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Friday, December 8, 2017

Having, Doing, Being

In modern times, people define themselves in terms of their assets (having) and activities (doing). People perhaps do not know how to define themselves in terms of merely “being”. Well, the late and great Swami Sivananda has an answer for this. Om. Om is the name of spirit which is the essence of God, the Oversoul, called Paramatman in Sanskrit and the name of the soul, who we really are, called atman in Sanskrit. 

By meditating and reflecting on this one simple sound, you grow in awareness about yourself in timeless and existential terms that are always true and that are above and beyond transitory self-definitions based on your current assets or work/school/travel based activities. 

I am Om.
God is Om. 
All this is Om. 
Amen.  /|\

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Bindu (Dot) Symbolizes Perfect Nonduality



The Circle you see above, in the OM symbol, is called "BINDU" which represents perfect nonduality beyond space, time and form. When you chant OM, you are like the arrow directing itself toward the bulls-eye of an archery target. You are consciousness and being, directing itself to source, which is beyond name and form but the meditation masters of the past say that OM is the direct path to this goal and destination. OM is verily liberation, says Swami Sivananda. Namaste.

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Swami Sivananda: OM is the Source of Language


"OM is the Original Name of God. OM is the Original Nature of God because God, who is Infinite in Power, Presence, and Knowledge, is Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient. Om is the common root implying limitlessness, or beyond description."

"OM is the greatest of all mantras. It bestows liberation directly. All mantras begin with OM. All Upanishads begin with OM. The essence of the Sun is OM. The essence of the air and oxygen is OM. The life force, called Pranava, is best known as OM, according to the meditation masters (rishis) of the ancient past. There is OM in every sound, hence OM is the source of all language and languages."

His Holiness Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Creating Value

Your job satisfaction should be done on the front end and not the back end. Sure, it is nice to receive praise and pats on the back for a job well-done. Better still is writing out, on a piece of paper, all the ways your document or deliverable will help the organization. Cheers, Keith 

Cooperation

Cooperation means working together. Co means more than one, like the word coauthored. Operation means task. So cooperation literally means two or more people joining forces to accomplish a designated task. For me, cooperation means positive teamwork.  Cheers, Keith

Pranava

The Sanskrit word pranava means life force. So, Pranava Om suggests that Om is the sound of our Divine Life force. Yes indeed. Om. Amen. 

Purpose

The purpose of human life is to awaken to the inherent unity and oneness of all life - humans, animals, acquatic beings, birds, angels, ETs, Spirit, matter, energy, etc. Like the Mandukya Upanishad says “all this is One, all this is OM”. This is Krishna Consciousness. This is Christ Consciousness. This is Buddha Consciousness. This is spiritual-intellectual enlightenment. What I do to another, I do to me. There is only One Universal Being and not two. Om. Amen.