to acceptance. In short, acceptance is the technique of internal change to correct external situation like health, business conditions, family problems etc. in a limited way. It is the opposition of reaction.
    2. Response to a situation like sickness by way of treatment is well observed practical pattern. Here again, change of life habits, diet etc. that forms the internal change is acceptance. In the case of a business loss, change of strategy by introspection is acceptance. Change of business pattern due to obsolescence is a response, which is a sub-set of acceptance.
    3. The concept of acceptance is at the center (a middle point of view) of the extreme response of either non-acceptance or over-acceptance.
    4. Non-acceptance is the reactionary effect of over-acceptance; correction needs to be first applied to basis of our non-acceptance by understanding its destructive power.
    5. It is observed that when one does not accept human beings gracefully, whether one likes them or not, the result is loss of wealth and health. This is due to one’s failure in managing his interpersonal relations.
    6. Non-acceptance of things like clothes, furniture and way of living is not as dangerous as non-acceptance of men and situations.
    7. Non-acceptance of human being is usually in case of partners, government officers, family, neighbors, members of different regional or religious groups etc. As long as somebody is not accepted and hence avoided, a man or woman worse than those whom we have not accepted is put in our path by nature till we ultimately learn to accept the uniqueness of human beings. So is the case with situations.
    8. It can be learnt by experience as also meaningful observation of different people that non-acceptance use up lot of energy by way of internal and external friction and thereby reduces the energy level of the human systems, may hamper the immunity level and make us susceptible to disease.
    9. Whenever we are in a difficult situation, we instinctively try to change the situation whereas by acceptance we overcome our own hostility to the situation. That is, we ourselves change and the degree of change is reflected in a change of situation appearing in our favor.
    10. If we cannot change our non-acceptance, then we should gracefully accept the result of our non-acceptance to reduce the damage. This is called secondary acceptance.
    11. Acceptance is the measure of our grace, culture and creativity. It is cultivated by a strong auto-suggestion to accept. It requires a patient effort over a prolonged duration. It puts life into our system. It is a very important way to come out of our misery.
    12. When practiced under the guidance of a teacher, it transforms Human System into Serenity Divinity enabling intense activity with a calm and steady poise. It cleans the memory lanes by removing “HURT” spread all over. It is the receding of ego system represented by its manifestations in the form of arrogance, obstinacy, fear, anxiety and restlessness.
    13. Acceptance is not helplessness although usually a situation is accepted when there is no other way. It is the calm acceptance of the people who appear to be responsible for the uncomfortable situation by meditating on the real cause of our predicament.
    14. Acceptance is in the ultimate analysis an inward search for the causes. Taken to an extreme, it is blessing all those responsible for our difficulty-an opening of life within and reducing our hostility which over sometime shall be responded by a matching positive feelings from them.
    15. Acceptance when properly understood and practiced locates a true spiritual center line, away from dualities like love and hate, rigidity and looseness, health and sickness, poverty and wealth.
    16. It is the way to come out of material and spiritual bankrupcy.
    17. If one over-accepts oneself, ego-principle becomes strong and light goes way. If one does not accept oneself and starts reducing oneself, he becomes worthless.
    18. We always get what we deserve – wife, children, business partners, neighbors, colleagues, profit, loss. Depending upon the extent of hostility and love within us, some circumstances in life are favorable and others are not. Once can experience that by accepting unfavorable persons gracefully, their number decreases and life becomes pleasant.
    19. Practice of acceptance over a long period leads to inner silence. It is the essence of non-violence and compassion. It is the aim of all meditation practices.
    20. Of all the non-acceptances, the most powerful one is of death. Strong breath currents built by nature at the time of birth creates a strong misbelief in us that we are the body and death of body means our own death. Only slow practice of meditation can take us out of the fear of death. Accepting death gracefully is not to ask for our death.It only generates strong life currents within us during our lifetime. There will be no old age.
    - Jayantilal Shah
  • 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.