Farmer and Warrior

In Hindu mythology the concept of God is represented by three different powers, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.
 
In fact every individual is blessed with a different mix of personality structure. Different people will find happiness in pursuing different carriers, performing different acts and same acts in entirely different way.
No two persons are alike. The goals of perfection, or achievement of God, for each individual will be different. Though God is one, but ways to reach Him are different. God is Supreme power, Universal Glory and Eternal peace. Everything at top end of the psychological perception, accepted universally, beneficial to all and durable wisdom is the ultimate truth and in harmony with God.
But how three powers balance in us. While Shiva is a warrior, Brahma a creator and Vishnu a preservater. In fact the elements of all three are there in everybody. The difference lies in different percentage of mix of three. The ultimate recipe is individual specific. This is coupled with his birth realities, his fate and his own efforts. A total net effect of all is perceived by the individual. The person should thoroughly analyze oneself and match his own targeted perceptions of success.
Farming is creation. It generates peace as it creates something more from a small piece called seed. But all are not farmers or saints in this world.
 
One has to protect this earth from the sins and sinful ones. Strength of farmer in us needs to increased to prevent harm from sins.
 
Ostrich policy in this aspect may not always work. That is where a warrior in us has to be kept rehearsed. Fighting sins should generate peace in us and not tension. That is the poison in life, one has to learn to swallow. Shiva is the lord which teaches us the same.
 

Live With Effortless Grace

Sheel Vardhan Singh

It was 9.30 in the morning. From my balcony on the eighth floor, i could see below a stream of shining cars crawling on the roads. The traffic seemed chaotic, vehicles trying to get past the other, so much like situations we face in our chaotic lives, driven by competition.

A peaceful life is essentially a simple one and hence effortless. The sheer simplicity of peaceful life is a magnet that attracts, for deep within we identify with it. To be simple is not something external; we have to become simple and natural from within, be open to our own ‘internal self’, and perform actions knowing where they are leading to. One has to consciously bring about this change, as Paramhamsa Swami Niranjananda Saraswati of the Bihar School of Yoga, Munger says, “To change externally is just a cosmetic change, it is feeding the intellect, the real change is internal.” Being open to our internal selves connects us to the fantastic inner world wherein in each one of us a `sage’ dwells. Once connected to this sage our decisions are taken from deep within and we no longer need approval of others. We stand tall and empowered, yet simple, natural and in harmony with self and others.

However, being at peace does not guarantee freedom. We all have responsibilities that bind us in many ways, creating a web around us in which we feel enmeshed. So how do we experience freedom? Though it may seem contradictory on the face of it but one who is disciplined is the one who experiences real freedom. Freedom, like peace, is an internal concept, we can experience freedom only when we feel freedom within us. A disciplined man is able to organise his life and take care of his responsibilities with aplomb, and thus he is set free. A disciplined man is able to achieve balance in life.

By virtue of our existence we live in a world of relationships with others. The only constant in life is change and that is true of relationships as well. Only relationship that does not change with time is the one between mother and child, where normally affection is unconditional. If we honestly view our relationships we will find that we are constantly `performing’ with others. We unleash words and thoughts often couched in terms of ‘love’ while the intent to have control over others. The moment we are able to stop `performing’, relationships grow without expectations.

Once we simplify life and take decisions from deep within, infuse discipline in our lives and stop enacting dramas in our relationships we are at peace and free. Once at peace and free, happiness happens. Life becomes an expression of divine calmness and flows with effortless grace. One becomes a ‘farmer’ instead of a ‘warrior’. As Paramhamsa Swami Niranjananda Saraswati says, “In life become a farmer instead of a warrior; learn to nurture and take care and begin the process with yourself with your personality and mind. The victory of a warrior is accompanied by destruction while the victory of a farmer is accompanied by creation.”

The shrill note of a motorcar’s horn from the street below brought me back from my reverie. I saw a `warrior’ in a huge shining red car weaving his way aggressively through the traffic before i turned and went inside the apartment.

Bihar School of Yoga, Munger. http://www.yogavision.net, http://www.yogamag.net, http://www.rikhiapeeth

 

Every step is an arrival

MARGUERITE THEOPHIL, Jul 9, 2010, 12.00am IST

“Why have you used the word seeking and not searching?” a young friend helping me proof-read some writing asked, “ … it’s not a very ‘current’ word is it?” Her question made me pause and look at these two words more carefully.

In examining words that are a lot like each other, we need to understand that distinctions we make can often be blurry and are also usually subjective.

Searching has a more solid, practical, action-oriented feel to it. I understand it as referring to things, to ends, to something you imagine you know is somewhere. You may have preconceived notions about what you want to find. And you must have answers. Preferably within a timeframe you decide on!

Seeking, while it can be definitely active, has a more receptive, spiritual connotation. While there is a certainty that ‘it’ exists, expectations could be less precisely or rigidly defined. I really don’t know about the form, shape or experience it might take, or even when it might show me, teach me, challenge me.

In searching we usually move faster; seeking often requires us to slow down.

We search for ways to end conflict or discord; we seek peace. We search for quiet places; we seek solitude. We search for like-minded people; we seek relatedness. We search for people to love or for people who will love us; we seek love. We search for answers; we seek meaning.

Searching and seeking need not be considered watertight definitions, rather as inter-linked or perhaps sequential processes.

In the field of positive psychology, psychologists and coaches are invited to note the distinction between seekers and searchers. Seekers are those who have already set the path themselves. They may need support and encouragement to keep envisioning and acting upon their own chosen path, and there is a desire to stay with the quest even without too much ‘hard evidence’. Searchers have to be supported to help find their goals in the first place. Not only do they initially need more help and clarification, they can easily give up unless they see more concrete signs or results. Interestingly, once these things are identified, once some ‘proof’ is accepted, the searcher very often becomes the seeker.

Spiritual searching manifests for many in the urge to read more spiritual books, engage in more rituals, embark on pilgrimages, go to more retreats and satsangs, find a special teacher – or often to ‘shop’ for exciting new teachers. In and of itself, there is nothing wrong with this; for some this may be just necessary steps on one’s Way, but for others the means can be confused with the end.

Denise Levertov’s poem in which she speaks intriguingly, not of a person, but a dog, teaches me the true spirit of seeking: “Let’s go — much as that dog goes, intently haphazard … dancing edgeways, there’s nothing the dog disdains on his way … nevertheless he keeps moving, changing pace and approach – but not direction. Every step an arrival … ”

However, not just searching, but even seeking can come to an end.

The early need and impulse to acquire further answers or meanings dissolves. You learn that perhaps in the end, whatever you seek lies within the quest itself. In seeking you learn that there is no final knowing, only an ongoing learning and un-learning process; an unfolding and bringing together of what you discover along the way. The end of seeking is not so much about arriving or achieving, but to use another ‘not current’ word – it is about dwelling.

(The writer is a Mumbai-based organisational consultant, personal growth coach and workshop leader. weave@vsnl.net

 

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3 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    One may read my article ‘My role as a Seeker and Searcher in Life’ published on June 11,2010 in Yoga and Spirituality in the context to the article posted above.

  2. 2

    I loved this – Live With Effortless Grace

    and I loved the way you have ended with the warrior behind the wheel.

    This resonates with me..

    From the time I learnt to drive a Car, 4 years ago, I made a promise to myself to honk like a European. Patience gives you peace on our roads – Pedestrians in the way? I let them get out of the way at their own pace 🙂

    Thanks for this piece

    • 3

      Thanks for expressing resonance.

      It was simply to emphasize that evil in ourselves, society and on this earth needs a strong effort for eradication. Hence an element of Shiva is required in capable persons.


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