We all want to advance, make long strides and emerge a winner. When challenges come up and we feel blocked, we feel frustrated. When we run into challenging situations or people, our first instinct is to push harder and try to break thru it! When we take such an aggressive approach, sometimes we may be able to overcome the challenging situation, but what we end up leaving behind is a trail of blood and tears. We leave angry people who we may hurt in the process.
Even though we may feel justified that well- “they were the ones who were ‘bad’ and blocking me, so what if I hurt them”. Such kind of aggressive and abrasive behavior gets you further caught in the web of karma! Even if those folks were in the wrong, they will remember how you made them feel and then retaliate (when they can) and this will cause you more challenges and suffering if not right away then surely down the line!
But many a times, these challenging times come up, so we can pay a closer look to what it is we are doing and finesse our technique and methodology. There is much for us to learn from a calming flowing stream in the mountains.
It is in no hurry to get to the sea/ocean- but it is very efficient in how it maneuvers the toughest rock to continue on its path. In the process it molds all that comes in contact with her- not burn it down have a raving wild fire- destroying all that is in the path! But calmly and surely wearing down the resistance, where it continues on its path and what it leaves behind also is now morphed into a beautiful canyon or gorge. She how water works?
What is even more amazing is that since water retains all memory that it comes in contact with, flowing in this calm way allows it to maintain its own peace and serenity while doing what it needs to do (which is flow). It is the same for us. We retain memory of all that we come in contact with and when we conduct our life with love, peace and joy as against of aggression and anger, then it helps to build good samskars (karmic memory) in us, which in turn help to counter act the negative samskars (negative karmic memory) and adverse karmas!
We can learn so much from the flowing stream. We need to mull on the lesson that a flowing stream is bringing us.
#karma #water #watermemory #lessons #challenges #maitreyiparadigm #maitreyigautam
We typically think of bad actions as being detrimental. And yes, it is very true. Bad actions particularly those conducted with malicious intent have extremely bad karma attached with it. But what Lord Krishna teaches us in The Bhagavad Gita is that, typically, there are three types of actions- action (all kinds- performed with the belief that we are the do-er) called as Karma, bad action (any action which is detrimental to human well-being) called as vikarma and no-action (inertia) which is called as akarma.
All these three types of action have karma attached with it. We conduct these three types of action, while identifying with our self to be the do-er of that action. It is because of this, that when we conduct such actions, we are bound to the ‘cause and effect’ as well as the feedback mechanism of karma.
Our incorrect association with our identity (ego) leads us to conduct actions which has karma associated with it and because of this, these three types of action behave like ropes of materialism, that keep us (as the eternal soul) attached and bound to this material existence. Once we are bound to karma, we are bound to this material existence and along with it, we are stuck in these repeated cycles of birth and death.
Now there is a type of action which is not tarnished by karma. Such a type of action is called non-action. This gives us the concept of Karma Yoga.
Lord Krishna explains the concept of ‘non-action’, where we perform our actions as a “non-doer”. We perform the actions with the knowledge that the divine is ultimately the true ‘do-er’ of all actions. We perform our actions as a guidance from the divine. We do what is needed (keeping the principles of self, social and human well-being in perspective) to the best of our capability- with the knowledge that the divine is the real dancer and we are its dance.
When we perform actions in such a consciously evolved manner, while not identified with our physical self (our ego); we also tend to relinquish our desire to the fruits of that action. Because of which, we also somewhere relinquish our attachment to the very action itself.
Do note that not being attached with the action itself, does not mean lack of focus, determination or apathy. Infact, when we perform action with complete and conscious involvement with no expectation for results or outcome (fruits) then we can perform that action with total clarity, proper focus and required dexterity to the best of our competence and ability.
And it is this detachment, which allows for non-action to NOT be bound by karma and its effect of feedback and law of cause and effect.
An action performed in this manner becomes non-action and the person performing such a non-action, is not caught in the web of karma. Such a person is called as a Karma Yogi, one who performs Karma Yoga- the Yoga of non-action.
#karmayoga #TheBhagavadGita #KrishnaConsciousness #consciousliving #Karma #yoga #karmayogi #akarm #vikarm #maitreyiparadigm #maitreyigautam #nonaction
Are you feeling a strong (negative or ‘seemingly’ positive) pull towards someone? Not just in terms of anger or resentment, but it could also be a strong infatuation or feeling drawn to them. I am saying ‘seemingly’ since all pulls and attachments are ultimately negative!
All attachments lead to more attachments and passionate entanglement. When these strong passions are not fulfilled, then it leads to anger and more obsession and then it leads to even more attachment and this becomes a negative spiral that easily gets out of control and makes the person lose their peace of mind.
Peace of mind is absolutely essential for each one of us. It is needed for us to even lead a normal life. Even if one wants to enjoy their lunch or sleep; we need to have a peaceful mind. If our mind is always turbulent, we will not be able to perform life’s most simple tasks and we definitely cannot feel joy without first there being peace.
So, when we get entangled in attachments and this in turn gets us more and more entangled in the situation, this initially turns to frustration, but this frustration soon leads to anger. When we are angry, it is even more difficult for us to see reason and re-attain our sense of mental balance. Because of this, it leads to more and more to frustration and anger to the point to one’s complete destruction.
There are many instances in history that indicate how strong infatuations, attachments and other such strong acts of passion- has led to anger and ultimately fall of great Men and Women (of apparent wisdom) along with their vast Kingdoms!
Though this may seem to be the case only when the object of one’s desire is not met- it is not the case! Even if one attains what one feels attracted to- it still leads to a sense of empty-ness and this just makes us want to look for something-else, something-new and this over time turns to boredom. Sooner or later, this boredom will not be met, and this then turns to frustration. Frustration turns to anger and then anger leads to more dissonance, imbalance and ultimately destruction.
The cycle of attachment unless broken, always leads to more attachment and finally to one's destruction. It keeps us caught in this cycle of "birth and death", lifetime after lifetime!
This quote by Lord Krishna, from The Bhagavad Gita beautifully explains this important lesson:
"One develops attachment to sense objects by thinking about sense objects. Desire for sense objects comes from attachment to sense objects, and anger comes from unfulfilled desires.
Delusion or wild idea arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down from the right path when reasoning is destroyed.”
- From The Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 2 and Verses: 62- 63
You may want to check out...
#TheBhagavadGita #Krishna #attachment #delusion #maya #cycleofbirthanddeath #TheSongDivine #MaitreyiGautam #MaitreyiParadigm
We tend to think of fortune as a wheel. We also tend to think of time as a wheel. The reason being, we are all very familiar with the cyclical nature of time and aware of its ups and downs. But, what we do not realize is that though various part of the wheel goes up or down as the wheel moves, the center of the wheel is always stationary. It moves from one place to the other- BUT does not experience the “up-s and down-s” and does not feel the turbulence that the rest of the wheel experiences.
Though negative turbulence seems to create imbalance, strongly positive situations can also many a times make us feel imbalanced. Have you noticed how winning an award or praise can make you re-live that in your memory and then ‘puff you up” with pride. And while you are feeling prideful, your attention gets diverted and instead of focusing on the task that brought you recognition in the first place, you tend to overlook some crucial aspect and then fall from grace!
Center yourself and live your life from this center. The word meditation comes from ‘medi’ which means center. When we live life from our center, we are constantly in meditation- even while being fully active and conducting various tasks.
This is what Yoga is all about. It is not just simply twisting and turning your body into impossible shapes but to center yourself in such a way that you can be doing the most mundane or profound thing in your life, but you feel centered and while you are conducting your day as a “living meditation”, you feel truly alive and connected not just with your surrounding but with all of nature and all of life itself.
Then you experience Yoga. Yoga is not about doing something, it is about a way of being- being in union. Unison with all and everything.
You may want to check out...
#meditation #consciousliving #centeringyourself #maitreyigautam #maitreyiparadigm
New intuitive readings to help you with your Spiritual Sadhana (prayers and contemplation) for Conscious Living
Starting this week, we are introducing three new intuitively divined readings to help you with your intension to lead a spiritually conscious life while also having a regular, working, family life.
First reading is for the Divine Archetype for the week: this week it is Ma Saraswati.
Second reading will be a daily Vedic Oracle reading which will be updated daily on the website at 4 am Canadian Mountain Time. Please check it out at: http://www.maitreyiparadigm.com/
Third reading will be a Meditation Image for the week.
The weekly readings will be updated each Saturday at 4 pm Canadian Mountain Time and the daily reading will be updated each day at 12.30 pm Canadian Mountain Time for the following day.
Here on the website, you can refer to them at any time throughtout the week (or day- for the Daily Vedic Oracle reading).
We hope you find these helpful. Let us know in the comments...
You may want to check out our new releases, which includes two books by Maitreyi Gautam. First book is on select curated quotations by the famous Sufi mystic Rumi (available in print and digital editions) and the second is Mundaka Upanishad- which is one of the famous primary or mukhya upanishads.
We all go through times when it seems like the clouds will never move and we will never ever see sunshine again!! But, that is not the case- times do change. Good times change and then times of decreasing and sorrows follow, and then good times start again. This is one of the Universal Laws- like Karma and it upholds for each one of us, not just throughout our soul journey, but also within a lifetime.
Though some people may be facing more harsher realities than some others, it is just not possible that there is only bad in one person’s life and there is only good in another’s life. There is always a mix of the two and many a times these feelings go parallel- i.e. a person may be facing money and career challenges but have a wonderful supportive family.
When we get hurt or are going through major challenging times, it is inevitable to think that this is it- these bad times will go on forever! One is looking for hope to tarry over these bad times. And when the times are good, we are inebriated by the joys and good fortune, but somewhere at the core, we are scared that it may not last. So, during bad times, we live in hopelessness and during good times we live in fear! How do we step out of both and empower ourselves with strength and vitality that is untarnished by our external circumstances? There is an ancient story which I have adapted here to exemplify the message of Finding our True Strength…
Finding our True Strength
There once lived a very wise sage in a small hut near the forest. People knew that this sage never lacked any thing, since he was able to create everything he needed with his spiritual and mystical powers. But he of course only took the bare minimum that he needed and being a sage, his needs were merge. One day the King heard of this man and decided to pay him a visit.
“I hear you are able to create whatever you want from the ethereal realm. I am your visitor. What priceless gift can you give me?” In those days it was customary to give gifts to our guests. The King’s attendees started thinking- here is this rich King, what can a sage give him that would be “priceless”.
The sage smiled and offered the king a golden ring. Inside was inscribed- “This too shall pass” … The King was perplexed, and the sage explained- “The one mistake we all do is to get attached- to our joys and sorrows. But the wise remember- this all will pass. Bad times will pass, and good times will too.
The one who can master the teachings from this lesson will not be attached to anything- not even time. This is true renunciation. Where we are living in the world but are not controlled by it, since we are not attached to the very measure of our life- time.”
The king was happy to have received this priceless gift. He wore the ring all the time- and since then people around him could sense his renewed sense of strength.
It is easy to defeat someone who feels hopeless (during bad times) or fearful (during good times), but how can one defeat someone who is not affected or impacted by either. Such a person functions and operates from their innate sense of strength, vitality and being-ness.
#RegainingourPower #EmpoweringOneself #ChangeisInevitable #MaitreyiParadigm #MaitreyiInsight
You may want to check out these Health & Wellness titles...
We all want our wishes to come true. Most of us simply wish and there are those among us who take it a step further and work towards making their wish a reality.
A wise person once said that” Success is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration". Though in mundane terms it is correct- we could be "lucky" and knowledgeable, but still the karya i.e. karma or action needs to be done. But is manifesting our highest ambitions and wishes really that difficult or is it a simple science?
It is quite simple- when we are in tune with our inner core being, we are also in tune with the divine and then all our actions stem forth easily and effortlessly. It seems like when this happens our wishes also seem to manifest effortlessly. Since what could be smarter than having the very Divine steer your wishes and your actions! As Arjuna said in the Gita, “aap mere rath ke hi nahi, meri atma ke bhi saarthi ho jaiye”- which means, “Please steer not just my chariot but also my soul”.
#MakeDreamsComeTrue #ManifestingyourWishes #MaitreyiParadigm
Life is not merely about being alive- i.e. biologically have life in you! True living is much beyond that- it is the exuberance with which we experience each moment. Where every moment is truly "alive with its vibrancy"!
Such a living needs courage- it is not for faint of the heart. Since true courage requires trust and surrender- stepping out when you are not even sure if there is going to be ground beneath your feet!
#ThoughtsbyMaitreyi #MaitreyiParadigm #LivingLifetoTheFull
It is rightly said that one's attitude determines one's altitude! And nothing helps one progress more than the attitude of gratitude. Wishing everyone a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving ahead...
#CanadianThanksgiving2017 #MaitreyiParadigm #Gratitude #GivingThanks
Happy Sunday everyone! Thought for the new week ahead... a quotation from Gita which clearly highlights the importance of a-karm- i.e. instead of being the "do-er" of our tasks, we stay aware of the divinity within us, and conduct tasks as if it is that divinity that is doing these tasks. This way- all the imperfections of our work can be removed... the smoke dissipated and the light (of perfect action) remains.
#GitaQuotes #TheDivineSong #StarttheweekwithGita #MaitreyiParadigm
Use the image-slide above (please do not modify) to share on social media like Facebook and Pinterest. Help us to spread the knowledge :-)
#KaliBijaMantra #WisdomofKali #Navratri #KaliSadhana #PrayingtoKali
As Navratri begins, it is a very potent time to connect with the Shakti energies!
Check out: Kali Energy and Why is Kali Dancing? Read about Kali energy and also watch 'Why is Kali Dancing?'- it is a short video explaining why Kali is typically shown dancing with one foot on ground and another on Lord Shiva's seemingly lifeless body.
Hopefully this will help you contemplate on Ma's form so we can go beyond and connect better with her
#Shakti #WisdomofShakti #Navratri #KaliSadhana #PrayingtoKali
Wisdom & Insights
This blog addresses the various insights, lessons and at times modern-interpretations of techniques and methods of ancient wisdom (particularly Vedic Culture).
It tries to bring the wisdom of ancient, insightful ways to benefit a modern, evolving and conscious lifestyle.
Frankly it brings many of the spiritual concepts at a real life level! Think of this blog as "Spirituality for the Rest of Us"... folks who have families, careers, material goals & ambitions and so on... the ones who cannot simply extrapolate what typical spiritual gurus and guides say, when they live special monastic lives.