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How to Move from Lack to Contentment


A glance at the news papers reveals the corruption and the violence around us. We see an impoverishment of collective thinking towards building a healthy, happy and secure environment. Where does all this stem from and why?

The basic root cause zeroes down to a sense of lack. The sense of lack arises from non-availability of desired object or the insatiable desire to possess objects or experience pleasure. Let’s take a close look at the cause of lack – non availability of desired objects. When there is a mis-match in the skills that one possesses and the skills required to attain the desired object, one resorts to convenient shortcuts to fill the gap.

The other culprit is insatiable desires. It is a malady that has especially plagued humanity in modern times. With self effort it can be recognized as a mental pattern that can be corrected. Most desires arise from comparing what one has with what others have. The “other” person becomes the elusive benchmark, when we desire to possess something that he has and we don’t have. I am not advocating an austere life style here. However, we need to understand this never ending horizon of desires.

If one does not recognize this pattern, there is no freedom from being mired in the mirage of never ending desires. One can spend an entire life reeling in this never ending cycle of short-lived happiness and misery. Or, one can choose to opt out of it. The beauty is that the moment one becomes aware and recognizes this pattern of desires, we start becoming free from it.

For a definite change in the mental pattern, one needs to have the courage to step out of deeply ingrained comfort zones and ask these questions, “What is happiness? What does it mean to me? Is it possible for me to attain a state of permanent happiness?

Well, we have some good news here! Even for the most materialistic person on Earth, the answer is Yes! Increased awareness of the workings of our mind will arrest the thoughts that give birth to insatiable desires. Awareness increases our level of contentment and happiness. A glimpse of this self-generated happiness removes the lack in our lives and replaces it with an inner peace and genuine smile.

How do we attain this level of awareness? There is a famous saying by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji, a revered saint and enlightened Master “When you follow knowledge fun follows you”. This is the knowledge about the Art of Living.If one learns the Art of Living and starts living through life, instead of blindly chasing desires, the path becomes easy, fun-filled and fruitful.

From the time I have done the six-day workshop on the Art of Living there has been no looking back. I lead a normal life of gifts, surprises, challenges etc. However, there is one expression of mine which has come to stay forever and that is a smile☺

If you want to know more about these programs you may contact the Art of Living centre in your city. How? Nothing comes easy my dear friend. If you want a lasting smile, put in an effort to find out. (Hint – information is available here, right under your nose!) Happy scouting ☺

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Towards Infinity…My baby steps


When I decided to do the Art of Living course more than  ten years back, I wasn’t looking for any spectacular transformation/miracle to happen overnight. And it didn’t.

But what did happen was the continuous practice or Sadhana and the gradual transformation – in all aspects of life – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.

Having attended numerous “Personality Development & Public Speaking” workshops, I was obviously cynical about how different this Art of living course would be – after all they also promised same things – confidence, self-motivation, stress management, pep talks(knowledge), etc.

I remember, as a gawky rebellious teenager enrolling for theArt of Livingcourse – my parents were very very hopeful – they thought finally I was going to sober down.. Did I ? Well, that’s for another post 😉

But when I came back from the course that evening, I vividly remember that I was floating somewhere. My parents had this doubtful look on their face – “err…”  😉

Most of you would recall your 1st experience of The Sudarshan Kriya – that powerful breathing technique which works on your 7 levels of existence.. It was addictive, mind-blowing (literally!), epitome of peace experienced. I was not sure which ‘Aandhi’ had hit me but I was smiling ear to ear J I knew my life had changed.

And what remained with me was this “experience” – of The Sudarshan Kriya. What brought me back again and again to the various higher level courses was also just just that – “the experience”.

I realized this was it!

Reminds of Buddha’s four easy steps to enlightenment:

Kayanupassana, Vednanupassana, Chittanupassana and Dhammanupassana.

Observe the body, the sensations, the flow of mind and nature of truth.

Buddha’s disciples were intellectual prosperous people. (no, am not making any comparisons here 😉

That’s why he never spoke about topics like – ‘God’, ‘where does the Atman go after death’, ‘beginning of the universe’ & such subjects. He kept it simple and at the experiential level.

The above four steps towards ‘Nirvana’ come as one’s own experience – through Sadhana.

He is stressing on the personal experience. When we move beyond the intellectual understanding of things , into the “experiential” understanding, a whole new world opens up.

All the “Personality Development Workshops” had told me to overcome lethargy, be confident and not to get angry. But nobody had ever told me, HOW?

Having crossed 84 lakh births and finally taken a human form, I firmly believe it would be a waste if you cannot experience the Sudarshan Kriya in your lifetime J

In glory of my Gurudev, HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji, who is the grace behind the experience.

Guru of Joy!!!

The author – Deepika also blogs at http://dimpsdawns.blogspot.com She would like to know all your experiences – of the 1st Sudarshan Kriya J Don’t forget to leave the comment.

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2012 in Art of Living Wisdom, Yoga and Meditation

 

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