Do you really want the ultimate in life? Not yet, right?
Now your need are for little things. You want a job, you want a family, and you want to have children. Do all that and then the ultimate will also come.
Don’t just ask for the ultimate when the desires for small things have filled your mind. First finish all these small things, get fulfilled and then.
Any seva (service) is the best seva if it is done with 100% attention. Seva is doing what is needed to be done at that moment.
Right now somebody is in dire need of a glass of water. You may say giving a glass of water is not a big seva, instead let me build a house for them. Right now he is dying out of thirst; he needs a glass of water. That is the best seva you can do.
See all the mistakes that you have made. In the name of love sometimes you show so much emotion that it suffocates the other person and they feel like running away.
You should be centred. Sometimes people cannot handle too much expression of love if they are not centred themselves.
To excel in your profession, balance your life.
Meditate every day, sleep well, and in the morning do pranayama and meditation and go to work with a fresh mind.
Don’t watch too many movies and not more than one hour of television per day. A movie a week should be enough. This is because when our mind is bombarded with so many impressions, it loses its creative abilities and becomes uncreative.
Spend one hour with people. Spend time with somebody whom you do not know.
You don’t need to; it is not a compulsion to worship so many God and Goddesses. It is the One God that you worship in so many forms.
One ray of light has so many colors. There are seven primary colours in one ray of light. In the same way, the same Parambrahma is worshiped at times as Ganesha, at times as Devi, at times as some other form.
See, whether you accept or not, the criticism has already happened, isn’t it? You are left with no choice. Only after someone has spoken, you find that they have criticized you, right. How do you know before they speak? Before someone criticizes you, you don’t know. After they have criticized you, it is already done.
What is the option you have? Okay, don’t accept it, what will happen to you? You will become more miserable. So if you are intelligent you will accept it, if you don’t want to be intelligent you can suffer for some time. That is the only way you can do it.
Amusement is the preface for yoga. When you are amused then you start enquiring into the nature of truth and then your journey begins. So, it is perfect.
‘Vismayo yoga bhumika’ spirituality begins with amusement, wonder, and then it is like being in an amusement park all the time. You get surprised, wow! What is this? What is this world? So many different varieties of trees, plants, flowers, leaves, vegetables, fruits, people, what is all of this? When such a thought arises, then knowledge begins.
You must have understood this in the Art of Living’s Part One course, right? Acceptance does not mean inaction; acceptance is actually acknowledging the present situation.
You know, every child should know that they are a part of all the traditions in the world. Pakistanis’ ancestors were Hindus, Buddhists, Jains; many of the ancestors were from all these ancient traditions. Some were Parsis. The children in Pakistan should have been taught Upanishads, a little bit about Yoga and meditation. Yoga was born in Pakistan; born means it was taught and preached in what we call Pakistan today. Hundreds of people follow all sorts of preaching because they don’t have access to spiritual knowledge, they don’t know about it.
That is why it has become a very important duty for all of us to educate people about spirituality. Don’t you think so? So we have got to be more active now and see that any sort of fanaticism is transformed into compassion and fanaticism is changed into a commitment to do good work in society. So we all have to work for it.
Why do you need to explain? You know, when you have to console, just be there quietly. Your simple presence will work. By words you cannot console anybody. Everybody has come for some time and they go like that. No logic can console emotions. Logic doesn’t work at all. And it is a wrong thing to pacify emotions through logical conclusions or understanding.
No doubt, the questions will come – why this happens? Those questions should never be answered. Simply be there in silence, in love, compassion, and the atmosphere changes.
Dispassion is not a happening; I would say dispassion is what you invoke in yourself. When you widen your awareness, when you see everything is going to disappear and death is imminent, we are all going to die and everything is changing; when this knowledge comes - then dispassion is spontaneous. You need to understand and see life from a broader perspective and then automatically dispassion comes within you; but there is some effort. A little effort from you and then it will happen.