Monday, September 14, 2015

748. Money minded or Mission minded???

In age old days any help done to another person would be compensated with the equal amount of value in terms of money or any other things. The word used for this transaction was “Sambhavana” there are two words here Sama (Equal) and Bhavana (Reflection). A person who has benefited from the other was reciprocating with an equal amount of responsibility to see that the even that person has to progress. Though the thought of expecting anything in return was never an objective to do things from which the society would thrive upon. It was not on the line of monetary gain that a person would look at doing things. The only objective was that he had to be of use to society and he would strictly believe in the statement of the Sanskrit poet Bhasa “Paropakaram Idam Sariram” (This body is meant to serve others).

Last month when we recruited a few for our factory, the first information the boys wanted to know was about how much salary they get. Understandably with the standard of living in Bengaluru very expensive it is indeed important to get paid handsomely. But then salary is just a slab or a bench mark one may be worth the pay or even better. The salary expected information in the resume simply shows that the person is money minded not mission minded.
What is the difference between being money minded and mission minded?  

Money minded person looks at what he can get while mission minded person looks at what he can make. Money minded person is unconcerned of whether the work done by him is prolific he is interested only in the amount of money he gets in return. Mission minded person will not rest until the work done by him is beneficial.     

“Money is an adorable and abundant energy. If I have some money only then I can take better care of those who are dependent on me,” say some. And the dependent according to them the dependent are those who rely on them for food cloth and shelter. But then even people who say so are also dependent as a rice sack does not become cooked rice all by itself somebody has to cook. Parents spouse and kids are never dependent as a family we are interdependent. Yes, I do agree that money helps me realize the purpose of my life in a more efficient and powerful manner, but being rich is not the purpose of life. Being rich is not just about having lots of money. It is about being abundant.

Mission minded people do not think of amassing money. They think of helping others and uplifting people in their life journey. In being so they attract lots of money, love, health, success, service, adventure, fun and more. That’s abundance. Having lots of money and doing nothing to others is not abundance. Rich do not take their wealth to the grave. And too much money can distort the view of the world and our place in it.

Thus a poor family with love is better than a rich family which lacks it …………….What say????

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

747. Upanishads say I am Nothing and Everything!!!!

“You are not your MATERIAL POSSESSIONS” said the Upanishads. Arey! How could that be I own my house, my car, I own all my branded material possessions. It is all mine I have brought it from my earnings…… but when those Material Possessions could not pull me out of tough times, I understood that they are mine only because they are with me…. I am not them.

“You are not your SUCCESS or FAILURE” said the Upanishads. Ayoo! My success is because of the amount of the efforts I had put in whatever I do. But failure could be due to the irresponsibility of others working with me. Success is mine and failure is not…………. but the moment that success was not tasting as sweet as the success hidden in the next venture, I understood that they are not mine I am just an instrument to make it happen….. I am not them.

“You are not your RELATIONSHIPS” said the Upanishads. Abba! No, I can’t believe, my relationship with everyone around me is real. They are all my people…..... but when in each phase of life I started to lose my beloved ones and when they lost me in some unavoidable situations, I comprehended that relationships are like the bubble on the water and no one know when the bubble bursts……. I am not them.

“You are not this BODY” said the Upanishads. My doubt was that this body which is I see growing every day and which I take care every second is mine. How can I say that this Body of mine is not mine…… but one day when I had to overcome ill-health, I realised that this Body of mine is not a permanent arrangement but just a temporary make shift. The moment the vital breath leaves this Body it is mere recycle item...... I am not this Body.

“You are not your MIND” said the Upanishads. Definitely, I am what I think and my thoughts decide my destiny. Cluster of my thoughts constitute my Mind. This Mind is me.......... but when my decisions went against the way life unfolded before me, what my Mind decided was not always right and it was not always wrong too. This made me think that this Mind is not me........ I am not my Mind.

“You are not your INTELLECT” said the Upanishads. I gain knowledge and with my knowledge I earned and with my earnings I could purchase comforts and those comforts have kept me happy. With my Intellect I am able to present myself as an elite individual in the society I live......... but when I look at what I have obtained from my Intellect it is nothing more than what my fellow creations have obtained from it, I feel I have used my Intellect for mere sustenance and not to excel......... I am not this Intellect.

The Intellect which is always connected to Cosmic Intelligence tells me that though I have achieved and lost many things in my life, one thing that is always present is BLISS......... Nothing can beat it neither material possession nor success nor relationship nor my body, mind and intellect.

I am BLISS and that is what I always am and that Bliss is EVERYTHING..........