Namah Te dear All,

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

This past month has been filled with unique speaking engagements:
London Police Department on Being Calm in the Chaos
Western Medical School on Making Sense of Stress
Namaste Radio on Inspiration
Sringeri Bharatiya Vidya Foundation on Relevance of Sanatana Dharma to Western Youth
Kerala Hindus of North America on Mind Your Dharma

And though each of these outreach opportunities were different, what i shared was not. My observation: whether one is interacting with a child or a committee or a corporation, all face the same problems. And this simple truth teaches us that our problems are within not without. Being aware that we create our problems we are empowered to be responsible to uncreate our problems. Aspiring to offer more light on our problem is the challenge of our E-Vichara…

E-Vichara (May 2, 2016) — From Serenity to Mediocrity

  • Supreme – Our nature is Existence-Awareness-Joy which is immune to death-ignorance-sorrow – just as the svadharma of sugar is unchanging so too our Svadharma is unchanging which makes a relationship between Existence and death, Awareness and ignorance, Joy and sorrow, impossible
  • separate – Existence-Awareness-Joy is One and not knowing (a-vidya) our nature we believe we are separate (dvaita) – the primary expressions of separation are ‘I am doing’ implying you are not and ‘I am deserving’ implying you are not
  • small – proof that our nature is Infinite is the innate and perpetual feeling to need to complete ourselves – when we feel ‘small’ countless enemies (i.e. insecurities, doubts, faithlessness, etc.) emerge to envelop us
  • sad – desires for pleasures, possessions and positions only make us more desirous only make us more sad – sociologists have shared we should not shop when we are sad for what we buy does not satisfy us rather makes us more frustrated
  • stress – when we are in balance with our equipments (body, mind, intellect), and our experiences (time, money, people) we are healthy – our equipments and experiences are limited yet our expectations of these are limitless hence the imbalance, the weakness, the stress
  • stuck – if positivity brings positivity then negativity breeds negativity – no mantra, no karma, no upasana can create the Infinite, only dharma (responsible living) can guide us past being stuck, being stressed, being sad, being small, being separate to being Supreme…

Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): Please read the following short article from The New York Times ‘proving’ what we have reflected on in this E-Vichara — Working for Greed

Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW):

Examiner: Tell me the name of the bird.

Student: I can’t sir.

Examiner: You should know by looking at it’s legs. Tell me what is your name?

Student: Sir, you tell me by looking at my legs.

Satsanga Adventure of the Week (SAW): Nothing for these weeks. Stay tuned for the next E-Vichara which will share a FULL program for Youth/Young Adult development.

"Man dissipates all his energies by trying to solve specific problems without handling the fundamental. Be spiritual." ~ Swami Chinmayananda

Inspire-Love-Be,

AV
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