Grasp Every Opportunity to Learn & Grow


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Sometimes in the karmic play, we try to extract ourselves from the karma when it is that very karma that we need to engage in, that will help us to become liberated. Sometimes a relationship we try to escape from is the one that can help us to grow. The situation we try to extricate ourselves from is just the situation we need to grow. So when you try to wrestle with the karma, to run away or move away from it, be careful in how you try to do that, because it might be your stage for growing. Sri Vasudeva

Relationships are Tools for Spiritual Growth


sparrows-2426763__340.jpgSome of us never look at ourselves. We look only outside and we blame everyone for everything. We create a lot of stress within us and outside, and we do not see how this impacts our wellbeing. We can’t sleep properly; we can’t eat properly. We live with these stresses and at some point they surface in terms of physical illness.
Our relationships, therefore, are really a mirror of our wellbeing. They tell how well we are centred within and how harmoniously we relate. So the goal will be to create harmony in all relationships and to see the meaning and purpose of them. The goal is to use them as tools for spiritual growth, for promoting more harmony within and around. It is for promoting more enlightened living because the goal of life itself is the evolution of the soul. It is the evolution of consciousness. Therefore, look at all your relationships and see whether they meet this. Sri Vasudeva

Accessing the Universal Mind


Intuition, or inner learning, is a way of accessing a universal store of information that is Unknown.jpegheld in a Universal Mind and it is accessible to us all! When someone makes a discovery, they think in their little minds that they have made the discovery. It could have been an idea already floating in the space, and they picked it up. It came through them. Well, of course, they did make a discovery, but does it belong to someone? The idea was already there in the Universe, it was already in the space, they were just open to picking it up. So all information is there in this Infinite Mind that contains all minds.

In our ignorance we are unable to access this space. It requires a very keen intellect. But the tendency is to get caught up in our intellect and think that we know. The moment you think you know, you close off this field. Of course, if you think you know so much, there is much more to know if the ego continues to stay open. You know so much within your experience, but you can open to learn so much more.

When we come into a space, we think we know, so we are going to present what we know into the space. We do not think for a moment that the space is full of information, and if we just become open to the space, we can become humbled to know how much information is there. Sri Vasudeva

Sharpening the Intellect


imagesIntellect is an important function. It has the power to discriminate, to decide “I don’t want this, but I want this, this is more valuable to me.” It has that power in every moment. It has the power to analyze: “Why don’t I want this? Why do I want this?” So it can be sure about what it wants. It has the power to reflect: “I made this decision before, should I stay with it? Or should I improve it?”  There is the power to introspect: “Let me observe how we have played so far. Let me see if I need to change tactics a little bit.”

A dull intellect is one that is pulled by the thoughts and the emotions wherever they go, like a lion being controlled by a mouse.The ego’s intention should be, “How can I make my intellect sharp?  How can I get my discrimination strong? How can I get my powers of analysis strong? How can I make my reflections worthwhile? How can I have a powerful introspection?”

So intellect needs to be sharp, then the mind can be trained easily, and then the emotions can be trained easily and the vitality can be worked to the level it needs to be and then the body can be taken care of. 

That can only happen by learning to stay with “what is” and learning from the experience of “what is.” Even though dull, beginning to use the power you have, so if you reflect now on your life, there is a lot of learning from the experiences that you have. That is the only way the intellect can learn. Of course it can begin to seek in the space for help, for guidance. But it has to stay with “what is” and it has to develop its expertise from experience. Sri Vasudeva

 

The Tools of Self – Discovery


What is the secret to going inside and finding the tools that we can use to discover who we are? It is right before you!

You have the power of intention. The power of intention is magical. It can help you to bring energies into the space from within you, from that source of unlimited energy. The power of reason to investigate, to analyze, to discriminate. The power of passion to enjoy what you do, to love what you do, to desire it with everything that you have. The power of wisdom, discrimination, to not be distracted and to stay focused. The power of discipline to hold you in that space, in that desire, that you may sustain yourself every day. And, the strength of wisdom to meet every adversity with courage! You have all these tools within you, every one of them!

Even if we have lost a limb,  if we have lost an eye, what are we lacking? Has reason gone because we have lost a limb, or one eye has gone bad, or even two eyes? There are souls who have prevailed in the human experience without vision, some without hands, see how they write with their feet? What have we made of ourselves? How can we really account for the time we have spent in this earthly life, with all these precious tools we have been given and the field of treasure that lies within us? What have we done? How can we justify the life? What have we done with this Grace we have been given? It is time to wake up and understand that we have the tools. Sri Vasudeva

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Protect that Inner Flame of Goodness


The ones who really succeed, the ones who are the great performers, and the ones we remember in the journey of history are those who are disciplined! Disciplined! Focused! Driven by their vision! Never losing it!

This is how we can strengthen the desire for the good. Sri Vasudeva

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Associate with those who are Purpose Driven


How do you grow this little thought of goodness? First we have to give it attention. It has to become visible. The good space, the good ideas need to become important! So even though the dark thoughts still consume you, make the time to give this little flame of goodness importance.

It is like how we take care of children. We know that when they grow, they’ll become our protectors, and they will help us to create our future as we grow older. So we grow the young ones, and make them strong, educate them well. So too, this little flame of spirituality, or goodness, we need to give it attention to grow.

And how do we do that? What do you think happens when we associate with those who have positive energies, those who are centered in meaning and purpose, those who are purpose driven, those who live in a little more light? How does it feel when we come into their presence? Somehow, there is some kind of energetic boost in the presence of those who are centered in meaning and purpose, in goodness. That’s the power of association. Sri Vasudeva

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Nurturing the Flame of Goodness


Sometimes people say, “This is a hard journey! Everywhere I look there is a challenge and it seems difficult to come out of these challenges because whenever I aspire towards good, it seems then all the negative things come to me, how can I give attention to the good?” We are so caught up in looking at the negative, that the good becomes insignificant … it becomes the small. We are consumed with the negative, all day negative thinking, worry, misery, all challenges! We are so consumed that we attract negative possibilities towards ourselves, just like a wish-fulfilling tree.

If only we would grow that little flame of goodness. Begin to nurse it every day, like the way we nourish a plant. Protect it from violation. Every day nurture it,  so it becomes stronger and stronger and stronger, because we are giving attention to it and intention to it, and we are making it more powerful. Soon enough, as the goodness begins to grow, it will become as strong as the other thoughts. If we continue to let it grow, it will become stronger than the dark ones! And then, if we make it grow so huge, the dark one appears small now. That which was so big now has become so small – and this good thought that was so small, now is so huge, simply because of attention and intention. Sri Vasudeva

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Growing the Good


As we explore this consciousness space, we will see that we have the power to open up the space and not to give our power away with our attention and intention or be consumed by the things that are not good for us. We need to find thoughts and ideas, that can help to lift us out.

We all have the desire to be happy and to have freedom from any wants and needs, that drive us into some kind of slavery. We want to be free of poverty, of hard work, of sadness.

So couldn’t our desire be so strong, that all the other things that would tend to pull us into contraction would be insignificant, or meaningless, because we are so consumed with the desire for the good? If we have a desire to hold on only to that which is good, if we have a desire not to give our power away, if we have a desire to look for all the tools that can help us in doing this, shouldn’t that desire be so strong, that when we become distracted, we can easily pull back and say, “No, I don’t want to go there. Let me continue to explore how I can grow and become stronger.”

Shouldn’t we grow that desire? So that when the tendency is there to be pulled into the lower or narrower points of view, we immediately feel, “No, I don’t want to go there! This space limits me! I don’t like this space! This is a dark space! I want to go in open spaces of light. I want to see more. I want to experience more.” Shouldn’t our desire for this experience of freedom and happiness be so great that we go after the tools, making the rest meaningless? Do you see when we we give the narrow points of view so much intention and attention how they grow strong? Sri Vasudeva

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Humility to Life Itself


Sometimes we fear that which doesn’t even exist, because we think it exists! In our conditioning, we conclude that it exists when it doesn’t. How do we know? How can we be sure? I am open to every situation with everyone.  Anyone can teach me! I don’t see the Guru or the Master only in a person. I see the Guru and the Master in life itself! I thought in my limitation that the Guru was just a human being, and I gave a lot of honour and respect to learn from the Guru. But when I really learned, I began to see that the Guru is everywhere! Everything can teach me! That is the idea of humility. Sri Vasudeva

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