September 18, 2019

A 5 Minute Simple Ritual To Align With God


God is that which has power over nature and human fortunes and is also referred to by some as Creation, Universe, Cosmos, Existence, All That There Is etc. The word God originated from ancient words that mean ''to invoke'' and ''to pour''. When we surrender to God, in a sense we are calling forth the presence of God and at the same time diving into the presence of God.

You may ask, “Why do we have to surrender to God?”
Everything has a mind of their own and then there is the collective mind of “All That There Is” which is perhaps like the conductor of an orchestra. By letting go of one’s individual mind for a while one can align with this “Conductor” and heed ITS direction so that you play your part with your own mind in harmony with the symphony of the universe.

By no means is surrendering for a while ''not thinking for yourself''. Attuning to a force you have no control over is “thinking for yourself” and doing it. An example of attuning to a force you have no control over is carrying an umbrella even when the weather forecast says, ''No rain today'', because you know that you cannot control the weather nor can anyone predict it accurately. On a more logical note, we surrender to the laws of the land such as traffic rules and do not drive vehicles on the wrong side of the road so that people including yourself are not killed because everyone has aligned themselves to these rules.

So here is the 5 minute simple morning ritual of inner yielding to align with God.
Note: This ritual does not mean that you have to become passive in your life but passive only for the guidance of God and then active to implement the guidance.

THE RITUAL
Lie on your back with your hands facing up and close your eyes. Relax all your muscles one by one from your toes up to your head. When relaxed, imagine your body is held and supported by the hands of God. Feel that all the loads of your past are gone and that there is nothing to fear.

Now, let go of your thoughts and yield your mind completely to the mind of God.

Open your heart wide and deep to allow the grace of God to pervade your whole being. Know that all of your past is forgiven now.

Turn over to your left side and curl up like a child in the womb of God and feel the warmth of God’s motherly love envelope you.

When you feel like, get up and resume your responsibilities, with enthusiasm, in tune with God.


Whenever you feel out of tune during the day, now you know how to be back in tune again in 5 minutes!

July 19, 2019

A Guest’s Perspective of 5 Star Hotels

Let me start by enumerating what I’ve observed lately about some perspectives that hold priority for some of the top management of luxury hotel chains.

  1. Revenues and profits often referred to as top lines and bottom lines.
  2. Mergers, acquisitions and number of rooms.
  3. Brand-scape.
  4. Renovations (for more than one reason).

And now, just ask yourself, what is the core purpose of a hotel?
Hospitality for its hotel guests for sure!!! And, it is not to provide a bed made of gold to sleep on but a very comfortable one.

Ask another question. Who is going to provide this hospitality to hotel guests?
Each hotel staff member individually and as a team.

In my travels across the world I have come across a few hotels offering a very high level of hospitality that have delighted me in the core of my heart because of which I keep going back to them and some left a sour taste whom I am trying to improve by giving them honest feedback.

In one friendly hotel in New York, I found that the front office, house keeping, food and beverages, concierge, bell desk, engineering, sales, reservations and senior management staff had become like family for each other and they would take a friendly guest into their family fold. I can’t describe in words how amazing this feeling was but it was what I would say made this hotel a “home away from home”. Everyday one would bump into a couple of employees and they would engage in a friendly conversation with some relevant advice thrown in to help you.

I analysed the secret to this phenomena and am sharing it here. This hotel had a very gregarious and exuberant person as a lobby ambassador who had the following roles.
  • Her first role was to interface between all concerned departments at all levels so that a particular service desired by a guest or anticipated by her in her interactions with guests was delivered to the guest as a team.
  • The second role was to introduce a friendly guest to different staff members in the lobby as and when they bumped into you so that they got an opportunity to treat you like family.
  • A third role was to place in your room special amenities which she would assess were your preferences, from conversations with you, and accompany them with a hand written note to make you feel cared for. The photo in this article is of a farewell gift with handwritten personal farewell notes from 16 staff members of this hotel! I guess, this is beyond what one’s family would do for you.
  • And a fourth role was to have one staff member join her to host a complimentary wine and cheese party for guests at the bar from 5pm to 6:30pm everyday. Here she would also introduce guests, who had something in common, to each other.
  • Her fifth role was to host another party every month at the hotel to celebrate the birthdays of staff members who had them during that month. Photos of the celebration would then be posted in a monthly e-newsletter circulated among all employees with photos of celebrities that stayed in the hotel and news about the hotel.
I feel that a lobby ambassador with similar roles in luxury hotels is a must for improving guest satisfaction.

In a reputed 5 star hotel in New Delhi, I found that each staff member was sensitized to anticipate your needs even before you realized them much like what parents do for their young children! I am giving three actual instances that happened in this hotel’s many restaurants.

  • In one of them I was leaning over to eat my lunch. The stewardess noticed this and requested if she may move the table closer to me.
  • In another restaurant a steward standing about 50 meters away from me noticed my struggle to open a tomato sauce bottle and rushed to assist me.
  • At their bar, I ordered chilled still water in a wine glass and mentioned to the steward I am doing so because I’m a teetotaller. The steward then insisted that I must try a distilled non-alcoholic drink that is very popular across the world and that he would make it complimentary for me!

These three instances among many others of their caring hospitality overwhelmed me.

Coming now to an iconic hotel chain that was not so welcoming, where I was able to analyse what was going wrong with their hospitality, which I was surprised to see deteriorating by the day.

Since it’s an iconic brand, employees who manage to get a job here feel it’s a feather in their cap. They start “resting” on this laurel leading to an inertia towards their main role of hospitality to their guests. Furthermore, creditably the hotel is able to retain a lot of their employees for more than 10 years but some of these employees develop an air of superiority as if they have become lords of their hotels and subsequently a guest automatically is treated subservient to these “lords” who expect the guests to dance to their tune. The newer staff are quick to imbibe the behaviour of their seniors leading to a culture of “lordship”.
To add to this, the hotel chain taking advantage of their high brand value and giving more attention to their bottom line than to guest satisfaction, pays their employees below average salaries and makes them work above average hours everyday! Now, all that these unfortunate employees have to speak for themselves is, ''the feather in their cap'', which reinforces their inertia and lordship!

An apt quote for such employers by the founder of the Virgin Group, Richard Branson is -  “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.”
Recent research has shown that a 4-day week increases the output of an employee by 20%. Something for all employers to ponder about.

I am going to recount some actual instances that happened with me at this iconic hotel chain due to the inertia and lordship of their employees.

  • First, my airport pickup requested for and confirmed by them did not arrive!
  • Second, a welcome drink offered upon check-in didn’t find it’s way to my room!
  • Third, I was made to check-out at the cashier’s window and not even allowed to sit across the manager’s desk to complete formalities even though as a privileged guest all this was supposed to be done at the reception desk of the privileged floor on which I was staying or in my room, whichever of the two I preferred.
  • Fourth, the central office sent me a mailer with a discount offer two days after the offer started instead of at least two days before. What this resulted in was that I made a reservation at one of their hotels without the discount and the reservation staff who would have been aware of the prevailing offer failed to make the reservation at the discounted rate for which I was eligible!

The point that is important is that we are in an age where empathy is regarded higher than top lines and bottom lines. The most loving brand will be glorified and will also become the fittest brand to survive because the top lines and bottom lines for a great part are built on your guests coming back to you or recommending you either by word of mouth or through social media which has a huge outreach. Why would they recommend a hotel you may ask? Not because of your financial condition of which they may know nothing but mainly because of the love you gave them. And, the employees will take loving care of guests if their employers care for them!!!

April 3, 2019

CHECKLIST FOR MASTERY ADAPTED FROM THE BOOK “FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD”




7 STEPS TO FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD
The 7 steps to any friendship are – Know, Trust, Love, Embrace, Use, Help, and Thank which lead to Mastery. When you apply them to God you have a friendship with God which is all the more Masterful!
  1. Do you Know God? And do you know that, Knowing God is Knowing your Self which is your Soul - the God in you which is ever-present and everything, and needs nothing except experience of what it already is? And that, this process of experience happens by experiencing things one by one like tall & short, hot & cold, rich & poor, activity & peace, etc.?
  2. Do you know that you can Trust God by not needing to Trust because God is always there for you just like gravity is always present?
  3. Do you Love God without condition, limitation, expectation and need? And do you know that Love is free and therefore should be unconditional? And that you will receive Love in the same way as you give it?
  4. Do you Embrace God by sitting in silence often? Do you know that one way this happens is by just BEING and watching where your thoughts are going without analysing them? Do you Meditate at least twice a day?
  5. Do you Use God by applying tools given by God - Creative Energy (Thoughts, Words & Deeds); Gentle Wisdom (Intuition); and Pure Love (Unconditionality)?
  6. Do you Help God by living, Deliberately by using thoughts, words and deeds; Harmoniously by using intuition; and Beneficially by using unconditional love and kindness?
  7. Do you Thank God by being in a state of Gratitude for your eternal life which is full of excitement and constant change? Do you know that you cannot think Gratitude but you can BE grateful (Ex. You don’t think love but you BE in love)? And that, being Grateful will attract what you choose to be Grateful for very fast?
5 ATTITUDES FOR SPIRITUAL MASTERY
  1. Joy:
         i.     Do you know that your Soul Energy which is also your Creative Vibration is Joy just like the sun’s energy is heat and light?
        ii.     Do you know that Joy is experienced when your Soul expresses its energy by uniting with others and things, with the natural magnetism of love which is let out by opening your Heart and opening your Mind which when closed shield love?
      iii.   Do you know that when you connect with others and give Joy to them by simple things like humour, laughter and smiles, that you will feel Joy moving in you?
      iv.   Do you know that when you connect with things and release your Creative Vibration, that you will feel Joy moving in you?
2.     Love:
         i.            Do you know that the first step to Love is to Love yourself?
        ii.            Do you know that Love is Giving and Love is Freedom within a discipline?
      iii.            Do you know that Love is Being Natural and not Normal?
      iv.            Do you know that allowing another to bring you joy is Love?
        v.            Do you know that Love let’s go of expectations and requirements and need holds on?
      vi.            Do you know that Love is not having to say you’re sorry?
     vii.            Do you know that Love is not withholding Love when you do not agree with another but giving more of it then out of compassion?
   viii.            Do you know that you have to be aware, honest, transparent and willing in Love?
      ix.            Ask, What would Love do now? Do you know that you have the answer and you are the answer and that the answer will bring harmony?
3.      Acceptance:
         i.            Do you know that Acceptance is Embracing and not rejecting? And that, what you resist, persists?
        ii.            Do you know that Acceptance is like water that washes the stains of judgement?
      iii.            Do you know that Acceptance changes your inner experience no matter what the outer circumstance is?
4.      Blessing:
         i.            Do you know that Blessing is not condemning but commending?
        ii.            Do you know that you cannot fully Bless when you judge?
      iii.            Do you know that you are complete and overflowing with Blessing?
      iv.            Do you know that you Bless when you give all things your best?
5.      Gratitude:
         i.            Do you know that you should always be Grateful because every circumstance is a gift of experience?
        ii.         Do you know that the following prayer is an expression of Gratitude when you think you have a problem and that it can heal your condition? – ‘’Thank you God for making me understand that every problem has already been solved for me.’’

3 SPIRITUAL CODES OF CONDUCT FOR MASTERY
  1. Awareness:
         i.            Do you know that Awareness is to be keenly observant of-
a.       What is so and why?
b.       What can change it and why?
c.        What are the probable outcomes of your choices?
        ii.            Do you know that you have to be Aware that you are Aware and not pretend that you are not Aware?
2.      Honesty:
         i.            Do you know that Honesty is truthfulness?
        ii.            Do you know that Honesty is transparency without hidden agendas and dramas?
3.      Responsibility:
         i.            Do you know that taking Responsibility is not an admission of guilt?
        ii.            Do you know that Responsibility starts by willingness for it?
      iii.        Do you know that knowingness that WE ARE ALL ONE will help you to take Responsibility for whatever shows up before you?
      iv.          Do you know that Responsibility is doing whatever it takes to get, the best outcomes and the best remedies for unwanted outcomes?

1 BIG NEGATIVE TO BE TACKLED
Anger:
         i.        Do you know that ANGER negates all the above mentioned 7 STEPS TO FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD; 5 ATTITUDES FOR SPIRITUAL MASTERY; 3 SPIRITUAL CODES OF CONDUCT FOR MASTERY???
        ii.      Do you know that to avoid the negativity of Anger you should not use it to justify changes proposed in your life?
      iii.        Do you know that frankly stating your views and feelings will help subside your Anger?

IF YOU APPLY ALL THAT YOU KNOW AND DID NOT KNOW IN THIS CHECKLIST YOU WILL MOVE TO MASTERY. IF YOU MEMORISE THIS CHECKLIST AND RUN THROUGH IT FOR ANY PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCE IN YOUR LIFE, YOU WILL SURELY SURF THROUGH THAT SITUATION LIKE A MASTER! PRACTICE MAKES YOU A PERFECT SURFER… TO KNOW MORE READ THE BOOK ‘’FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD’’.

April 2, 2019

Why One Should Read Channelled Books On Spirituality

According to me the reason why one must read the latest channelled books on spirituality is about the same reason why one must read the latest science books.

It is fine to read old science books to know the history of science and develop an appreciation for how scientific discoveries evolve vis-a-vis a truth that was always there.

Laws of science are revealed by God to people in the same way that laws of spirituality are revealed from time to time to different people. Albert Einstein once said, “I want to know God's thoughts - the rest are mere details.“  By reading about new revelations both in science and spirituality we are able to apply what is known till date holistically. A channelled book on spirituality is essentially a communication from a higher being to a person ready to receive, interpret and record the wisdom received.

A brief look at what scientists theorised at different times in history on the ubiquitous force of gravity serves as an example of why we must read the latest discoveries of science.
In the 4th century BC, the Greek philosopher Aristotle believed that heavy bodies are not attracted to the Earth by an external force of gravity, but tend toward the center of the universe because of an inner gravitas or heaviness.
In the 6th century AD, Aryabhata identified the force to explain why objects do not fall when the Earth rotates, and developed a geocentric solar system of gravitation, with an eccentric elliptical model of the planets, where the planets spin on their axes and follow elliptical orbits, the Sun and the Moon revolving around the Earth in epicycles.
In the 7th century AD, Indian astronomer and mathematician Brahmagupta described gravity as an attractive force and used the term "gurutvākarṣaṇam” for gravity.
During the 17th century AD, Galileo found that, counter to Aristotle's teachings, all objects tend to accelerate equally when falling.
In the late 17th century AD, English mathematician Sir Isaac Newton published Principia, which hypothesizes the inverse-square law of universal gravitational force.
In the early 20th century AD, Albert Einstein published General Relativity where the effects of gravitation are ascribed to space-time curvature instead of to a force.

So here we see great scientists of an era with some theories that failed in later years.

Unlike scientific truths that may remain constant and are only subject to different levels of discovery at different times, spirituality keeps evolving with time because the Creator keeps evolving with time too. In one channelled book God says, "I am growing, learning what it is like to deal with autonomous others. I am learning the difference between Self and Other''. All the more reason to read the latest channelled book on spirituality because it will have the latest on it. The fine spiritual forces acting upon the earth also change as the earth’s spin wobbles every 25000 years in what is called axial precession and during the solar system's revolution around its galaxy, the Milky Way! History has reported that some ages have been dark and some have been full of light and spirituality in each of these ages has to be different. History has not been able to record civilisations before ours such as the well-known Atlantis civilisation. Interestingly, channellings have revealed details of this civilisation and why and how it disappeared.

Channelled books on spirituality also have an uncanny broad overview of what they are talking about. It's like a higher logic which seems to be filled with love. And if you want to know what the purpose of human life is and the metaphysics of Creation, then you will find these explained wonderfully in channelled books. For the ones who doubt what a channelled book explains, a reader is usually asked to come up with something better on the subject.

So are you ready to pick up a contemporary channelled book on spirituality for some exciting revelations?

If yes, here are some recommendations for starters:

  1. The Parables of Kryon by Lee Carroll
  2. Ramtha - The White Book by J.Z. Knight
  3. Conversations with God - Book 1 by N.D. Walsch
  4. God - an autobiography by Jerry L. Martin


March 30, 2019

God - An Autobiography Review

During my over 25 year spiritual journey I have read a large number of channelled books on life and spirituality.

God - an autobiography is the latest among them and it has given me the widest and deepest knowledge about God and what God is up to with humans on planet earth.

Among many things, it importantly tells us about the role of humans vis-a-vis God and also how God is evolving as humans evolve.

Though the book is an autobiography of God earnestly channelled by Jerry Martin a former professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder in USA, through whom God chooses to narrate the amazing experience during the Big Bang and also the revelation of the relationship with God beyond God - the soul of God, to me, this illuminating book has also served as a self-help guide!

From the book I learnt what God would have us do to take forward the goal of the universe referred to as "telos". I also learnt and applied to my life a cardinal rule that we must be OBEDIENT to God. I inferred that this can be done in various ways -
  1. Thinking before every action what God would prefer and the book has made clear that what God prefers is whatever would make you your best self.
  2. Not getting attached to material pleasures because this may turn you away from being obedient to God.
  3. Allowing yourself to be guided by God by letting go of your mind as often as you can and following the divine light of God like sunflowers following the path of the sun.
  4. Taking guidance and acting upon it like two singers in harmony. That is how God would like us to relate.
  5. Not going over the deep-end of spirituality thereby serving the purpose of life and action on earth.
My understandings of the book certainly led to greater harmony within and outside of me.

Another great part of the book is that you get a synopsis of many different philosophies of the world at one place from none other than the author of these philosophies - God! The Chinese philosophies of Confucius, Tao and I-Ching, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Christianity to name a few are all condensed here brilliantly. This has been done for us to realise that all these philosophies are chapters in one big continuing story of mankind.

If you have even the slightest interest in spirituality, this is a book that you may end up reading more than once and there will be newness to it every time you read it.

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.

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