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Simplicity: Sound of silence Part-13

Blossoming of Virtue from Simplicity

Simplicity: Sound of silence Part-13

 Sadhana (spiritual practice) today has reduced to a mere wrap. Donning the attire of ‘samayik’ (a kind of vow) cannot be equated with the ‘samayik’ worship as such— likewise, putting on the mantle of sadhu (saint) does not by any means constitute saintly life. However, immersing oneself in worship, engaging in conduct defined by satya-ahimsa (truth and non-violence) is sadhana (spiritual discipline). One wearing the robe of a sadhu, and keeping engrossed in mundane affairs is not in fact a sadhu. Where maya-chhal-prapanch (delusion, deception, and worldliness) predominate, the manifestation or blossoming of virtue is not possible. Just as appropriate ground is necessary for seeds to sprout, likewise for virtues to flower there has to be simplicity in life. Simplicity defines everything.

The Three Jewels of Speech

Three points are to be borne in mind when saying something. The utterance must be made with self-confidence, in a calm manner, and backed by patient analysis. Such utterance creates an effect on others. Else, if self-confidence is wanting, and the speech is provocative, even truth would not register as trustworthy.

Remembrance

Over the three days, 19, 20 and 21 July 1996, floodgates of Acharya Bhagwan’s remembrances opened. Wondered why the sea of memories was being churned into the highest tide. The heart was filled with sadness. The mind was losing itself in glimpses. The heart felt as though the Acharya Bhagwan was in close proximity. It felt as though I was seated at the feet of Acharya Pravar. Such recollections were my earliest experiences during this travel

Charity or Trickery

 ‘Wealth given away in charity never diminishes’ —while pondering over this verse (or, maxim), it seemed to me that the donor gets exalted to the rank of deity. The primacy of charity is determined on the basis of eligibility. ‘Supatradaan’ ‘abhaydaan’ (freedom from fear) is the highest kind of charity. Charity made to ‘shravak’ and ‘samyagdrishti’ belongs to the medium category. Charity that is laced with some kind of manoeuvre, like when the donor bargains that the sum donated would be predicated on whether his name -plate appears on a building, a hall, a room, is no charity, as the spirit of charity becomes secondary, and the manoevuring for fame takes the pride of place. As such, the donor rises to the status of ‘devata’ (or, god), and descends to ‘danav’ (or, demon) when a string is attached to the act of giving.

Pravahpati Awastha (A State of Drift)

Man is pulverized between the rock of desire and the hard place of passion. His own identity is nearly fading away. The stream of humanity does not gush forth from his stone of a heart. Where would this state of affairs lead to? What consequences might follow? Having turned his face away from this, man supposes that joy lies in drifting with the flow. This is no happiness, just the inkling of it. Hence, this phantom deer of seeming joy has made him lose his senses. Oh man, just turn over, being inert like a corpse and drifting with the current is not your nature.

Self-entering selfSimplicity

One’s innate disposition is the identity of ‘dharma’. Removed from one’s nature, no sooner is one drawn to ‘another’, than distortion of self-sets in. When the self aspires for ‘another’, that aspiration is akin to a desire for happiness, but what comes to pass is quite the contrary, it is not joy but sorrow that is encountered. Hence, one who strays from his ‘dharma’, cuts loose from it, becomes a prey to distortions, and is ridden with stress. Hence, the ‘aradhana’ (or, worship) of ‘dharma’ means Self entering Self. simplicity will always define you to the right path and right people.

What should the Attitude of Obeisance be?- Simplicity

When we perform ‘Namo Arihantanam’, the obeisance is not so much for the Arihants as for oneself. Because the result thereof accrues to us. Arihant is for namesakes. Our bowing should be in the direction of Arihants and towards them. So that their qualities might be internalized by us. Just as, in drawing water from a well, the bucket has to be made to lean towards the water, so also while reciting ‘Namo Arihantanam’ our mental, vocal and corporeal state along with our attitude should be fully inclined towards imbibing the qualities of the Arihants. Only then does that obeisance succeed in annihilating sins. Be simple with your attitude.

Pratigya Kavach (The vow as Shield)

O dear one, the teeth are hard, they grind to chew, but are denied taste of the substance. On the other hand, the tongue is soft, does not labour much, but relishes the taste. Why so? O dear one, ‘pratigya sutra’ is like the teeth. It takes exertion to observe it, it calls for human effort. But the joy it begets, is savoured not by the’sutra’ but by the soul. The safety shield of the hard teeth of vow ensures the softness, the easiness of the tongue of soul, thereby achieving its protection. Hence, ‘pratigya kavach’ ought to be accepted.

The Inner ‘Havala’ (Illegal transaction in foreign currency)

 It is heard these days that ‘havala’ has hollowed out the nation. This may indeed be true, in a manner of  speaking. Let us ponder over how many ‘havala’ deals we have done. How many such ‘havala’ rackets our mind, our speech and our body has enacted, thereby inflicting pain on the soul. Thereby wearing out the soul, torturing it. Hence, it is better to be aware of the ‘havala’ rackets perpetrated within us, rather than focusing on the ‘havala’ scams outside. Besides, it is expected that every member needs to be vigilant that such ‘havala’ misdeeds do not occur within the ken of ‘Nirgranth Shraman Sanskriti’ (referring to Jain culture, characterized by religious mendicancy and non-possession).

Sva-saapeksh Abhaydaan (Freedom from Fear Relative to Self)

Of all forms of charity, ‘abhaydaan’ holds the pride of place. Saving the life of a dying creature, or even non-killing, is not the sole import of ‘abhaydaan’. The reason is, if you have a stockpile of explosives, how can you inspire fearlessness in others—one who is not free from fear himself cannot instill fearlessness in others. Also, we cannot impart others what we ourselves are wanting in. The poet Anandghan has said, “Temal Kshay Karuna”. Abhaydaan is that which arises from the obliteration of the grime of karma. By wiping out the stain of karma, we render our soul fear-free. Now that is ‘abhay’. Hence, the meaning of ‘abhay’ as being relative, not to others, but to oneself, is more justified.

Also you can read our previous post by clicking here-

Happy reading!

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Sadhana: Sound of Silence Part-12

Sadhana i.e. spiritual practice is devoting yourself to peace. It is take you away from the busy world to a new place full of joy. it increases your energy and freshens your mind. Let’s read about this in detail. You can read its previous parts –

Sadhana: Sound of Silence Part-12

Study of Agamas

The constancy of attention in the study of Agamas enhances inclination for restraint, provided that the study of Agamas is performed systematically, and with devotion and reverence. Simultaneously with the study of the scriptures, ‘upadhan’ tap (penance) is also mentioned.

The significance here is that along with the study, there has to be a practical application in life. Because a soul steeped in greed is not entitled to the knowledge of the Agamas. Also, ‘Ras Vijayroop Upadhan’, ‘Ayambil’ tap, must accompany a study of Agams.

Method of Study of Agama:- Faith in, devotion towards, and reverence for the Preceptor and Knowledge. Also, serving and nursing the Preceptor enable fruition of knowledge. Daily renunciation of six kinds of delicacies (Ras Parityaga), moderation in sleep, eating less than one’s fill (Avamodarya Tap), daily observance of yoga and meditation.

Triumph over ‘Mool Manovritti’ (Basic Tendencies)

‘Manovrittiyan’ (Mental tendencies) that have been stored up for long are difficult to get rid of. Even the strong-willed noble souls admit to some helplessness when confronted with such entrenched tendencies. The weight of these deep-rooted tendencies is felt from time to time.

Even though one might know full well the state they give rise to, and might be acquainted with the effectual remedies to hold back such tendencies, once the pressure of that weight is felt, all the remedies, and the knowledge begotten by that state, just evaporate, in a way.

At that moment, it is the basic tendencies that rule the roost. Ultimately, he gets exasperated and despondent once again. Once the basic tendencies have had their run, he thinks for a second time that he would never let this pass again, but this is short-lived, just until the basic tendencies assert themselves again.

As such, to keep basic tendencies at bay, it is necessary to fortify mental power enormously, bearing in view matterplace-time-mood.

Formula of Soul-related Joy: Five ‘Samitis’ (traditions)

Observance of the five traditions, and conduct in accordance therewith, makes for superior and excellent life-style. A life lived in this way will afford no room for any stress or tension. In addition, spring of joy and streamlet of peace will mark the flow of life. The first of the Samitis is Irya (or, religious mendicancy). This pre-supposes a deep commitment to self-discipline.

One given to ‘Irya Samiti’ lives with this solemn mental resolution that he would halt only when he  chances upon an occasion that would help with the augmentation and safeguarding of gyan-darshancharitra ( knowledge-philosophy-probity ). And that his act of halting is a testimony to his resolve that, at that point in time, being on the move is his sole aim. No conversation, no flights of fancy, and no getting distracted by the scenery around.

His sole objective is to wander, and in the act of wandering he presses all his means. Likewise, in case of ‘bhasha’ and other ‘samitis’, the ‘sadhak’ (or, aspirant) may be aware, and savour the experience of joy in his life! Sans this ‘sadhana’ (or spiritual discipline), if one wants to be filled with joy, well, it’s impossible.

After devoting himself religiously to the five ‘samitis’, in accordance with the Agama studies, the ‘sadhak’ follower can master the That is, he can experience the richness of soul-related joy.

Acting Devoid of Experience

Without the experience of spirituality, a bare, superficial seemingly disciplined life cannot transform the individual. Rather, vices could make inroads into his life. He takes the label of his phony ‘sadhana’ for his yard-stick, which is but duplicity and make-believe. That is at wide variance with what obtains internally.

In putting up a show before the world, trying to harmonize his scratchy ‘sadhana’ with the expression of his inner state, he cannot have true, genuine feelings. Disguising his true feelings, he deludes himself that through the medium of camouflaged words he has manifested his true self. But this is just a kind of theatre. The stage may not be the usual one, but then the universe itself is a stage.

Skill in Diction

Human nature is little disposed to like bitterness. While harsh, bitter words tend to pierce the heart, soft, sweet words impress a person’s heart. Harsh words may cause fear to pervade the heart, but can never stir up love and devotion.

The stream of love and devotion flows when there is mutuality of attachment, and broadens with reciprocal give and take.

Like counterfeit currency lowers one’s credibility in the market, and genuine currency upholds and raises it, so also a good word serves to enhance prestige. Before articulating words, sift through your vocabulary to choose words and learn to employ only those words that are sweet and draw others to you.

Ascendancy

 In the moments of ‘sadhana’ (spiritual practice), the entire hall was filled with divine light, in tandem with the ascendancy experienced. Moreover, the sequence of ascendancy and descendancy was quite attractive. A round pole-like shape comes up, and consciousness rises. Once there is descending into the depths, there is a sudden momentary feeling of fear; after that the situation normalizes. There are several experiences that just cannot be couched in words.

Sermon through Conduct

 Our conduct ought to be our sermon. Sheer preaching is hardly the thing to do. The message emanating from conduct will be unprecedented, will be amazing. The dilemma today is that preaching is done with much gusto. But when it comes to the failings which the preacher challenges the audience to address. How efficacious can such sermonizing be if the preacher himself is beset with them.

This needs to be pondered over. As such, first we must learn to live, and share with others the experiences which life gives us, so that it benefits one and proves therapeutic.

As the Material, so the Manufacture

 The stuff the mind contracts, so would be the thoughts that come up. If a man is constantly absorbed in the perusal, contemplation and critical study of the Agamas (Jain scriptures), then his language becomes classical. Humility and reverence for elders will be ingrained in him.

On the other hand, if one is associated with worldly news and newspaper agencies, and engaged in thinking and in systematic study thereof, his language will reflect party politics. It will be the language of sabotage, the buzzwords being strike and fasting.

Intransigence and roguery will characterize his conduct. To underline his point of view, and to hear his own views echoed, he would strive to enroll some persons into his way of thinking. How hurtful to a healthy life can the language of politics be! Hence, this is within the ken of experience.

The increasingly political atmosphere among the sadhus (saints) is truly a matter of concern. Bhagwan has prohibited four ‘vikathas’ (talk not conducive to study) for sadhus. Hence, steering clear of them one ought to engage in svadhyaya (self-learning).

In conclusion, one must perform ‘sadhana’ everyday to feel cherished.

Happy reading!

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Experience: Sound of Silence Part-11

Experience every little thing. Embrace every moment. It is good to experience everything given by god i.e. natural and learn from it.

Experience: Sound of Silence Part-11

The Secret of Serene ‘Sadhana’

Brazenness, boastfulness etc are aspects of behavior exceedingly difficult to put up with. Such conduct naturally begets situations of conflict. It is necessary to keep one’s balance, lest disequilibrium should aggravate the situation. As a glimpse, the situation that might obtain at such a time can be experienced.

The feeling one has towards any deviation from, or carelessness in, the observance of the rules is fine. But its sankleshya pravritti (pain-causing tendencies) may be worth enquiring into. The attitude of ‘sankleshya’ must remain unmanifest in the disposition. Keeping serene in every situation is the quintessence of his sadhana (spiritual discipline).

Exploration of Ego

We are unable to act as we think; impediments get in the way. There are obstructions. The situation in the shape of obstruction can, in a way, be given the appellation of ahankar (ego). It says you are on the side of justice; you must be steadfast on the ground of principle. Why should you bow? You stand firm.

Well, ego is made to put on the garb of self-respect too. Besides, it is christened to be a pure ‘sattvic’ state. But in reality, if its true form is sanklesh (pain), what would you make of it? This is a subject for the aspirants to explore into. And this is not possible with superficial thinking.

Arham (worthy of worship)—the Profundity of its Meaning

In the field of sadhana (spiritual discipline), ‘arham’ is of profound importance. The combination of letters that make up this word has deep significance. Firstly, ‘A’ is indicative of the entire physical reality composed of the five basic elements (sadbhoot).

‘Sadbhoot’ objects signify those that manifest the characteristics of creation, dissolution and preservation. ‘A’ marks the collectivity of all the three states. Among the several interpretations of ‘A’, Brahma-Vishnu Mahesh is also included.

‘Brahma’ denotes creation. Vishnu represents preservation, and Shankar is the symbol of dissolution. From this perspective, Brahma is the symbol of creation. Shankar of dissolution. And Vishnu symbolises the existence continuum. These three states are inherent in ‘A’. Besides, all the scriptures contained in ‘Akshara Shruti’ have the suggestion of ‘A’ implicit in them. In ‘Nandi  Sutra’, ‘Dwadashangi’has been declared ‘akshay’ (or, imperishable) and ‘avyaya’ (or, unchanging).

‘A’ symbolises ‘akshay’ too. ‘A’ is deemed ‘avyaya’ too. Hence, the entire knowledge of the scriptures is integrated in ’A’. Panini’s grammar mentions eighteen forms of ‘A’. It also symbolises eighteen imperfections.

Secondly, ‘Ra’ is the seed form of the fire element. It represents ‘jyoti’ or that which manifests light. Upon the manifestation of light, ‘ha’ symbolizes the annihilation of imperfections. In conclusion, we can comprehend it as the extinction of ‘karma’ elements.

The sound of ‘ha’ indicates the expulsion of imperfections from within. Meaning thereby that the revelation of light by ‘Ra’. It enables the knowing of one’s imperfections.

To the ‘sadhak’ (or spiritual aspirant), the imperfections become apparent. It is these imperfections that get ejected by ’Ha’. And so by means of ’Ma’ these imperfections cannot find their way back thanks to ‘sanvar’ (the restraint element). The sound of ‘Ma’ shuts the mouth. This is a form of restraint.

Dharmaphal (Fruits of Piety) not in Future, Right Now

‘Dharma will pay in the next world’ is an illusory assumption. Among the dispositions of the human mind, worldly possessions is one that prompts a man to store wealth, money etc., and acquire fame, for the future.

Likewise, his piety will bear fruit in future he believes. As such, he accumulates piety also, for encashment in the future, with the same mental attitude. This is the reason, he cannot avail himself of its benefit in the present.

Although Bhagwan Mahavir has declared that it is in the present that the fruit of dharma lies. “Sohi ujjusya bhuyass”.

This is a pointer to the present. Firstly, ritualized confession of past desires.

Secondly, stoppage of the present ones, and abandonment of future ones is advised. It can be inferred that this counsel too an indicator of the present.

As such, one may dwell in the belief that ‘dharma’ is not a necessity for the future or the future world, but something that yields dividends very much in the present.

Experience

The experiences felt during the moments of ‘sadhana’ (spiritual discipline) are beyond interpretation. Firstly, the mass of light, the sun, descends. Secondly, a blue, intensely bright point of light, where from luminous rays are diffused. Finally, every pore of the body thrilled with joy.

A divine form emerges, and in a few moments more such forms rising. Moreover, a divine melody produced from within. The soul was journeying through an inaccessible land, a divine world. Also soul being distinct from body. Moreover, the bodily functions reduced to naught. Or complete unawareness of the business of the body. Experience makes you learn a lot.

Spiritual Discipline (Sadhana) Devoid of Aspiration is Glorious

While pursuing sadhana (spiritual discipline), we get many inklings in diverse ways from time to time.

While engaging in ‘sadhana’ today, if I aspire to visualize what I envisioned yesterday, I may not be able to do so. Actually, it was a mistake to link ‘sadhana’ to aspiration. As ‘sadhana’ ought to be aspiration-free, easy-going, and natural. If coupled to aspiration, ‘sadhana’ cannot have that glow, that vitality.

Hence, ‘sadhana’ and worship must not be tied in with any aspiration for achievement. Moreover, we have to let go of, distance ourselves from. Also abandon whatever has been combined therewith, whatever has been accumulated. This attitude would lend luster to ‘sadhana’.

I hope you glorified your experience in spirituality. You can now expirence everything that comes to your way. For previous learning please visit- Soul and our Duty: Sound of Silence Part-10

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Google Drive: Everything You want to know

Introduction to Google Drive

Google Drive: Everything You want to know

In this introduction I will tell you about Google drive:-

  • What is Google Drive?
  • How does it work?
  • What can you store in it?
  • Why it is required?

So first of all let me tell you about what is Google drive and How does it work?

It is basically the most versatile cloud storage service and synchronization service available today. In order to store your files in the cloud and synchronize files across devices.

So what happens if you are getting exhausted with all your hardware devices like hard drive, pen drive then it is better to opt for a cloud service provider like Google which is for free because whenever you store some data if you are using all these hardware devices for storing your data then you have to carry this device everywhere wherever you go but with the cloud service what happens is you can access it from anywhere and anytime so this is what is the benefits of using cloud services.

So actually how does it work?

The basic thing about how does it work is it provides a synchronization technique here. It means with the help of Google drive feature suppose you have some files on your desktop and you have some files on your Google drive so with the help of Google drive feature whatever changes you are going to make in your synched files on your desktop or laptop the same changes are going to reflect on your Google drive and vice versa if you make changes in the files which are in your Google drive the same changes will get reflected on your desktop file this is what called as synchronization.

Its essential aim is to expand your ability to store files crossing the limits of your pen drive.

What can you store in Google Drive?

We will see what can we store in it and also we will see what type of files we can store in it.

So the file we can store in it is we can store the documents in PDF or text files or non-native files like Microsoft Docs Microsoft Excel Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, etc.

We can also store videos and photos. For photos, you can use Google Photos or Google Drive to store your photos. You can also store Email attachments and much more.

Here we have to remember that for the native files it will take less space whereas for non-native files such as Microsoft Documents and files will adapt more space

The storage size here provided by Google is 15 GB of free cloud storage is provided by signing up in your Google account and this free space is shared between Google Drive, Google Photos, and G-mail.

So you will just need to sign in your Google account and if you don’t have any Google account you have to make one. After signing in you have to go to drive.google.com and there you can see your Google drive

Now if you want more storage to if you want to upgrade your storage then at the right side of the screen you can see buy storage option just click that and you will see various offers and plans provided by Google

You can see 15GB free storage and then for the next 100 GB you will have to pay 1300 rupees per year for 200 GB you have to pay 2100 rupees per year and if you want 2TB storage you will have to pay 6500 rupees per year and there are more options available. You can take the plans according to your needs.

Why Google Drive?

Now we will see why to use it

So there are so many reasons to use it such as the very main reason is it is free to use. You can use 15 GB space. You can store your data which you can access anytime anywhere.

The second very important reason is security. Google provides a password to access our data and also gives us 2-step authentication. This is very important to secure your data.

You can access you file anywhere anytime. You can also upload and share your files stored in it

It’s back up and sync feature is also very helpful for us. The next one is Collaboration with permission which means you can share your files to your colleges. And all by giving them permission whether they can edit your file or whether they can only view your file.

The upgradation process is also very easy

You can also use Google Chrome Extensions if you want to explore more features.

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App Development: Say No To Coding

Hi, guys today I will tell you the platforms to create your first app and that too without any coding knowledge or without using android studio. The best part about creating this app is this is absolutely free.

App Development: Say No To Coding

So we will use app builders so that there will be no coding required for making an app.

We will not code because we are going to use app builders.

Okay so, first of all, I will tell you something about app builders. So the most popular app builders are very expensive. I will show you some examples later in this blog. Now there are also some free app builders but the problem with them is they are limited in functionality which means it is hard to customize them. It is hard to create the application you want because they are limited in functionality but do not worry because I will tell you the best app builder which I use personally and it is absolutely free and if you want to upgrade that you can even do that in a very cheap price. Also, it has very good functionality

So now let us see some examples of application builders

I tried many application builders and this is what I found

Appypie App Builder

So first we will talk about Appypie. So Appypie is an app builder and they have a various plans and pricing.

They also have a free plan where you do not need to pay anything and also no credit card details or debit card details required it is absolutely free. But there is a drawback in that free plan and that drawback is you cannot publish your app in Google Play Store. So that sucks you cannot publish your app on Google Play Store But they also have a basic plan which will cost you something about 15$ per month but 15$ per month is the price per app it means if you want to make 1 application it will cost you 15$ but if you want to make 10 apps you have to pay 15 times 10 which means it will cost you 150$.

So I found that very expensive and also you can distribute your application to only Google Play Store you cannot distribute it to Apple app store or windows and blackberry or anywhere else. For that, you need to buy their gold or platinum plan which will cost you around $30 per month for gold and 50$ per month for platinum. So I found it expensive.

You can go and check all the details of the plan and pricing by clicking this link

Buildfire App Builder

So our next app builder is buildfire. So they cost 53$ per month for their premium plan which is I think the cheapest plan they offer and now the next they have their professional plan for that they cost about 134$ per month which I found very expensive and their premium plan have only 20000 downloads so, for example, you have an app and your app become very popular and there are 50k downloads then you have to upgrade to their professional plan because this is only 20k downloads So it is very expensive

You can see the details of all the plans and price of Buildfire by clicking here

Goodbarber

So our next app builder is a good barber. Here is good barber, you can get a free 30-day trial here also you do not require any credit card or debit card So the price of good barber is 32 euros per month there is an Android standard plan which cost u 32 euros per month if you pay the yearly bill there is no option for a monthly bill payment you have to pay 384 euros for a whole year. So it is very expensive actually I have searched many app builders and this is the trend I found out that they are very expensive or if they are not expensive they are very limited in their functionality.

You can see the details of all the plans and price of Good barber by clicking here

Andromo

So the next is Andromo. In Andromo you have a free trial but you can create one app only and you cannot turn off the ads and you can share this app as a free app on Google play store and you cannot enable monetization features.

There is also a starter plan which will cost you 8$ per month and this is also billed annually so there is also no option for monthly payment so you have to pay 96$ per year, and in this 8$ per month, you can create just 50 apps only so I find this too expensive.

You can see the details of all the plans and price of Andromo by clicking here

Mobincube App Builder

Now we are here and this is what we are waiting for from last 5-10 minutes.

Now we are going to talk about Mobincube. So now I will tell you why I like Mobincube so much

I will tell you about the pricing plans so the very first plan is free plan.

So in this free plan you can create unlimited apps, you can create as many apps you want.

The second best part about this free plan is there is unlimited space which means suppose you have 50 apps and all the 50 apps are of 20 megabytes then you will require 1000 megabytes space and you have unlimited space you can make as many apps you want and use as much space you want.

You also have 500,000 push notifications available to send to your apps.

Publish your app on Google Play Store

SO now if you ask can I publish my app on Google play store so the answer is yes I have so many app published on Google play store which is made by mobincube.

Now the best part is you can also make money from mobincube, with this free starter plan you can monetize this

So now let us talk about the disadvantage of this free plan. Personally I don’t feel this as a bigger disadvantage but you also have option for that disadvantage.

So the disadvantage is there is an ad of mobincube flashing on your app for less than 1sec when you or somebody open your app and you cannot remove it and if you want to remove you have to purchase their standard plan which will cost you 9.99 US$ per month but if you don’t mind that flashing of logo then this free plan is for you.

You can see the details of all the plans and price of mobincube by clicking here.

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Soul and our Duty: Sound of Silence Part-10

It is important to do our duty for soul. Our ambition to serve our soul will lead to have a divine life. Moreover,this will connect us to god, our ultimate goal. Let’s know more about this. You can also read our blog – Nature’s Love: Sound Of Silence Part-9

Soul and our Duty: Sound of Silence Part-10

The Key to Mind Speech and Body

A mind with child-like simplicity,
Speech vigorous like youth,
Conduct thoughtful and rational as befits the age.

Ambition

Ambition may be viewed as an essential ingredient in the making of a life. But a man ought not to be subservient to it. Subservience implies despair and disappointment in the event of non-fulfillment of ambitions. That is, one feels broken in the heart of hearts.

Like, a feeling of the mind being weighed down, and the flame of life being stubbed out. If a person comes to such a pass, then it may be supposed that ambition has enveloped him. So profoundly that he is powerless to redeem himself from his situation.

Identifying with the Memorable

I am trying to achieve harmony with the memories of acharya Dev. Expression or presentation of the state of identification. As a result, the recollection of the person worthy of remembrance tantamounts to achieving harmony with the memories.

Devotion to Duty for our soul

Human disposition has pleasant-face, sad-face aspects. Maybe as such, a person ought not to be adrift with the current or the wind. But he has to pace determinedly-

  • with faith in himself
  • bearing in mind his duty
  • unmindful of the world’s derision
  • and without pausing to heed the world’s applause.
  • Keeping the sentiment of duty uppermost in mind, with conduct, thought and demeanor in tune. Therewith could prove beneficial.

Transgressing Sangh-enjoined Limits not Beneficial

Tirthankar Dev Prabhu Mahavir established a four-pillared Sangh. He gave the Sangh its organization. This organization envisages a clear-cut objective. All aspirants, big and small alike, may pave the way for their atma-sadhana, (spiritual self-discipline), keeping under the auspices of the preceptor. He also instituted the positions of ‘Acharya’, ‘Upadhyaya’ etc towards the fulfillment of this aim. So that the system might operate in a beautiful, disciplined way, and that all aspirants might savor the experience of atma-bhav. So, in this context, it must not be overlooked that the aspirant is mired in illusion. He is naturally prone to error.

For this, Lord Mahavir has set out the manner in which criticism might be made. Side-stepping criticism of the lapse, high-handedness, or wanton, willful transgression of ethical limits prescribed by the Sangh. But it is not at all in the best interests of the Sangh. Rather, disrupting the Sangh order tantamounts to ruining it. Such conduct leads to mohaniya karma. It is an act that distorts the true perception of reality.

Solution through Reflection with Equanimity and Simplicity

Administrative systems are often marked by novel experiences. Difficult as sustenance is of members of even a small family, if members of the many families, as diverse as forest woods, who are progressing along the path of sadhana (spiritual discipline), need to get into a state of simplicity and neutrality in order that the experience of Samata (equanimity) and veetraagta (non-attachment) might reach the depths of their thought. Experiences triggered by circumstances are sometimes perturbing. Also momentary thought might arise. But reflection with neutrality has helped resolve circumstances and has done so on a continuing basis.

Svadhyaya (Study of the Scriptures) is the Soul of Spirituality

Once food turns to juice and is digested, energy courses through the body. Likewise, in the adhyatmik (spiritual) field, the study of knowledge, svadhyaya, and post-svadhyaya reflection and meditation set off energy suffused with shraddha (faith). Shraddha intensifies.

In the absence of self-study, it is difficult to have meditation and reflection on a grand scale. Unless mental assimilation of a subject is done after reflection and meditation. It is difficult to strengthen and deepen faith. Hence, svadhyaya is the soul of adhyatma (spirituality).

Let Proficiency Accomplish work

Co-operation with the leader in his role as head etc. is a duty enjoined upon every member. The leader is offered a garland.

In Indian culture, as the exchange of garlands between bride and groom betokens feelings of mutuality of co-operation. However, they remain comrades. Also, they are companions in joy and sorrow. Likewise, by garlanding the leader, society has made a pledge of reciprocal goodwill with him.

Hence, everybody may conduct themselves with a feeling of mutuality. If it is said that the head does not take everyone along, that he is willful, then how can he merit our support, my take is that he was elected to the high post on the basis of his competence, and not incompetence. If he has been elected leader because of his ability. Firstly, let us take advantage of that ability. Also, let him be given the chance to perform according to his ability.

Sometimes, the foremost among us is called upon to make instantaneous decisions. So such decision making can be based only on wisdom and capability. However, if it is urged that a wrong person has come to be elected at the helm. Even then he cannot be left to himself. Lest his incompetence should move him to commit something untoward. As it becomes necessary to keep around him constantly.

Right path- Soul and our duty

Just in case he strays from the right path, a course correction could be done. It would be right to keep to the road, but even if he shifts to the sidewalk, do not forsake his company, for you will get a chance to reflect when he hits a roadblock. It would be your apposite duty then to make him aware of the right direction and path.

Hence, one entrusted with a task should also be given the opportunity to accomplish it.

I hope this helped you cherish your soul, also realized our duty for it.

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Nature’s Love: Sound Of Silence Part-9

Nature has its own importance and reasons to love. Let’s discover how nature plays a role in one’s life and embrace it with love. Let’s discuss nature’s love. You can read our previous blogs on it- Life and Ageing: Sound Of Silence Part-8

Nature's Love: Sound Of Silence Part-9

If you would be great

It is neither post nor position or for that matter knowledge, that makes a person great or small. Rather the standard of greatness is conducted. How balanced is one’s conduct, how proper, how ethical, would tell great from small. But that greatness is relative to smallness. If the one who is great seeks to put down the one who is small, he no longer remains great. Hence, one who aspires to remain great ought to always protect the ones who are small. He should ever be concerned about their welfare. Only then can he continue to be great.

Parental Love is Reciprocal

Sometimes a person thinks that he does not receive ‘vatsalya’ (or, parental love) from a particular person. Should I get a sense of that intimacy, of that ‘vatsalya’, I can accomplish a lot. But parental love is reciprocal. There ought to be one on the receiving end too. A mother has parental love for her son. It is an indication of that love that her breasts flow with milk which, though, is post-parturition. The flow just isn’t there before. Until the son is born, milk if any in the breast cannot be used. Hence, in order to savour the feelings of parental love, one ought to be a son. The wise have exhorted the disciple to become one with the Guru while paying obeisance so that he may assimilate the Guru’s ‘vatsalya’.

Eyes should be Divine

We want to know the truth. We want to behold the truth. This is a sublime thought, though this would hardly get us face-to-face with the truth. In order to glimpse the truth, you need eyes attuned to it. In the absence of appropriate eyes, it is difficult to envision the truth. Truth is in our hearts, but envy and illusion to have taken hold there. Both these have enveloped the truth. Hence, to meet truth face-to-face, let the divine eyes open, such as would pierce the veil of envy and illusion, and get a peek inside.

The Blemish is done away with

The 5-day Yoga Discipline Camp commenced today. Dr. Purohit of Ratlam provided training in yogic processes. A lot of discussions took place with the doctor on yoga asanas and pranayam. We got acquainted with varied opinions as regards asanas, and about research on the subject. No asana other than shavasan may be practiced after shirsasan. If an asana is wrongly done, the contrary asana ought to be practiced immediately so that the wrong effects of the earlier asana are neutralized. If there is some lapse in the conduct of our life, the reversing action, or ritualized confession (pratikraman) and seeking of forgiveness if done instantly would serve to nullify the blemish of that practical act.

Flowing Downwards

A preponderance of people goes with the flow, no matter how enlightened they might be.

Take the Ganga Forward- Nature’s Love

About the Ganga that is sourced to the Himalayas, it is said that Lord Shiva caught it in his matted hair (or, ‘jata’), and then redirected its flow in a narrow stream so that it could be useful to humanity. The shrut –Ganga ( the scriptural Ganga) gushing forth from the Himalayan Bhagwan Mahavir was ‘caught’ by the Ganadhars ( original disciples of Bhagwan Mahavir), who in turn, for the welfare of earthly beings, directed its flow in different streams so that every person could, in accordance with his liking,, bathe in that Ganga of knowledge, and purify himself. In this sense, we are hugely indebted to the ‘Ganadhars’.

The present text is ascribed to Arya Sudharma Swami. It was his endless compassion that he strove unrelentingly to reach it to us. The earlier Acharyas too have had their share of contribution. We too must have that aim, that alacrity to take this Ganga (of a scripture) forward.

The Exhilaration of “Sadhana’ (or, Spiritual Discipline)

‘The duration of nocturnal ‘sadhana’ passed amid a state of exhilaration. Swimming and no water.

Peruse and Practise

  1. A move ought to be initiated now to practice whatever has thus far been studied by way of principles.
  2. Self-confidence is essential, but aham-manyata (egoism) is fatal.
  3. Acknowledge your gratitude to those from whom cooperation has been forthcoming, be it ever so little.
  4. Even a dash of ego would make for ‘anatmabhav’ (soul-less-ness).

Nature’s Mystifying Experiment- Love

Kaluji’s initiation ceremony is just an excuse. I believe that Nature craved an experiment and revered Acharya Dev wanted that experiment crystallized. The experiment was about my being peripatetic independently. So that exceptions, such as they are, might get canceled of their own accord. And I gain in self-confidence. It is just possible that Acharya Dev entertained similar thoughts and, under the pretext of Kaluji’s initiation, he set me wandering. Else, why not at Nokha or elsewhere? Next, there is a deeper mystery underlying it, which has been glimpsed from Acharya Dev’s natural state, but one that can be unveiled only at the appropriate time. As for the present, there is hardly time to divulge it.

Symbols of the Protective Spirit

The word ‘kshatra’ is used in the sense of protection. ‘Nakshatra’ (or, constellation) signifies gods, dwelling in the skies (nabha), and protecting from above. Out of 28 constellations, the constellation ‘Abhijeet’ hardly reckons as one, with the remaining 27 though operating as a constellation. Now, each constellation has four parts (or, ‘charan’). That would add up to a tally of 108 parts. These are formed into 12 signs. They also constitute the basis of nomenclature. On the same lines, a rosary would have 108 beads, and this too would symbolize the spirit of protection.

I I hope you discovered how essential nature’s presence fills our life with love.

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Life and Ageing: Sound Of Silence Part-8

In this blog, we will learn various aspects of life and how ageing affects is. Ageing is something no one wants to accept in life.. Let us know various facts about living a life. You can read our previous blogs on sound of silence.

Life and Ageing: Sound Of Silence Part-8

When the Switch cannot be turned on

Illusion like a missile strike from a distance. The heart is supposedly the seat of illusion, but it lands its blow on the mind. It affects the intellect. Illusion deforms the mind, it develops contortions. In the moments of contortion,firstly, the capacity of the intellect to grasp reality is hindered. Secondly, it inclines towards the commotion. Finally, this state makes one oblivious of the basic source of the soul. Hence, one might care to ensure that the switch of the missile of illusion in not turned on.

The Positive Aspect of Non-violence

Ahimsa (or, non-violence) does not just have a negative connotation; rather, its form is pervasive. Ahimsa is not just giving up; it is also gaining. Intrinsic to ahimsa is the attitude of being friendly towards all creatures. Until this feeling of friendliness for all creatures awakens, ahimsa cannot come to fruition in life.
In order to explain religion as ahimsa, restraint and penance have also been included, which makes it clear that ahimsa should be with restraint. Even restraint is not possible without the penance of control of desires. When desires are checked, friendly feeling towards all will naturally arise. Whatever stymies the fulfillment of desires becomes an object of hatred. But if there is no desire, no longing, there will be the the feeling of equality for all in life, which is the positive aspect of ahimsa.

Contours of Sangh Administration

Decentralization could be done to subserve the cause of Sangh administration, but decentralization cannot be fully independent. To a certain extent, a certain officer may execute a task. Final decision and instruction will vest in the Acharya. This arrangement would make for the excellent running of the Sangh. For example, an officer draws up an outline of the itinerary for the holy men and women, taking on board the convenience of the aged among them as also of those engaged in studies. He may then mentally prepare the holy men and women for the travel route mapped out. He may continue to appraise the Acharya about this.

After the holy men and women concerned are mentally attuned, the relative instructions/ directions will be given by the Acharya. Hence, other arrangements too can be made on similar lines. In the present-day circumstances, it is necessary that initiation is vested in the Acharya, and the newly initiated may attend upon the Acharya for a certain period. This would make for loyalty and mutuality of goodwill.

Plannings of Sangh

For the progress of the Sangh, a planning commission is expected. The chief position in that commission may be at the discretion of the Acharya, that is, he may be its Chief/President/Protector of Peace. An enlightened saint may be the Deputy Chief, another three or four members may be appointed. The commission may formulate a three-year plan in phases.

The Plan ought to should be just idealistic; it needs to be practical too. That literature (here, ‘sat Sahitya’, or sermons, moral and spiritual writings, and scriptural excerpts) ought to be in place cannot be gainsaid, but it should be organized. To this end, a “Committee on Writing Literature” may be constituted under the direction of a literary officer. For education too, a similar authorized Committee may be formed. These Committees may be constituted for a two or three-year term. A reconstitution of its composition or even an extension of the term may be considered after a review of their performance.

The Cause of Ageing in Life

An ordinary personage; some age prematurely. It is generally believed that it is usual and natural, that it is the nature the burden of desire and mind of the body to grow old with age, but simultaneously the question arises why the Tirthankars (realized souls) don’t and others, viz other great souls who performed great deeds do not grow old with the passage of years. About Tirthankars it may be said to be their miracle, but this solution does not stand the test of logic. A reflection in this context presents a beautiful solution, that the more the body lugs the burden of desire and mind the faster it ages. Tirthankars do not carry the load of desire and mental tendencies. Therefore, they live minimally. Hence they keep old age at bay.

Quit Frolic

A frolicking person can hardly get ahead. He plays about and jumps and falls to the ground at the same spot. This may pass for exertion but does not lead to progress. If the same exertion is put in to traverse a path, he can reach his destination, his goal. It is observed generally that a person kicks up his heels rather too often. This playfulness could be of the physique, of the mind, or of sophistry. A frisky mind is lethal to life. Hence, give up being frolicsome and set your mind on traversing the road.

The Technique of Flying in the Sky

Many people aspire to fly in the sky, but very few would know the method of doing so. Before flying, it is necessary to firm up the ground beneath the feet. So, if the ground beneath is not hard, the person cannot take off, no matter how many attempts he makes. Airplanes, helicopters, etc also need solid ground to be air-borne. The soul has to soar upwards in the sky, but this is not possible without the soundness of a moral base. To become spiritual, it is necessary that the ground of morality in your life is solid.

I hope this helped you learn right track to life and causes of ageing. Always follow a path of non-violence and never quit.

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God and Love: Elements of Life by Sound of Silence Part-7

In is blog, we will know how god and love are important elements of life. Always praise love and have faith in god. You can read our previous blogs by checking our category or by clicking here- Healthy Life: Sound Of Silence Part-6

God and Love: Elements of Life by Sound of Silence Part-7

The expectation of a Regulator

Every soul needs an engineer/ regulator. In the absence of a manager/regulator, its direction alters. Rather than becoming free, it in fact goes haywire. In the context of philosophy, many faiths accept God as the Regulator. Defined properly, there would be no confusion as to God. So long as your own self-regulator has not awakened, there is the expectation of another regulator/disciplinarian that would take care. When a new daughter-in-law arrives, the mother-in-law says, ‘do this, don’t do this, don’t go to that place’. Submitting to the mother-in-law’s discipline, the daughter-in-law adjusts her conduct. Now, the mother-in-law dies. Well, there are two options available to the daughter-in-law. First, so far it was the mother-in-law who placed restrictions, now there is nobody. 

Now I can roam where I please. Who can check me? Like a hungry wolf, she becomes wanton. This is the crazed state. However, one who has understood the discipline of the mother-in-law would think on these lines— the mother-in-law is no more; all this while she discharged her responsibility, now it is incumbent on me to shoulder that responsibility myself. She commences self-discipline, becomes her own controller. The control by ‘another’ is to awaken control by oneself, and not to become seasoned in another’s control. Until the person becomes his own controller, he will expect another as a ‘controller’.

Five Steps of Conduct

Until he learns to drive the car himself, he is bound to expect a driver. If he can drive by himself, it makes no matter that a driver is around or not. Among the five types of conduct, the one abiding by the ‘agama’ code of conduct is one’s, own regulator. If a driver is at hand, the car may be entrusted to him. He may himself take the wheel if necessary. However, other types of conduct are directions for becoming the ‘agama’ type. In order to awaken the inner powers of control, a person should be practiced in other types of conduct. 

Regulator Guru

The Guru may subject his disciple to his discipline only till the disciple’s inner “Regulator-Guru” is awakened. When the disciple acquires fore-knowledge of ‘Heya’ ( or, fit to be left or abandoned), ‘Gyeya’ ( or, to be known ), and ‘Upadeya’ ( or, reflection on religion), ‘utsarga’ ( or, leaving aside, ‘Apvaad’ ( or, exception), he becomes self-regulator at that stage. At that time, even in Guru’s absence, he can speed up his car, can drive it.

You walk the child by having him hold on to your finger, not to make him adept at walking with finger support; rather, the point of the child holding the finger is that his feet may acquire the strength to achieve balance by themselves. He will then draw support from his own inner resources. Likewise, a patient is given support to raise himself, and then further support to walk slowly. This walking helps with his being able to walk all by himself. Hence, to awaken one’s own controller/engineer, another controller is anticipated.

Until one’s own self-discipline is awakened, the disciple should accept the discipline of the Guru, the son of the father, and the daughter-in-law of the mother-in-law so that they grow in the direction of liberation, and not go down into insanity. It is in this form that a person has accepted God as his engineer (designer), as his ideal. It is essential only until he has attained liberation by awakening his own controlling powers. Nietzsche had hit upon this thought but became insane as he could not attain self-control.

The flow of the Stream of Love

In the Sangh system, mutual love, and goodwill must prevail. Any clenches or knots would obstruct the flow of the stream of love. In collective living, it is natural for stress to occur from the condition of other members. A possible solution of this stress could be that the principal holy men, or holy women, (that is, sant or sati as the case may be), in a group (singada), perform their duties. No sooner they reach the “anushasta” (or, the person-in-charge) than the holy men and women, and the titles may be placed at the disposal of the “anushasta”.

It may be submitted to the “anushasta” that the holy men/women are at his/her disposal – “they may either be retained at your pleasure or assigned to another group at your discretion”. If such generosity is shown, the “anushasta” himself would bear in mind their needs and would assign them to the self-same saints or invite other saints to take them along. This sort of system creates an atmosphere of trust and the holy stream of love and goodwill flows.59.

The Duty of an Acharya

It is the duty of the Acharya to guide the newly-initiated disciples along to accomplishment, and not just initiate them into the order and then be over and done with. To this end, it is essential that their primary education should be in close proximity to the “anushasta” and under his supervision. Upon attaining the state of maturity, no matter where the disciple might be posted, care may be taken that he is not particularly exposed to ‘Prakriti’ (the type of karma) and other imperfections. Initiation must be performed only when the shortcomings in the aspirant’s disposition have been sorted out. The aspirant’s intellect should not be immature; his intellect should have ripened. Exertions of the study should be confined to one place so that all can mingle among themselves.

I hope this helped you learn about importance of god and love in one’s life. Enrich love and believe in god.

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Healthy Life: Sound Of Silence Part-6

In this blog we will learn about about health affects our life by the sound of silence. Health is an important element for a happy and stress-free life. So, live a healthy life and learn with us. You can read its previous parts here- SECRET OF LIFE: BY SOUND OF SILENCE SOUND OF SILENCE: SECRET OF LIFE Part-2 LIFE AND SILENCE: SOUND OF SILENCE Part-3 LIFE AND ITS REFLECTION: SOUND OF SILENCE Part-4 Life Moments And Energy: Sound of Silence Part-5

Healthy Life: Sound Of Silence Part-6

Oblation of Ghee (clarified butter) in Fire

Many people pour ghee in the fire to make it burn brighter. Whatever be the objective of such persons, another scenario emerges when I ponder it, namely, that the person lost in revelry even as he pours the oblation of his soul in the fire of his passion. He never pauses to think about how his soul is being affected. How could he, when the darkness of ignorance has enveloped his soul?

Being Healthy is a Must in Life

For a successful life, it is necessary for a person to be healthy. Whatever diet is consumed in a healthy state (of the body) gets digested and forms into appropriate juice. Finally, that juice transforms by the inner chemical process into seven nutrients that nourish the body. Diet ingested in a diseased condition (of the body) does not get digested in the right manner. So, no matter how much a person consumes, he remains debilitated. Likewise, when the soul is afflicted with the disease of ‘mithyatva’ (wrong belief), it can not become whole.

Whatever it assimilates does not get transformed properly, so that it does not merit that degree of success which it would otherwise. Hence, the disease of falsehood should be alleviated and its health restored. With health regained whatever be the process, the right changes will follow so that it will attain a high point of life’s success, that is, salvation.

External Glitter

A cake of camphor does not last long, it vanishes. When worldly things are pondered over, they appear momentary. Nothing is seen to endure permanently. Just as the color of turmeric fades in heat, all material things are perishable in a trice, not to speak of the impermanence of the body which the soul has assumed. This too deteriorates, perishes. Hence, consciousness, why dost thou lose thyself in these, why get stuck? You are made of different stuff, take care of that. Once you guard that, all the external glitter would dim.

Two Types of a Disciple

A disciple has two forms. One is that of water, another of ghee (that is, clarified butter). The water-like disciple establishes a rapport with the milk-like preceptor. He can get scalded but cannot live apart from the preceptor. Once he earns the Guru’s proximity, his behavior, intellect, and life are Guru alone. The sound that reverberates is: I have surrendered my life to your care, unto your feet. There is no complaint, no argument, no counter-argument, but like the ‘ghee’, the disciple wants to exhibit himself. He spreads all over the milk that is Guru. Instead of being wrapped in the Guru, he tries to wrap the Guru within himself. He is just skimming the surface. He positions himself as an exhibit and does not attain oneness with the Guru. Albeit he owes his origin to the Guru, he has put this fact out of his mind.

Harmonization of Faith and Conduct

Faith is one aspect of life and conducts another. Also, faith is the doctrine that is internalized. If their harmonized form (blended state) is isolated from life, a person cannot attain the secret of reality. Where the totality of life is manifest, faith, and conduct become alike. Their identity is established. At that point life, itself becomes akin to faith and becomes the ideal for others. Hence, to attain these two extremities of life, may our huge capacity be unlocked.

Keys of the Chest

As the hour of death approached, the father started confiding in his sons—I have stored all the wealth in the chest—and breathes his last. The family members approach the chest only to learn that the keys could not be traced. The one who was sagacious among them wondered where the keys might be. After all, the father could not have taken them along with him. He reflected using his intellect, tracked the keys, and could then make utilize his father’s wealth. The wealth of sermon given by the Veetraga (conqueror of passion) Lord has been stored in the treasure chest of words by the Ganadharas (direct disciples). The chest of words is in itself of such grandeur that even as you draw from it, it will never be empty.

But not everyone can gain access to its key. It is the deserving sagacious intellect alone that can get hold of the keys.

I Am Wise Though

There is a glass filled with milk. Someone partakes of a drop from it and claims to have drunk milk. He has surely tasted milk, but not consumed it. This is the state of many students today. Having partaken of an aspect of a drop or half from the glass of milk of words, they begin to think of themselves as wise. Arrogating wisdom to one, one only slam shut the door on the knowledge of development, because no sooner than wisdom knocks, he proclaims, “I am knowledgeable” so that knowledge is denied entry. This too has been ranked as a kind of affliction. This affliction can be endured or subdued, only by rare personages.

Time’s Limited

Venerable chiefs are going to arrive. Like it happens on the political plane, in the same manner, people are speculating in their own way. Different people are expressing themselves in diverse ways. When a pebble drops in the water, momentary currents arise; however, deep inside there is hardly any disturbance. There is no feeling of opposition. Rather the attitude is one of self-confidence. I wish to open my heart. The mind says, whatever is happening, let it be. You are today where you were before. If the post is a special one, it ought to have occasion for self-development. Why get entangled in trivialities? Time’s limited. Do whatever you wish in that span. Be it creative or destructive.

Being creative enhances power, destruction spells its decline. There are a few things that hurt the mind though. I wonder why unnecessary storms arise. I also wonder why whatever I say does not have the right consequences. The solution though suggests itself. As far as possible what I think is what the reason is.

I hope this helped you learn about a healthy and a wealthy life. Always know the importance of life and being healthy.

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