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Extraordinary times require extraordinary people

Jane Kay



At the time of writing, July 2020, the world has become a very different place. Human beings, creatures of sociability and conviviality, have been locked in their homes — some with their families and some totally alone. The reason for this is that a life-threatening virus, on a par with a medieval plague, has raced across the globe, killing thousands and spreading fear and anxiety on an unparalleled scale. For once we can all relate to what is happening everywhere. It’s not happening out there somewhere, in some country we have no identification with — it’s happening here, it’s happening now and it’s happening for everyone.

Who’s to blame? No one and everyone. Why has it happened? The answer is at the same time very simple but also requires some subtlety of thought. We are beings of thought. Most of us do not realise how powerful our thoughts are. In actuality, all that is happening around me is a product of my thought processes over a long period of time. Most of the world in the last little while has been chasing after wealth as some kind of security, and in so doing may have ignored the importance of honesty, kindness and truth in our business dealings and with our employees, and even within our families. The result has been great wealth and even greater poverty, universal suffering, sorrow and often despair. The suffering generates anger; anger at the injustice, anger at the inability to do anything. Research shows there is a connection between anger and stress and pulmonary function. So, from worldwide anger and stress to a virus that attacks the lungs, is not too big a stretch of the imagination. Our thoughts, uncontrolled and uncontrollable as they may have been, have brought about our current reality.

If we continue to think as we have been doing until now, then we will continue to live the lives we are living now. It’s time to think in a totally different way. We need to make our lives those of honesty and integrity — no matter what provocation, kindness even in the face of cruelty, peace even in the face of anger.  We know, deep down in our hearts, that it is the only way to think and behave. Putting that into our practical reality is not an easy thing to do, despite the desire to do so. However, with understanding and help from a powerful source, it is possible. It is possible for ordinary human beings to transform into human beings that are so completely in harmony with themselves, with nature, and with others that the world in which they live is also transformed completely. A world where sorrow is not known, viruses do not exist and there is only joy.

We start with the understanding that although we are living in a physical dimension or world, we are not only physical. We are human, yes, but we are also beings. If we were only physical, why do we all do different things, have different beliefs, think in different ways, have different ideas? Those beliefs and thoughts come from the being. The being is spiritual, not physical. The being is subtle, not gross. The being is light, not dense. It is the being that thinks. The reason that all of us beings want to have justice, health, peace, love and happiness is because those qualities are the very essence of our being — and every single one of us desires them, no matter how we pursue them.

This understanding leads to a further awareness — that there is not a single human being on the planet who can bring about such a world. For such a total transformation, an outside power is needed. Power from a being who is totally benevolent, who is outside of what is going on and going wrong, who can, with love, orchestrate this transformation.

When there is the understanding that through thought a human being can connect their mind and heart to that Super Being, then transformation can begin; because as I think, I become; as I become, I behave; as I behave, my world is formed. In this way, through a loving connection with a supreme being, an ordinary human being can transform into what could be termed as a divine human being, an extraordinary human being — for these extraordinary times.

Jane Kay is a university teaching fellow in the UK, and a Rajyoga teacher.

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Being original with the truth that you are

Arun Malhotra



In the beginning, before existence existed the truth. The truth began the Creation. Creation happened on the canvas of the truth. Creation submerged in the truth. In submergence, creation discovered the truth. The truth was pure and it was the truth on which life happened.

Existence is existing on the canvas of the truth. Life exists on the canvas of the truth. Only the truth is inescapable. Only the truth is universal. The universe is happening in that actuality of the truth. The earth moves in that actuality of the truth. Life on the earth is teeming in that actuality of the truth. In fact, truth is actuality.

Manifestation of the truth is love. Love and the truth are one. All else are poor copies and absence of the truth. Love is life. Life cannot exist if it goes out of the truth. A mother looking into the eyes of a newborn baby pours love. New-born understands the truth. The truth travels beyond. The truth is the only communication. That communicates silently.

Truth knows no language barriers. Therefore, love crosses all barriers of communication. A reader reading a book is able to become one with the truth. A little baby who is yet to understand words communicates the truth better than those well-versed in the language.

We are all born in the truth. Our birth is the birth of the truth and we die in the truth. But we try to lend myriad names to the truth. And we are part of that same truth of which we are formed. In fact, we are that truth. Being here in the being-ness of our being we are being that which is the truth. Hindus say the truth is that which has not been created by anybody. That which is not created is the truth. That which is the creator of the whole creation. That which is the truth. That which is the one truth. Nanak calls it Sat Nam (True Name). That Sat Nam is the truth. We are born in that True Name.

One has to become the true name, Sat Nam. You have to be that thy name that is the truth because thy name is the truth. When we come to this world, when we descend on earth, when we come out of the womb of our mother, we see the vast vibrant exuberant world full of colour light and wonder. We meet the vastness of the truth. The truth that is immersed in every speck and particle.

Names that you are lent on the earth are not your names. Thy name is the truth and you are that truth. You are that Sat Nam (true name). You are being in that being-ness that is the truth. You are thy truth.

Why we don’t understand the truth is because there is a distance in knowing. Knowledge creates distance from the truth. We need distance to know. What we can know by knowledge is in fact information. Information is always about something else.

The truth is not the information that you use to hide your ignorance with. Knowledge is that information that you use to hide your ignorance with. That which is the truth lives in you as the truth because you are the truth. And to know the truth that you are no distance is needed. You don’t need to observe the truth to know the truth, but you have to be the truth to know the truth. Therefore the truth does not create any distance.

All that is knowledge is information that creates distance. Information is of the senses. Senses need information. Senses sense information and bring it to the mind to process. When you be the truth you know the truth. All that knowledge that mankind has gathered so far is the house of cards. Knowledge is based on ignorance. Knowledge of science is also based on ignorance of knowledge. What science discovered yesterday is falsified by today’s science. Science itself is discovering the ignorance of science. Senses are evolved to create distance. And knowledge keeps expanding that distance.

The ones who found the truth. The ones who become one with the truth. Those ones who became the truth. Even to attain the truth is not an effort to search for the truth. It is an effortless effort that springs when you become free of effort. You become one with yourself. You become one with the truth because you are the truth. You become the truth because you are the truth. It is a thin veil that needs to be lifted.

If you are the truth and you are manifested as the truth in this life then the question arises what is untruth? In fact absence of the truth is called the untruth. And we keep on moving in the untruth. Whole life we keep oscillating from truth to untruth and from untruth to the truth. This neither lets us stand up nor fall.

That which is the truth is to be known. I am to know the truth when the truth is there. But the truth is there all the time and you don’t know. When will you know the truth? You are the truth yourself. You don’t have to chant Satyamev Jayate. You are the truth. You are to hail your own truth as the Satyamev Jayate. You are the blazing illuminating example of that Satya that you hail.

A beautiful greeting is used by the Sikhs, ‘Sat Sri Akal’, which means let’s hail the truth that is manifested in you and is timeless beyond the time and the ages.

Untruth is the absence of the truth. To live life only the truth is needed. But the truth is a prerequisite. Untruth is fake truth. To pedal fakery, we need to disguise it as the original. Hitler and Gandhi were experimenting with their own versions of untruth faking it as truth.

Understand yourself. What are you doing with your truth? Are you faking the truth that you are born with that you have in your hands now or not?

Listen to the birds singing the songs of truth. The truth is a celebration. Life becomes a celebration when you are one with the truth. Therefore love births out of the truth. Jesus has said ‘Love is God’. If there is love, it will be God. If there is the truth it will be the love. Love does not come from somewhere outside of you. You exist in that godliness of love in your being. You are the glimmering example of love and the truth. The entire existence is in deep celebration of the godliness of love and the truth. And that which is one truth is the basic thread of life that one needs to know.

The author is a spiritual teacher and he can be contacted at arunavalokitta@gmail.com

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Time is ticking away.

No matter who we are or where we live, at the beginning of each day, we are each given twenty-four hours that we can use in any way that we wish. Of this total, we may allot a certain number of hours to sleep, a few hours to tend to the needs of our bodies, and several hours to fulfil our commitments and obligations to family, society, and the globe.

Every moment of every day, time is just ticking away. We need to spend our time wisely. The time invested only in worldly activities will only yield gains that are fleeting or will remain here after we depart this world.

If we wish to uncover the luminosity and riches of our soul, spending some time daily in meditation can help us reach that goal. The more time we can put in for this quest, the better. When we focus our attention on the inner worlds, we open ourselves up to the permanent. When we take the time to go within, through the process of meditation, we connect with the love and light of God. This connection puts us in a state of bliss, joy, and happiness. We realise our connection with God and experience God’s presence in our lives. Happiness, peace, and joy overtake our being and begin to ooze out from us to all we meet.

As we go about our day, we certainly need to discharge our obligations to our families, friends, coworkers, neighbourhoods, communities, cities, countries, and the world. At the same time, we also need to prioritise our spiritual progress and dedicate time each day to focus on our spiritual practices. We need to fix a time to build the habit of meditation. The more time we spend in meditation, the happier we will be, and we will find that we begin to live the kind of life that helps us fulfil the purpose for which we are here.

The author is the head of the Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission.

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Why do we need contentment?

We must be first self-satisfied and satisfied by Lord, in order to lead a contented life. Then we receive the blessings of happiness naturally from all.

BK SC Sunil Kumar



Contentment is the most important attribute of virtues and the most fundamental of all virtues. Where there is contentment, the remaining divine virtues will be there themselves. Contentment is the cornerstone of happiness. Contentment is one of the most essential needs in today’s competitive world. We must be first self-satisfied and satisfied by Lord, in order to lead a contented life. Then we receive the blessings of happiness naturally from all.

We can make a big list of the causes for unhappiness in our lives: sickness, money shortages, emotional distress, workflow, unemployment, and so on. Even though there are many such reasons for unhappiness and discontentment, when we take a serious look at calm mindedness, the root cause of all these is expectations, desires, failures, and dependence.

“Remember your good fortune and forget which will not come, this is the secret of happiest life,” said one of the great Kannada poets. Today, there is one or another problem or shortage in everyone’s life. For some, it’s feeling deprived even though they have everything. If the deficiency is complete, we will also not be satisfied. Instead, there is a need for more or new deficits may arise. Happiness or contentment is not restrained on glory money available to us, property, floor, physical equipment or person. Not all the rich are happy. Happiness, peace, contentment, and pleasure cannot be bought on the basis of money. Money is most necessary for life, but not everything. Today in this diverse world, be it the poor or the rich the list of demands in everyone’s lives continues to grow. In life, desires or expectations are like following our own shadow, which we cannot catch. That means we are not satisfied. Contentment is not about pursuing something. Instead, recognise our good fortune and find satisfaction in it.

When we are expecting something from someone, if we do not get it, we feel unhappy. It is not wrong to expect from others. But desires, expectations, and dependence all the time on others will cheat us on time. Then we become more depressed and unhappy. The habit of becoming self-sufficient is better in life.

Stress is very common in today’s competitive life, from the youngest to the oldest. Stress, resentment, and dissatisfaction, a psychotic disorder is rapidly increasingly and common today. In all situations, our minds always expect an appropriate positive response that is right for us. But situations, not all conditions are the same. While walking various steps of our life’s journey we need to cross many stages. When coming with many groups, organisations, contact with people, we need to face a different situation each time. The influence of many people’s nature and culture may affect as positive or negative. Sometimes even if we are right, the situation is the opposite. At such times, our minds drift uncontrollably. As you begin the battle of thoughts in mind, the chain of waste thoughts will start unhindered by one another. This is where the mind starts to get heavier and the psychological pressure begins. Then we are often displeased with the situation or the inferiority of our own selves. Although some people instinctively cross such conditions on the basis of negative sidewalks, it is not reasonable to follow such methods to the minds of good-hearted people.

Such a new situation, which is encountered once a day, we cannot afford to change this whole society of people with their own different natures, cultures at once, but it is only our minds that is in our leverage. We are able to control only our minds. Whatever the conditions or situations, the angle at which we view it must be positive. What matters is how we will be considered and accept it. To control the gallop of the mind’s resolutions, the positive instant answer must be ready immediately in us. When we always have a stock of positive knowledge that is right for our minds, we are able to have a positive outlook on negativity and develop better thinking. This may not be as easy as we think, but it is also not impossible. Although developing such a mentality is difficult in the beginning, gradually it will become normal while constantly practising it.

We should consider this whole creation as a theatre. In this, everyone has their own role. Here, the hero, the villain, the father, the mother, the brother, and the sister all play their own particular role. Here, we need to know ourselves as a hero. Why is the villain evil? That is not a question to ask. He is just as committed to his role. The protagonist (hero) will face more testing conditions. But is it not the villain who wins at the end of the play.

In Bhagavata, it is said that ‘what happened was good, that what is happening is also good and what will happen is also very good’. Although the circumstances are unpleasant for the moment, if we wait and look forward, we feel it will be good. From this positive, virtuous basis, we feel everything is good when viewed from a positive perspective. But there must also be some patience and courage. On the basis of self-contentment, when we satisfy the Lord and by pleasing everyone, it is possible for to us lead a happy and satisfying life.

The author is a spiritual writer and he can be contacted at omscsunil@gmail.com

We can make a big list of the causes for unhappiness in our lives: sickness, money shortages, emotional distress, workflow, unemployment, and so on. Even though there are many such reasons for unhappiness and discontentment, when we take a serious look at calm mindedness, the root cause of all these is expectations, desires, failures, and dependence.

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Mike George



Most of us are now aware of the mind-body connection. Think ‘tense thoughts’ and you will feel it physically in places like your shoulder muscles or perhaps an ache in the head. Think ‘worry thoughts’, and your stomach will send you a message asking you to stop. Think ‘fearful thoughts’ and you will notice ‘the pump’ in your chest, otherwise known as your heart, start to work overtime. So, it’s obvious that our minds need some attention. It is unfortunate for most of us that no one ever taught us how to think. The mind’s first requirement is a benevolent master (that is you) to help it to change the speed, quantity and the quality of thinking.


Here are some ideas which may help you be a better master, guide and friend for your mind.

Over the next ten weeks take one practice and… practise!


Sit quietly and watch your self using your mind to think. Watch your self thinking. Watch thoughts arising. Now see if you can transfer your attention to the small spaces between your thoughts. As you do you will notice the spaces expand and the speed of your thinking will slow down. You will also start to ‘feel’ a profound inner peace.


Just as you turn up or down the brightness on your TV screen, see if you can do that with what you create on the screen of your mind. Turn up the brightness one moment then, in the next moment, let the thought fade away. But watch it all the way to ‘fade’! Notice your mind becoming quieter as it does.


It is almost impossible to halt the habit of thinking about the future. Besides, everyone else around us seems to be doing it almost all the time. So go with the flow of your thinking but practise turning any thoughts of a catastrophic future, in whatever context, into thoughts that are ‘anastrophic’. That means catch your self thinking ‘worry’ thoughts and practise replacing them with ideas and images that envision the best possible outcome. Cancel the old/unwanted and replace with a new vision! Do not just ‘want it’, just ‘think it’… without desire!


When you ‘think relevant’ you are thinking only about what you need to think about at any moment in whatever situation you are in. In other words, practise noticing when you become distracted by anything outside or inside, in the past or about the future. Gently return and start your mental focus on what is in front of you ‘in this moment’… again.


What is a happy thought? Take a moment to reflect. Is it you forcing your self to believe you are happy and then creating thoughts out of that belief? It is not a bad experiment. Some say that with such a practice, over time, the ‘feelings’ of happiness start to arise naturally and all thoughts become imbued with a natural… happiness! It is a practice that, if nothing else, will help you to become more aware of the quality of your thinking. You will also start to see the thoughts that you are using to make your self feel unhappy! Clue? Watch out for external and internal influences on your thinking.

This is Part 1 of the article, the other five coming next week in Part 2.

Mike George is an author of 16 books on self-awareness, spiritual intelligence and personal undevelopment.

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B.K. Shivani



Overthinking has become a habit with a large number of people. How do we change it? We know the answers: see the good in others, not their faults; remain happy; do not speak ill of anyone; accept others as they are.

We need to practice just one of these to be free from overthinking. That is because they are all interconnected—start one practice and the others will naturally follow. For example, if we focus on the good qualities of other people and ignore their shortcomings, our mind will remain clean. When we do not see and think about anyone’s defects, the mind will not be coloured, or stained, by them. It is negative thoughts that cause overthinking. When we do not see other people’s weaknesses, there will be no reason to be angry, critical or judgmental about them. Acceptance will become easy, and we will have good wishes for them. When everything is good and positive, there will be nothing to forgive or forget. All these corollary benefits accrue from focusing on the good in others. We can start with one practice that we find easy and the others will follow without any extra effort on our part.

But how do we not see defects in others when they are clearly visible? The eyes see everything—the flaws of those we live and work with, and, through the phone and the television, the mistakes people across the world are making. None of that, however, should taint the mind and pollute our thoughts and feelings.

We can do an experiment —choose one conspicuous weakness in one person. Suppose someone you work with is unreliable and dishonest. You know they are like that but you have to work with them. It is one thing to know their defect and figure out a way to deal with them, but quite another to keep thinking about it —“What a dodgy character”, “He keeps lying….”

It is the nature of the human mind that negative thoughts cause overthinking. When we dwell on someone’s good qualities, the mind remains calm and there are few thoughts. But think about something you do not like in someone and there will be a long train of thoughts. That changes our perception and attitude towards them.

The more we think about another’s faults, the more negativity accumulates in the mind, and that depletes the soul’s power. The negative thoughts and feelings are reinforced when they are expressed in speech and behaviour. As the soul becomes weaker, overthinking and stress increase, irritation and jealousy are experienced more often. Imagine the harm we do to ourselves. The defect is someone else’s, but by repeatedly thinking about it we poison our mind, behaviour and personality and become weaker.

We are also not helping the other person by sending them unfriendly vibrations. The vibes will certainly not strengthen them, but instead make them weaker and prone to making more mistakes. Then we complain that the other person is getting worse, unaware of our role in bringing that about.

The solution is to have positive thoughts and send like vibrations. If someone is habitually careless, we can create the thought that they are responsible and accurate in their work, and see them with this positive attitude. The thought is not true at that point of time, but when sustained it will do wonders. First, it will protect us from negativity. Then it will send good vibes to the other person, giving them the energy and courage to get over their weakness. When people in a family or organisation create such supportive thoughts instead of focusing on others’ defects, they really bless each other, and the energy of blessings can uplift people and transform situations. The choice is ours: do we want to see defects and become weaker, or think and see only good in order to empower the self and others?

B.K. Shivani is a well-known motivational speaker and Rajyoga teacher.

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One problem, one solution



Do you believe that the mountain-high pile of troubles that besets the world now, has one root cause, and even more, that there is one, simple solution—a solution that could reduce the whole mountain to the size of a molehill?

Something has gone missing in our man-made formulas for well-being. Something has slipped through the cracks, taking with it what is needed for the peaceful, happy existence we want for ourselves and the world. What is it that has gone missing? In my experience it is the loss of connection. Connection is what is missing. Disconnection is the problem; connection is the solution.

I am not talking about the connection between us. Although that has become problematic, it is not primary. Primary is the connection between myself and my inner world. Through the practice of Rajyoga meditation, as taught by the Brahma Kumaris, I discovered a ‘me’ that was permanently beyond all influences; a ‘me’ that danced in joy, peace, love, and power, always, whenever I connected with that ‘me’.

When we are disconnected from that part of ourselves — our spiritual identity—what is meaningful and important for life becomes less a practical experience and more an ideal, or an intellectual pursuit. When we remain disconnected in this way, we do not know, with the certainty of experience, the independent beauty that lies deep within. We research and talk a lot about such things, but it gets harder and harder to live accordingly. In this way we become careless and negligent of our own divinity. We disrespect our own goodness and godliness. So, it withers, like flowers in a garden that no one is tending to—eaten by the bugs of ego or parched through a drought of true self-love.

A recent sociological study says that our current state of social isolation – so damaging to the human spirit—did not begin with the pandemic. Being disconnected from our innermost selves and disrespecting the godliness within makes it very difficult to connect, or truly respect anyone else. It becomes a self-imposed isolation that is driving communities and even families further and further apart.

This internal negligence and disregard for the divinity of human nature has carried over to our relationships with Mother Nature as well. We act as if we are the only species on the planet and in our attempts to acquire, possess and control we have violated her basic laws. In return, we have the unprecedented state of environmental crises we are facing today.

So, what to do? We have to once again align ourselves with the great truths that go beyond what our physical senses can grasp. We need to understand these times of challenge as an invitation to connect to ourselves in new ways, a connection that can make blossom the seeds of divinity within each of us, as children of God.

We need to connect to God in new ways. God’s love, devoid of any neediness, is altruistic and the ultimate in respect and feelings of belonging, and is like water to the parched soul-garden. We need to experience God’s light of love, peace and joy, so that we can come back to our pure state of natural well-being.

Connecting is the first step. Second is the courage to come out of our comfort zones and transfer the beauty deep within into our everyday thinking, speaking and doing. We need to become givers, from the genuine abundance that is our Godly inheritance, and stop being takers. This will put a whole new vibration into the energy that keeps this planet spinning. This will move us all forward, out of humanity’s long night of winter, and into the dawn of its new day.

It is time to do something new; it is time to do something different. To realise the magic of love—love for ourselves, for God and then, for all our brothers and sisters—the whole world. This gives birth to hope. We truly are standing at a new beginning.

Sharona Stillerman coordinates the activities of the Brahma Kumaris in Israel.

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