Posts Tagged ‘ Think ’

Shadows on the Wall

​They judge me negatively,

because they do not understand me.

They judge me positively,

because they see a part of themselves within me.

They think they know me,

because they can observe me.

They think that they see me,

because they have eyes.

Yet all they see is shadows on the wall. 

And all they remember is an illusion of the past.

How they choose to judge me,

shows their own reflection.

For a light casts no shadow,

till an object reflects its own brilliance.

Food for Thought #6

Below is the excerpt from J Krishnamurti’s – THIS MATTER OF CULTURE

Have you ever wondered why it is that as people grow older they seem to lose all joy in life? At present most of you who are young are fairly happy; you have your little problems, there are examinations to worry about, but in spite of these troubles there is in your life a certain joy, is there not? There is a spontaneous, easy acceptance of life, a looking at things lightly and happily. And why is it that as we grow older we seem to lose that joyous intimation of something beyond, something of greater significance? Why do so many of us, as we grow into so-called maturity, become dull, insensitive to joy, to beauty, to the open skies and the marvellous earth?

You know, when one asks oneself this question, many explanations spring up in the mind. We are so concerned with ourselves – that is one explanation. We struggle to become somebody, to achieve and maintain a certain position; we have children and other responsibilities, and we have to earn money. All these external things soon weigh us down, and thereby we lose the joy of living. Look at the older faces around you, see how sad most of them are, how careworn and rather ill, how withdrawn, aloof and sometimes neurotic, without a smile. Don’t you ask yourself why? And even when we do ask why, most of us seem to be satisfied with mere explanations.

Yesterday evening I saw a boat going up the river at full sail, driven by the west wind. It was a large boat, heavily laden with firewood for the town. The sun was setting, and this boat against the sky was astonishingly beautiful. The boatman was just guiding it, there was no effort, for the wind was doing all the work. Similarly, if each one of us could understand the problem of struggle and conflict, then I think we would be able to live effortlessly, happily, with a smile on our face.

I think it is effort that destroys us, this struggling in which we spend almost every moment of our lives. If you watch the older people around you, you will see that for most of them life is a series of battles with themselves, with their wives or husbands, with their neighbours, with society; and this ceaseless strife dissipates energy. The man who is joyous, really happy, is not caught up in effort. To be without effort does not mean that you stagnate, that you are dull, stupid; on the contrary, it is only the wise, the extraordinarily intelligent who are really free of effort, of struggle.

But, you see, when we hear of effortlessness we want to be like that, we want to achieve a state in which we will have no strife, no conflict; so we make that our goal, our ideal, and strive after it; and the moment we do this, we have lost the joy of living. We are again caught up in effort, struggle. The object of struggle varies, but all struggle is essentially the same. One may struggle to bring about social reforms, or to find God, or to create a better relationship between oneself and one’s wife or husband, or with one’s neighbour; one may sit on the banks of Ganga, worship at the feet of some guru, and so on. All this is effort, struggle. So what is important is not the object of struggle, but to understand struggle itself.

Now, is it possible for the mind to be not just casually aware that for the moment it is not struggling, but completely free of struggle all the time so that it discovers a state of joy in which there is no sense of the superior and the inferior?

Our difficulty is that the mind feels inferior, and that is why it struggles to be or become something, or to bridge over its various contradictory desires. But don’t let us give explanations of why the mind is full of struggle. Every thinking man knows why there is struggle both within and without. Our envy, greed, ambition, our competitiveness leading to ruthless efficiency – these are obviously the factors which cause us to struggle, whether in this world or in the world to come. So we don’t have to study psychological books to know why we struggle; and what is important, surely, is to find out if the mind can be totally free of struggle.

After all, when we struggle, the conflict is between what we are and what we should be or want to be. Now, without giving explanations, can one understand this whole process of struggle so that it comes to an end? Like that boat which was moving with the wind, can the mind be without struggle? Surely, this is the question, and not how to achieve a state in which there is no struggle. The very effort to achieve such a state is itself a process of struggle, therefore that state is never achieved. But if you observe from moment to moment how the mind gets caught in everlasting struggle – if you just observe the fact without trying to alter it, without trying to force upon the mind a certain state which you call peace – then you will find that the mind spontaneously ceases to struggle; and in that state it can learn enormously. Learning is then not merely the process of gathering information, but a discovery of the extraordinary riches that lie beyond the hope of the mind; and for the mind that makes this discovery there is joy.

Watch yourself and you will see how you struggle from morning till night, and how your energy is wasted in this struggle. If you merely explain why you struggle, you get lost in explanations and the struggle continues; whereas, if you observe your mind very quietly without giving explanations, if you just let the mind be aware of its own struggle, you will soon find that there comes a state in which there is no struggle at all, but an astonishing watchfulness. In that state of watchfulness there is no sense of the superior and the inferior, there is no big man or little man, there is no guru. All those absurdities are gone because the mind is fully awake; and the mind that is fully awake is joyous.

Beliefs and Thoughts

I think our beliefs somewhat contribute in the formation of our thoughts and actions, and hence what we believe in has greater chance to take place because we consciously or unconsciously will tend to materialize what all we belief in. If one believes in perpetual war and thinks that mankind is doomed for perpetual war, and believes that conflict is necessary for development, then there is no end to wars or conflicts. Change in beliefs can steer change in thoughts or it can be said the other way round.

Through Awareness

I think the better way to resolve a problem is through awareness. First you must be aware enough to identify the problem, and then you must be ready enough to acknowledge it too, and then aware enough to understand it all and its root cause. Then afterward comes the action, stimulate or take action to fully end the problem.

I don’t agree with the notion that if you don’t like your circumstances then you need to change your attitude, people who think this way need to try it once when they are in some difficult situation that they can’t stand and you can watch them change their philosophy real quick like. The real answer for someone who does not like their situation is for them to identify what it is that’s wrong with it, why it is wrong and then they will be inclined to take correct action to change it.

Have a good day/night ~ Vikas Sharma

Peace is the only Way

The history leaves no doubt that killing of innocent lives has been a persistent problem of social living throughout human history, but why? It’s of extreme importance to understand the basic reasons behind it by every single person on this planet. A murderer way of perceiving think is completely different from that of a normal person, they fail to understand killing innocents is an act of cowardice, sheer portray of ignorance and display of highest level of brainlessness. Absence of empathy and sanity could be added to the reasons, but it’s more than it, more reasons could be anger, violence, hatred, greed, ego, power, frustration, religion, fear, delusion, money, and incapability to understand what’s right or wrong.

Everyone needs to understand peace is the only way, and more positivity need to be reflected to fight the negativity around ourselves. People do feel sad when they come to know about any kind of horrifying inhuman incidents as it’s a human trait to feel the same in such times but at the same time it’s of more importance to stand against such barbaric acts and spreading positivity around oneself as per one’s ability and strength.

Much love and peace to all ~ Vikas

 

 

 

You Never Know

I think, most of the people don’t care for the truth, most of us just care to be happy. Sometimes it’s what you don’t do that you regret later, and sometimes it’s just best to do it. Sometimes even though you think you know better but still feel puzzled or scared about the outcome of something, at that moment let your heart lead you where your mind is scared to go. You never know what it is to be in actual until you let yourself free to lead you on the path of truth.

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Path of Truth

 

Random Thought

Only going to school doesn’t give you an education, it rewards absolute conformity. You learn facts that will help you understand things, which is vital in most fields. But really contributing to a field requires being able to critically think in a way to not be confined by these preset notions. These facts are meant to be tools to build, not the building itself. School is a great place but it doesn’t remove your stupidity.

Random Thought

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having answer to everything. In fact, I think you should have, even if the answer is “I don’t know”.

Sometimes, it’s good to know

Sometimes, it is good to know how others perceive you or to know what the people who know you thinks about you because that may means that’s how you reflect yourself to others, not certainly but it could mean that. We can know how we are reflecting/representing ourselves by observing and self analysing ourselves, by knowing or observing the opinion of the people or the criticism of us by the people around us, it depends on us how we take it. We just have to be confident on what we are doing and keep ourselves open to any criticism or opinion believing that it can help us to make some changes for betterment. Knowing your reputation or knowing how people perceive you can either tell you to grow greater or make some self changes, it entirely depends on how you’re observing yourself and others.

If people say I’m narcissist, then that might means I do represent myself as a narcissist human, I might be doing some activities which are representing me as a narcissist human. If people say I’m a respectable, modest and intelligent human, then that might means I present myself as a respectable, modest and intelligent human to others. It can be said that both the scenario not certainly but can be based on how I’m representing myself.

I think it’s not right to tell people to not care about what others think of you. You cannot live in this world with you and yourself only. We are humans, and we reflect what we think. So what others think about us can influence on how we live too. Our mental well-being resides on human interaction, and humans judge, we have a part of the brain called the frontal lobe for that reason. We have to evaluate whether someone is a threat or set back to our life or is a good influence. So observing yourself and others is good as it can help us to make some good changes.

I do believe that we cannot live in the world to please everybody but knowing how others perceive us can help us in our betterment. So I wouldn’t agree with the saying don’t give a shit what other think of you as sometimes we have to. In the end, it’s just about being true to yourself, to your behavior and to your world, and not everyone is going to click, we just have to be ready to make changes for betterment and life will unfold before us.

Much Love ~ Vikas Sharma

Propaganda or Truth

Sometimes, when I look up or listen to the news, I just feel how easily lie is being feed to us to deceive us or to make us think the way they want us to think; by they I mean those with powers with their some vested interest. We have to be aware and should not believe easily in everything we hear on the news media outlets on TV or read on the papers.

It’s easy to influence people through these medium, or to use it as a propaganda machine by those with powers. Whatsoever it is, actually it’s up to us whether we want to believe or not on everything they tell us without even thinking or looking at its other side. Those with powers or those with their some vested interests may exploit every possible way, every event or every national tragedy to deceive people and to promote fear. They may not show you the other side; they may show you the only face they want you to believe to be true. Not everything you hear, see or read there is truth, and in a same way not everything you hear, see or read there is propaganda or lie. All we have to do is keep our mind open and use our own understanding.

Have a good day/night friends – Vikas Sharma