HUMANITY – Religion + Spirituality

 

Its very easy to talk and preach, write and lecture “Others” on Humanity, Values, Sanskars …

But who actually would be a true humanitarian?

It would be one who practises what he preaches or may be the one just acts out of his sanskars and chooses to not talk or discuss  his humanity, spiritual or religious acts at all!

Like they said in the earlier times,

When you do any act of humanity of charity; it should be so discreet that your left hand  is  not aware of the fact that  your right hand has done some noble deed!!

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Money, Money, Money..”Sanskar”

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“All spiritual and humanity values take a back seat, and all actions justified as the only sanskar majority follow is money power”.

This is what I call “THE MONEY SANSKAR. (A value and moral system based only on money)

In my spiritual journey, as consciousness moved deeper, a new outlook developed. The same world and the same people stood in a different light; and visions of day to day life underwent some changes. The vision instead of being straight moves in a 3D manner – it becomes like 360 degrees of viewing.

Though giving greater joy, in some situations also brings up different meanings in the same people and situations, which may not always be pleasant.

One of the ugly realities of our outer world I ‘experienced’ was the negative influence of money power. 

Talking about SANSKARS (value systems) is very easy; sounds very good; but I experienced that majority of the time what people preach are only empty words.

All  Spiritual Sanskars;  Humanity Sanskars are made a show of being followed only till lectures, pravachans, and discussions; mostly to impress others; who do the same  themselves. It  just becomes a big show of hypocrisy, as none practice what they speak.

THEN, WHAT ARE THE SANSKARS ALL WORLD FOLLOWS TODAY?

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In a world where money is the universal language all actions are accepted as right, as long as the person is rich with several zeros attached to his name; so the majority follows what I call   “THE MONEY SANSKAR(A value or moral system based on money only)

The larger the number of zeros attached with a name the loudest his truth is heard.

How much importance is given to the zero factor? In fact many people actually bow down to the “ZEROS”

Someone worth 100 crores – Someone worth 1000 crores – Someone worth 9000 crores –Someone worth 100,000 crores.

Do the bank accounts really portray the true inner person behind the zeros or the actual reality of the particular person; this person who dominates the thoughts and hence clouds the judgments of people around by the display of his money power; his only achievement being the number of ‘zeros’ attached to his name.

Most humanity is easy to fool by the layers and layers of masks we cover ourselves with.  This is extremely easy, as no one actually has time to see beyond. We all live in the gross level of realities –‘Instant gratification’ in all degrees of living, for which money power is important.

The funniest is, when we bow down to the power games, of the corrupt only because of our greed, and with the good knowledge of them possessing the lowest spiritual or moral qualities. The lies, the deceit that many in the guise of some power exert over our lives.

And all for what? – a greater share in the Zero?

I feel the moment we forget our realities and get involved only in figures and calculations; it becomes a total outward journey and the real Humanity Sanskars which should be a part of our life are forgotten. It is only a human with any degree of spiritual awakening who  does not bow to money power.

If you – your soul, your dot – are the stronger one, this “ZERO” then has to bow down to the real you. Then the zero factor becomes your slave instead of ruling over your life or senses.

It is then that you have gained freedom for yourself and are your own master; free from the raag-dwesh-lobh (attachment-envy-greed) of the outer dimensions;

Which in my understanding is true Spirituality.

 

(Some lines are taken from my book “Zero2dot”-

For details please visit my website www.zero2dot.org )

Jai Shreeji!!

Shreenathji Mangla

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World Of Beggars…

…There is an age old belief, “One can give (to the other) only, what is there on his inner side”

So in a world of beggars, who will give?

All are empty in themselves, hungry for various things –

Greater name, more money, higher power

Simply the strong desire to tower above the rest of the humanity in what ever capacity – could even be in the mask of religion!

So, unless there is an overflowing of love from within, and the person totally contained in himself, how will he be ever expected to give JOY to others around?

And, “Except in the people  who have merged with the consciousness and are close to God , can such a quality be available;

Which is very rare…

Taken from my book: Zero2Dot.  http://www.zero2dot.org/

Jai Shreeji!!

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ShreeNathji-God as Gate keeper?

Short conversation of a bhakt with his God…a dream sequence

Human to ShreeNathj (God):

Kaunsi naukri karte hain aaj kal? (What service do You do now a days?)

ShreeNathji (God):

Dekho, darwaze ke bahar bithaya ha, chokidari karne ke liye”.

(See, I have been made to sit outside the door, to protect their premises.)

 

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‘God as gatekeeper”

 

Human:

Acha-acha, to Aapko bahar bithaya hai, gate keeper bana diya?

(Ok, Ok; so You have been turned into a gate keeper and have been made to sit out?)"God as gate keeper"

ShreeNathji (God):

Koi baat nahi”; “Mujhse prarthna karte hain – ‘Hey Bhagwan, hamara taala laga hai, aap  dhyan rakhna”.

(But its okay, they pray to me, “God, my room is locked, please look after the safety’)

Human:

Aur Aap kya kaam karte hain aaj kal?

(And what other service do You do, nowadays)?

ShreeNathji (God):

Aur dekho, Mujhe public deewaron pur bhi sajate hain, safaie rakhne ke liye Lekin dekh lo,

loag to mere uper bhi thook dete hain.

Aab main kya karon; safaie rakhne ke kaam bhi nahin aa sakta”?

(And see, humans have painted me on public walls, so that people maintain cleanliness there; sadly it does not serve that purpose also as people spit on me also. What do I do now, I don’t seem to be useful for maintain cleanliness also”?

ShreeNathji painted on a stairway, to prevent people from spitting!

ShreeNathji painted on a stairway, to prevent people from spitting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

People spitting on God's image also!

People spitting on God’s image also!

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I felt sad, very sad indeed!!

What if God’s actually were watching this happen in our world?

Jai Shreeji!!

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Kamal from “Keechad”

He saw the Kamal (Lotus) which was covered with filth and sinking fast in the keechad (Filth of the Mayic world).

He recognized the beauty and brilliance, in spite of the layers of keechad.

It was selected from among the crores of other flowers living in the keechad around.

Kamal in the keechad

He recognized the Divine Swa (Inner Self) of this Kamal.

He pulled it out, snatched it away and saved it from sinking totally in the darkness of the keechad (Filth).

Carefully he cleaned it of all the past karmic keechad (Past Karmic Sanskars)and fed it with gentle divine compassion, karuna, filling it with hope.

He groomed it taking away the layers of filth and keechad of several lifetimes, which had covered the true inner beauty and radiance; the true reality of the Kamal.

The Kamal began to shine and boom in this divine tender, gentle care and compassion.

As its purity increased, it bloomed spreading its fragrance; he purified it further, enough to be offered to the Divine in its total ness.

The blooming Kamal

This Kamal seeped in the total darkness of the (mayic world) outer dimension keechad, is purified beyond any normal standards; totally connected to the Divine in its own reality which is its inner divinity, inner purity, inner identity; revealed in its fragrance and brilliance.

Its knower, recognizer, selector, groomer, purifier, connector, offerer is the original divine sadguru.

The Kamal is the divine soul offered to Her Shree Krishn, ShreeNathji in total love and purity and surrender.

Jai Shreeji!!

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World Of Beggars

…There is a belief, one can only give what is there in the inner side – so unless there is an overflowing of love, and the person totally contained in himself, how will he be ever expected to give this joy to others around?

 Except in the people close to God who have merged with the consciousness, can such a quality be felt; or else –

In a world of beggars, who will give?

All are empty in themselves, hungry for various things –

Greater name, more money, higher power

Simply the strong desire to tower above the rest of the humanity in what ever capacity – could even be in the mask of religion! –

So basically there is no joy to be found in any of the outer dimensions,  as we know them.

“Its” not out there; one has to move in, at the DOT, total in himself.

Till the time one is dependent on someone or something out there, lasting joy will never be experienced…

Taken from my book: Zero2Dot.

http://www.zero2dot.org/

 

Dil Mange More…!

There are a few individuals running the mass intelligence – Marketing is the game of ‘Kalyug’. In the whole of history there always have been a few influencing the whole. The course of humanity depends on who these ‘Few’ are- what is their quality!

If these few; themselves are not peaceful or content; and are so shallow, so hungry – what can they give humanity? An illusion is created making us believe we are receiving a lot, we are progressing – yes progressing I would agree in a limited way – but towards what? –

Loosing one’s humanness? Falling in the trap of greediness?

We have forgotten to even respect nature – the bounties of which we are totally dependent on.

In this time period the whole of humanity is being taken to the summit of materialistic and luxury living –

100% sense pleasures – drown yourselves in them – go deeper in it.

What happens? What do we experience?

As the satisfaction achieved is very temporary, more and more is required for the same results, and the fun part is ‘the more you have the more you want’; the greed and appetites are never satisfied; contentment is never felt for any lasting period.

As the slogan of our times – ‘Dil maange more’, is so apt for the dissatisfaction and unrest we experience in our lives today.

The whole media has been manipulated into creating a demand which is never satisfied.

We are being led to a truth of ‘Jet age gurus’, ‘Instant spirituality’, ‘Quick Kundalini rise’, ‘Immediate peace and better health’ etc -.

             All sound religious – but what’s the goal?

Greater peace, better health, more religion, more knowledge –

all leading to what?

Only so that you can go on living and enjoying the ‘maya’ in a deeper way.

Sad is to see how the youngest of our generations has been influenced by the media towards so much negativity. The ‘Sanskriti’ and religion of our country has become a joke in various social settings. The whole environment has been made so sensual, how can the younger people escape from its influence?

It’s become uncontrollable – as children blinded by what they see and read, go berserk in fulfilling themselves.

The need for everyone is joy that is ever lasting – love that  

 will never fade with time – And of course total bliss and Anand.

 Intellectually, we may even know where it is and how to get there – but how many are able to put themselves in the open for the inner dimensions to be touched by the light?

Taken from my book Zero2Dot:

http://www.zero2dot.org/

 

Blind following the blind

                Sometimes the majority only means all the fools are on one side

 

I had read this line somewhere and it stuck in my thoughts as being so true in the area of religion and spirituality also.

The ‘majority’ here would stand for the mass of human seekers, as they do not even know what they do receive in all their various sadhanas.

It’s like ‘The blind following the blind’; ‘Let’s run, lets do whatever all the other 1000’s are doing’.

To actually find that peace, satisfaction, enlightenment which all seek is not easy, nor can be reached without sacrifices or choices.

You cannot continue to be totally involved in the mayic world; in its activities of accumulating more wealth and seeking higher pleasures; yet claim to be religious or spiritual!

‘Actions performed without the right understanding will give no positive results’- Gurushree.

This firm stability is necessary when you set out to move deeper within, with continued progress in every hour spent for this pursuit.

If time is first spent in analyzing and understanding, actions will be performed with awareness and the positive results received will give rise to faith, also known as complete shraddha –

Here the right understanding gives courage to follow that which gives positive results, despite moving in the opposite direction of the majority.

Right understanding gives courage to walk your own path no matter what the majority may say;

It gives courage to stay firm when the majority try to pull you back to the accepted followed way of religion..

All wish to be ‘safe’, all wish to receive something with the least effort in the least of time.In these moments of spending their precious time on various religious practices,  rituals and activities; none spend some time in trying to at least analyse how much benefit they receive;

As the majority of humans do practice religion to some extent, if what the majority did was the right and only way, we would not see the frustrations and unrest all around; our world would experience the peace, shanti, and satisfaction  we so desperately need. If all was ok with what all were practicing how come all have not reached?

Money’s Worth

Below is an article taken  from the Sunday Times Of India;of the 5th July 2009. The author Mohini Kent has very perfectly described how money power rules the human world. I agree with her thoughts as something very similar I have written in my book Zero2Dot; details of which can be read on website: www.zero2dot.org 

I call it the “Money Sanskar”; it being so powerful that all other humanitarian values take a back seat, when one is confronted with money power. It controls all our senses and decision making.

Though this article may seem long at first glance, the author Mohini Kent has written a very interesting view point and is an eye opener. Please take the effort to read till the very end.

                                    

                                          * SUNDAY TIMES OF INDIA, MUMBAI; JULY 5 2009

                          

                                                            WHAT’S YOUR MONEY’S WORTH?

 A day before the government presents the budget  and Indians get to know whether they are richer or poorer Mohini Kent finds out the true value of wealth 

 “If a man is wealthy, (it means) he is handsome and wise and he can sing well too”. That’s a Yiddish proverb but it could be applied anywhere in the world, with wealthy people expressing ‘strong’ opinions on every thing under the sun – be it the money markets, food or fashion. Money seems to confer the highest caste on people; they become the new ‘brahmins’ and are seen to hold the key to wisdom. We listen to them attentively, hoping some of the magic will rub off on us.

            Money has become as vital to us as the air we breathe. It became indispensable to us the day we stopped barter. No doubt, it has been instrumental in improving our lives and made the world far more democratic because anyone can buy anything today in exchange for a piece of paper.

            Today the poor can afford what even the rich found difficult in the past – foreign travel, for instance.

            It is one of the major energies of the world, along with sex; although in many cases, the two go together. Even remote tribals who still live in a “moneyless world” feel the force of money when outsiders use paper currency to buy their land and are granted the right to fell their forests.

            So, what do we do? Make money, spend it and enjoy it. In the meantime, it is vital to recognize our relationship with money and how it colours our relationship with others, including those most dear to us. Money is not just a piece of printed paper or a round, stamped metal disc; it has acquired enormous emotional connotations and psychological hues. A poor boy, who has had a deprived childhood, can never fill the hole in his belly even if he makes millions later in life. A wealthy child who lost all his money in childhood, will hoard every penny as an adult.

            Money spells power, control, comfort and security. Wealth has become the yardstick of success. Exclusive homes, private jets and yachts, seven-star holidays, designer labels and pricey hand bags give us a sense of superiority. Fawning friends and the envy of peers makes having money even more satisfying. It gives control in the boardroom and at times, it gives the power to enslave others.

            In India, money is inseperable from political power. Some people derive power from hoarding money like Silas Marner, who counted his gold coins alone on dark nights.

            Sometimes, money is equated with love. People use it to control their families, spouse and children. For favoured family members, the sky is the limit, but money is withheld from the one’s who need to be subjugated. Cruel husbands use it to penalize their wives; domineering parents use it to control their children.

            Micheal Jackson had little control over his money. He earned more than one-billion dollars but died with a debt of at least $400 million. It was an unedifying spectacle to see his family, just hours after his tragic death, searching for the cash stashed in his house. In her moving tribute to the pop idol, Germaine Greer wrote: “Another beautiful boy is gone, wiped out in an instant. Micheal Jackson, unable to cross the threshold into manhood, has died at 50, still a boy, coquettish, fantasy-ridden, horribly vulnerable, unable to take control of his life.”

            Sometimes it seems as if a man’s most enduring love affair is with money, his own money and that of others. It’s an obsession, almost an occult possession by another entity. In its pursuit, men and women can become ruthless, even evil. The latest banking crisis in the US was driven by greed. Nothing justifies the million-dollar bonuses that bankers paid themselves even though the bank was not making money. Now Brian Madoff has been sentenced to 150 years in prison. It is estimated that about $50 billion went astray during his career. It’s almost as much a the GDP of a small country. Madoff’s jail term won’t bring back to life the people who committed suicide after they found out that he had swindled them. The prison sentence won’t change reality for the New York woman who lost all her savings and is now reduced to rummaging in garbage cans for food.

            Rich men use money to cheat death by trying to buy ‘immortality’. Some of the foundations they run have less to do with compassion and more to do with their personal wish to perpetuate their names. It’s extremely rare for anyone to voluntarily give up money and power. Andrew Carnegie was that rare individual. He wondered “what to do with the enormous wealth we have” and wrote that surplus wealth could be disposed off in three ways:

* left to family

* bequeathed for a public purpose

* administered in one’s lifetime

            Traditionally, people opt for one of the first two but Carnegie concluded that an individual should “set an example of unostentatious living; provide moderately for the legitimate wants of those dependant on him; and, after doing so, to consider all surplus revenues which come to him simply as trust funds” to be used for the good of the community. The man of wealth then becomes a trustee and agent for his poor fellow men.

            Carneigie knew all about poverty. He was born in a one room cottage in Scotland. His family immigrated to America, where he took up his first job at 13 years in a cotton mill. In a classic rags-to-riches story, he built a profitable empire of steel (which later became US Steel) and became the world’s second richest man, after Rockefeller. After sometime, Carnegie sold his company and devoted the resr of his life to philanthropy, building more than 3,000 libraries, schools and universities in America. He wrote: “The man who dies rich dies disgraced”. By the time he died in 1919, he had given away the bulk of his vast fortune. In India, JRD Tata did something similar.

            Money can bring us joy; it can bring us misery; it can buy us attention, isolate us; binds families or split them. Though it is merely a piece of paper or a metal coin, it is the most powerful and emotive thing in the world. Whether you earn Rs 3,000 or Rs 3 crore a month, you still have to understand money, build a healthy relationship with it, realize its true value and purpose.