Thursday, 19 April 2018

What’s so Wonderful about Buddhism? Some Outstanding Features of Buddhism

A Perfect Example
The historical Buddha is an embodiment of all the virtues that He preached. He translated all His words into action. He was tireless in His spreading of the Truth and was the perfect model example. At no time did He ever show any human weakness or base passion. His qualities of Morality, Wisdom and Compassion are the most perfect the world has ever known.
You Can Become Perfect
The Buddha represents the highest peak of spiritual cultivation possible. He taught that all could attain true perfection. No other founder of a religion has ever said that its followers too have the same chance to gain the same experience of peace, happiness and salvation as Him. But the Buddha taught that anyone could attain the same bliss of supreme Enlightenment if one was to practice as He did.

Beyond Religion
If the definition of “religion” is the unquestionable belief and worship in a supreme entity, with the obligation to carry out rites and rituals, Buddhism is definitely not a religion. It is beyond all conventional definitions of religion- for Buddhism encourages intelligent doubting and believes in the potential supremacy of the individual. Rites and rituals are seen as ceremonies that help inspire us- they do not give us Wisdom and True Happiness.
As the Buddha’s concern is the True Happiness of all beings, His teachings can be practiced in society or seclusion, by all of every race and belief. It is totally unbiased and truly universal.
Purification of the Mind
Buddhism is the only religion that encourages not just the ceasing of all evil and the doing of all good- but also teaches the purification of one’s Mind, which is the root of all good and evil, and the cause of both suffering and True Happiness.
When the Buddha was meditating to gain Enlightenment, no gods came to reveal any hidden secrets of spiritual power. No one gave Him any religious laws to teach. He said, “I never had any teacher or divinity to teach me or tell me how to gain Enlightenment. I achieved supreme Wisdom by my own effort, energy, knowledge and purity.” Likewise, we can attain this highest goal through perseverance in improving ourselves.
Freedom of Thought
From the intellectual and philosophical content of Buddhism rose the freedom of thought and inquiry unparalleled by any other established world religion or philosophy. Though the Buddha urges us to consider His teachings, there is no obligation or compulsion whatsoever to believe or accept any Buddhist doctrine.
Education of the Truth
The Buddha is the greatest teacher of the Truth (reality of all things). Buddhism is the perfect education about us and the Universe we live in. It is the teaching beyond worldly knowledge- of the highest Wisdom that leads to the realisation of True Happiness. It is interesting to note that the first university established in the world is the great Nalanda Buddhist University in India, which flourished from the second to the ninth century. It was opened to students of Buddhism all over the world and was the school of many outstanding Buddhist scholars and sages.
Standing Unchallenged
The Buddha was an unequalled teacher. He freely and actively invited both His followers and those of other beliefs to challenge His teachings from every possible angle till there was no room for any kind of doubt. True to His injunctions, His followers have debated about His doctrine and even founded different schools of Buddhism according to their understanding without violence or bloodshed. The Buddha knew that if one really believed that one knows the Truth, one should not be afraid to have it challenged, as the Truth will always win. His replies to numerous questions enriched the Buddhist doctrine into a vast religious field. We are today able to answer any questions about Buddhism, simply by referring to the Buddha’s explanations.
No Blind Faith
The Buddha did not promise heavenly bliss or reward to those who called themselves His followers. Nor did He promise salvation to those who had faith in Him. To Him, religion is not a bargain but a noble way of life to gain Enlightenment and salvation for oneself and others. He did not want followers who believed Him blindly; He wants us to think and understand for ourselves.
The Buddha urges all to come forth to discover more about Buddhism and not simply believe in it. He advised choosing a proper religion by considering and investigating it in various ways, without accepting anything through emotion or blind faith. This is why Buddhism is called the religion of analysis. In it is the scientific logical analysis of mind and matter which modern thinkers appreciate.
From Experience and Reason to Faith
Buddhism is the only religion, which was explained to Mankind through the experience, realisation, Wisdom and Enlightenment of the founder (the Buddha) without introducing it as a message by a god. It starts from the root of known experience and not blind faith. Human problems must be understood by one through human experience and solved by developing great humane qualities. One should find the solution through the purification and development of the human Mind, and not through outsiders. That is why the Buddha never introduced Himself as a supernatural saviour. He did not acknowledge that there is such a saviour. According to Him, we are our own saviours.
The Whole Truth
The Buddha encourages us to face the facts of life courageously without acting hypocritically and to accept the Truth whatever and whenever it may be. All that He taught were timeless practical truths leading us towards True Happiness.
Buddhism never found the need to give new interpretations to its teachings. Newly verified scientific discoveries never contradict the teachings of the Buddha as the method and teachings of Buddhism are scientific. Buddhism’s principles can be maintained under any circumstances without changing its basic ideas. The understanding capacity of the value of these religious ideas may diminish and disappear from Man’s Mind. And Man may experience the difficulty of practicing these principles in a corrupted society. However, the value of the Buddha’s teaching will be appreciated by every cultured and understanding person at any time. As complimented by Albert Einstein (Physicist and Mathematician), winner of the Nobel Prize, who is popularly regarded as the most outstanding scientist of the twentieth century,
“The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogmas and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual and a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description… If there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs, it would be Buddhism.”
Supreme Philosophy
As complimented by Bertrand Russell (Mathematician, Philosopher, Author and Social Critic), winner of the Nobel Prize, who is popularly regarded as the most outstanding philosopher of the twentieth century,
“Of the great religions of history, I prefer Buddhism…
Buddhism is a combination of both speculative and scientific philosophy. It advocates the Scientific Method and pursues that to a finality that may be called Rationalistic. In it are to be found answers to such questions of interest as ‘What is mind and matter? Of them, which is of greater importance? Is the Universe moving towards a goal? What is Man’s position? Is there living that is noble?’ It takes up where science cannot lead because of the limitations of the latter’s instruments. Its conquests are those of the Mind.”
Supreme Psychology
In the course of their work many psychologists have found, as the pioneering work of Dr. C.G. Jung (founder of the Jungian school of psychology- a pioneer of modern psychology) has shown, we are closer to the Buddha. To read a little Buddhism is to realise that the Buddhists knew, more than two thousand five hundred years ago, far more about our modern problems of psychology than they have yet been given credit for. They studied these problems long ago, and found the answers too. As complimented by Jung, “As a student of comparative religions, I believe that Buddhism is the most perfect one the world has seen. The philosophy of the theory of evolution and the law of Karma are far superior to any other creed…
It was neither the history of religion nor the study of philosophy that first drew me to the world of Buddhist thought but my professional interest as a doctor. My task was to treat psychic suffering and it was this that impelled me to become acquainted with the views and methods of that great teacher of humanity (the Buddha), whose principal theme was the chain of suffering, old age, sickness and death.”
No Fear
The Buddha is a major historical figure who promoted the rise of rational faith against the superstitions of religion. He emancipated man from the thralldom of the priests, and was the first to show the way to freedom from hypocrisy and religious dictatorship. Buddhism is a religion that uses reason and no element of fear to coerce anyone in any way to believe in it.
Universal Compassion
As the Buddha’s Compassion is universal, He sees all creatures great and small, from insects to beasts, as equal ultimately, each with the same rights for happiness as Humankind.
There is no such thing as a just war in Buddhism. The Buddha taught that “the victor breeds hatred and the defeated lives in misery. He who renounces both victory and defeat is happy and peaceful.” Not only did the Buddha teach non-violence and peace, He was probably the first and only religious teacher who went to the battlefield to prevent the outbreak of a war.
Human Equality
The Buddha was among the first to speak against the caste system on individual rights and the equality of all human beings despite differences in social standing, race and religion. He also encouraged the spirit of social co-operation and active participation in society at all levels. According to the Buddha, the only classification of human beings is based on the quality of their moral conduct. He Buddha said:
“Go into all lands and preach this teaching. Tell them that the poor and the lowly, the rich and the high are all one and that all castes unite in this religion as do the rivers in the sea”
Sexual Equality
The Buddha, seeing the two sexes as ultimately equal in rights, was the first religious teacher who gave women full freedom to participate in the religious life. His move to allow women to enter the Sangha (Buddhist order of monks and nuns) was extremely radical in His times.
The Buddha was the first to advocate the spirit of consultation and the democratic process. In the Sangha (Order of monks and nuns) community, each member has individual rights to decide on matters of general concern. When a serious question arose, the issues are put forth before and discussed in a manner similar to today’s democratic parliamentary system
Socio-Economical Balance
The Buddha condemned the caste system, recognised the equality of all people and spoke on the need to improve socio-economical conditions and recognised the importance of a more equitable distribution of wealth among the rich and the poor through social co-operation and active participation in society.
Buddhism strongly encouraged care and respect for the ecological environment as He clearly saw the close interdependence between man and nature.
No Sacrificial Rites
The Buddha disapproved of animal sacrifice as He saw it cruel and unfair for anyone to destroy any living being for one’s selfish “benefit”.
No Flowery Display of Miracles
To the Buddha, miracles are but manifestations of phenomena not understood by the common man. They are not seen as demonstrations of Enlightenment or Wisdom as supernatural powers can be mastered by anybody. The supernatural is seen as natural phenomena not understood by the unenlightened. Miracles are seen as by-products of spiritual development- of minor importance and relevance to the real task of spiritual development itself. Though the Buddha has full mastery of psychic powers, He uses them only out of Compassion and skillful means to enlighten others. He never used His powers to win followers through blind faith and dependency in miracles. He taught that the highest miracle is the conversion of an ignorant person to a wise one.
No Political Abuse
The Buddha was from a warrior caste and was brought into association with kings, princes and ministers. But He never resorted to the influence of political power to introduce His Teaching. Nor did He allow His Teaching to be misused for gaining political power. However, He urged all kings to be morally strong, teaching that a country should not be ruled by Greed but with Compassion and consideration for the people.
No Non-Forgiveness
There is no concept of “unforgivable sin” in Buddhism. The Buddha said that all deeds are either skillful or unskillful due to the presence or absence of Wisdom respectively. There is always hope as long as one recognises one’s mistakes and changes for the better.
No Stubborn Exclusivity
The Buddha taught that if any religion has the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path, it may be regarded as a proper religion. This is because a truly helpful religion must lead to the total eradication of suffering (as in the Four Noble Truths), showing clearly a rational path towards True Happiness (as in the Noble Eightfold Path in Buddhism).

Harmonious Missionary Work
An outstanding example of the qualities and approach of a Buddhist missionary is Emperor Asoka, who sent Buddhist missionaries to many parts of the Asian and Western world to introduce the Buddha’s message of peace. One of his scripts engraved in stone on the Asoka Pillars, which still stands today in India says,
“One should not honour only one’s religion and condemn the religion of others, but one should honour others’ religion for this or that reason. In so doing, one helps one’s own religion to grow and renders service to the religions of others too. In acting otherwise, one digs the grave of one’s own religion and also does harm to other religions.”
Holy wars, crusades, inquisitions and religious discrimination do not mar the annals of Buddhist history. Buddhist missionaries have no need or desire to convert those who already have a proper religion to practice. Buddhists are happy to see the progress of other religions so long as they help people to lead a religious way of life according to their faith and enjoy peace, harmony and true understanding. However, the Buddha also urged us to share the Truth with those who might be interested in it:
“Go forth, O Bhikkhus (monks), for the good of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of Compassion for the world, for the good, benefit and the happiness of gods and men… Let not two go by one way. Preach, O Bhikkhus, the Dharma, excellent in the beginning, excellent in the middle, excellent in the end, both in spirit and in the letter. Proclaim the Holy Life altogether perfect and pure.”
The Worthiest Goal
Attainment of Buddhahood, or the achievement of True Happiness for oneself and others is the most difficult yet most worthwhile thing to do. Because practicing Buddhism means following the Noble Eightfold Path (or the Middle Way), Buddhists never have to go into any form of extremism.

Complete Overview of Humankind and Religion
The Buddha explained rationally and in detail on how all other religious beliefs evolved though history with the changes in the thinking of Humankind. He also gave us a comprehensive overview of the effects of religion on Humankind.
Complete Path Towards True Happiness
The Buddha’s teachings form a complete colossal inter-linking syllabus, which covers every timeless aspect of life. The ancient collection of Buddhist Scriptures was said to pile up to “the height of seven elephants”. The Buddha expounded for 45 years on all that was necessary to eradicate suffering and attain True Happiness. He asked His assembly of thousands of disciples thrice, on whether they had any remaining doubts before His passing away. There were none.
Happiness in This Life
Buddhism is not a wholly otherworldly religion. Though practicing Buddhism in this life has positive effects that extend beyond this life, much of the direct practical fruits of our practice can also be seen in this very life.

Everything is Open
According to the Buddha, the Truth is an open thing for all to discover for themselves. When we study the life and teachings of the Buddha, we can see that everything is open to everybody. While there are certain advanced teachings that require specific guidance of experienced teachers, there are no secrets in Buddhism.
Goodwill and Understanding
The Buddha’s message of goodwill and understanding to all beings is a universal message. The world today needs this noble message more than ever before in the history of Humankind.
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Monday, 9 April 2018

A Collection Of Quotes From Thich Nhat Hanh That Will Uplift Your Soul

Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh is a Zen Master and global spiritual leader, peace activist and poet , known worldwide for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace.

His greatest teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can be taught to live happily in the present moment and be at peace with oneself and with the world around us.
Here is a collection of some of his quotes that will not only teach you mindfulness in the simple things in life, but that will also bring peace to your soul.
• “There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.”
• “Walk and touch peace every moment. Walk and touch happiness every moment. Each step brings a fresh breeze. Each step makes a flower bloom. Kiss the earth with your feet. Bring the earth your love and happiness. The earth will be safe When we feel safe in ourselves.”
• “When we recognize the virtues, the talent, the beauty of Mother Earth, something is born in us, some kind of connection, love is born.”
• “Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.”
• “Sometimes we speak clumsily and create internal knots in others. Then we say, ‘I was just telling the truth.’ It may be the truth, but if our way of speaking causes unnecessary suffering, it is not. Right Speech. The truth must be presented in ways that others can accept. Words that damage or destroy are not Right Speech. Before you speak, understand the person you are speaking to. Consider each word carefully before
you say anything, so that your speech is ‘Right’ in both form and content.”
• “Insight brings love, and love is not possible without insight, understanding. If you do not understand, you cannot love. This insight is direct understanding, and not just a few notions and ideas. In meditation we allow ourselves to be shined on by the light of that insight."
• “Mindfulness is always mindfulness of something, just as anger is always anger at something. When you drink a glass of water and are aware that you are drinking a glass of water, that is mindfulness of drinking water. In this case, we produce mindfulness of anger. “Breathing in, I know I am angry. Breathing out, I know that anger is in me.” First, the energy of anger arises, and second, the energy of mindfulness arises. The second energy embraces the first in order to soothe it and allow it to subside.”
• “When you are angry, close your eyes and ears and return to yourself in order to quell the flames. Smile, even if it takes effort. Smiling relaxes hundreds of tiny muscles, making your face more attractive. Sit wherever you are and look deeply. If your concentration is not yet strong, you can go outside and practice walking meditation. Most essential is to water the seed of mindfulness and allow it to arise in your mind consciousness.”
• “The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness.”
• “Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.”
• “People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?”
• “Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.” 

Monday, 2 April 2018

It’s Okay to ‘Fail’ on Your Way to Finding What You Want to Do

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~George Bernard Shaw
 I would say it’s a safe assumption that most people aren’t quite sure what they’re doing.
What do I mean? I mean that most individuals—whether they look polished and presentable or haphazardly have their life thrown together—are generally playing a game called “life.” And they’re trying the best they can.
In other words, we’re all capable and have all experienced the highs and lows of what life has to offer. Unfortunately, that’s just part of the human experience. To try to ride the highs while avoiding the lows is counterproductive and, quite frankly, impossible.
But it’s also easy to feel like you’re falling down a dark rabbit hole when times are tougher. And one of those feelings revolves around our desire to make an impact on this world, finding what really drivesus.
Great! Now, where to start?
And that’s the problem. Most of us, including myself, have fallen victim to not knowing what to do with our lives, both professionally and even personally.
And I offer you this: that is perfectly okay. And it is perfectly okay to fail on your way to finding out what to do with your life.

Failing Whether You Want To or Not

Life isn’t about an end goal or a destination. Life is about enjoying the ride and trying different things. Things you will succeed at and things you won’t succeed at.
I personally have failed at many things in my life in its two most common forms: action and inaction.
One of my biggest “failures” of inaction was sticking with a career that I didn’t enjoy on any level for far too long. It got so bad, I would begin to dread Saturdays because I knew the next day was Sunday, which meant the day before the workweek began. And when that week started, I counted the days down until the weekend.
And the cycle would repeat. Yet I kept this uncomfortable routine for years, lying to myself and saying that it was okay because I had a stable job, a good income, and it could be worse.
I was too scared to take a step or make a move. And years flew by before I realized it was time to take one.
I also didn’t move when I had the opportunity to. I didn’t take a trip because it might have required a bit more financing than I thought. I didn’t volunteer because life got busy and I shelved the idea.
The lack of moving forward, or taking a step, results in a failed effort to grow as a person. We begin to regret that we didn’t do X, Y, or Z. And unfortunately, living with regret is the fastest way to bury yourself into a hole.
But failure can also occur as you go about sticking your neck out and trying different things.
And unfortunately, this is the one that scares most people. Why? Because there is nothing worse than actually taking a leap of faith, only to have it blow up in our face. We may learn valuable life lessons from it, yet it doesn’t exactly help our arch-nemesis, the ego.
But as Wayne Gretzky once said: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”
So if the last relationship you got into didn’t work out, it’ll be okay. If the job you switched to didn’t turn out in your favor, not a problem. And if telling someone your true feelings got you on the wrong side of the equation, so be it.
Now you know. And you never would have known if you didn’t take that step. Rest easy knowing that you made the effort.

Life and Newton’s First Law of Motion

I remember at very specific points telling myself that sooner than later I’d figure out what I wanted to do with my life, but I needed to keep my job in the meantime.
Life doesn’t work like that.
I used to think that a lightning bolt from Zeus himself would come down and strike me, in the form of some epiphany wrapped in a layer of motivation. This “lightning bolt,” some kind of chance meeting with someone or witnessing something, would basically give me all the info I needed to pursue the things in life that were meant for me.
I was convinced it was that simple.
As you can imagine, that lightning bolt never hit, and I felt stuck. And it was equally hard to imagine a different life besides the one I was living: going to work, watching TV, and going out on the weekends with friends.
This life I was living had done me fairly well up to this point, but I knew something was missing. What that piece (or pieces) were, I didn’t know. But all of us, at some point, feel that sort of “empty” void when we know something is absent.
After awhile, I began to take steps to try different things that struck my fancy. Things like writing, taking an art class, volunteering, reading, researching different industries and careers, and many more. If it stuck out to me, I was willing to give it a shot.
And here you have executed on Newton’s First Law of Motion: An object either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external force.  
In simpler terms, an object in motion tends to stay in motion, and an object at rest tends to stay at rest.
Looking back, all of the small things I tried were baby steps, but very important ones. It was these tiny little movements, so to speak, that enabled me to start moving in a direction that gave me greater joy and led to more fulfillment.
I started writing for a local magazine, free of charge, in an effort to practice my writing. I made it a point to read at least one book every two weeks, and ended with over thirty-four by year-end. I went back to school and completely changed careers.
And, as you can imagine, life got much better. But it didn’t go completely smoothly. I had some wrong turns in there, including taking a bad job and entering a bad relationship.
I did all these things in an effort to find my true calling, the one or two things that completely light me up and I would do for free without hesitation. Have I found it yet? I can’t say I have.
And yet somehow, I’m a little more at ease knowing that while I may not know what I want to do with my life, I’m trying things that will help me eventually find it.
I can also tell you that I’ve failed multiple times through taking action and I’ve failed multiple times by doing nothing.
It’s through these failures, though, that I’ve learned to hone in on the things that worked. And through honing in on the things that worked, I’ve been able to focus my attention in areas that interest me and have given me the greatest return.

You Have An Amazing Ride If You Want It

If I were to tell you with 110 percent certainty and conviction that life has an amazing ride in store for you if you were to take baby steps toward finding yourself, would you do it? If I were to then tell you that no matter what steps you take, you will ultimately fail at some point, would you still do it?
It should give you comfort to know that the steps you take won’t be perfect by any means. And knowing they’re not perfect should take the pressure off on trying to create immaculate scenarios every single time.
I know one thing: I’m much closer to finding my life’s purpose than I was before. And it’s because I’ve taken steps to try different things and see what sticks and what doesn’t.
Ultimately, there are many steps in life ahead of you that will be the right choice, and a few that will be the wrong choice. But either way, you’re winning by taking action.


Sunday, 25 March 2018

Change Your Mind Change Your Life

The greatest power we all possess is the power of choice. Every day we wake up and make choices that impact our lives. From the small choices to the big ones all of them play a major factor in how we develop in our lives. When you have made the choice to transform yourself into a better person then you are making one of the most impactful choices of your life. Improving the way you function can help you live a more productive and fulfilling life. To change you must first prepare your mind so that your body and actions will follow your desires.
Change Your Mind Change Your Life

Figure out a way to motivate yourself mentally for a positive change in your life. People trying to lose weight should picture an image of their body a few months from now when they take off a shirt. Anyone that wants to become more cultured and travel should look forward to any upcoming trips they have planned for the future. Whatever you have to do to motivate yourself mentally do it. You cannot hope to change if you do not change the way you think. Get rid of any negative thoughts you have in your head and focus on the positive. Positive reinforcement can go a long way in motivating you to stick to your goals.
What is it that you want to change about yourself? Do you want to make a significant change in your body type or the way you act? Are you interested in making more money? Sit down and actually think about the type of person you want to develop into. Personal development relies heavily on the goals you set forth. Clearly outline your goals to ensure that you have a clear understanding of what type of person you wish to change into.
Devise a strategy towards personal development. A lot of people that want a positive change in their life get a life coach. A life coach is someone that motivates you in every aspect of life. This person acts as your guide and disciplinary measure should you stray from your path towards development. Your life coach does not have to be a professional; a friend or family member can be your life coach. Consider talking to someone you can rely on to keep you motivated through every step you take as you try and develop into a better version of yourself.
Every day write down what you are going to do to change. Put a quick note on your phone so you have access to it at all times. Constantly remind yourself how you are going to change as the day progresses. At the end of the day rate yourself and then reflect on the good things you did and then on some of the things you could have done better. Work towards changing who you are every day and before you know it you will be a much better person. Even if you don’t feel different everyone else around you will notice a difference in you.



I have read 'The Buddha and His Dhamma' (Marathi translation) written by Dr. Ambedkar when I was 16 or 17. This is what I analyzed about this book-
  1. There was no particular book which comprised the teaching of Buddha. His teaching was kept alive by Bhikkus who wrote books like Dhammapada and all. As Dr. Ambedkar converted 6 million Hindu people into Buddhist, he thought it is important to enlighten these people about Buddha's teaching. So he took this ambitious challenge.
  2. The book is divided into two main parts, first about Buddha's life and the later is about his teaching.
  3. The first part is very interesting to read as it felt like we are reading stories. From the dream of Mahamaya to the enlightenment of Buddha, everything is interesting. Dr. Ambedkar's skillful writing will take you to Buddha's days in this section. Till the end of this section, you will feel that you have read a heroic story.
  4. The other part is little boring and difficult to grasp. It has important life lessons like why Buddha denied the existence of God, what was the rules of Sangha, what was Sangha's stand on women Bhikkhunis, etc. It has small stories also but whoever has read this part said it is difficult to understand it.
  5. But it is the first book in the world which has comprised Buddhism in an excellent manner.
  6. People often criticize this book as it looks like they are reading law book as the whole book is written in that fashion (pointwise 1,2,…). But at the same time, it is important to note that this book had not exaggerated anything about Buddha's life. There are plenty of books in which author writes in a poetic manner and the meaning of it shifts from the context. And the other thing to remember is Dr. Ambedkar was not a story writer, he was the law minister and so it may happen that his writing fashion didn't meet the expectations of some readers.
  7. So overall I found this book very good and those who want to study Buddhism should read this book.



Tuesday, 13 March 2018


E N E R G Y…. Although I have been an energy healer, channeler, and Spiritual Intuitive for about 7 years now I STILL think the word “energy” sounds SO new age-ish, don’t you?  Let me simplify and demystify this simple word’s meaning, and explain what healers like myself know energy to be.

Energy = Free floating emotions and thoughts. That is way more simple than you thought it would be, right?
Now that you know this I would like to invite you to take a moment after you read this article and think back to a time when you were in a GREAT mood, TOTALLY loving life, then you walked into a house or business and immediately felt edgy, or even angry, for no reason what so ever!  It has happened to me countless times and unfortunately, before I understood “energy”, it’s effect on me, was the basis of my depression, anxiety, and several other issues I struggled though for 16 years.
In 2009 I developed the ability to SEE energy, auras, angels and spirit guides with my eyes so I became driven to understand how it all worked.  I quickly learned that my sudden mood shifts we’re caused by another person’s energy, or free floating thoughts and emotions, entering into what I call my snow globe or in other words my personal bubble and field of consciousness.  The mood shift I would experience as their energy came into my snow globe was due to my brain processing those experiences as my own.
Here’s an example: Let’s say it’s date night at the house.  All is great, but you need to run out to buy butter for the popcorn.  You happily trot on out to the store while your happy date patiently waits for you to get back. While at the store you get rung up by a lady whose spouse is FURIOUS with her!  She does not share this with you.  In fact, you hardly say a few words and then smile and wave goodbye.  Five minutes later you walk through the door of your house and you get a nagging feeling that your date is FURIOUS at you!  Your mind scans for
reasons…. Did I take too long?  Did I buy the wrong butter?  Your mind pulls up a memory of a time 5 years ago when you were late for a date and your partner at that time yelled and screamed and broke up with you.  You begin to panic!
Meanwhile, your emotions start to build into defensiveness because you know you didn’t do anything wrong!  WHY is he SO FURIOUS!?  Although you can’t seem to think of why he could be mad, your mind (usually in the background) will continue to scan for reasons as to why that cashiers energy is actually your own.   This is the “minds” job!  To process the energy that passes through “our bubble” and find a person, a place, a memory, that matches the energy it is encountering.  In this case the cashier’s energy of being in trouble with her spouse got into your field and now you are absolutely positive that without a fraction of a doubt you are in BIG BIG trouble!  You even have a SICK feeling in the pit of your stomach that you may even think it’s your intuition telling you something!!  Has anything similar EVER happened to you?
This “phenomenon” is SERIOUSLY how most fights start not only between lovers and family, but most misunderstandings in the work place revolve around messy energy and the assumptions that we allow our minds to pull from our data base of past experiences that come with it.  All it takes is one person assuming one thing based on a “gut feeling” they get about why a coworker/family member happens to be doing something and then things start to spiral out from there.
So let’s go back to the happy couple watching their movie.  If she doesn’t realize QUICKLY that she picked up the cashier’s “my husband is so mad he is going to leave me because I cheated on him” energy she will most likely give him the silent treatment all night because he is not telling her why he is REALLY mad at her and then he will turn around and assume she has done something wrong and start accusing her (out loud or with in his own mind) of things she did not do.  Do you see where I am going with this???
This can happen with ANYTHING because we are all big bubbles that I like to refer to as snow globes of emotions living our lives and most people, especially those under age 65 are empathic.  Empathic people can feel other people’s emotions and if they are not very careful they will go through life experiencing things based on emotions that are not all theirs.  I believe that mental illness, addiction, alcoholism, and most of the “disabilities” children are being labeled with these days are stemmed from the human ability to feel other’s emotions and read other’s minds while being completely unaware that we are doing so.
Starting right now if you want to see how sensitive you are to energy and you want to see how it all works I invite you to just say in your head “Higher self I ask that you stay connected to me and make me aware of the energy that should not be in my snow globe and I ask that you remove it immediately so that it does not effect me”.
Then all you have to do is notice what you notice when you go from one place to another running errands or to a friend’s house.  Also, notice how work feels when you are there alone as opposed to when certain people arrive.  Places change with the people that are in them.  If you notice that your mood changes instantly at ANYTIME and that the mood is not going away as the higher self removes the energy it may mean that you are holding onto the energy for some reason.  It is usually because the energy represents something you have personally gone through so your mind wants to solve it and therefore hangs onto it fordear life.  If this is the case rather than experiencing the emotions of that awful break up from 2005 all over again you can do the following: (at the bottom there is a video that walks you though this)
Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and say in your head: “I am a snow globe.” Imagine that you are the statue in the middle of a snow globe with snowflakes and water swirling all around you.  Feel what it feels like to be in your snow globe then say “I am alone in my snow globe, I am my creator self” and imagine a HUGE ball of bright white or golden light dropping down over you, into your snow globe, down through your head, through your body and out your feet into the center of the earth where anyone or anything that is not you and that is not in alignment with your highest self will be flushed away from you and transmuted into unconditional love using the energy of the earth and the white light above you.  This can take you 30 minutes if you want to make it a meditation or you can do it in 20 seconds when walking into the office.  The key here is the you are becoming aware of the energy around you and learning that you and only you are in control of it and if something or someone has energy around them that makes you feel badly, you can protect yourself and clear yourself regardless of the situation because you are the creator of your own reality!
Now, go about your day and maybe just maybe this week you can make it through with out any arguments or mood swings. haha!  YEAH right, huh?  But hey, let’s give it a shot anyway!
By: Marisa Moris
Intuitive Teacher, Healer, Medium

5 Easy Soaks To Rebalance Good Bacteria And Banish Stinky Feet Forever

No one likes having stinky feet.
It can also be pretty embarrassing to have to take off your smelly shoes around other people.
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not actually sweat that makes your feet smell, but the bacteria on your skin that feed off of moisture.
If you can control these bacteria, your feet will be squeaky clean and fresh-smelling.
These soaks feel great after a long day on your feet.
There’s nothing better than a little pampering mixed into problem-solving!

1. Simple Epsom Salt Foot Soak

epsom salt foot soak
Epsom salt neutralizes odor. It also helps soothe aching feet and replenish your body’s magnesium levels.
  • 1/2 cup of Epsom salt
  • 8 cups of warm water
  • A large bowl or bucket to soak your feet in
  1. Dissolve ½ cup of Epsom salt in 8 cups of warm water.
  2. Soak your feet for 30 minutes 1-2 times daily (twice a day is a good idea if you’re a gym-goer).
  3. Dry thoroughly.

2. Sage and Rosemary Soak

herb soak
Sage has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.
Rosemary is also antibacterial/antifungal, and both herbs are astringent, which means that they help minimize the production of sweat from your feet.
Less sweat means a less ideal environment for bacteria.
  • 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
  • 1-2 teaspoons of dried sage
  • A large bowl or bucket to soak your feet in
  1. Fill a foot basin with boiling water and add the herbs to it.
  2. Let it steep until it is cooled down just enough to put your feet in.
  3. Soak for 30 minutes 1-2 times daily.
  4. Dry thoroughly.

3. Bubbly Baking Soda and Citrus Soak

baking soda foot soak
Baking soda is one of the best all-around cleaning agents, but it’s also a true miracle worker when it comes to your feet.
It naturally helps control odor, kill bacteria/fungus, and softens your skin. Lemon acts as an astringent and has a wonderful, fresh scent.
  • ¼ cup of baking soda
  • 8 cups of warm water
  • Juice of one lemon
  • A large bowl or bucket to soak your feet in
  1. Place baking soda in your foot basin and add cover approximately with water.
  2. Squeeze in lemon juice and mix.
  3. Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Dry completely.

4. Very Vinegar Soak

apple cider vinegar soak
Some people may find that vinegar is smelly on it’s own, but it actually does a great job of getting rid of odor.
It creates an acidic environment that bacteria have a hard time surviving in, which kills off unpleasant smells.
  • 1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 5-8 cups of warm water
  • A large bowl or bucket to soak your feet in
  1. Fill a foot basin with water, add vinegar and mix.
  2. Submerge your feet and soak for 15 minutes twice a day.
  3. Rinse with cold water.
  4. Dry completely.

5. Black Tea Foot Soak

black tea food soak
Soaking your feet in black tea is a popular natural remedy that fights foot odor.
Although it may seem unusual, the cure has lasted the test of time and many people who’ve tried it swear by this method.
  • 5 bags of black tea
  • 4 cups of hot water
  • A large bowl or bucket to soak your feet in
  1. Pour boiling water into your foot basin, and add the tea.
  2. Allow the tea to steep for 10 minutes and let it cool down.
  3. Soak your feet for 20 minutes, once a day.
  4. Dry completely.
Don’t be afraid to try these methods and let us know what works for you!
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