Life and Evolution

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Yesterday was yet another beautiful day in my life as it gave me immense happiness. Why was I happy? I saw videos on the life and works of Swami Vivekananda, his Guru Sri Ramkrishna Paramhansa Dev and Bhagwan Ramana Maharishi  They are among the few great Saints in India. They have followers all around the world. They are the ones who have portrayed the right meaning of Hinduism and presented it to the world.

The videos and the books that I have been reading in the past gave me a new perspective in life about life itself and the process of our evolution. The two greatest chapters in the Gita, the Bhakti Yoga and the Karma Yoga are the basis and direction to a life towards super consciousness (a term that many want to relate to) or a life towards complete bliss.

Bhakti Yoga simply means leading your life for the love of God, everything else in life is insignificant. All your actions are guided towards him and you tread the path of righteousness. You are so happy and immersed in his love that you completely surrender to him. Jesus Christ is the greatest example that I can think of, if I would have to explain Bhakti Yoga to anyone. He knew nothing except his Lord, no wonder he is the son of God. He was chosen for the evolution of those people who had gone astray and had become sinful. As per the Gita whenever Sin rises, God or his loved Souls incarnate to balance the society/world order and free it from Sinners. Jesus Christ is that one great Soul that incarnated for the love of God, to pass his message to the masses and to sacrifice his life to set an example for Goodness. In his extreme devotion and love for God he bore the excruciating pain of crucifixion and still had a smile on his face. Only intense love for God gave him the strength to do so and that is Bhakti Yoga, where you forget all pain and suffering and you are in complete ecstasy.

In Swami Vivekananda’s words “Bhakti Yoga is a real genuine search after the Lord, a search beginning, continuing and ending in Love. One single moment of the madness of extreme love to God brings us closer to freedom”. Swami Vivekananda is the great Indian Monk who introduced Hinduism for the first time to the world in Chicago, USA in 1893 at the World Parliament of Religions. His main aim in life was to work relentlessly for the upliftment of the Indian youth and India, his motherland. He constantly worked towards his cause, which was the sole aim in his life. The more you know about him the more you will fall in love with him.

I have got a great perspective of life when now I know that life is not only about being born, breathing, going to work, earning money, running errands and partying and dying. Life is a much bigger phenomenon just like the cosmos. As we are unaware of the workings of the cosmos we are unaware in the same way of the intricate weaving of our lives. We can know about our life only when we lift the veil of ignorance and see things beyond our bear eyes can see. To begin with we have to connect with the Universe and trust that it is a friendly place and wants us to live a life of abundance and carry on our actions, which definitely have to be good, fearlessly. Trust is the greatest feeling while following life and Bhakti Yoga. With Bhakti Yoga follows Karma Yoga. According to Karma Yoga, one has to carry his actions without getting attached to the outcomes. There is a very logical reason to it. If one gets attached to outcomes and they do not materialise as per our wishes, we get miserable. Adding to this, I would say that the Universe/Cosmos/God has a much higher intelligence than us and can very well see the outcome of everything, so what he does is always good for us. Our calculations stand no where in comparison to his. So it is best to carry actions leaving him to guide you and decide results for you.

I would repeat that life is beautiful but you need to trust and give up being rigid. We have to go with the flow smoothly just like a speck in water. Live every single day, see the beauty in it and be very happy. We all are born for a purpose and the purpose being Evolution. Every single day we must strive to get better and try to help someone in whatever way we can. There should be plenty of room in our life for Love, Hope and Charity.

I read in Gita and also am reading ‘Miracles Happen’ by Dr. Brian Weiss and both the books have opened my eyes to the fact that all beings are connected as we originate from one single source, God and that is not only us humans but even the smallest living being. All go through the process of evolution to become human beings and then rise to the super consciousness to be free and with no need to be born anymore. That is when the soul graduates. So the ant, the rodent and the dog in our house are as important as we are. they have the same status, it is just that they are less evolved than us. Bhagwan Ramana Maharishi had a cow whom he loved very much and tend with much care, it is said that both of them communicated. As my mind could perceive, his communication with the cow must have played a role in its evolution. In fact, we all can do it. The day we start aligning ourselves with the Universe we can align ourselves with all living beings. We should realise that our primary purpose to be born is to evolve and keep evolving until we are ready to be absorbed in the source from which we originated and also help others around us to accomplish the same. That is what many have done. People become  great saints and leaders in their pursuit to help their fellow beings.

In doing so you do not have to renounce the world or cease to enjoy life but it is just that you must realise the higher purpose in life and align your activities accordingly.

© Trisha Malika Ghosh

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RELIGION – THE PATH TO RIGHTEOUSNESS

We all follow our religions, follow the rituals and also preach about it. But do we actually live our religion, do we actually follow it? I have asked this question to myself several times in the past and it is only now in the recent past that I have got all my answers to faith and religion. It is a common practice among us that we follow rituals all our lives that our families introduce us to when we are small. We read Holy Scriptures, we chant hymns and we keep praying all our lives but do we actually relate to what we are doing, do we feel anything or is it just a mechanical task that we perform for years. There was a time when I kept fasts at least three days a week, I chanted so many mantras and regularly went to the temple. In spite of all this I never found peace and happiness, I felt I did not get any results and that God did not care about me. Life grilled me and taught me many lessons, would like to mention that the lessons were quite tough and gave me a hard time. I gave up on my so called religious life and became an atheist thinking that God favours the lucky ones and abandons the ones who suffer. Life took its own course much against my resistance to the changes but whether we like it or do not like it we have to follow the course. Until and unless we learn the lessons life wants us to learn, it will keep repeating those lessons. We have to fair well in those lessons and that is where our religion is our guide. Even though I did not feel the depth of the sentence, I said it several times that Hinduism is a way of life. Actually now that I can understand the meaning of what I said, I say that Religion is a way of life. Every religion in the world conveys the same message but even though we read our religious books several times, we fail to comprehend the message in it. We read the story and the events in it but we are not able to understand the message in it because if we did we all would live us One Big Family and not differentiate ourselves on the basis of nationality, religion, cast, creed, sex and status.

I read lot of books of different genres, attentively watched religious TV shows and I started reading the Gita and indulged in lot of contemplation when one fine day that I would call my lucky day suddenly I understood that ‘Religion is about Living our Life, Living Life the Righteous Way’. One has to take the righteous path in order to follow his religion. Our Gods and all the Prophets have all taught us to walk the path of righteousness, come what may, they never emphasized on following rituals blindly, instead rituals were established to lead a pure life. Rituals are habits to lead life in a certain way, the right way. That is what we Hindus call the ‘Karma’- It is the way that one leads his life. The Gita is the book that if one follows he will be leading nothing but a life filled of peace, fulfillment, happiness and above all righteousness and will be attracting only positive karma. The Two chapters in it, Bhakti Yoga and Karma Yoga, explain how a person can lead an enriched life having a strong faith. Not only the Gita but all wise men have advocated living life in a way that is beneficial not only to you but the entire mankind. The path is really simple with a simple philosophy. Be happy and make others happy. To be happy one needs to be at peace and to attain that, you must be righteous in your actions, you must be good towards your fellow human beings, you must help them with whatever limited resources you have, charity is not only about donating money but you can do that by your services too. Making a small difference to someone’s life or just bringing a smile to his face is something that gives you happiness. I have learnt that happiness and prosperity increase in manifold when you share it. You should never harbor negative thoughts; you should not be judgmental or form opinions about anyone because even we are not perfect. If a person is vice, first try to be good to him and if he is beyond repair, abandon him otherwise he will influence you, to counter his actions, you will become negative. Be a strong follower of principles, be unsparing because it is light that engulfs darkness, you do not have to be ashamed if you are different. Every single day you must try to improve, be open and alert to new learning that comes your way. We should be like babies, full of curiosity, no inhibitions and pure at heart. One must start his day with prayers as it is a means to purification and strength to carry on. Prayers instill faith and faith in yourself and God or the Universe makes you accomplish everything that you want in life. The universe is full of possibilities and wants to give you everything you want, it’s a friendly place, it just wants you to love it, love yourself and its inhabitants and it will give you back everything manifold.

My Karma is to love, be happy and to spread happiness among my fellow beings. What will your Karma be?

© Trisha Malika Ghosh. 

The Symbolism of Number 11

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The number 11 has a significant meaning in every religion. It is an auspicious number for the Hindus and has a significant meaning in every religion. The spiritual significance of number 11 is quite varied. In systems like astrology and numerology, the number 11 is called a ‘master’ number because it is a double digit of the same number. Number 11 has a master vibration and should not be reduced to a single number. When this occurs – the vibrational frequency of the prime number doubles in power, which means the attributes of the Number 1 is doubled. The primary meaning of the Number 1 is new beginnings and purity. When we see this digit doubled as 11, then these attributes are double in strength. In numerology, the number 11 represents higher ideals, invention, refinement, congruency, balance, fulfillment and vision. The 11 carries a vibrational frequency of balance. It represents male and female equality. It contains both sun energy and moon energy simultaneously yet holding them both in perspective separateness and perfect balance. Consequently, constant reoccurrence of number 11 in our lives often signal us to beware of our balance. Balance our emotion, thought and spirit. Balance of masculine and feminine aspects. Those who recognize the spiritual meaning of number 11 in their lives are quite sensitive to vibrational frequencies matching these attributes listed above. Elevens appearing consistently is indicative of a reflective, thoughtful and intuitive soul. As we deal with energy in our lives, it is integral to understand we are a part of it, and yet the option to separate from energetic forces is present. The spiritual meaning of number 11 deals directly with our involvement with the progression of life. 11 being the gift of spiritual inheritance, is gifted as the ‘light bearer’. It is the number of the light within all. It is strengthened by the love of peace, gentleness, sensitivity and insight. Greatest facility is the awareness of universal relationship. It is related to the energy of oppositions and the balancing needed in order to achieve synthesis. 11 is the peacemaker.