March 20, 2019

Being Light is Enlightenment

I discovered a place in the year 2000 which is 5 hours away from my hometown in India called Kushinagar that is spiritually charged.

Kushinagar has the distinction of being the place where Gautama Buddha attained Nirvana upon his death. The followers of Buddhism, especially from Asian countries, wish to visit this place at least once in their lifetime. Why is that so?

From my experience I can tell you that as soon as you enter this city your body starts to de-stress like one feels when slipping into meditation.

After an overnight sleep, as I woke up at my hotel which was in the line of sight of the main temple, I was as refreshed as I would have been had I meditated the whole night.

I took a round of the main temple in the morning and was drawn towards a brick platform from where Buddha used to give sermons. To my surprise I found a greenish aura on the surface of this platform visible to the naked eye. This was indeed miraculous and the feeling while you sat in its vicinity was blissful.

I returned to this place 6 years later and surrendered to this spiritual energy from my heart. To my amazement, I immediately felt a tickle in my heart and a warmth enveloped my whole being - the kind one feels when your mother hugs you with love.

This feeling remained with me for 3 months and I would feel so complete with this blissful state that I didn’t want to meet anyone nor do any work.

I realised I was losing balance and going over the deep end of spirituality! So I pulled myself together and resumed my work.

Recently I read a quote of Buddha in Kushinagar that implied that we must find salvation in this life before the inevitable perishing of your body. I wondered what does anyone mean by “salvation”?

The answer came to me immediately. Salvation in this life is when one can remain “light” in every situation. If you are divinely charged and lightened you are enlightened!!!

There are many ways in which you can lighten your body and lighten your mind. Yoga, meditation, selfless service, friendships, music and dance are a few of them which have been tried and tested by me.

January 18, 2019

What is spiritual growth?

Everything that exists is composed of some form of spirit. So spiritual growth would imply encompassing step by step all that exists.

On the material plane, for an individual this means that one should expand one’s sense of self to encompass more than just yourself, which essentially causes your outer growth. This can start with considering your family to be your self and then moving further to include your residential community, and then, your city, your state, your country, your continent, your planet and so on...

When you include others in your self, you do for others what you would do for yourself. So, if you are concerned about your own cleanliness as an individual and you have expanded your self to include your whole country, then you will be concerned about the cleanliness of your whole country and will participate in it as if it were your own body!

For your inner growth one has to become conscious of deeper and finer realms of spirit within you. This happens through regular meditation wherein the mind is shut off so that your consciousness can dive into planes deeper and finer than your mind. With this deepening will come deeper and deeper bliss and an unwavering countenance!

Like a tree growing roots and branches to be healthier and stronger, you have to grow within and outside for spiritual growth. Not only will this give you immense fulfilment but it will also contribute to the fulfilment of the universe and make it more whole.

November 19, 2018

Will AI take away your job?

An AI assistant
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the most prized investment that the biggest tech companies of the world are making and pumping millions of dollars into it. Take a look at the top 10 investors – Google, Amazon, Apple, Intel, Microsoft, Uber, Twitter, AOL, Facebook and Salesforce.

Why is AI so attractive to those with deep pockets? Because these intelligent machines that mimic the neural networks of the human brain can be taught to think and act like humans using what is known as deep learning. By showing the machine real life situations say of symptoms of a disease and then a group of expert doctors telling it what the disease is and what the best possible cure is the machine becomes as intelligent as a panel of doctors, if not more. Instead of going to an expensive doctor you can choose to access the machine owned by a corporate giant, pay a lesser fee and get cured with the machines advice.

AI has started to take away jobs, of chauffeurs with autonomous cars on the road, of private secretaries with machine assistants making your phone calls for appointments and many more jobs will go as machines already in the process of deep learning come into the market.

To those who say that alternate jobs will be created by AI such as programmers of AI machines, just consider the number of jobs lost against the number of jobs created because of AI. A recent report by McKinsey predicts that by 2030, as many as 800 million jobs could be lost worldwide to automation.

So who makes money while those who lose jobs lose money? The ones who own AI machines and the one you used to work for before you lost your job to a machine, in spite of the fact that products and services would become cheaper for the consumer with greater efficiency of AI machines over humans.

Ethics of AI will become all important as AI progresses both in terms of its intelligence and its extension into the workplace.

At present, ethics of AI revolves around ‘’The Three Laws of Robotics’’ devised by the science fiction author Isaac Asimov:
1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Asimov also added a fourth, or zeroth law, to precede the others:
0. A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.

The Three Laws, and the zeroth, have impacted thought on ethics of artificial intelligence.

But, what if a murderer attacks another human being and that human being whips out a knife in self-defence. By the time the robot sees this circumstance, the two are trying to kill each other. Unaware who is the murderer, the robot injures both humans because its inaction will allow two human beings to come to harm!

A big question – Should we use AI as weapons of destruction?

And, another big question – Does doing away with jobs on a large scale, worldwide, harm humanity?

Ethics of artificial intelligence must be addressed by the UN along with all stakeholders because if only industry organisations formulate the ethics there will certainly be conflict of interest.

Some of the important decisions that will have to be taken by governments will be appropriate amount of insurance premiums to be paid by automation machine manufacturers and service providers in order to provide a limited period income support for those who lose jobs to automation. Among other things, this income support will be needed for re-training of jobless people.

The good side of income support for re-training if you lose your job to automation is that you can build your creative talents and critical thinking skills which cannot be replaced by a machine. And, if you are able to earn money from these talents and skills by setting up a small business, you can perhaps spend more quality time with family and friends than you did when you were in a job!

June 2, 2018

You Are A Dreaming Emperor

Beyond the mind is the Seer from which all things arise - All thoughts and all objects.

The Seer is like the Ocean and all these things that arise and disappear are waves of the Ocean.

You are the Ocean but you can become conscious you are the Ocean only if you drop all thoughts for a second.

For a second let there be NO word in your mind.

NO Word is NOW. You are now the Ocean, but not in the Ocean. Everything else that you observe now is a wave in this Ocean.

You are now the dreamer and the waves are your dreams - the relationships, the house, the vehicle, the food, all have become dreams of a dreamer.

The dreamer and the dream are one and not separate. The Ocean and the waves are one and not separate.

And, there is only one Ocean, which is the Emperor of all that exists! Realise that you are the Emperor of all dreams!! You are a dreaming Emperor!!!

June 1, 2018

The Pursuit Of Balance

In a world of duality, opposites exist so that you can experience each attribute that exists. In the absence of darkness you cannot experience light. In the absence of smallness you cannot experience bigness.

Experiencing the opposites is like learning to ride a bicycle. You tilt to the left and you tilt to the right before you can come to the center and ride with balance. At times you can even fall down and hurt yourself which is similar to becoming an alcoholic who goes out of balance with over drinking. Sometimes to regain balance, an alcoholic quits drinking completely for a few years only to fall back into the habit of drinking again. This is a pendulum movement of your consciousness for attaining balance at the center of consciousness. When you finally attain balance you automatically feel light and that is enlightenment.

The pursuit of enlightenment does not lead to enlightenment but the pursuit of balance leads to enlightenment.

When in balance, apart from the feeling of lightness which results in a spring in your step at every moment, you will also feel gladness and satisfaction. This feeling is very similar to the one you may have felt when you actually first learned to ride a bicycle without any props.

Some tips for attaining balance:
  1. Engage with life and withdraw from activities (by doing some form of meditation) on a daily basis.
  2. Engaging with selfless service gives balance because there is no expectation of material gain or loss.
  3. Engaging in daily exercise helps the body and mind to remain in balance.
  4. Passions must be accompanied with compassion.
  5. A balanced diet designed by a nutritionist will help in getting your organs into balance.
  6. Sadness is okay. Embrace it because it must balance happiness.
  7. Pain is okay. Embrace it because it must balance pleasure.
  8. 'No judgement' helps you to remain at the center because you are not swaying your consciousness towards ‘good’ or ‘bad’. View everything just as it is. Black is black and not good or bad!
  9. Acceptance of things, outside of yourself, as they are, is a powerful tool towards being in balance. If you cannot accept them, then accept the responsibility to change them as a selfless service.
  10. Do not feel inferior or superior to anyone or anything. You are unique and awesome just as you are!
  11. Be natural. Refrain from putting on dramas with people you engage with, on a daily basis.

July 7, 2015

If You Can’t Acknowledge God, What Should You Acknowledge?

Your life is a collection of experiences, which really means that it is less than The Whole because The Whole includes all experiences possible in the past, present and future. If you were The Whole there would be nothing to experience because the past, present and future would all be there at once, so if you are experiencing something, you are not The Whole. 

You can experience things because The Whole has been divided into parts for you to sense them bit by bit, moment to moment and thus have an experience of a question and an answer, of moving from one place to another, of having parts not yet known labeled as "mysteries" so that experience is continuous.

So if mysteries will always exist, (shouldn't they to make life exciting?) then you cannot ever prove everything fully. And, you need not acknowledge something you are not aware of!

The drop cannot prove the infinite Ocean but the infinite Ocean can certainly move towards proving Itself if It adds up the drops. Each of your experiences could be a drop in the Ocean being automatically aggregated by the Ocean. Now that's also a mystery!!!

If we call The Whole, God, then God cannot be proved by any known science of today because God is beyond the realm of what scientific instruments can detect and beyond any mathematical equation. If someone fails to acknowledge something unproven we should not judge him or her by any measure. They can still live a life as kinder and more loving humans than some who fanatically claim to be the chosen ones of God.

However, an unseen presence beyond our five senses has been felt by many which even responds to our thoughts and the more we acknowledge this presence the more it responds for some. Perhaps in the wheel of life this is a point that humans reach at some time in their life.

To those who are at a point in the wheel where only objective things make sense and who therefore believe in the existence of molecules that constitute the air which have been proven by science - they must not fail to acknowledge the oxygen in the air and be grateful to it for their sustenance.

A good start for acknowledgment is to start being grateful for all that we know sustains us, and more so because these elements of life sustain us unconditionally. And don't forget to acknowledge every experience you have, for every experience has a purpose.

Acknowledgements are unbelievably rewarding!!!

December 16, 2014

The New Age Religion

If the purpose of life is self-actualization and if God is not a deprived being requiring worship then the purpose of traditional religions becomes limited.

True worship would be to realize your purpose through deep experience and the temple would be you. Yes, you who are reading this right now are your own temple!

If God requires anything of you then it is to live your life purposefully in unison with God. That is your religion! The Creator has given you a purpose and that purpose is to conceive of your desires which lie within your passions, create circumstances for their fulfillment, and then experience fully what you conceived of. If God is a fire then the heat generated from that fire are your passions! Inseparable!!! 
So if you have to believe in anything, if you have to have faith in anything, it is your passions!

Since God cannot experience every conception in a bodily form, you are God's senses with a divine body for God to experience these in unison with you. You are anyway united with God just as water molecules are united with the ocean, so you don't have to meditate 24x7 to unite with the Divine. You are a divine being doing divine work on earth!

If you realize
 this is the purpose of all humans, you would not hurt another human for that would hurt your Creator too! So, be compassionate. Be human!

The expansionism of traditional religions also has limited purpose when the new order for expansionism is to expand your heart! The new buzz is to connect and expand rather than convert and expand!!! The more diverse interactions you have, the more your experiences, and the more your realizations.

Now, to actualize all that you conceive of, you need to be enthusiastic, creative, energetic, passionate, expressive and intelligent too! 
I can tell you this, that if you can be all of these and compassionate too, then your life will be filled with continuous joy!

And one more thing, don't forget to switch off your buzzing mind and hug your companion in your life purpose every now and then. Now you must be wondering who your companion is in this journey. "Is it my lover?'', you may ask. Yes it is your lover, your eternal lover, God!!!

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