6 Rules to be happy

We define our reality by what we believe and so we define our happiness.
Our beliefs make us who we are and determine the choices we make. Very often, those beliefs, far from leading us into happiness, bring us truckloads of pain and trouble.

Most of us lead a life bounded – restricted by our beliefs and rules that govern our lives. The question here is how and when we define such rules to be happy. And when we start building our beliefs and the system surrounding them. Every kid is born in an environment which consist of living and non-living things. Living things involve close family members and friends and nonliving things include all the things which we see, feel and touch. Also, every kid is psychologically affected-influenced by rules / beliefs of people surrounding it.  During the journey of life, we build beliefs and rules to govern our life.  And most of the times these beliefs and rules takes us to path of illusion / sorrow rather than taking us to path of happy /contended life. Continue reading “6 Rules to be happy”

Karma III- The creator of your present and future

“Everything that happens to you is outcome of your karma”Buddha

When I read this statement for the first time I did not understand its deep and hidden meaning. I wanted to understand what karma means and how it determine what happens to me. The journey of discovering the meaning of karma over the years made me refine my thoughts and actions.

Karma is an inventory of deeds you collect during your journey of life. Karma means “intentional action” and refers to the universal law of cause and effect. Karma is created not only by physical action, but also by thoughts and words.Just as action causes reaction, karma causes effects that come back to the original actor. Karma also tends to generate more karma that reaches out in all directions. We bear the consequences of the karma we create, but everyone around us is affected by our intentional acts as well, just as we are affected by theirs. Every birth is conditioned by a past good or bad karma, which predominated at the moment of death. Continue reading “Karma III- The creator of your present and future”

Karma II – Understanding the true meaning of Karma

The journey which started with childhood curiosity of understanding God / Religion / Caste, took me to different milestones in my life. One important milestone was understanding the true meaning of Karma.

What is Karma?

“The Pali term Karma literally means action or doing. Any kind of intentional action, whether mental, verbal, or physical, is regarded as Karma. It covers all that is included in the phrase “thought, word and deed”. Generally speaking, all good and bad action constitutes Karma. In its ultimate sense Karma means all moral and immoral volition. Involuntary, unintentional or unconscious actions, though technically deeds, do not constitute Karma, because volition, the most important factor in determining Karma, is absent.” Continue reading “Karma II – Understanding the true meaning of Karma”

Karma I – Journey to understand Karma

“I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious”Albert Einstein

From childhood I have been very curious by nature. Always questioning beliefs- why my parents worship God? Why,they ask us to seek blessing before the exam? Why we ask God to give us this / that?

After few years of going through same question again and again, but no satisfactory answers, I tried to understand What/Who is God myself. The journey was not easy as it seems, trying to find answers of which no one had a concrete clue. In this journey I Tried to know and understand the reason why people worship. Why they follow any particular religion or belief in certain entity personified as God? Continue reading “Karma I – Journey to understand Karma”

The 12 Laws Of Karma

What is Karma? Karma is the Sanskrit word for action. It is equivalent to Newton’s law of ‘every action must have a reaction’. When we think, speak or act we initiate a force that will react accordingly. This returning force maybe modified, changed or suspended, but most people will not be able eradicate it. This law of cause and effect is not punishment, but is wholly for the sake of education or learning. A person may not escape the consequences of his actions, but he will suffer only if he himself has made the conditions ripe for his suffering. If he were to continue acting in such a way that the retribution cannot come about, because the conditions are not appropriate, then he may postpone the fruition of his karma. If he can suspend it until he is in the spirit world, then he may work at this particular karma in this intermission between death and next life. Or he may wait until another life in which he is more developed so that he can gleaned the educational value of this retribution. Conversely, his life could be so derelict that the blessings due to him cannot fructify until a later date or a subsequent life. All these fall into the category of suspension of karma to a more propitious period or life. Continue reading “The 12 Laws Of Karma”

The Top 10 Inspirational Buddha Quotes

Buddha means “Awakened One”, someone who has awakened and sees things as they really are. Buddha is a person who is completely free from all faults and mental obstructions. Because he has awakened from the sleep of ignorance and has removed all obstructions from his mind, he knows everything of the past, present, and future, directly and simultaneously. Moreover, Buddha has great compassion which is completely impartial, embracing all living beings without discrimination.

The person who is generally referred to by the name Buddha was Siddhārtha Gautama, a spiritual teacher born in Nepal and the founder of Buddhism who lived at around 500 BCE. Forty-nine days after Buddha attained enlightenment he was requested to teach. As a rematter osult of this request, Buddha rose from meditation and taught the first Wheel of Dharma. Continue reading “The Top 10 Inspirational Buddha Quotes”

Everything is Changeable

What exists is changeable and what is not changeable does not exist. Looking at life, we notice how it changes and how it continually moves between extremes and contrasts. We notice rise and fall, success and failure, loss and gain; we experience honor and contempt, praise and blame; and we feel how our hearts respond to all that happiness and sorrow, delight and despair, disappointment and satisfaction, fear and hope. These mighty waves of emotion carry us up, fling us down, and no sooner we find some rest, then we are carried by the power of a new wave again. How can we expect a footing on the crest of the waves? Where shall we erect the building of our life in the midst of this ever-restless ocean of existence?
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Living in the World with Dhamma

Most people still don’t know the essence of meditation practice. They think that walking meditation, sitting meditation and listening to Dhamma talks are the practice. That’s true too, but these are only the outer forms of practice. The real practice takes place when the mind encounters a sense object. That’s the place to practice, where sense contact occurs. When people say things we don’t like there is resentment, if they say things we like we experience pleasure. Now this is the place to practice. How are we going to practice with these things? This is the crucial point. If we just run around chasing after happiness and away from suffering all the time we can practice until the day we die and never see the Dhamma. This is useless. When pleasure and pain arise how are we going to use the Dhamma to be free of them? This is the point of practice.
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The Noble Eightfold Path – AS A WAY OF LIFE

The most fundamental and important aspect of human existence is not one’s beliefs, nor social status, nor intellect, nor material possessions; rather it is motives, emotions, feelings. Almost by definition it is feelings, and feelings alone, which give purpose, meaning, value and significance to our every action and encounter. Without feeling or motives there would be no incentive for one to think, speak or act; life would be chronic apathy. Yet some feelings are more rewarding, wholesome and meaningful than others. And quite often feelings (be they mental or physical) are unpleasant, empty, sorrowful, disharmonious, worrisome, irritating, frustrating or in some way of negative value; in other words, dukkha.  Continue reading “The Noble Eightfold Path – AS A WAY OF LIFE”

How To Find Inner Peace

The path to inner peace is not simple or short. You cannot just wake up one day and decide you are going to have inner peace from that point forward. It is a process, a journey that needs to be appreciated every step of the way. You need to be willing to let go and accept your full spectrum of emotions. You need to be ready to step outside the box you have allowed yourself to be put into and start from scratch, getting to know yourself all over again and be willing to make mistakes. And most importantly, you have to realize that only you have control over your emotional responses and reactions and they can be changed for the better.

No one article or even one book is going to give you the answers to achieving inner peace. What they can do is assist you in initiating change within yourself by bringing light to something you were not previously aware of. Once you become aware of ways you can improve how you live your life, you can begin true transformations. These transformations are paradigm shifts or evolutions of the mind, spirit and soul. Once you really change your ways to be in alignment with your true self, you will never go back, just like a tadpole to a frog or a caterpillar to a butterfly. Continue reading “How To Find Inner Peace”