It was indeed a calling during this Navratri to attend the talk by Om Swami. This evening on ‘Wisdom and Humor from a Himalayan Mystic’; reinforced the very message of my Divine Master. It was an evening well spent on learning the techniques to everlasting peace.
The basis of harmony is alignment of thought, word and deed. That is what exactly Swami mentions as Tri Karana Shuddhi.
There are 4 principles to achieve everlasting peace. A constant practise of these will help us to be peaceful
- Mindfulness– This is awareness with consciousness. One should know what to talk before one speaks; to think before one acts and thinking about what one thinks. The state of extraordinary mindfulness is silence of mind. This is silence with awareness. With the right type of meditation; one can silence the mind. Once this is achieved our emotions won’t wreck us and we will be very focused and effective in whatever we do. This is not simple. It requires lot of hard work. When we are mindful we can pull the right kind of energy from the universe. The best way to build mindfulness is to have a self dialog. We have to ask ourselves “What am I doing right now?”. For eg to quieten the mind at night when sleep eludes us due to various thoughts; we should change the physical setting and sit up and talk to our mind. We have tell it that we need some space and that we will talk it the next morning and we should keep up our word. Then the next morning when we speak to the mind; it will not have anything to tell us. So we have to train our mind through self dialog. This will strengthen our will power. One should look only within to build mindfulness. Looking within means being contented and being mindful of our actions.
- Empathy– We should lend a shoulder to the person who needs our help. Sometimes we just need to be there for them without advising or judging them. The more we are willing to accept the other person’s mistake and be there for them; they will accept us more.
- Gratitude– Everyday we have to be grateful for all that we have. This is a must for emotional and spiritual balance. Peace lives in moderation and balance. Silence of mind becomes our second nature when we have contentment and gratitude.
- Faith- There are many things beyond our control and for that we just need to do what we can to the best of our abilities and leave the rest to Him; for He knows what is best for us. We must develop that faith. Beautiful poem on faith shared below.
It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God’s design,
But I cannot unfold the petals
with these clumsy hands of mine,
The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I,
The flower God opens so sweetly,
In my hands would fade and die.
If I cannot unfold a rosebud
This flower of God’s design,
Then how can I think I have the wisdom
To unfold this life of mine? So I’ll trust in Him for His leading
Each moment of everyday
So I’ll look to him for guidance
Each stop of the Pilgrim way.
For the Pathway that lies Before me,
My heavenly father knows:
I’ll trust him to unfold the moments,
Just as he unfolds the rose.
So it is up to us how we chose to lead our lives and calm our minds through mindfulness, empathy, faith and gratitude.
The session ended with Q/A session and arati.