My thoughts..
Friday, January 16, 2004
 
Stop Worrying and Start Thinking !



The only marriage for the Church is to Christ! That is the only wedding that Jesus of Nazareth will attend when He comes for His Bride. He will expect her to be ready for Him, prepared and waiting, clearly distinguished as His. He is not going to enter a relationship with other gods nor practice their ways. There is only "One Way" for Christians to follow; Jesus Christ, the One and Only True God, the "Word" that has come in the flesh!

- These are the words uttered by Eddie Russell FMI a strong Catholic Christian

His Experience and the Perception

Over the years I have noticed an attitude change in people I know who have taken up this meditation. On one occasion I met a woman who used to attend my prayer group. After the usual politeness I asked why she hadn't been to the meetings, "Oh, no, that's not for me, I'm into higher things now". She informed me that she was doing the meditations. This incident could be ignored as pride-filled vanity from one individual except that I have had the same response from many people since then. When I have tried to talk to priests who do this meditation about my concerns they have patronizingly passed me off with a verbal pat on the head as someone who just doesn't understand. Consequently I have noticed certain elitism, superiority and spiritual pride in these people and it seems to be a common fruit of this spirituality.

- Eddie Russell FMI


My Views

This is the basic problem of Religious persons of this kind, which, does’nt allow anybody to think further. In his expressions we could identify only his concern of conversions.
At a place he even claims Meditation as an occult practice. And he strongly believes that Knowingly or unknowingly, people are getting converted into Hindu practices and cultures.

When it comes to spirituality, the Christian scriptures restrict the mind of the individuals claiming that researching more is a sin, which is surprising to note. Is it possible?
And if it is possible, why there are different sects and categories in the Christianity? Catholics! CSI !! Seventh Adventists and so on ?? Why so much?

First of all any religion should accept any other religion. If it does’nt do that, then it is not at all an universally acceptable religion.

More or less a Religion should be a mode that helps us to lead life more ethically with good conducts.

Here I would like to quote a Rig-veda saying, “ Noble thoughts should be accepted from wherever it comes in from.”



Friday, January 02, 2004
 
Happiness - A beautiful story


Happiness & Unhappiness
There were two college girl classmates who met in a park five years after they had completed their college studies. They were so happy to meet each other that they hugged each other, kissed each other and were eager to speak out all the experiences
of their last five years. One of them said - "I am so happy to see you after such a long time. I have something to tell you. I am married." The other friend knew how difficult it was for a girl like her to get married. She felt really happy and ecstatic and said - "I am very happy to hear that you are married". Immediately the 1st girl said - ""Not very happy to tell you the truth".

2nd girl - Why?

1st girl - I am married to an old man.

2nd girl - Oh! Very unhappy to hear that.

1st girl - Not very unhappy to tell you that because even though he is an old man, he is very rich.

2nd girl - Oh! Very happy to hear that.

1st girl - Not very happy to tell you that because even though he is very rich, he is a great miser.

2nd girl - So unhappy to hear that.

1st girl - Not very unhappy to tell you that because though he is a miser, he has constructed a palatial house in the richest locality of Banglaore.

2nd girl - Very happy to hear that.
1st girl - Not very happy to say that because the whole house caught fire and was reduced to ashes.

2nd girl - Very unhappy to hear that.

1st girl - Not very unhappy to say that because when the house was burning my husband also got burnt.

This is a typical example of how our happiness is. It is like Gujarati pickle. If you tasted it, you will know. A little sweet , a little sour (THODA MEETHA, THODA KHATTA). It is sandwiched between unhappiness. None of us wants this type of happiness. We want happiness which cannot be snatched away by anything in any situation. Infinite, eternal happiness is what we are seeking.
The fundamental desire is :
a) THE DESIRE TO LIVE A DAY MORE. - is called SAT.
b) THE DESIRE TO KNOW. - is called CHIT.
c) THE DESIRE TO BE HAPPY. - is called ANANDA.
Therefore the fundamental desire is a desire for SAT, CHIT, and ANANDA.





A student goes to Mulla Nazaruddin, a Sufi master, with a bundle of dresses, surrenders to him and says - O' divine master, I want peace, I want happiness.The master looked at him. He has left his house with only this bundle with him. Mulla slowly gets up snatches the bundle of dresses and starts running. The student is surprised. "I came in search of happiness and the master snatches my dresses and run away." The perplexed student tells himself, "Let me at least get my dresses back" and charges after him.
Mulla knows all the lanes of the town very well. He just appears and disappears and the student is very unhappy at the loss of his dresses. He was such unhappy. By coming to him, he has become more unhappy. He keeps running behind Mulla. Mulla goes all round, comes back to his original spot, keeps the bundle aside and innocently sits down.

The student comes running to him. Seeing this dangerous fellow, first thing he does is to snatch his dresses. He is so happy that he has his dresses back.

Mulla says - HERE IS HAPPINESS.
Please see, the student was unhappy when he came to Mulla. Mulla just snatched the bundle and returned it back to him. The student was happy that he had got back his dress. So what was the cause of happiness?

Logically it appears his happiness is because of the dress. But then, this bundle was with him even before it was snatched away by the master. Therefore where did the happiness come from, the dresses or from somewhere else?

Happiness has come from within and it is not because of the dresses. This is exactly how we feel in our life - that this object or that has given us happiness.
 
Happiness - A beautiful story


Happiness & Unhappiness
There were two college girl classmates who met in a park five years after they had completed their college studies. They were so happy to meet each other that they hugged each other, kissed each other and were eager to speak out all the experiences
of their last five years. One of them said - "I am so happy to see you after such a long time. I have something to tell you. I am married." The other friend knew how difficult it was for a girl like her to get married. She felt really happy and ecstatic and said - "I am very happy to hear that you are married". Immediately the 1st girl said - ""Not very happy to tell you the truth".

2nd girl - Why?

1st girl - I am married to an old man.

2nd girl - Oh! Very unhappy to hear that.

1st girl - Not very unhappy to tell you that because even though he is an old man, he is very rich.

2nd girl - Oh! Very happy to hear that.

1st girl - Not very happy to tell you that because even though he is very rich, he is a great miser.

2nd girl - So unhappy to hear that.

1st girl - Not very unhappy to tell you that because though he is a miser, he has constructed a palatial house in the richest locality of Banglaore.

2nd girl - Very happy to hear that.
1st girl - Not very happy to say that because the whole house caught fire and was reduced to ashes.

2nd girl - Very unhappy to hear that.

1st girl - Not very unhappy to say that because when the house was burning my husband also got burnt.

This is a typical example of how our happiness is. It is like Gujarati pickle. If you tasted it, you will know. A little sweet , a little sour (THODA MEETHA, THODA KHATTA). It is sandwiched between unhappiness. None of us wants this type of happiness. We want happiness which cannot be snatched away by anything in any situation. Infinite, eternal happiness is what we are seeking.
The fundamental desire is :
a) THE DESIRE TO LIVE A DAY MORE. - is called SAT.
b) THE DESIRE TO KNOW. - is called CHIT.
c) THE DESIRE TO BE HAPPY. - is called ANANDA.
Therefore the fundamental desire is a desire for SAT, CHIT, and ANANDA.





A student goes to Mulla Nazaruddin, a Sufi master, with a bundle of dresses, surrenders to him and says - O' divine master, I want peace, I want happiness.The master looked at him. He has left his house with only this bundle with him. Mulla slowly gets up snatches the bundle of dresses and starts running. The student is surprised. "I came in search of happiness and the master snatches my dresses and run away." The perplexed student tells himself, "Let me at least get my dresses back" and charges after him.
Mulla knows all the lanes of the town very well. He just appears and disappears and the student is very unhappy at the loss of his dresses. He was such unhappy. By coming to him, he has become more unhappy. He keeps running behind Mulla. Mulla goes all round, comes back to his original spot, keeps the bundle aside and innocently sits down.

The student comes running to him. Seeing this dangerous fellow, first thing he does is to snatch his dresses. He is so happy that he has his dresses back.

Mulla says - HERE IS HAPPINESS.
Please see, the student was unhappy when he came to Mulla. Mulla just snatched the bundle and returned it back to him. The student was happy that he had got back his dress. So what was the cause of happiness?

Logically it appears his happiness is because of the dress. But then, this bundle was with him even before it was snatched away by the master. Therefore where did the happiness come from, the dresses or from somewhere else?

Happiness has come from within and it is not because of the dresses. This is exactly how we feel in our life - that this object or that has given us happiness.



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