Buddha Poornima 2017

Today is Buddha Poornima. When I think of the Buddha the thing that strikes me most is the peace visible on his face.

Let us not make it yet another ‘day off’ and ‘indulge’. This is exactly what Buddha warned against! He wished that we follow the ‘middle path’ and gain realisation. I am not even attempting to explain what that path is – figure it out for yourself either by reading the masters or if you are luckier, by finding a master. In any case, quickly get on that path.

My prayers on this auspicious day for everyone to attempt such a life. If you have not begun your search for the middle path, begin today! This may be the biggest startup you can do in your life.

Vedantic Wednesday: If Only!

I could know exactly what I want and what I don’t want

I could know what I should buy and what I shouldn’t

I could know what I should do and shouldn’t

I could know that time was my most important resource

I could know that money was not as important as I deem it to be

I could know that recognition is not as important as taking initiative is

I could put in effort irrespective of results

I could go for my daily exercise without feeling lazy

“If Only” thoughts constantly make us ruminate, search for ideal or better solutions and hence don’t allow us to act. They constantly make us remain indecisive, slow down and many times even stop. The worst is we don’t even recognise that we are experiencing this!

If only we can overcome this inertia that makes us feel we are doing something when we are only ruminating, we would lead very fulfilling lives and have less time to worry or be anxious. A little bit of philosophy can help us become more aware of such mind games and hence not fall prey to them. Vedanta, a school of Indian philosophy is one such that can really help in the process. It constantly reiterates the importance of action and how we should move back into action without getting caught up with these mind games.

Learn, become aware and thrive!

Vedantic Wednesday: Wealth and Richness

They have no correlation. While I have heard it many times from my master, I used to always wonder how, since it is anti-thesis to what we have been taught from childhood. But in recent times as I have begun to observe wealthy people more closely and interact with them more often, I am beginning to see the truth in that statement.

Almost everyone accumulates wealth. Nothing wrong with it. But as studies suggest, happiness and peace has nothing to do with the quantum, at least once you pass a certain level. Wealth in reasonable measure helps you lead a good life. In fact a certain amount of wealth is needed to stay afloat and every one of us has to do our bit of effort to gain it. Health, Peace, Education, Happiness, etc are all related to wealth, but when it is kept at its right place, to the right amount and used with the right attitude. I was startled to find out why some people look rich, even though their asset statements don’t reflect it. Equally startling was the fact that some people with all the riches on paper, could not look rich at all. Why is this? Can’t wealth buy richness? Apparently no!

On deeper thinking I am beginning to wonder that richness is a state of mind, an attitude, which one needs to develop. It results by a change in thinking. The truth behind this thinking as stated by my master is that – if a man has wealth more than wants, he is rich; otherwise, he is poor. Does it really matter if you have a dollar or a million – what matters is how you view your wants.

This is not superficial thought. In fact a lot of people dismiss it very quickly saying that it is not practical. I find the same people complaining, worrying and anxious, even upon having a lot more than what any average man will earn in his whole life!

Hence, if your ambition in life is to be rich, don’t stop working and deny wealth its fair due. On the contrary begin to understand what richness is all about. Use wealth in the right way – if our forefathers did not value wealth, why do we have a Goddess dedicated to just that: Goddess Lakshmi.

Think about it!