October 2, 2014
“How can addictions be the result of unfulfilled higher values…. however— at the same time our life is constantly a demonstration of our current highest values?”
Our lives aren’t constantly a demonstration of our highest values. A lot of people subordinate their highest values and engage in low value activities.
In terms of addiction, if your why is big enough then the how takes care of itself. If you have a big, clear reason not to partake, then you won’t. Thus if your vision of your highest values is strong, clear, immediate, not blocked by fears, and you have certainty that you can achieve it, then you will be able to say no.
If your vision of your highest values is weak, fragmented, disowned, far away, unclear, not genuinely inspiring, don’t know how to achieve it, accompanied by fear, then when temptation comes along you’ll find yourself saying, “Why not?” You’ll be vulnerable to instant, easy gratification because there will be no genuinely motivating reason not to.
If you don’t stand for something, then you fall for anything.
September 29, 2014
It is imagination alone that assumes the forms of time, space and motion. Space and time have no independent status apart from Brahman or the self, which is pure awareness. There is no space without time, and there is no time without space. Space and time go together. Space and time are interdependent. They are both unreal. Time and space are mental projections, as unreal as dreams. However real they may seem to be, they are not ultimately real. Timeless, spaceless Brahman is the only reality.
September 23, 2014
All stages of yoga are stages of self-control. In one term, one phrase, one word we can say yoga is self-control. Self-control is the way to Self-realisation. The lower self is to be controlled for the sake of the realisation of the higher Self. The lower self is what we identify ourselves with in relation to the physical body and the localised personality. When we control it by the control of our passions and the perceptive apparatus, we gradually get into an insight of the realities that are in the world also.
September 17, 2014
Management is about handling complexity. Leadership is about creating simplicity.
September 6, 2014
The mind is a creation of avidya (ignorance), and it is the effect of avidya. The mind is filled with delusion – this is why it tempts you and makes you go astray. If you can destroy the cause of the mind by getting knowledge of the supreme self, the mind is nowhere – it dwindles into an airy nothing.
Swami Sivananda Saraswati