Find your purpose – when does it matter?

Frankly, it isn’t so much about finding one’s purpose but rather finding what it is that makes us happy doing it even if there wasn’t any fancy label or a large paycheck attached to it. The secret to what makes something meaningful is really what Aristotle has said, that is, what does the world need that I and my talents, skills, and knowledge can help meet? “Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation.” – ARISTOTLE Which then boils down to asking ourselves what currency is it that we prefer to deal in. Would it …

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Vedanta and SMARTe goals – who am I, what do I want

When you set SMARTe goals, you become accountable for what you want to see happen through the emotional energies – the small ‘e’ – you invest in them. The more involved you are in that way, the less likely you will abandon your goals especially when the going gets tough. And it begins with knowing who you are and what you really, really want. First things, first. A goal is just a dream till you take action. It all boils down to action, often times massive action that gets you to your preferred reality. So let’s be really clear that nothing is …

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Achieving Oneness with the Higher Soul by GM. Choa Kok Sui

This book has been a most unusual find with it coming into my hands at just the right time when I was wondering how to take my practice further. When I opened the pages, I almost fell off my chair because within its covers are gems upon gems showing the way to transcend, transform and transmute. This book is all about the true goal of yoga written by a mahayogi, the Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui. My teacher, whom I had the blessed fortune to learn Pranic Healing Level 1 when he was in Singapore in the 90s. Best of all …

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The Secret of Secrets by OSHO

It’s all here. The Secret of Secrets is about the truth that we seek on our spiritual path. The what, how, why and more are all here. No more, no less. This is everything you need to know about the journey to self-realisation presented in Osho’s unique style. Many eons back, I picked up two copies of the Taoist Secret of the Golden Flower translated by Wilhelm and then Cleary. I was very much drawn to the esoteric drawings within. The book itself is a tiny treatise but it was so far out on a limb that I couldn’t make …

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Aham Brahmasmi

Aham Brahmasmi – I am Brahman and the sabzi wallah

This is the second of the four Mahavakyas or Great Sayings. In yoga, these four sayings represent the ultimate state of self-realisation. Here, Aham Brahmasmi literally translates to I am Brahman. I am God. My true nature is God. I am whole. I am a powerful creator in possession of infinite potential. This mahāvākya can be found in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad of the Shukla Yajurveda. What relevance does this have for us mere mortals? Well, as in everything on the yogic path, all that we do is an attempt to transcend the ego or I-mind. The part of the mind that goes …

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Prajnanam Brahma: Our reality is pure consciousness

The deeper meaning of this Mahavakyam or great saying (of which there are 4 main ones) would run something like this imho …. In Zen, one would say…. Each of us is more than the body, more than the mind. We are not the body, we are not the mind. What are we then? If you look into the mirror, who or what is that looking back at you? That’s who we are in reality. Consciousness. Without it, we won’t be. In Vedanta, one would say…. We are the tiny wave that is part of the ocean; we are the …

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Travel as a form of self-enquiry

Why do we travel? I think travel helps us to find ourselves. Our outer travel is matched by an inner one. That’s also why a journal is such an important tool to have on our journeys. The act of penning down your thoughts as you travel along helps to lend clarity. With that comes focus. And the rest will fall into place. With clarity, I begin to know who I am and how to make this one life count. That’s it! Clarity. There I was up on the slopes of Mt. Rinjani and I remember I was taking it slow …

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What is the spiritual significance of work

Why do we work? So that we can eat, buy necessities and afford luxuries. However, that’s only part of the whole answer. Master Sheng Yen tells us why. Work has its spiritual purpose. Why work For the longest time, I sought to find the meaning behind why we strive from 9 to 5, tolerate a whole lot of stuff at work, and often lose sleep because work issues continue to spin in my mind even though my head has warmed the pillow eons back. Here’s a good read that helps us to live more from a wise heart. That way, we …

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