Friday, September 28, 2012

Sadhguru on the significance of preserving cows

22 Sep 2012

In light of the recent BJP warning against a publicized beef party in Jawaharlal Nehru University, let’s take a look at the Indian connection with these precious animals in Sadhguru’s words. 
Never before in the history of humanity, has food been as organized as it is today. Today, you can walk into a store if you have the money, you can buy all the food that you need for the whole year, go home, and just live there without stepping out of your house. Such a thing was never possible till about 25, 30 years ago. In the thousands of years of human history, food has always been the main issue of humanity. Only now our attention is moving to other things because food is so organized, that throughout the year it is available all the time. Never before this was so. 
Famines were quite normal in almost every culture, in every society. In this culture, when famines came, the simple rural wisdom was that if you have a cow in your house, your children will live. If you do not have a cow in your house, your children will die, it was as simple as that. So the cow naturally became like a mother, it is like a surrogate mother to us. When our mother’s breast could not feed us anymore, and the next level of food did not come to us, the cow was like a mother for everybody. All of us at some point have sustained and nourished ourselves on cows’ milk, is it not? It became very sacred because it is a life nourisher and what should have gone to its own offspring, it allows us. We believe such things, but whether it allows or not we take it. Because it nourishes us in that way, it is like the number two mother in our life. So in this culture some sanctity was given to the cow.
Another reason is that the cow has very human kind of emotions. The cow is one animal which responds to your own grief and sorrow. Suppose you are very miserable, the cow feels this and sheds tears for your pain. That is the reason why in India it was said you should not kill a cow because its emotions are close to that of a human being.
People have very deep relationships with cows. Today it has gone, they are all in dairy farms, milk them, milk them, that is all we know. But otherwise in villages, people have a very intimate relationship with the cows.

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The quality of the water depends on the way you hold it - Sadhguru

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Osho on Socrates being poisoned

I am reminded of Socrates. The chief justice, who pronounced the judgment of a death sentence on Socrates by giving him poison - that was the Greek way - called Socrates close to him. Socrates had been arguing for days in the court. Nobody was able to argue with him, for the simple reason that he himself had no position. He never proposed anything - any god that you can discuss, that you can argue against or for. He never proposed anything. So you were in a difficult position: whatever you said, he could contradict it. He was a great genius as far as argumentation was concerned. He contradicted everybody, finished everybody. The chief justice was impressed by him.

But in Greece in those days there were only city states and a very different kind of democracy. The whole city had the right to vote on any decision, and a decision on the fate of Socrates was so important that the whole city gathered. Against his will - the chief justice could see that this man was innocent, and this man was a glory to his land. But fifty-one percent of the people of Athens wanted him to be killed. It was just a question of two percent of the people this way or that way:

forty-nine percent of the people were in favor of Socrates' being released. But that was not the question; the decision depended on the percentage.

The chief justice decided - even though he did not want to do such a thing. Before telling the masses, who had gathered to listen to the judgment, he asked Socrates, "Personally I am not in favor of killing you. I would give you a few alternatives. Of course I have to judge against you, because fifty-one percent of the people of the city are against you. You can go out of Athens; there the law of Athens is no more applicable. You can be just on the boundary, so people can meet you there."

Socrates refused. He said, "I cannot go anywhere else. If Athens, which is the most cultured city in Greece, cannot allow me to live, who is going to allow me to live? There I will be more of a stranger.

Here I have lived my whole life. I have not harmed anybody - but still fifty-one percent of the people are against me, they want me dead. Anywhere else the same thing will happen."

The judge had to agree that that was true. He said, "The second alternative is: you can stop teaching, you can take a vow of silence."

Socrates said, "That is impossible! So many people are stumbling in darkness, and I know the way, and I can show them the way. No, I cannot remain silent, seeing people stumbling in darkness and blindness. I will have to speak."

The judge said, "You are making things impossible for me. Then the only alternative is: you have to be ready, because by the evening you will be given poison."

Socrates said, "That is not much of a problem. One has to die one day; perhaps my day has come. I am ready! I just want you to remember that your name will only be remembered in reference to me; otherwise nobody will ever know that you existed."

And it is true. Nobody would have known who the chief justice was if Socrates had not been poisoned and killed. But Socrates certainly is going to remain in the memories of men as long as human beings are here on this planet

Monday, September 17, 2012

Yogananda The Movie - Official Trailer 1

Osho Hindi Discourse on Meditators fear that if he takes sannyas, it will create storm in the society.

Alive Moments from Real People - A sharing from "Sharing Beautiful Moments from our life" - Facebook Group

Sharing from Pooja Gupta
Yesterday. had gone for a fish spa. Initially, I SHOUTED jus seeing doctor fishes(that what they are titled). ...My friend told me it would be ticklish and then blood circulation would start improving as they start eating dead skin and would become enjoyable. I STAYED ON ...and yes it became a ticklish experience. Seeing me enjoying, smiling, two more irish men of them was slightly chubby and very cute. It was so funny to see him laughing as fishs were nibbling his skin. We three as laughed and laughed . It was hillariuos. I stayed on and they went. I was then posing like a model ...composed and smiling.and My dear friend got few more customers .....He was smiling too. The kids were having fun and mothers were relaxing... A tickling, funny experience which turned commercial.... A friend invited me again to pose ...oops..experience another FISH SPA... ALL IN A DAY's work..:) :). Still feeling the ticklish sensation under my feet,activating my funny bone.... HA HA HA... Love you all!
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Alive Jokes from Real People - A sharing from "Sharing Beautiful Moments from our life" - Facebook Group.

Dawn Pasha
I've been seeing a sign, on the side of the interstate, that someone created, saying, "Hell is Hot". As I live in the "Bible" belt of Southern USA, this is not uncommon to see. Anyways, this morning, as I was passing the sign, I noticed someone else has added to it by placing their own sign under it, and it reads, "Ice Cream is Not"! This made me laugh out loud with a happy smile that could not leave my face. Just knowing that someone has that kind of sense of humor brightened my day! "Hell is Hot, Ice Cream is Not". :)))))
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Facebook - Like, Comment, Share.

 The "Like" option. The moment It brings a smile in my face, seeing anyone's post, it takes just a fraction of the second, to hit "Like". Enjoyed using it.

Next comes the "Comment" option. Usually I use it to express myself, a little more elaborately or maybe it is just a sense of enquiry or the best part of it is, to be communicative with each other. We feel more connected. Can evoke different kind of emotion, depending on how we are, within ourself.

And finally, the "Share" option. I would say that hitting "Like" and "Share" button has always happened simultaneously for me. Many times it would happen that I am not even aware, of whose article am I actually sharing. The content becomes significant, not the container. Almost 75% of the posts I "like", I "share" it with my friends. Sometimes, I wonder, if someday Facebook decides to remove the "Share" option, I will be the first person to quit Facebook. The moment I see that the post has given me something of immense value, how can I be miser in sharing it with the world. Without "sharing", I am denying the world, the bliss I have experienced. I want the whole world to benefit from it. It should reach every nook and corner of the world.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Lunch With God

A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he Packed his suitcase with a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of root beer and started his journey.

When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old woman. She was sitting in the Park, just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to her and opened his Suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old Lady looked hungry, so he offered her some chips. She gratefully accepted it and Smiled at him.

Her smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered her a root Beer. Again, she smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon Eating and smiling, but they never said a word.

As twilight approached, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave; but Before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old Woman, and gave her a hug. She gave him her biggest smile ever. When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was Surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, “What did you do today that Made you so happy?” He replied, “I had lunch with God.” But before his mother could Respond, he added, “You know what? She’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever Seen!”

Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with joy, returned to her home. Her son was Stunned by the look of peace on her face and he asked, “Mother, what did you do today that made you so happy?” She replied! “I ate potato chips in the park with God.” However, before her son responded, she added, “You know, he’s much younger than I Expected.”

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime! Embrace all equally!

Have lunch with God ……. Bring chips.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Kshetra Sanyasa - Sadhguru

Excerpted from the Sathsang of 3 September 2012, on the occasion of Sadhguru’s birthday. 

It has been thirty years since I realized the meaning and purpose of who I am and what I could do. When I look back, these thirty years seem like the day before yesterday in my experience because it has been going too rapidly. The first twelve years of my life, I was very taciturn, barely spoke, all kinds of things cooking in my head, you wouldn’t imagine – all kinds. Another twelve or thirteen years later, yoga became a part of my life, but I became more and more aware of the world around me, the way it is and the way it functions. And by the day, I became angrier and angrier.

If you are looking for justice, you will die of anger, believe me. There is no other way because there is no such thing in human societies, unless you believe what other people tell you. If you are able to see how people function, what they do within the family, in the social structure, in the nation, in the world, you will only die of anger. So, I was raging within myself. Fortunately, my involvement with finding expression limited itself to attending revolutionary meetings and sticking posters at the university. I did not go to the extent of picking up the gun. A few of my friends did and they went all the way, one of them became a prominent leader and was killed about two years ago. I was so angry with the way the world functions – how much deception, how much injustice, how many uncaring ways of functioning, how human beings treat each other, how human beings treat every other creature on this planet. All this made me suffocated and angry.
If the coolness of enlightenment did not happen, I would have died of anger. There was so much rage in me. I did not display it in my daily life but I think my blood was not at normal temperature. Inside every vein in my body, every artery in my body was burning because I saw discrimination, injustice, deception, just in everything. It took a certain dimension of perception to look at the other aspect of life – not just of human beings – but of the creation and the source of creation. How beautiful it is, how compassionate it is, how absolutely incredible it is. If that dimension had not opened up for me, whatever expression my anger found, I can assure you one thing – I would have been efficient and that would not be good. That is why the spiritual process is so vital for our existence. Either you have to be insensitive or spiritual, otherwise you will only be angry.

If you become sensitive, conscious and not enlightened, it is a horrible place to live. If you are absolutely ignorant, it is quite fine. If you are enlightened, it is fantastic. In between – I have been there – it is not a good place to be. So, what does it take? The spiritual process has always been associated with renunciation. Again, one badly misunderstood word. People think to renounce means, ‘I have to give up everything.’ No, it is like you renounced your mother’s womb to become an infant, you renounced your infancy to become a child, you renounced your childhood to become a youth, you renounced your youth to become middle-aged, you renounced your middle-age to become old age, you renounced old age to become the grave; unless you are already a very grave person. You will anyway do it. If you do it consciously, gracefully, then we say that is renunciation. Otherwise, we say it is entanglement. If you are constantly renouncing – that is, something smaller is falling away and something larger is becoming apparent to you – this is renunciation. Renunciation means you gave up petty things and moved on to bigger things and you continue to do it. This is renunciation; that you are not an entanglement.

The word ‘Sanyas’ creates a lot of negativity in the social structure today because Sanyasis have set such a bad example. Not all of them, many of them have been fantastic – but many chose that as another way of livelihood. People misunderstood because they saw bad examples. I have been mulling over this for a long time now, particularly in the last one-and-half to two years. I know enough about life to know that any human being, if he remains in the right kind of space, can be transformed. An Angulimala, a man who chopped off people’s fingers to count his achievements of robbery and hung them around his neck – he was wearing a garland of people’s fingers and he had gathered hundreds – such a man turned around and became a sage. Today, we know that many who are trapped in prisons have turned into real sages in their own right. And for us, it has been an absolutely incredible journey. Those who are teaching Isha Yoga or Inner Engineering know what this means – the kind of transformation that they see in people in a matter of three or seven days. There is no better joy than that in terms of doing something in the world, the way people blossom right there in just those few days.

I know one hundred percent that it does not matter what kind you bring, if you keep them in the right kind of atmosphere, the right kind of energy, the right kind of influence, they can be transformed into something absolutely incredible and beautiful. Sanyas has been spinning in my head big time, I have been thinking how to bring this forth to people on a larger scale. Right now, somebody has to be a Brahmachari for a certain number of years, but that is not going to happen to everybody. At least your wives and husbands will not allow it, and your life situations will not allow it.

Sanyas does not mean that you have to go away somewhere. Sanyas means you are soaked in a constant longing to grow. If you grow, you are always discarding or renouncing something. Only those who are stagnant can live without renunciation. Those who are growing are always renouncing something. If you do not renounce something, you will not have the next. This is the nature of life. So, an active Sanyas where people can participate in different ways will open up in the next year or so. Wherever you may be, you can be a Sanyasi. You may be married but you can still be a Sanyasi because you have taken a vow, never to be stagnant.
Every moment, something new should happen in your life. Something old should fall away. You must renounce something old and something new should happen to you. If not every moment, at least every day it must happen because if you do not soak yourself in a certain longing, the Grace will go missing in your life. If there is no longing in you, even if the most beautiful things are around you, it will not enter you because the longing is missing.
To create an opportunity for people to be constantly in a space of Grace, to be soaked with this energy, we will create an opportunity called ‘Kshetra Sanyasa’ which means that you take a vow never to leave the energy space. Three dimensions of Kshetra Sanyasa of different levels of intensity will be set up in the coming year.

Love and Grace,

What Motivates You to Teach Us? Sadhguru

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Recordings of Sadhguru's Birthday on 3rd September 2012 in Isha Yoga Centre
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