Know Yourself

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But the question here is how? How do I know who is the real me?

Finding oneself may be searching for the purpose of your life to say it in a broader sense. But actually, it is finding and knowing yourself through the innumerable priceless moments you experience daily. Life is not some kind of a board game, which you have to play it in one go from start to finish.

Life has many ‘rasas’. (Rasa is a Sanskrit word and has many translations in English, the main ones being: essence, juice, nectar, taste, or sap.)

Rasa is in everything, or I should say… everything has Rasa. Though some things have a higher vibrational essence, others have lower. Rasa is the invisible substance that gives life meaning.

Quoting Aristotle, who said ‘Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” 

To truly know yourself is the most important skill you can ever possess. When you know who you are, you will instinctively know what you need to do, instead of looking for permission from others.

And the best way to find this is to be still. Meditate. Look within. Just be with your own some lonesome. It is a perfect time to be one with yourself and evaluating yourself. That’s when you are truly truthful about you and every other facet of your life.

Many people don’t know themselves because any sort of silence scares them; it’s too uncomfortable to be alone with every flaw staring back at them. But being quiet and discovering your true self is so highly addictive.

Find what you are good at (and not good at).This might be the most difficult step in the process of finding who you are, but it’s a necessary one. Give yourself ample time of trial and error to find what you’re good at, and don’t give up before you’ve had more than enough attempts.

Quit only when your efforts aren’t giving back in return. What is ample time? Only you can decide that. But when you quit correctly, it isn’t giving up, it’s making room for something better. When your actions do nothing but drain you—rather than produce more passion and increase your drive to do more—that’s a good sign it is time to focus elsewhere.

This will also lead you realizing where your true passion lies. Pay attention

And if you think asking a friend or a family member what they have to say about you could help, go ahead and do that. Of course, their opinion isn’t going to be perfect, but their feedback will probably indicate a few areas you may want to at least take a second look at.

A large aspect of knowing yourself can be found in your relationships. Almost as much as you need to know yourself, other people also need to know who you are. People need you—the real you.

Because when you understand who you are meant to be, your purpose will finally become bigger than your fears.

And remember to stop chasing people. If they block you or cut off contact with you or ignore you, let them go. The ones who enjoy your energy and what you bring to the table will naturally gravitate towards you. Stop trying to ‘prove your worth’ and cling on to relationships just because they made you happy once. Let them off and cherish those who want you and want to be with you by their own free will and not because you want them to be.

Finding what you really want from your life is going to be a tough call. You will have to let go of a lot of things that you held close to your heart.

Pay close attention to those moments that leave you truly satisfied and happy? That’s the voice of your soul calling.

You may have heard the phrase – “do not settle.” Understand this. We are all meant for great things and eventually we all come together to form a great world.

Nothing stops us but our limited thoughts.

Nothing helps us grow like our imagination.

Do not let your fears kill your dreams or potential.

Challenge your fears and make them disappear.

Your greatest strength has always been You .

And remember to-

‘Love yourself the way you wish to be loved by others’.

-M

Brutal Truths about being An Aquarius (As Written by One)

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Over the past few months I noticed seeing links to articles claiming that for the first time in 3,000 years, NASA has decided to update the astrological signs. Apparently, these changes are due to the fact that the constellations are not in the same position in the sky that they once were, and as a result, the star signs are about a month off now. To further confuse things, there is now a new, 13th sign, called Ophiuchus, (November 29 and December 17) Tough luck guys …learn to pronounce that first!!!

Even as I was scratching my head about how this is possible and I don’t want to sound dramatic here, but this news may have just ruined our lives. This means that the majority of us are about to experience a total identity crisis. And also that means somebody has now decided that I am a Capricorn (Jan 20-Feb 16)???

No, no, and no.  Absolutely not!!!This is completely freaking me out!!!

I have far too many Aquarian traits to now consider being a Capricorn. Sorry Capricorns no offense meant, but I like the quirkiness of being an Aquarian .It’s who I am and I can’t accept anything otherwise now.

And if any of are an Aquarian reading this is or knows an Aquarian, you know EXACTLY how this feels. There’s nothing simple about being one.

We are a walking, talking contradiction, mysterious, free spirited and something of an enigma and because of that, people often have trouble trying to get to know us or understand us (even more so since we don’t like to talk about our feelings, most of the time). Ruled by the unpredictable planet Uranus, we can be random and downright bizarre at times, saying things that leave a puzzled look on other’s faces.

Having a wild and rebellious side, we just hate being told what to do. Being free and independent thinkers we come to our own conclusions about things rather than simply relying on what other people tell us. And often we distance ourselves from anyone who thinks that they can control our life. We sing an altogether different tune to simply follow the pack.

Highly allergic to bullshit, we have an almost sixth sense for detecting fake. Being hypersensitive to petty drama, meaningless gossip, and excessive whiners, we’d much rather pay attention to the things that are more important, like chasing our dreams. And boredom is our biggest malady. Oh! How we hate dull and repetitive routines. What’s life without a sense of adventure?

Most people around us think we are aloof or silent, but very often we need to space out and deal with the multiple tabs open in our brain. Having a private ‘me time’ is so crucial to our well-being.

Friendship may be the mantra we live by and we may consider the whole world to be our friend, but we are extremely choosy about who we allow into our ‘inner circle.’ A handful of solid friends who we can trust, are all that we ever need. And when it comes to love, an Aquarian will do whatever it takes to strengthen the bonds of the relationship and once they have loved you, trust me they will always, even if you are not together.

Most people find us quite unpredictable. We are, loving yet detached, sensitive yet cold, independent yet giving, freedom-loving but passionate, rebellious but loyal.  And out of the lot, being fiercely independent is a trait Aquarius swears by.  Losing our independence whether in a relationship or otherwise, makes us feel suffocated, and that’s when we go either go into a shell or back off.  Our genuine and meaningful connections happen only when we can bond to someone mentally.

Aquarius love learning and have a big thirst for knowledge. We consider ourselves to be forever a student in the school of life, and ave a natural flair for understanding new ideas and concepts… FAST. And boy don’t the Aquarian’s dream BIG.

Always the forgiver, we look for the best in people and when somebody close to us screws up, we tend to forgive them and give them a second chance rather than holding onto negative energy.  But one of our more negative traits is definitely the tendency to over-think the absolute hell out of things.

Well people close me have mostly seen me in my default mood. “Is ‘ugh’ an emotion? Because I feel it all the time.”

🙂

Madhavi

 

Does the world need more wisdom?

Scene of manIf you spend time watching mainstream broadcasting, there is a possibility that you may experience anxiety, concern, and think that the world is falling apart.

We now live in an age where almost everything is a finger’s touch away. The newspapers, the TV channels, the internet are all filled to the brim with news about revolutions in different parts of the world, dictatorships, mass murders, and clash of personalities and opinions.

I wonder if we are drowning in the constant barrage of information. I am definitely overwhelmed by all this info. What’s legit? What is true? Who do I trust?

But am I the only one who feels this way? I think not.

Agreed that we’re well-versed and more educated than our ancestors and yet, we’re the most anxiety-plagued, depression-ridden individuals today.

I feel that something is missing in this overload of information and that something is wisdom.

Wisdom not only about what you know and see, but also the ability to differentiate and judge which aspects of that information is true, accurate, lasting, and applicable to your life.

Wisdom implies listening. Unfortunately most young people today only want to be heard. They do not have the patience to listen and learn. They don’t realize that you can’t learn with your mouth opening.

The cliché ‘Show me your friends, I’ll show you your future’ is so true. If you had parents who always wanted to see the company you kept, you were very lucky. They knew the importance of being surrounded by wise people – people of integrity who live with passion and meaning.

The past is for learning, not living. Wise people remember and learn from the past. But they never live there. They want to make America great again, but that needs progressive governance, not regressive ideas. This is why the world is desperate for wise people.

We react to political or economic sluggishness with rage at the stupidity of those who lead us. We are unwilling to tolerate that human societies are hugely complex machines. A leader needs to be a visionary not a short sighted greedy politician who has vested interests.

The unhappiness of relationships is quickly attributed to being with the wrong person. The courage and strength to form solid relationships is understanding how to make a relationship work and that requires both parties willing to fight for the relationship.

When we meet a stranger, we do not ask them about their ancestors, their religion, or the place they grew up in. We ask them, first and foremost, what they ‘do’, for it is our work that has, more than anything else, come to be seen as the basis of our individuality.

Our society sadly lacks a powerful, wide reaching and reliable institution for promoting a compassionate perspective on life. Today we inhabit a culture that is more interested in humiliating those whose lives have already gone badly wrong.

High ambitions and romanticism can ruin our chances of maintaining decent, realistic relationships in the world we actually live in.

Nature is perhaps the supreme teacher of the idea of wisdom : a tree sprouts its first buds, it then blossoms into a leaf; then its fruit ripen and fall; the leaves then change colour , wither and are blown away by the wind in autumn , leaving the branches bare, until its spring again. Just understanding the recurrent patterns of nature demonstrates us to appreciate the structure of our own lives.wisdom1

Wisdom happens when you take knowledge and apply it in such a way that it adds meaning and has an impact on your life. Age is another irrelevant factor in life smarts. Some people garner wisdom sooner than others, that’s why they are called old souls, since they are quicker to learn what leads to a better life. You will never meet a wise person who isn’t humble. As you grow in wisdom, you grow in awe, reminding you how little you know. Wise people can see the positive side of a negative situation.

Wisdom must be able to guide and instruct you in areas which are beyond your understanding and capacity. Wisdom must harmonize your life. It will establish the priorities of your life and bring you back into right relationship with yourself and with everyone around you.

Sadly we can gain a lifetime of knowledge, yet never see the wisdom in it. We can be wise, but still miss the deeper meaning.

 What do you think?

Corporate Wisdom

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According to the Puranas, when Brahma creates the world, the Goddess appears as Saraswati, embodiment of knowledge, serene and aloof, dressed in white, holding a lute and a book, riding a heron.

When Vishnu sustains the world, The Goddess appears as Lakshmi, stunning and alluring, dressed in red, bedecked in jewels, holding a pot that pours out gold and grain, riding an elephant that rises from a lotus lake.

When Shiva destroys the world by shutting his eyes to it, the Goddess becomes Shakti – alternating as the naked and bloodthirsty Kali, who danced on his still body, and as the demure and maternal Gauri, who made him open his eyes with her affection.

Saraswati, Lakshmi and Shakti are the three forms the Goddess. They embody knowledge, wealth, and power.

Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva are the three forms of God who create, sustain and destroy.

Now observe carefully. The Goddesses are associated with nouns: knowledge, wealth and power. The Gods are associated with verbs: creating, sustaining, and destroying. 

Knowledge, wealth and power can be created sustained and destroyed

Knowledge, wealth, power provides the capability to create/sustain/destroy.

Action is with the Gods – the result of the action is with the Goddesses who in turn provides more action.
God is the subject; Goddess the object.

Before we jump to gender-based conclusions (“the scriptures are patriarchal and that is why they portray God, hence men, as active and Goddess, hence women, as passive”), note that Gods and Goddesses are embodiments of non-gender based concepts that seek to enlighten, enrich and empower. A leader, whether a man or a woman, is God – the organisation is the Goddess.

The reason why the world/organisation is visualized in female form is because just as women create life inside her body, a world/organisation creates knowledge/wealth/power inside itself.

Man creates life outside his body; therefore man is the best representation for the one who creates, sustains, and destroys the life-giving organisation.

God and Goddess, leader and organisation, cannot exist without the other. Without either, there is neither. He or she can only create, sustain or destroy. What is created sustained or destroyed is knowledge, wealth and power, which in turn offers more opportunities to create sustain and destroy.
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Typically, in the corporate world we assume that a leader exists to create wealth – he is Brahma creating Lakshmi. But a Brahma creating Lakshmi will fail, in the long run, because he is too busy creating to bother with sustenance.

We often find fly-by-night operators in the business world who find validation in making that quick buck. These are the Brahmas of the world, desperate to get rich quick, without thinking about sustainability.

A good leader is a Brahma who creates Saraswati-knowledge. Knowledge manifests as innovation and ideas and inspiration. That is why Saraswati holds not just books and memory beads but also the lute with which she makes music. Knowledge appearing as insight provokes a systematic transformation in people.

A good leader is constantly seeking wisdom, within him and others.

Once Chandragupta Maurya ,the founder of the Maurya Empire,was very hungry. The moment rice was served; he put his hand right in the centre of the pile. His fingers got singed and he withdrew instantly. “Never from the centre child”, said his guru, Chanakya. “Always from the sides where it is cooler.” Chandragupta realised his master was not telling him about rice alone. He was warning him against his planned attack on Pataliputra, the capital city. It was a well guarded fortress.

Better to go from the sides, conquer the surrounding, less formidable territories and gradually move in on the centre of power.

The insight made Chandragupta a great General. He was able to overthrow the Nandas and become ruler of the Magadhan Empire. It was knowledge that made him king of a prosperous king. His hunger for wisdom made knowledge appear before him. By becoming Brahma, he discovered Saraswati and so was able to become Vishnu with Lakshmi manifesting as his crown and kingdom.

It is said that Vishnu keeps Saraswati on his tongue. This makes Lakshmi jealous. She rushes towards him and plants himself in his heart. Vishnu knows that the fickle will leave as soon as Saraswati leaves his tongue. Thus to sustain Lakshmi, he needs Saraswati.

Good leaders know that that to sustain their business, they constantly need to inspire, motivate people and at the same time innovate new products and services that will delight the customer. Lakshmi will come into the company where Saraswati thrives.

Knowledge management systems, databases, research documents, patents are all tangible forms of Saraswati. A good leader focuses on them, rather than on account books. He ensures the Saraswati that is generated within the organisation stays within the organisation. In other words, by being Brahma, who creates Saraswati he remains Vishnu who sustains Lakshmi.

With knowledge and wealth, comes power and arrogance.

It is the belief that one is invincible and capable of doing anything. When this happens, the organization becomes naked and bloodthirsty-provoking the leader to act rashly and indiscriminately, indifferent to all rules of conduct, making him believe that he is above the law. In other words, the organization becomes Kali. A good leader recognizes this rapidly and becomes Shiva. He has to destroy the rising ego and arrogance that blinds good judgment. He shuts his eyes and lies still, allowing the Goddess to dance on him but refusing to respond to her. Only then the Goddess becomes Gauri-dressed in green, she becomes maternal and affectionate, and with gentleness she requests Shiva to open his eyes and become Shankar, the benevolent, boon-bestowing, wise ascetic. Thus a good leader has to be fully sensitive to the corrupting influence of power- and try hard not to succumb to it.

Ultimately to establish a knowledge, wealth and power generating organisation, a leader has to be a teacher, a king and an ascetic all rolled into one.

When the three Gods thrive inside, the three Goddesses will thrive outside.

 

 

*Article Credits: Devdutt Patnaik

 

Navratri- Worshipping the Feminine Divine

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“Navratri” literally means nine nights.

The worship of the feminine has been the most ancient form of worship, widespread in India. The Indian festival of Navratri is dedicated to the feminine nature of the Divine and is the exploration of the three forms of goddesses namely; Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. These three Goddesses are seen as three dimensions of the feminine.

 

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Those who aspire for strength or power, worship forms of Durga or Kali.

Those who aspire for wealth, passion or material gifts worship Lakshmi.

Those who aspire for knowledge, worship Saraswati.

During Navratri most Hindus invoke the energy aspect of God in the form of the universal mother, commonly referred to as Maa Durga who is known to be the remover of miseries of life. Whenever evil and demonic tendencies start becoming dominant in society troubling the pious, the righteous and the spiritual, the divine Energy principle is incarnated to destroy these unrighteous elements.

It is this Shakti (energy) which helps God to proceed with the work of creation, preservation and destruction.

Our worship of Shakti reconfirms the scientific theory that energy is imperishable, it cannot be created or destroyed. It is always omnipresent.

During the nine days of Navratri, the first three days are dedicated to Durga, the next three to Lakshmi, and the last three to Saraswati.

The tenth day, Vijayadashami, signifies the triumph over all these three aspects of life.

Navratri comes four times in a year but the more popular ones are celebrated twice in a year. The Ashwina Navratri, starts at the beginning of winter (between September and October-This year it starts on 10th October till 18 October) and the Chaitra Navratri, comes during the beginning of summer, between March and April. The dates for the festival are based on the Hindu Lunar calendar.

Navaratri is celebrated in different ways throughout India. Some fast, others feast. Some revere the same Mother Goddess in her nine different aspects. To some, Navratri is a cultural and social festival which marks family time, along with the celebration of various performance arts ,dance. etc.

Scientifically speaking, just before the beginning of summer and winter, Mother Nature undergoes a major change. Fasting or abstaining from certain foods during this time is considered beneficial to the body as it prepares to face the seasonal changes ahead.

May MAA DURGA empower you and your family with her nine Swaroopa (forms) namely; Name, Fame, Health, Wealth, Education, Grace, Bhakti (worship) and Shakti.

Happy Navratri!!