Just Like Bono: The wisdom of a six year old boy

The other night, as I was putting my six year old son to bed, I repeated something to him that I read in Deepak Chopra’s book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. I said, “I have one wish for you – find something in your life that you’re good at and love to do, then figure out how to use that to help people.” He replied, “Just like Bono?” Astonished, I said, “What do you mean?” and he responded, “Well dad, Bono sings and then takes the money to help the poor people in Africa.” I told him that was exactly what I meant, at which point he asked, “Dad what are you good at?”

Mallika Chopra: Tragedy in India — Stampede Kills Devotees

The death of 140 people, including over 30 children, is utterly tragic. When I first read about the stampede, I immediately had a bodily sensation imagining the chaos and tragedy of the scene. Having done several pilgrimages in India, I could feel the crowds saying their prayers as they proceeded to the holy site. Women wearing chappals as they scurried their kids along. Some worshippers crawling, others being carried. The sounds of mantras and prayer and song, laugher from the children… The push of those eager to move forward, and the lack of personal space that is so foreign to those not living in India. Yet faith seems to prevail in the midst of such tragedies. Similar tragedies have occurred in Mecca during the Haj and in India — but the pilgrims still continue to walk in their steadfast faith.

Non-Hoarding/Generosity

Dear Friends,

Greetings!!!

Non-Hoarding/Generosity,

One of the teachings of Yoga Scriptures is Non-Hoarding. Non-Hoarding means not to be possessive/accumulate material things, not to hold on to toxic relationships, not to hold on to our past. We hold on to material things, thinking that we will make use of them someday in the future. We may hold to wealth to have a secure future, We may hold on to things to get approval or to boost our Self Image. We may be holding our compliments from others. We may be holding on to some secrets or shadows. We may be hoarding at the physical, emotional and mental levels.

When we hold on to things or accumulate things, we can become attached to them and they can become a burden disturbing our mind. When we hold onto more than what we need, we may be fearful of loosing them or we may end up spending more time and effort protecting/preserving the things that we are holding on.

Opposite of hoarding is generosity. Generosity doesnot mean giving away everything you have. If you have more than what you need, you can give away what you don’t need, so others can benefit. Giving doesnot have to be material things. Giving can be complimenting others, encouraging others, supporting others, cooperating with others. When you give, not only you will feel good, but you will also get more in return. With our limited thinking, we may be afraid of giving, but law of giving and receiving never fails. When you give with your whole heart, with pure intention, you are bound to receive.

I have seen this law of giving and receiving work in my life in many different ways. I would like to share one recent experience about hoarding and how the law works. One thing I enjoy most in my life is reading spiritual books, listening to spiritual teachings on audio or video. Because of my love for spiritual knowledge, I have accumulated several hundred books, CD’s and Videos over the years. I have been holding on to them thinking that I will be using them all one day. Holding on to these books has been overwhelming, lot of efforts to organize them, sometimes difficult to locate the book I want, sometimes fearful of loosing them etc..

I was not holding on to the books because of the money I have spent, but because of my value for knowledge, so I can make use of them later. It was not an easy decision, but I started giving away. My intent was to give, so others can benefit instead of those books lying in my book shelf and also make myself lighter. So I have been giving away books/CD’s/Tapes from last year. As a result of giving, not only I have been feeling lighter, but also happy that someone else can make use of the knowledge from the books. More interestingly what I found was, Universe sending me more books and materials my way. Not only I have been receiving books in physical form from people around me, but also I have been receiving books in electronic form, from the internet. I have been receiving books, audio, video including powerpoint presentations from the internet.

This personal experience of hoarding, giving and receiving, not only has taught me that I will receive everything I need at the right time, but also to trust and surrender to the laws of the universe. When you are holding you feel contracted and When you are generous, you feel expansive. Our true nature is giving and receiving. We give away every breath to receive every breath in order to experience this life.

Here are some links where you can find some books, audio, and questions & answers from my spiritual teachers, which I received recently.

http://www.avgsatsang.org/hhpsds.html

http://www.avgsatsang.org/hhstvs.html

http://www.avgsatsang.org/hhsvs.html

“The greatest joy in life is in giving, in loving and in sacrificing” – Swami Chinmayananda

Peace,

Venkatesh

Just like Bono: The wisdom of a six year old boy.

The other night, as I was putting my six year old son to bed, I repeated something to him that I read in Deepak Chopra’s book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. I said, “I have one wish for you – find something in your life that you’re good at and love to do, then figure out how to use that to help people.” He replied, “Just like Bono?” Astonished, I said, “What do you mean?” and he responded, “Well dad, Bono sings and then takes the money to help the poor people in Africa.” I told him that was exactly what I meant, at which point he asked, “Dad what are you good at?”

The Ego

“In fact, observing the spirit of egotism which incessantly divided mankind, the ambitious man fomented it with dexterity, flattered the vanity of one, excited the jealousy of another, favoured the avarice of this, inflamed the resentment of that, and irritated the passions of all; then, placing in opposition their interests and prejudices, he sowed divisions and hatred, and promised to the poor spoils of the rich, to the rich the subjection of the poor; threatened one man by another, this class by that; and insulating all by distrust, created strength out of their weakness, and imposed the yoke of opinion, which they mutually riveted on each other.”

A quote from C.F. Volney’s book “The Ruins of Empire”.

Soothing Abdominal Massage Treatment

Have you ever noticed if your abdomen carries tension? If so, how does it affect your body? How’s your digestion? How’s your level of anger?

It’s obvious to me, from the work I do at the Chopra Center, that a lot of people carry stress in their gut. If you or someone you love is one of those people, here’s something simple you can enjoy at home that will relax the muscles and organs of the abdomen, and bring more balance to your whole being as a result.

Supplies needed:

1-2 tsp. oil (any kind of massage blend, or even olive oil from your kitchen)

1 drop lavender essential oil (available at any health food store)

Hot water bottle or an old sock filled with uncooked rice (or flaxseeds)

An old towel or piece of cloth that you don’t mind getting oily

Optional: some hot chamomile or peppermint tea

Make a cup of chamomile or peppermint tea and set aside, but keep it within reach. Fill your hot water bottle with hot water. Alternately, fill an old sock (a large one) with uncooked rice or flaxseeds, tie off the end into a knot, and heat in the microwave.

Try heating for a minute, and see if that’s hot enough. It will depend on how much rice or flax seeds you have in the sock.

Add the drop of lavender essential oil to the massage oil. Lavender’s been used for centuries as a comforting abdominal tonic – for babies, pregnant women, children, women with menstrual cramps, upset stomachs – you name it.

If you don’t have lavender oil, you can still do the treatment. Your body will still benefit from the love and attention you give it.

Lie down comfortably on your back and rub the oil into your abdomen with long soothing strokes. It’s nice to do a circular pattern, flowing in the same direction as your digestion flows through your large intestine.

So start on your right side by the hip bone, work across the upper abdomen to the other hip bone, (moving under the ribs but above the navel), and then work back across the lower abdomen, (under the navel and above the pubic bone). Keep going around and around, rubbing the lavender oil into the pores of the skin.

You can rub your belly as long as you like (30 to 60 seconds is fine). When finished, place the hot water bottle (or hot sock) on the old towel and place over your lower abdomen (under the navel & above the pubic bone).

Close your eyes and relax for at least five minutes, sipping some warm chamomile or peppermint tea. Afterward, you’ll feel calm and centered.

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