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Mindfulness @ Google

You can not only search the web through Google but now you can also “Search Inside Yourself”. Oh, No? It’s not a new algorithm that Google has developed. It is a new mindfulness program that Google is offering to their employees. 
This program is also in the form of a book titled, “Search Inside Yourself: The unexpected path to achieving Success, Happiness and World Peace”. The book is written by Chade-Meng Tan, an engineer @ Google. The book is foreworded by Daniel Goleman who has brought into the world an insight into emotional intelligence. Can an engineer have an emotional intelligence? Of course, why not? An engineer is also a human being and not a cyborg. To know it better you have to read the book. It’s a good book indeed. And you can’t attend the program unless you are a Google employee. So the best option is to read the book. The book is available at Amazon, in all versions - Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, and Audible. You have a great choice. 
This program is offered to Go…

I Lead India RTI Day !!

The Right to Information Act helps citizens to get sensitive and critical information from the government departments for their inaction and wrong action. 
The Times of India has started an initiative called the I Lead India Day. It has held its workshop in Kolkata to start this campaign. 

The “Right to Information” helps the citizens become agents of change and bring in transformation in the overall working of the government departments. 
The Right To Information Act, 2005 came into force on 13th of October, 2005. This law helps and empowers the common man to get complete clarity on the decisions and actions of the government at all levels and across all government departments. 
“The I Lead India Right To Information Day initiative seeks to inspire citizens to overcome their apathy, educate them about RTI as a powerful tool of citizen empowerment and help create an understanding of the manner in which RTI can be leveraged to bring greater transparency in the manner in which we ar…

Sonia Gandhi kills “Ravana” !!

Congress president Sonia Gandhi has aimed to kill the effigy of Ravana. In India, the effigy of “Ravana” is burnt to commemorate the celebration of “Dussehra”. All other leaders watched the burning of the effigy of “Ravana”, a symbol of evil. In India, the “Dussehra” festival is celebrated as a symbol of the victory of “good” over the “evil”. It is in this context the effigy of “Ravana” is burnt. It is also celebrated on account of the victory of Rama” over “Ravana”.
It is said that “Ravana” had ten heads. This can not be true biologically. To me, this is just a metaphor. It is symbolic for the evil within. He was a king. He was a scholar. He had all the knowledge of the scriptures. And he also had boons from the Gods. But he was never trustworthy. The ten heads symbolically represent all possible evils or “Vikaras” in a human being. “Akara”, is an outer form and “Vikara” is an inner form. The body is an outer form and the mind is an inner form. An action is an outer form and a th…

FIR against “Aamir Khan”

This is a breaking news. An FIR has been filed against actor Aamir Khan and others as per a news report in Times of India and also in India Today.
As per the report an FIR was lodged against the actors after locals objected to a scene in which a man dressed as Lord Shiva was pulling a rickshaw in which two burqa-clad women were sitting. Aamir Khan, Rajkumar Hirani and other actors were shooting in Chandni Chowk for their forthcoming movie PK (“Peekay”). It is heard that this movie is a satire on God and godmen”
As per the news report, a police official said, “We lodged an FIR under section 295 A (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religious of any class) and 153 A of Indian Penal Code (IPC) (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language) against the actors”
It is really strange why Lord Shiva was being depicted in the shooting in that way? The scene at the shooting place was depicting an act…

Who is Narayan? Who is Sai?

Who is Sai? Many would like to know the meaning of the word “Sai”. The word “Sai” is used to address God, a supreme force behind everything. Kabir was a mystic poet of India. He uses the word “Sai” in two of his “Dohas” (couplets). His couplets where he uses the word “Sai” are as below:
जैसे तिल में तेल है, ज्यों चकमक में आग । तेरा साईं तुझ में है, तू जाग सके तो जाग ।
In the above couplet he is saying, Just like how oil is contained in the sesame seed, and just like how fire is within the flint stone, in the same way your God is within you, wake up if you can
In another couplet he uses the word “Sai” as below:
साई इतना दीजिए जामें कुटुंब समाय,  मै भी भूखा ना रहूं, साधु न भूखा जाय 
In the above couplet he is praying God to give him at least this much in which his family could eat, he could eat, and a sage visiting his home also does not go hungry. He is only asking this much and nothing more. This is how beautifully he uses the word “Sai” in the above couplet. 
Who is Narayan? We may also l…

He Ram ! Na Aasa, Na Ram !!

हे राम ! न आसा, न राम !!
यह कैसा कुटीर है,  जंहा न आसा है, न राम है |
यह कैसी आस्था है,  जंहा कुछभी स्थाई नहीं है |
यह कैसा आश्रम है,  जंहा विश्राम के नाम पर काम होता है |
यह कैसा साधू है,  जिसमे न कोई बुद्धि है, न सिद्धी है |
यह कैसी भक्ती है,  जंहा भक्तीके नाम पर भोग है |
यह कैसा धर्माश्रम है,  जंहा धर्मके नाम पर अधर्म है |
हे राम, यह कैसा शिविर है,  जंहा न आसा है, न राम है |

There are good coins and bad coins in an economy. And this does not mean that the laws of the economy are wrong. There are accidents in life. And that does not mean that the laws of life are wrong. There are events in the universe and that does not mean that the laws of the universe are wrong. The laws of the science are the same to every observer. This is not only a scientific fact but also a spiritual insight. The above poem is just an effort to distinguish between good coins and bad coins.

Leadership of Rama and Krishna

Truth is One. We can neither join nor divide it. And all joining and dividing is the game of the mind. The mind always goes to either this extreme or that extreme, like the pendulum of a clock. Both these aspects of a division and an unity speak of duality. And the truth is in a non-duality or transcendence. This happens when the mind is no more. The first glimpse of the truth happens in a no-mind. Both the epics, that is Ramayana and Mahabharata, illustrate this metaphorically. And understanding both of them very well is for our common good. Rama creates boundaries and he does not transgress and still proves that he is a “Maryada Purushottam”. He is a rule keeper. He is an Enlightened Leader of the Dwapar Yuga.

Krishna comes after Rama and destroys all the boundaries. He destroys all the rules, and recreates new rules and new values. He is a rule maker and a king maker. And he too still proves as a “Poornavatar”. He is an Enlightened Leader of the Treta Yuga. And both of them demonstr…

Leadership Transition

Life is a journey and not a goal. We are all on a spiritual journey. Everything is in flux. And nothing is static. Everything is dynamic and continuously changing and moving. We are all human beings on a spiritual journey. Leadership and Followership are just choices. It is a voluntary phenomenon. And it can can never be forced.
Everything is changing except the change. All change is for the new dawn. All change is for the rising sun. All change is for the new fortunes. All change is part of the nature. Everything is changing and everything is moving. All change and movement is resting on a far bigger principle called the changeless or the eternal. The time is resting on a far bigger principle called the timelessness. The wheel is moving on its axle which is eternally at rest and relaxation. Look at the galaxies. Scientists say that they are flying apart. Look at the cosmos. It is ever expanding. The scientists even say that it is accelerating. Our body is changing. Our mind is chang…

What is Enlightened Leadership?

Manage yourself to manage everything in life. When you can’t manage yourself, you can’t manage anything really. Managing yourself is the key to manage everything. Self-management is real management. All life management is self-management. Leadership is only an effort to share this key. This key is a master key. And this key unlocks the door to our inner being. Our inner being is a Sachitananda
Enlightenment is to discover one’s own being. And leadership means to share this whole being. And all this action has to happen now. It is either now or never. Enlightenment is a vision and Leadership is an action. Enlightened Leadership is a dynamic action to make this vision possible. 
Please also explore the following links to understand more about Enlightened Leadership: 
» What is Enlightened Leadership? » Enlightened Leadership FAQ » Enlightenment is the Flowering of our Consciousness

What is Shivalinga?

Shivalinga is a symbolic oneness of an individual. In reality an individual is indivisible. The whole has always been One. In the beginning there was nothing. And this nothingness was a formless Ekalinga. This formless Ekalinga has manifested into a Quantum Principle of two complementing energies - Shiva and Shakti
The cosmic creation is nothing but an interplay of these two energies. When these two energies interact actively it results into creation. And when they interact passively it results into transformation. These two energies complement each other. 
These two energies churn the Objective Universe to move it into a Subjective Universe. The human being is a subjective universe. Every human being is made of these two energies - Shiva and Shakti. Again these two energies interplay to transform the human psyche. When these two energies fight, it results into destruction. And when these two energies cooperate, it results into creation. And ultimately when these two energies meet, …

OMG, Oh My God !!

There has been some controversy on the recent Hindi film, OMG (Oh My God !!), saying that it has depicted the ancient Hindu values in a very bad taste. However, there is a good entertainment value in the film. There is no need to simply generalize and rationalize everything. But we need to know and understand the whole science behind the idols, temples, and prayers. It is true that in some cases these processes are being misused. The idol itself is not wrong. It is only a symbol. It is a metaphor for something higher. The temple itself is not wrong. It is a symbol. It is a metaphor for something higher. The process of prayer is not wrong. The prayer is a process of creating a quality of prayerfulness in us. There is no need to simply say that all the temples are wrong. There is no need to simply say that an idol and an idol worship are wrong without understanding the whole science behind them. The right process of a prayer may lead us to a quality of prayerfulness. And this prayerful…

Joy of Giving - Sir Branson Way

Sir Richard Branson, a British entrepreneur and a billionaire has promised to donate at least half of his fortune to charity. He is a founder of the Virgin Group. He has added his name to the Giving Pledge campaign set-up by the U.S. investor Warren Buffett and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. 
Sir Richard Branson and his wife Joan Templeman have said in their pledge letter that they wanted to use cash from the company to create ‘a healthy, equitable, and peaceful world for future generations to enjoy’.
According to the Daily Mail, they said, “stuff really is not what brings happiness. Family, friends, good health and the satisfaction that comes from making a positive difference are what really matters”
The reports on the poverty in Britain are alarming. Nearly half of all the children living in the most deprived urban areas are living below the poverty line. 
The Giving Pledge was started three years ago by Bill Gates, his wife Melinda and Warren Buffett. And this initiative has encou…

Laws of Karma

Karma means doing. It is an action. It is an initiation. It is a direction. Non-action also means doing. It is an act of not doing some act. It is an act of deciding not to do an act. Doing and non-doing is an action and a choice
Let us look into the Laws of Karma. 
First law of karma: This is similar to Newton’s first law of motion which says, “Everything remains in a state of rest or motion unless an outside unbalanced force acts upon it”. This law is applicable to material bodies in the universe.
The darkness of a room remains in darkness unless an outside candle of light is brought inside the dark room. Everybody remains in a state of ignorance unless an outside balanced force of wisdom acts upon him. Everybody remains in a state of Tamas unless an outside balanced force of Sattva acts upon him. Everybody remains in a state of Rajas unless an outside balanced force of Satva acts upon him. This is the First Law of Karma. And this law is applicable to all human bodies in the univer…

Significance of the Kumbha Mela

Kumbha is a word for an Urn. It is a word for an earthen pot. The Hindi word for the pot maker (Kumbhar) is also derived from this root. But why only an earthen pot and why not a metal pot? The reason is incredible. Just go back to the third Avatar of Vishnu. It is called the Boar Avatar. It is coming after the first Avatar that is the Matsya Avatar. The first life form is from the water in the form of a fish. The earth is separated from the ocean by the boar. But this is only symbolic. Boar has the quality and an attribute to separate the earth from the water. And this is only symbolic to say that water and earth are not separate. They are one and the same thing. In the process of evolution, the earth got separated from the oceans. The earth is a solid part of the ocean and the ocean is a liquid part of the same earth. This property and attribute of separation and crystallization is inbuilt in the whole process of evolution. In the same way the attribute of dissolution, melting, and…

Newton’s Laws and Spirituality

The third law of Newton says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. And this is immediate and instant. This means that for every force there is a reaction force that is equal in size but opposite in direction. And all this is again objective and material
Let us look into this law spiritually. When you do good, you may feel good. And when you do bad, you may feel bad. And this too can be immediate and instant. But this is individual and subjective. And this is spiritual. I can not force my good and my bad on the other. You may feel bad when you abuse your son or daughter for no reason at all. You may later on feel guilty for this behavior. You may repent for this action. You may rethink on all this. And this experience can have a transforming effect. This is subjective and individual. And all this depends on an individual’s empathy neurons.
One of the best presidents of America, Abraham Lincoln, says, “When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. Th…

Vishwaroopam, The Cosmic Being

Let us understand our body at the level of the matter. Our body is flesh, blood, bones, etc. Go further deeper, it is made-up of billions and trillions of cells. Each cell is a living body. Go further deeper into the cells. You come to the very basic building blocks of the matter - electrons, protons, and neutrons. And these electrons are travelling almost at the speed of light. Now compare this body with the universal body outside. The fundamental building blocks of the universe are also the same - electrons, protons, and neutrons. Now connect your own body with the outer universe because both have been reduced to their fundamental constituents. Everything has become one energy. Nobody knows from where it has started and nobody knows where will it end. Everything has become one single energy field. It is infinite. It is boundless. It contains everything that was needed before the big bang and it also has everything that is needed as of now. And it also has everything that is needed t…