MEDITATION AND ITS BENEFITS


MEDITATION AND ITS BENEFITS

Meditation is the self regulating practices which are religiously and consciously undertaken to ensure overall growth besides keeping our mind under tight sheath. Our mind wanders from one thought to another – being restive in nature. Its five senses: sense of vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch allure us and we are unable to concentrate on a single entity. For example, while observing the beauty of serene flow of river water, our mind is allured by other event or thought. We always run after mirages. This way, we neither enjoy and appreciate serenity of water flow nor the other object of attraction. This incessant yearning or lust for some ‘other object of attraction’ continues. This way, we are neither here nor there. Meditation is the path by which we practice to train our senses to be in our control and not let these off the hook.

The word meditation has been derived from Latin word ‘meditatio’ meaning to think, ponder, contemplate, thought etc. Meditation is focusing/reflection on a thought at hand. It is based on twofold philosophy: Firstly, we focus on an activity for ensuring better result from that activity by switching off our mind totally. Here the mind and its senses have no role. The second is total mindfulness; with singing of hymens from religious scriptures and praying or chanting of some mantras or listening to some discourses or participating in religious satsang (religious congregation). Meditation /prayer/contemplation may be for ensuring reduced stress level or to induce relaxation or with higher aims and objectives of connecting with Transdental Brahman. With how much devotion we meditate brings us dividends.

In religious jargon meditation is practiced in order to regulate our mind and its senses in a particular direction. By so doing, we can have stress free, get rid of body ailments like high blood pressure, depression etc besides getting rid of the negativity from our system. It brings in its wake calmness and peace to us. After perfect focusing becomes a daily habit, we can use this in our daily routine engendering equanimity both in good and bad situations. Meditation generates peace and calmness and with these we can achieve anything tangible including our communion with our Creator.

Meditation can be on AUM or any other mantra or any prayer from any scripture suitable for the individual concerned. Meditative practices may differ. It may be chanting of name of Lord, attentively listening to discourses and then adopting the same in our life, attending satsangs (congregations) – a practice followed mindfully. The purpose is to purify oneself for enhancing awareness and also to draw our potential energy. Practical experiences which we get after meditation are the proven records of the benefits that we can get from pointed or focused meditation. Meditation also helps us to know ‘self’ by delving deep into ourselves with contemplative fervor.

Everything starts with us and ends with us. Nothing happens outside our being. This is based on the precept, as you think so shall you be. Example of UNGLIMAR who was transformed into a Bikshu by the sagacious guidance of of Gautam Budha proves that if we rein in our mind and sincerely want to change our outlook on our life, we can achieve ultimate goal. UNGLIMAR left the life of killing and violence and started a life full of compassion and goodwill though he had to put up with hardship initially. It goes to show that will power makes difference and the driver of that change is individual itself. Right attitude coupled with right course of action lead to positivity in our life. Bhakti marg or meditation path helps in streamlining the body and mind thereby attuning yourself to our Lord. It goes to show that Bhakti marg is the righteous path (marg) leading to cleansing of body, mind and soul.

Meditation is the way to merge every cell of our body; mind and soul into the Supreme Soul/Supreme Spirit. It is not a mechanical chanting of some mantras. It is a intensive and persistent self- regulating exercise with which we understand our ‘self’. It is at full bloom when every atom of our being vibrates when we centre our attention at the centre of our forehead (between our two eyebrows) – the origin of intuitive power. Intuition is the art of having inkling of coming events – partially or fully as this power increases. Meditation is the way to infuse confidence in ourselves because it comes about with total concentration and total concentration impacts our memory. Having memory means having all the faculties at our command; empowering ourselves fully to distinguish clearly between what is to be adopted in our life and what to be discarded for living a purposeful but peaceful life. Seemingly, meditation have helped in evolution of human biological development. Vedas are replete with many mantras which influence our life. Maharishi Patanjli Yoga Sutra makes it abundantly clear that Yogic postures can bring about change in all the aspects of a Yogi leading to all round progress in life.

Benefits of meditation:-

1. Inculcates peace with which we can develop reservoir of compassion leading to forgiveness and all the positive traits which are required for our day to day activities. We can ensure contemplative zeal for ensure better job performance.

2. Continuous focus increases the working of our memory leading to all round development of personality.

3. Buddhist philosophy opines that meditation is a step forward in our eternal salvation.

4. Meditation and breathing control ensure cohesion between body, mind and soul.

5. Ensures stress control, relaxation besides bringing about all round improvement in our actions.

6. Being cool with no negative traits, we tend to become less reactive or do not react at all.

7. It ensures inculcation of calmness in emergent situations.

8. Enhances memory due to focused attention to the subject on which we meditate.

9. The calmness and peace generated by following meditation techniques leading also heightened alertness with cool disposition.

10. Meditation brings about positive change in our way of thinking.

11. Meditation leads to our connectivity with our Param Brahman / Transcendental Brahman / Creator.

GURU HAR KRISHAN JI (HIS BIRTHDAY IS ON 23RD JULY)

GURU HAR KRISHAN JI (HIS BIRTHDAY IS ON 23RD JULY)

GURU HAR KRISHAN JI
( HIS BIRTH DAY (PRAKASH DIVAS) WAS ON 23 JULY )

Akapurakh is the most benevolent
He sends His messengers to this planet
Who make a huge difference by their acts of wisdom
And self sacrifice at the cost of lives of their own.
This messenger of God was born on 23 July 1656
To Sri Guru Har Rai & mother Sulakni ji
He was eighth of ten Sikh Gurus Jis’
Succeeding his illustrious father Sri Guru Rai Ji
Surprisingly being only of five years!
The youngest amongst all the Guru Sahibans
Being gracious and soft at heart
Leaving his elder brother
Due to his collision with Mughal empire.

There was an incredible incident in Gurudwara
Near Ambala at Panjokhra
A Sanskrit learnt person challenged the Guruji
To explicitly explain the verses from Bhagwad Gita
Lo & behold, Guruji just pointed a stick at Gangu Jheevar
An illiterate with no literacy to bank – a total blank
Surprised everyone
By speaking out sermons of Bhagwad Gita to perfection.

Thence Guruji came to Delhi at Gurudwara Balaji
Where large populace came to have dharshan of Guruji
But as ill luck would have it
There was, in and around Delhi, smallpox epidemics
Guruji with his soft emotional feelings
Brimming with love for hapless populace
Took upon himself their ailment happily!
In the process became too weak to move
Refused taking any treatment for cure!
Called for five coins and a coconut for a purpose
Waved his hand three times in the air
And told that his successor be found in Bakala in Punjab
Thence he left his body at the age of seven!
He lived for others and left his mortal body for others
He advised his disciples/sangat
To respect the will of Almighty God
And praise Him and do not feel disappointed
At his untimely demise which was for hapless
Examples of which we find rare in the annals of history.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is built
Place of which was gifted by Raja of Rajesthan
After Sri Guruji, with his mystic power
Fulfilled Raja’s litmus test of recognizing
His queen amongst several ladies lining
Surprise of surprises, Guruji did this without even a moment losing

Where Guruji provided succor to sicks
And left for his ultimate journey
Though less in age as year count
Yet mature in sagacity
Bestowed by our Creator
May Guruji’s legacy continue inspiring us humans
Generations after generations.

HARBANS kHAJURIA

NO PAIN NO GAIN – IN INTELLIGENCE AND SPIRITUAL PLANES

Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a Soul? – John Keats

NO PAIN, NO GAIN – IN INTELLIGENCE AND spiritual PLANES

The maxim makes it amply clear that if we work hard now, we shall reap its reward later on. It is similar to the planting of a fruit plant. It is not that on planting itself we shall get its fruit. The plant has to be properly nurtured – watered, protected from beggaries of nature, and then only it will give us juicy fruit. Also, students sweat during their learning spell and get the reward for their hard work thereafter in the form of sound career etc. Without perseverance, a newly appointed individual cannot adjust in the organization. Hard work, patience and commitment besides right attitude have to be shown. Also, we should bear in mind that nothing is given to us on a platter; sincere effort is required for fruition of any task. It should never be forgotten that this striving is not only on intellectual plane but also on spiritual plane.

The path of Yoga (action) is dynamic in nature. Passivity (inaction) or getting stuck means no further movement. When we follow a path littered with hurdles, we have to put in sincere hard efforts to come out and for that we have to work with maximum focus. Where there is action, there is pain should never be lost sight of. For coming out of hurdles, we have to be a real Jnani (Yogi in action) adopting Jnana Yoga (the path of knowledge / wisdom). Work which is done in unsystematic manner, without putting our intelligence into play will hardly be of any consequence. It is also a fact that too much reliance/attachment to the results of our action may lead to dissipation of energy. Concentrated actions and evenness of mind always lead to right outcomes.

Bhagwad Gita stresses the importance of action (Yoga of action) without attachment to fruits of that action.

It is us who can make difference with our quality of work. Mere making castles in the air will not suffice. Concrete results require concrete efforts and for that to happen we have to sweat/work hard. We have to put in our heart, mind and soul together for acquiring full gains of our efforts – especially so at this age when competition is becoming too high and opportunities are very few. Only those who have acquired the optimum skill and grit to excel despite hurdles succeed.

It is true of professionals or even for athletes who compete for their positions. Avoiding pain initially, will take us away from gains we get finally. This pain could be body aches due to physical activity resulting in tiresomeness or mental torments for reining in senses etc. The purpose of this whole exercise is to ensure physical fitness and mental toughness to work hard to take head on the problems for working out a solution.

Our spiritual gain is inevitably linked with following and practicing compassion, feeling pain when somebody is in pain, following a simple but purposeful life, rendering selfless service to the fellow being etc. On the face of it, these seem to be easy but if made applicable, we have to make many sacrifices, physical and material resources. We follow the God’s commandments in orders to get spiritual satiety and ultimately eternal bliss. This too is not an easy task. We will have to, first of all, get rid of the negative traits in the form of anger, greed, rancor, ill-will, jealousy, etc which are rampant in us and then follow the good code of conduct. Mere wishful thinking will not suffice here too.

We have to excel in self belief and this self belief is acquired through persistent hard work. Strength of conviction, belief (Shradha) is required. Everything originates from inside us. One who believes that he is weak becomes so ultimately. This weakness enters into our work culture and we tend to sink into the abbess of our own making. We have to be our own masters. We have to have self belief to excel.

This Atma of ours is immortal, without beginning or end, it cannot be annihilated by any of the elements. If this were so then why should we fear? Why do we not work hard? This body of ours has to be tasked by our mind. We have to realize that nothing comes out of mere wishful thinking. This has been amply given in the scriptures of all the religions. This innate power of ours is waiting to be tapped/drawn out, to manifest itself and to be utilized for useful pursuits. By adopting Bhakti Yoga or devotion and love, we can draw out innate powers. Soul power and spiritual strength combined could do wonders in our lives. Identification with the immortal Atma can therefore deliver goods for us and enhance our credit limit of our Karma.

Action in the form of hard work is the sole criteria which will make ourselves self reliant in every way. Adopting Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga or Janana Yoga can bring dividends only if we make these applicable earnestly. If we think ourselves nothing then ultimately we become nothing and if we have strong will to excel then every intractable problem will become easy.
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All have abilities and limitations. We can work on our inadequacies and enhance the credit limit of our abilities. Disbelieving in our capacities results in degeneration. Although we have not to run after material possessions yet we all require these for our survival and these are procured through our honest efforts. It is similar to the fact that if we want to sharpen our intellect, we have to work on intellectual plane. By following this dictum, we shall produce people of the highest traits; strong physically, mentally, morally, socially and spiritually. Fostering intellectual plane with spiritual plane may lead to our Eternal Happiness and Eternal Bliss – while enjoying the fruits of our action.

What do you mean by ‘INNER BEAUTY’ when everybody is beautiful in their own way ??

What do you mean by ”inner beauty” when everybody is beautiful in their own way ? ?

23 years of my life… I have never come across an ugly person… Well physical attractiveness is a different thing… Talking about whats on the inside.. How can anyone call anyone a bad person when we are all in the same soup… Nobody is perfect, we all have flaws.. Nobody is a saint for that matter and a flawless person would be very hard to find… For me, i am not a very confident person, i keep having self doubts and insecurities but i never ever lash out on other people for that… I try my best to be the best to others… So when some say confidence and loving onself is beauty, does it make me so ugly ? When some people are rude or mean, it could be an internal battle, it definitely is… Should that make someone ugly at heart ? When some people are proud or conceited, thats just their ignorance, we never take anything with us when we die and go anyway… So their stupidity makes them ugly, does it ?? We are all in different levels of spiritual growth… Some are learning happiness, some sadness, some jealousy, some kindness… So how can one person be good and pure at heart and the other bad ? Some say, looks dont matter, personality and a wide smile counts… Even when a person frowns, if he is not murdering someone, shouldnt he be a harmless good person ? I hardly smile around much, dont even look approachable… But i never reject anyone asking me for help… So what is ”inner beauty” after all ??? When we are all born alike, grow different things into us as years progress and the way we behave or act maybe due to our upbringing or environment or need of the hour or at the most, emotional and intelligence quotient… What is this ”inner beauty” ?
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Harbans answered 3 years ago

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Inner beauty is really ‘skin deep’. It is internal, innate in a sense of term. It is the truth which encompasses everything else. Outward show is just passing. It is impermanent. One day it will not be there. But inner beauty is based on your thinking, your character, your general bearing, your general behaviour with your fellow beings, the emotional upsurge your experience when you see somebody in pain, the internal urge to help a needy. It is the quality which is admixture of acquired one from your environs and acquired from your genes.

Outwardly you may show yourself to be a different sort of a fellow but inward quality is far reaching and effective one.*

*It should never be forgotten that everybody who is born on this beautiful earth is beautiful in its own individual way. Everybody is unique – just different.
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ETERNAL SATISFACTION

ETERNAL SATISFACTION

No possessions on earth and beyond
Can bestow satiety in real sense for long
This is the experience of all those
Who know this eternal truth – beyond doubt
Greed for more materials
Spurs us for more still
A rat race just endless
It may be lust for money or lust for any negative pursuits
To seek satisfaction with sense objects
We term such person a hypocrite
Such a person lives alright
But lives in vain
Inwards is steeped in pain.

A satisfied one is the one
Who is devoid of malice towards none
Envy touches him not
Hardly identifies with body he owns!
Always is compassionate towards unfortunates
And is not ego-conscious
Noble deeds done by others are his guide
Which are imbibed by him with pride
He is equi-poised both in peace or in turmoil
Dedicates his body, mind and soul to the Supreme Soul
Lives in total bliss
Enriched with self realization
That person has eternal satisfaction
For this soul, no more importance is for worldly possessions
For this soul has our Lord’s eternal connection.

Harbans Khajuria


SATISFACTION IN DIFFERENT FACETS OF OUR LIFE

SATISFACTION WITH THE MATERIAL POSSESSIONS

The allurement or the temptation for more and more possessions (physical goods and wealth) ensnares us in its fold. Here we are under the influence of acquiring a bit ‘more’ and this is endless chase. Overindulgence and seeking satisfaction in worldly or material possessions, by any means, is taking us away from the eternal truth. Allurement of more possessions and seeking satiety in worldly possessions are putting us deep into the quagmire of all pervading negativity through sense enticements and thus becoming the victim of bad habits. We hanker for more status and pelf giving sensory bondage more credence over the eternal joy which could be acquired by cementing our love for our Lord/Bhagwan/Allaha. The person who lives only for sense pleasures from the worldly possessions cannot have eternal happiness.

Bhaghwad Gita enunciates that the one who does not help to keep the wheel of creation in motion by doing his duty and rejoices sense pleasures, that sinful person lives in vain (3.10).

By giving more credence to sense pleasures through material possessions, we forget the very purpose of coming to this world and seek the bliss of the soul, the eternal or higher joys. Does more material possession bring more happiness in life? Honestly, we should pose this question to ourselves and seek answer. The societies which are materially affluent, basically seek happiness in material possessions through their usage. This goes on and still there is no true happiness. Physical goods are the artificial symbols of hope for joy and happiness for a short spell of time – if that be. This job just evaporates when we see somebody having better quality material possessions (in the form of house, car, even better job which could fetch more money and hence more materials ). This linking of material possessions with happiness quotient is a gross fallacy. This is merely to grease the aspired image and thus the ego but for eternal satisfaction these material possessions do not bring any positive results.

Now coming to the satisfaction without much material possessions. When we were born we did not bring anything and when we shall depart finally, we shall not take anything from here. All possessions are left here only. This was amply proved by the example of emperor Alexander – the great, the great Macedonian king who with his valour won worldly possessions from the kingdoms he conquered. While returning home, he fell ill. On his death bed, he realized his folly of amassing vast worldly possessions. He expressed his desire that his three wishes be fulfilled after his death:

Firstly, that his physicians alone must carry his coffin. – to indicate that despite availability of best medical help he could not be cured.

Secondly, the path to the graveyard be strewn with gold, silver and precious stones, he directed – to indicate that he was having all the worldly possessions but these were of no avail.

His third wish was that both of his bands be kept dangling out of coffin – to indicate that despite having everything he had gone barehanded.

All this goes to show that it is waste of time and energy to hanker after worldly possessions and proves the futility of our quest for the same. Contrarily, our quest should be for eternal happiness at the Lotus Feet of our Lord.

EMPLOYEES’ JOB SATISFACTION

The jobs with which we are emotionally attached give us joy and satisfaction. Having that job and performance of the same enthuse us immensely. These feelings are intense ones and more objective in nature. Positive emotions help in adjusting ourselves with other employees and environs while negative emotions tend to pull us back towards dissatisfaction. Then overall job satisfaction is due to adjustment with superiors, compatriots, juniors etc and total assimilation with the office jargons. Sometimes the employees have to exercise will power to rein in the upsurge in negative emotions, significantly helping in total job satisfaction in the long run.

CUSTOMER’S SATISFACTION

It is how a supplier satisfies a customer with his goods and services. Here the quality of the product and the cost are involved. More the goods are purchased with competitive cost when the quality of goods and services remains constant or in some cases it may exceed in its superiority because of competition involved. Customers’ satisfaction has now become a key differentiation. The business entrepreneurs have to maintain quality at competitive cost and quantity supplied. As new products are entering market, customers’ expectations too are increasing. Lower the satiety level of the customers lower the sale of the product. Here the customer is the master. How much input in put when a product is produced and what labour cost and other factors of productions are involved are taken into account for a finished product?

PARENTS’ SATISFACTION

Every parents want that their ward perform better so that he/she faces the competitive world head on. For this to happen there are certain factors which the parents have to take into account:-

1. Quality Time. For the children to imbibe virtuous life, it is important that the parents give quality time to their wards so that the children imbibe virtues and follow the correct norms of behavior which may help in their character building.

2. Quality Guidance. The expectations of the parents from their wards are exponential. Their satisfaction level increases partly due to demonstrative effect in the society and partly because of parents high expectations from the students. For this to happen, the parents should impart quality guidance to them through formal and informal institutions.

3. Formal Education. The child’s aptitude for a particular stream should never be lost sight of while giving him/her formal education. If he/she has more inclination towards humanities, the parents, on their part should never force their wards to take engineering or any other stream that a child wants.

4. Informal Education. The education which the children get from play ground, peer groups, temples/churches’mosques etc play an important role in moulding the character of a child.

From the above, it could be concluded that we can get eternal / permanent satisfaction only if our efforts are sincere / honest and we transact our action with dedication absorbing totally in the action – disregarding or caring little for results of our action with the realization that ‘good action leads to good results’. That is the eternal satisfaction

SPECTER OF FEAR

SPECTER OF FEAR </p

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. Marie Curie

Fear is a specter which could only be won with calmness. It is a deadly disease with far reaching consequences. With fear engulfing us, we are not able to concentrate on anything. Constant thought of unpredictable future, the fear of negative results, failure, etc create still more unpredictable apprehensions resulting in breaking our will to fight the coming events; robbing the serenity of our Soul thus making our life virtual hell. It should never be forgotten that our fears are the result of our own faults of not understanding the cause(s) of our fears. We are swayed more by the external factors rather than listen to our inner voice. Different contingencies in our life have to be understood threadbare and solution found for tackling them.

When we take fear as a cautionary device to keep us on guard against any impending event it is fine. It is just to keep us on our toes to face and fight it out. We take preventive measures to keep away from particular course of action simply to avoid its consequences. For instance, we do not overeat simply because it may cause indigestion. But unreasonable or unfounded fears are the cause of many a problems. Just over indulgence in fears results in germination of the seeds of more apprehensions.

CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE AND GOOD COMPANY</p

An appropriate and conducive atmosphere is required for a person who is mental wreck due to fear psychosis. Too much association with a person of negative mindset brings forth negative atmospheric – a mine of unexpected fears. Excessive dwelling on the fear talk by those who lack will power and are steeped in negativities bring in its wake unwholesome conditions. Hence positive thoughts have much to contribute to remove the specter of fear from our midst and for that good company and conducive environs are a must.

We all will get old. It is a natural corollary. There are some who associate old age with diminishing vitality and losing ground in every aspect as one ages. It should never be forgotten that the one who is born dies one day – now or any other time. Fear of death, therefore, should not stalk us. Man is a mortal and hence has to die one day. Our soul is immortal should never be forgotten. No fire can burn it, no water can take it along and air cannot harm it. Then why fear? We should always be thankful to our Creator for bestowing us with good health and all the bounties including will to fight the fears. Dudley Nichols has rightly said that ‘fear is the highest fence’. We ourselves are responsible for erecting this fence and we have to remove this fence for a smooth living.</p

Then the fear of hell or heaven after death remains etched on the memories of those who believe in the theory of reincarnation. One thing good in it is that this fear has its positive aspects too – it compels us to lead a sattvic lifestyle (having positive traits) and consequently we earn Karma credit due to this.

NO FEAR CAN ENTER A CALM MIND

It is found that when we are in calm and quiet mindset, our intuitive power starts functioning – by which we can know the feelings of others. Calm mind can penetrate into others’ feelings. Mind is the origin of thoughts. With calm mind we can surmount any unpredictable fears. </p

The origin of fear is from our heart. Whenever we are confronted with fear of unpredictable, relaxation after inhalation and exhalation is the answer. Fear may be due to some past incident and we do not want that to happen which triggers fear. Apprehension of impending incident produces fear psychosis. In such contingencies, we lose vital strength and in the process our defence system takes a worst beating.

It has been observed that the students fear their examinations the most. Despite their best preparation, there is always a lurking fear. Competition too fuels fear, especially in the minds of the students or those who have to face the competitive examination for the career. In the recent past, we have heard of students with best results in the past resorted to harming himself physically with disastrous results. Or a girl fearing rejection as a bride just loses courage when crunch time comes. Then fear about who will take care of us when we would grow old, when we are unable to move without somebody’s assistance. These fears are not unfounded but with courage these could be faced and way cleared for a smooth journey ahead.

NECESSARY / CONSTRUCTIVE/ LOVING FEARS

Fear in a child to reach home on time because of fear of the parents for his/her safety. Or parents fearing for their wards’ not reaching home on time. A student attending lectures in the school so as to earn sound grades in the examination. In the similar manner, when we are concerned about the health of our love ones, it is a loving fear. In other words, whenever we, out of concern, feel for somebody’s present state out of love, it is termed as loving fear or constructive fear. It is also a natural thing between our love ones. </p

Many people often say, ‘fear God’s retribution’ – meaning that we should always act according to the natural laws. It may also mean that the person concerned does not know that our Creator is not the One from whom we should fear. He is the embodiment of love and compassion not. Fear is our own creation. We ourselves are responsible for it. The fear brings this feeling. This fear is generated when we talk fear in relation to misdeeds. If this were so then we should desist from doing any bad deeds lest these invite God wrath.

TOTAL FAITH IN GOD WILL REMOVE IMPENDING FEARS AND ENGENDERS COMPLETE CALMNESS

It should never be forgotten that our Lord is always ready to come to our succor whenever there is need. Only need is the sincere call to Him – with cent percent faith. His vast energy can dissolve any fears from our system. This wholly calm mentality could be acquired only through complete surrender unto Him and knowing self – bereft of any fear.

It has rightly been said in Chapter 6 in Bhagwad Gita: The wholly calm minded person who has conquered the self is in constant connection with the Supreme Soul. To such a man cold and heat, happiness and sorrow, fear or anger, honour and dishonor are all the same.

Thus we should free ourselves from the specter of fear and start living just naturally; enjoying the bounties of our LORD and thanking HIM for everything.

SELF CRITICISM FOR OUR GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

 

SELF CRITICISM

 

God’s creations are really unique

Some are the powerhouses of knowledge

While others having the just ordinary origin

With their self critical & analytical mindset

And self introspection with sincerity

Know their weaknesses and strengths aplenty

Try getting rid of their weaknesses

With self will and inner prowess

They invented things

Thus changing the lives of humans

Amongst them is Newton

The celebrated master in physics

Chemistry and astronomy – so to say

But being the son of a simple farmer!

Graham Bell the inventor of telephone

Which changed the concept of connectivity

Which today we all flaunt with pride

While Konrad Zuse invented first computer

Which could be programmed

Thomas Savery invented the steam engine

Camera by celebrated Joseph Nicephse

Sewing machine by a French – simple tailor!

But those who fret and fume at criticism

Just fail to make perceptible mark in life

And end up incognito

Such is the name of the game called self criticism.

 

 SELF CRITICISM FOR OUR GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

More often than not whenever somebody criticises us on something or points a finger at us; we itch for paying that individual back in the same coin or may be with more ferocity and try twist somebody’s arm of that individual. It goes to show that we tend to be very touchy and think ourselves holy cow as far as our criticism is concerned.

We are aware that humans are endowed with the unique trait of differentiation. But sometimes this characteristic is not used judiciously partly due to excessive ego or entrapped / enslaved by some psychological deformities or habits like intoxicants or lust which is not easy to be ridden easily. It is through self criticism /self introspection spelling out our weak and strength dispassionately that we can get rid of these weaknesses. Here inner power will make it possible to eradicate these evils.

Self Criticism and Self Realization

Mental and physical abnormalities could be cured through self realization through self appraisal/self analysis and then attack bad characteristics which are slowly but surely eating the vitals of our body and soul besides these defects are playing havoc with our happiness and further march in spiritual life. The psychological deformities could only be cured through inner strength which could be cultivated by leading a worthwhile life bereft of negative trait like greed; anger; covetousness; deceit; etc and that is meaningfully attained through self realization. Spirituality is the answer to all the drawbacks that an individual is having. Will power is the cosmic energizer in true sense of terms. This cosmic energy is not acquired from the physical body but from the invisible source (our God). The true nature of our ‘self’ is attained if there is coordination between body and spirit. And this all could be attained if we know SELF fully. This self could be made purified by taking in all the bitter pills of criticisms from ourselves; from others with an intention that those who ctiticise us are not our enemies but our well wishers. Also those who gloss over/ignore our weaknesses are our enemies.

It should always be kept in kind that we always learn from criticism and not from appreciation. Sometimes self confession too serves the purpose. This sincere confession of a fault-line / drawback at the Altar gives a spiritual twist.

A person afflicted with self destructive bad tendencies hallow us from within us consequently sapping our inner energy in the process. Now at this critical juncture what is the solution which offers us the way out. It is merely self criticism that is to point out things or single out things which are taking us to self destructive course every second. We have to attack our own beliefs; thoughts; behaviour; actions and deeds; actions and reactions thereof; etc.

All sorts of learning could be meaningful only if we use that learning in the day to day life. A knowledge which has no applicability is no knowledge at all. If somebody points out our fault; then we should take it as a healthy criticism. Criticism may seem unwholesome initially but it has wholesome results ultimately. Subjecting the gold into fire intensively results in removing the last shred of impurity from it. It could be termed as baptized by fire. It is just like taking a bitter pill for removing the dormant disease in our body. Following a percept at hand with critical thought makes it possible for us to chaff out the ill-conceived thoughts and fill the empty portion with healthy and wholesome thoughts; which are better both for individual concerned and the people around him.

An organisation which critically appraises the status of the project at hand and tightens up the nuts and bolts loosened during the interim period that are found out could improve the chances of its success. Similarly a Government which makes mid-term appraisal of plan at hand for its execution and sees what steps are required to improve upon the performance meets with success ultimately. Policy paralysis with no control results in complete breakdown of the country. Even now there are some countries who encourage self-criticism for giving overall health/fillip of the country concerned country.

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