8 Astonishing tendencies of the mind

8 Astonishing tendencies of the mind which will change what you think you know about your own mind –

1. When the mind dies, love dawns

Whenever there is love, the mind dies and this is painful. That is why love always brings pain with it. Something in you is dissolving – the ego, the mind and this dissolving is painful. The mind does not want to dissolve. It wants to emphasize its existence. It doesn’t want to bear the pain of dissolution, the pain is unbearable. You often find people who love each other fighting, and you really don’t understand why they should fight when there is so much love. These are the mechanics. The love is so strong and so powerful, the mind cannot hold it. It wants to hold. It cannot stay. It cannot exist. It dissolves and this brings pain, unbearable pain. So, in order to get rid of the pain, it rebels. And that rebellion is the fight. When you surrender to somebody, this is more evident. It is clearer.

2. The mind wants something impossible

The mind has a peculiar nature. It desires something, and when it acquires or achieves it, it no longer finds it interesting. It drops it, and moves away from it, because it can’t stand being totally in the present. It dissolves. And if it doesn’t achieve what it wants, it gets frustrated. Then too, there is a rejection, a rebellion in the mind. Have you observed this? You want something and crave for it. And if you can achieve it, if you have it, the mind is not into it. It drops it very easily, very quickly. It doesn’t find joy in it. It wants something that is not around. It wants something impossible. The moment it becomes possible, it moves away from there and goes further. It’s not anybody’s fault. It is the nature. It is used to living on craving, so it gets frustrated anyway. Fulfilled or unfulfilled it leads to frustration.

3. Wherever you go, you carry your own mind

If you are peaceful, your surroundings become peaceful, your situation becomes peaceful and people around you become peaceful. You are the center of this universe. Why are you looking for peace anywhere else, with anybody else and with any other set up? Wherever you go, you carry your own mind. And wherever you go, you create the same problems. It may appear to be calm and quiet for some time in some place but then it will be the same again there too. Unless you see this, realize it and look into it, nothing will help in the long term. There is no other permanent solution.

4. The limited mind always does business everywhere

The limited mind is trying to do business in the name of love. In every relationship you will find that people are demanding more. And even if they give, they give thinking they should receive much more than what they have given! One feels that he has given enough. In any relationship, everybody feels that they had done everything for their relatives, their family and so they must love them. Everything that we do is in order to get love, attention, recognition or something. This is business. Doing something in order to get something is business.

5. All the desires arise when your mind is not fully conscious

A semiconscious mind is the mother of desires. If it is unconscious, no desire comes, for instance, in sleep there is no desire. And when the mind is fully awake, then also there is no desire because everything is already acquired. What does desire mean? It means a lack of joy or fulfillment, and a requirement for fulfillment and joy. It is not that if desires arise, they should be stopped. When they are there, they are there. When desires arise, you should become more conscious and be aware of your nature.

6. The mind swings between extremes

Suppose a delicate piece of cloth, silk, is caught up in a thorny bush. It needs a skill to remove it. It is the same with the mind. It is very easy for the mind to either like or dislike something, or swing between these two extremes. The mind exists by doing this. It cannot exist without these opposites, without the duality, without the swing. Either the mind will like or dislike something. The mind hates something, and then, again it loves something else. The mind goes towards whatever one understands is bad or not right (what we should not do). It does it more often. The mind is attached to some ideals and resolutions. ‘I must do this, I want to be like that,’ and then one finds it very difficult to follow those ideals. You have all experienced this over and over again.

7. There is one golden point by which the mind can be lifted up and that is wonder

Wonder is where there is no concept, no mind. One slips very easily from wonder to concepts. It is such a balancing line. Wonder about the concepts of likes or dislikes. How it should or should not be. What I want and what I don’t want. In wonder, there is no wanting or not wanting. Wonder is a wonder. In wonder there are no likes or dislikes. It is what ‘is’, is wonder.

8. Your mind is not clear and focused when there is an obsession or a burning desire

See how calm, collected, cool and aware your mind is when these desires drop. See how clear and focused you are. Many people have never experienced such focus, such clarity at all in their lives. This is their misfortune. I can only wonder at how those who have experienced even a little bit, get into desires and lust. Knowing it, you still get into it. I am not saying this is bad and you shouldn’t do it, because then the mind will say, ‘No, I shouldn’t do it’ and then the whole trip begins. Look and wonder about these samskaras (impressions) in you. At that very moment they dissolve and you rise above them.

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Letter from Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to the AIMPLB

श्री श्री रविशंकरजी का पत्र

अखिल भारतीय मुस्लिम पर्सनल लॉ बोर्ड के सदस्य,

कृपया आप सभी को मेरे प्रणाम को स्वीकार करें।

इस पत्र के माध्यम से मैं राम जन्मभूमि बाबरी मस्जिद मुद्दे के बारे में हमारे देश की वर्तमान स्थिति और भविष्य की संभावना को आगे बढ़ा देना चाहता हूं। जैसा कि हम सभी जानते हैं, यह मुद्दा हिंदू और मुस्लिम समुदायों के बीच एक पुरानी और विवादास्पद है। अब तक मामला सुप्रीम कोर्ट में है आइए सुप्रीम कोर्ट के फैसले के संभावित परिणामों को एक समुदाय के पक्ष में रखते हुए जांचें।

पहली संभावना यह है कि न्यायालय ने पुरातात्विक सबूतों पर आधारित हिंदुओं को साइट को घोषित किया है कि मंदिर मस्जिद से पहले ही अस्तित्व में था। इस परिदृश्य में, हमारे कानूनी व्यवस्था के बारे में मुसलमानों को गंभीर आशंकाएं होंगी और भारतीय न्यायपालिका में उनका विश्वास हिल जाएगा। इससे मुस्लिम युवा हिंसा को लेकर कई नतीजों में से एक हो सकता है।

हालांकि मुस्लिम पर्सनल लॉ बोर्ड और अन्य सामुदायिक नेताओं का मानना ​​है कि वे इसे स्वीकार करेंगे, लंबे समय तक यह महसूस करते हुए कि अदालत ने समुदाय के साथ अन्याय किया है, सदियों से होगा।

दूसरा विकल्प यह है कि हिंदुओं ने मामले को खो दिया और बाबरी मस्जिद के पुनर्निर्माण के लिए मुसलमानों को पूरी जमीन उपहार में दी गई है। इससे हिंदू समुदाय में जबरदस्त असंतोष का कारण होगा क्योंकि यह विश्वास का मामला है और जिसके लिए वे 500 वर्षों से लड़ रहे हैं। इससे पूरे देश में विशाल सांप्रदायिक गड़बड़ी का कारण होगा। हालांकि, उनकी जीत में, मुसलमान, गांवों के ठीक ऊपर और लाखों हिंदुओं के भरोसे पर भरोसा करेंगे। यह एक एकड़ जमीन जीतने पर, वे स्थायी रूप से बहुसंख्यक समुदाय की सद्भावना को खो देंगे।

तीसरा, अगर अदालत ने इलाहाबाद हाईकोर्ट के संस्करण की पुष्टि की, जिसमें कहा गया है कि एक एकड़ पर एक मस्जिद का निर्माण होना चाहिए, जबकि शेष 60 एकड़ का मंदिर बनाने के लिए उपयोग किया जाए, तो शांति बनाए रखने के लिए 50,000 पुलिस कर्मियों की तैनाती की आवश्यकता होगी , भारी सुरक्षा जोखिम को देखते हुए यह भी मुस्लिम समुदाय के लिए भी फायदेमंद नहीं होगा। स्थानीय मुस्लिमों के मुताबिक, उन्हें मस्जिद जाने की ज़रूरत नहीं है क्योंकि उनके पास 22 अन्य मस्जिद हैं और केवल पांच हजार लोग इसका इस्तेमाल करते हैं। यह विवाद का दूसरा मुद्दा है और हम 1992 के बाबरी मस्जिद विध्वंस की स्थिति को दोहराने का मौका दे रहे हैं और संघर्ष का निरंतर मुद्दा होगा। यह बिल्कुल भी हल नहीं है।

चौथा विकल्प यह है कि सरकार एक कानून के बारे में लाती है और मंदिर बनाती है। इस मामले में फिर से, मुस्लिम समुदाय महसूस करेंगे कि वे हार गए हैं।

इसलिए, सभी चार विकल्पों में, चाहे अदालत के माध्यम से या सरकार के माध्यम से, इसका परिणाम देश के लिए बड़े और मुस्लिम समुदाय में विनाशकारी हो, विशेष रूप से यदि मुसलमान जीतते हैं, तो वे प्रत्येक गांव में मनाएंगे और यह केवल सांप्रदायिक तनाव और हिंसा को ही आमंत्रित करेगा। इसी तरह, यदि हिंदुओं को जीत मिलती है, तो यह मुस्लिम समुदाय के क्रोध को आमंत्रित कर सकता है और पूरे देश में दंगे पैदा कर सकता है, जैसा कि हमने अतीत में देखा है।

दोनों समुदायों के लोग जो अदालत के फैसले का पालन करने में कठोर हैं, वे इस मुद्दे को हार की स्थिति में भी चला रहे हैं।

मेरे अनुसार, सबसे अच्छा उपाय, एक आउट-ऑफ-कोर्ट सेटलमेंट है जिसमें मुस्लिम निकायों आगे आते हैं और हिंदुओं को एक एकड़ जमीन का उपहार देते हैं जो बदले में मुसलमानों के करीब पांच एकड़ जमीन का उपहार देगा, बेहतर बनाने के लिए मस्जिद। यह एक जीत की स्थिति है जिसमें मुसलमानों को केवल 100 करोड़ हिंदुओं का सद्भावना ही नहीं मिलेगा, बल्कि यह इस मुद्दे को एक बार और सभी के लिए आराम देगा। एक पालिका नामा यह मान जाएगी कि यह मंदिर हिंदू और मुसलमान दोनों के सहयोग से बनाया गया है। यह भविष्य की पीढ़ियों और आने वाले सदियों के लिए इस मुद्दे को आराम देगा।

अदालत के माध्यम से जाना दोनों समुदायों के लिए एक नुकसान है। इसलिए मैं दोहराता हूं, कि अदालत के एक समझौते से बाहर दोनों के लिए जीत की स्थिति होगी।

मैं दोनों धर्मों के नेताओं को इस क्रिया को गंभीरता से लेने के लिए आग्रह करता हूं, अन्यथा हम अपने देश को गृहयुद्ध के कगार पर धकेल रहे हैं। दुनिया में पहले से ही बहुत कुछ देखा है। हमें इसके बजाए, दुनिया को दिखाएं कि भारत अलग है और हम अपने आंतरिक मुद्दों को सौहार्दपूर्वक हल कर सकते हैं।

अब, बड़ा सवाल यह है कि क्या कुरान द्वारा मस्जिद को दूसरे स्थान पर स्थानांतरित करने के लिए यह अनुमति है। इसका जवाब है हाँ। मैंने व्यक्तिगत रूप से सम्मानित मौलवी मौलाना सलमान नदवी और कई अन्य मुस्लिम विद्वानों से यह सुना है। वे इस जमीन को उन लोगों को आत्मसमर्पण नहीं कर रहे हैं जिन्होंने बाबरी मस्जिद को ध्वस्त कर दिया है या किसी विशेष संगठन को। इसके विपरीत, वे इसे भारत के लोगों को दे रहे हैं। उन्हें इसे अपने दिमाग और आत्मा में रखना चाहिए कोई आत्मसमर्पण नहीं है यह केवल सामंजस्य और उनकी व्यापकता, उदारता, उदारता और सद्भावना की अभिव्यक्ति है।

हमें याद दिलाया जाए कि सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने अदालत के बाहर संघर्ष को हल करने का सुझाव दिया है।

 

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What is Sudarshan Kriya?

The Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful rhythmic breathing technique that facilitates physical, mental, emotional and social well-being is an integral part of Art of Living programmes.
It is preceded by Ujjayi Pranayam or long and deep breaths with constriction at the base of throat and Bhastrika or fast and forceful breaths through the nose along with arm movements.
It is today universally acclaimed for its effectiveness in eliminating stress and bringing one completely into the present moment.
As H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar puts it, the Sudarshan Kriya came to him like an inspiration to bridge the gap between the worlds of inner silence and outer expression of life.
Nature is replete with various rhythms and cycles – day follows night, night follows day, seasons come and go. Similarly, there are biological rhythms to our bodies, minds and emotions. When these rhythms are in sync, we feel a sense of harmony and well-being. When stress or illness throws them out of order, we experience discomfort and discontent and feel upset and unhappy.
‘Su’ means proper, ‘darshan’ means vision, and ‘Kriya’ is a purifying practice. The Sudarshan Kriya is therefore a purifying practice, whereby one receives a proper vision of one’s true self. This unique breathing practice is a potent energizer.
Every cell becomes fully oxygenated and flooded with new life, bringing a sense of joy in the moment. And when we feel good about ourselves, love flows naturally in all our relationships with others.
The rhythmic breathing pattern of Sudarshan Kriya harmonizes the rhythms of the body and emotions and brings them in tune with the rhythms of nature. The breath connects the body and mind. Just as emotions affect our patterns of breathing, we can bring about changes in our mental and behavioral patterns by altering the rhythms of our breath. It flushes our anger, anxiety and worry; leaving the mind completely relaxed and energized.

SRI SRI EXPLAINS THE SUDARSHAN KRIYA:
“I was already teaching meditation and yoga. But I felt there was something that was lacking. Though people do their spiritual practices, their life is in a sort of a compartment. They do their prayers, meditation and spiritual practices but when they come out in life, they are very different people. So, I was thinking how we can bridge this gap – between inner silence and outer expression of life. During a period of silence, the Sudarshan Kriya came like an inspiration. After I came out of the silence, I started teaching whatever i knew and people had great experiences.”
“After kriya, many people feel so pure and so clear, so complete, because the consciousness, which was stuck in the matter, material, which is foreign to itself, got released from that and came back to its home.That is the sense of purity, feeling of purity.”
“We need to do a cleansing process within ourselves. In sleep we get rid of fatigue, but the deeper stresses remain in our body. Sudarshan Kriya cleanses the system from the inside. The breath has a great secret to offer.”
“Sudarshan Kriya is a breathing technique Combined with meditation.
See there is a rhythm in the nature, right? In the same way, there is a rhythm in the body. We have Physiological rhythm. Morning you have nature’s call, then you get hungry, then you feel sleepy. There is a particular bio rhythm we call. There’s a “chandasva”, what we call “chandha”. There is a rhythm in the mind also. Thought Pattern. And there is a rhythm in the emotional pattern. If you observe in one year, A particular time of the year, You feel differently. Anger, Interest or enthusiasm. They all come in certain patterns in life, in our spirit inside. Sudarshan kriya is harmonizing all these rhythms. So it brings that rhythm and takes about 6 days to learn, 2 hours each day.”

Prana level (Life force energy) and Sudarshan Kriya
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: There are ten types of Prana (the subtle life force energy). Of these, there are five major and five minor kinds of Prana. Today let me just talk about the five major types of Prana.
The first major type of Prana is called Prana which arises from your navel upwards to the top of the head.
Then there is another type of Prana that goes downwards from the navel, and it is called Apana.
When the Prana level is too high, you cannot sleep; you can get insomnia and you feel very jittery. However, if the Apana level is too high, you feel so dull that you do not even want to get off the bed. Have you had this experience? Sometimes you feel so heavy, gross, and dull. This is due to the imbalance of Apana.
The third type of Prana is Samana which is present as the digestive fire in the digestive system, i.e., in the stomach. It is the agni or the fire that helps digest the food.
Samana is that which helps indigestion, and it also helps other bodily systems. It helps in balancing the system.
Then there is Udana Vayu or Udana Prana which is somewhere near the heart region and is responsible for emotions.
In Sudarshan Kriya, people cry or they laugh, and you find that all these emotions well up. This is due to the Udana Vayu. So this Udana Vayu is responsible for all the emotions.
Then the fifth type of Prana called Vyana which is responsible for all the movement in the body. It is spread all over the body.
In Sudarshan Kriya, you feel some tingling, some energy all over the body. Have you all experienced this?
What happens in Sudarshan Kriya is, all the five Pranas get balanced, and that is why you cry, or you laugh, and you feel a tingling all over the body. That is the specialty of Sudarshan Kriya.
You also tend to feel very hungry after the Kriya, is it not so?
So, these five Prana in the body run our lives.
If Samana is imbalanced, then it gives rise to digestive problems, and you cannot digest the food properly, or you may experience nausea. All this happens because of an imbalance of the Samana Prana.
When Udana Prana is stuck, you feel an emotional block that also affects your thinking and your mind.
When the Vyana which is all over the body is imbalanced, then you have joint pain, or movement trouble, and either you become too jittery and restless, or you may feel like you do not want to do anything.
Moving around anywhere in such a state gives discomfort and creates restlessness in the body. All this is caused by the Vyana imbalance.
After Sudarshan Kriya, you would have noticed that all these imbalances go away. Has this not happened to all of you?
All earlier discomfort in the movements of the body, or its circulation, or some pains due to Vyana imbalance, all disappeared after Sudarshan Kriya.

How do we Balance Seva, Studies and Family ?

Question: When we do seva (service), especially  youth, how do we balance seva, studies and family?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: How do you ride a bicycle? Do you allow yourself to fall on one
side? When you are more towards one side,  you just balance. But one strong conviction
should be there – I will do seva, I will do studies, I will take care of my family and
respect the elders as well. These are not opposites but complementary. When you do
seva, you get power and achieve merit, and that gives you good fortune. So, spirituality
brings strength. Through meditation, you will progress in the world.
This conviction, ‘I will be able to do all’, works miracles.

If you find any doubt, just know that it is temporary. The most important thing is to
develop a strong personality. Going to college, stuffing your head with information
and just passing the exam, no! How much strength and humility have you gained? Are
you blossoming into a complete person? It is important to check this. Enthusiasm with
awareness! Seva brings out the skill in you that will again make a difference in how you relate
to all types of people. Softness and depth will come to you. With enthusiasm, there will be
awareness. All can be threaded on a string.