Spirituality

17 Jul 19
Listen in the Garden

Touch is the most difficult sense for me to write about, since I’d especially like to have more physical contact with people. Where I live, in the U.S, it seems like it’s unusual for people to touch each other outside of romantic relationships, and I’m single. I love petting animals, too, but it’ll be a […]

17 Jul 19
50 plus club

While facing hard times, fear not. This is the time to have faith and believe that all will work out the way it’s supposed to. God knows exactly what you need. Mientras enfrentan tiempos difíciles, no tengas temor. Este es el momento de tener fe y creer que todo funcionará de la forma en que […]

17 Jul 19
Thrive Global
…Joy, it is sometimes external joy, but another joy is inner joy. Inner joy is called Ananda. Ananda is bliss, spiritual bliss. External joy is transient but sometimes your joy comes from happiness, speaking with friends, going somewhere, watching some waterfalls or gardens, speaking with your friends, they’re so joyful, happy, cheerful but the permanent happiness, the Ananda, it is within us. As part of my series about living with a “ravenous thirst for life” I had the distinct pleasure to interview Amma Sri Karunamayi. Amma is a Hindu spiritual leader who travels internationally promoting global peace and meditation. Sri Amma Karunamayi is considered to be an Avatar, a manifestation of Vishnu who is born enlightened or fully self-realized. She is called Amma by her devotees, which means “mother” in Amma’s native Telugu language and other South Indian languages. Amma Karunamayi created several charitable programs to help the rural poor and disenfranchised in the extremely poor Andhra Pradesh area where her ashram is located. These provide free educational facilities, housing projects, clean water programs, a free hospital, mobile medical clinics, emergency relief programs, food and clothing donations, and free housing for people who had been dispossessed of their land Dr. Marina Kostina: Thank you so much for this incredible opportunity. My first question to you is, I write a column in Authority Magazine that deals with living with the Joy. What is joyful living for you? Does it include the absence of pain or any other negative emotion? Amma Sri Karunamayi: Joy, it is sometimes external joy, but another joy is inner joy. Inner joy is called Ananda. Ananda is bliss, spiritual bliss. External joy is transient but sometimes your joy comes from happiness, speaking with friends, going somewhere, watching some waterfalls or gardens, speaking with your friends, they’re so joyful, happy, cheerful but the permanent happiness, the Ananda, it is within us. Dr. Marina Kostina: We’re living in the day and time where we want a miracle pill. We want a quick fix for pain, or a heartbreak, or headache… and unfortunately, often in our modern society, spirituality is seen as a quick fix. “I’m going to do my meditations, I’m going to go to a yoga retreat and it will fix my life”. What is spirituality for you? Amma Sri Karunamayi: Spirituality is where everybody is actually living in a place of peace, love, love to ourselves. So doing that will bring inner peace, harmony, unity, no afflictions, no stubborn mind, absolutely so much quietness, calmness, peace and everything comes. Meditations, yoga retreat, everything is very good nowadays, but definitely they have to go more into inner depths, absoluteness, then people will become more peaceful. Right now, there are so many challenges in the society, human trafficking, drug addictions, domestic violence, global radiation, climate change, plastic pollution. Greenery is slowly disappearing. Hunger. The world is in the dangerous zone of hunger, innumerable people are dying without food, every second innumerable children are dying without water and food. So many challenges, we have to fix. We need more good people. When they do meditation, they become selfless and they’re going to help the society without any anticipation and expectations. Dr. Marina Kostina: Thank you. You run the charities that help these problems. Can you talk a little bit about the charities that you run? Amma Sri Karunamayi: Thank you. We have water projects. There is a lot of water contamination, a lot of fluoride in water. So people run into many problems with their teeth, the water is affecting their teeth. They were not able to eat anything. More related problems such as headaches… a lot of problems arise because of water contamination. For that reason, we brought water processors, so they have no problems with water right now, they’re doing good. The second one is education. How many days they can help the people with hunger and all the things you know? The solution to eradicate the poverty in the world is education. When we bring education to the child, and the child gets good job offer after finishing the education, they will stay in front of the poverty. All the children are going to be educated children, so we’re focusing on the tribal areas, with major focus on tribal children, helping prepare them and they’re doing superb work. Mostly I like the girls, so they’re doing very very good. 100 marks. They don’t like 98 marks. 97 are the poor marks. They want 100%. So they want to be the global citizens, not just the citizens of the village. Dr. Marina Kostina: The last question is, I’m sure you’ve been asked many, many times, but as a Living Saint, people see you as a person who is in bliss 24/7. Is that true or is there any room for tension for stress or any other negative emotion in your life and if it is, how do you do that differently from the rest of the world? Amma Sri Karunamayi There’s no place for commotion and unrest, when we have attained the highest peace. Once you’ve finished your American education, you’re a doctor no? [Smiles]. So like that, once you’ve finished to attain that goal of spiritual bliss, there is not place for it [commotion]. It is a mind’s illusion. Everything is play and these emotions are not influenced by your mind. So that’s why when we see people with challenges with spirituality, we need to think how to help them, how to bring peace to the people and that’s what I practice so much in my work. Marina: Do you believe that every person can attain that peace, or it’s only for the chosen ones? Amma Sri Karunamayi: That’s the goal of our human life. The reason that we have so many holy souls in the world, that everybody have to have a peaceful life, cheerful life, economical independence, education, good water to drink, good food to eat, medication for everybody, peace for all the people, ending of all wars, no sufferings, peace for girls, peace for boys, peace for children, peace for children in prisons and people who suffer in hospitals, peace for everybody in all the countries. Each individual must achieve peace. Without peace, there is no meaning for the life. If the mind is not peaceful, we will not be able to focus on anything. So peace is very essential. It is a human right. All of these are important things to have; water, food, education, homes for everybody, shelter for everybody. These are the human rights, and definitely we pray for everyone to have these things. So in our small lifespan, I have to work further until my last breath, I have to work for people… {smiles} I love people so much, I love people so much especially women. We are working for women and girls mostly. We have so many challenges in our society. This beautiful planet, our planet is very beautiful, and there are a lot of beautiful people, very great souls. In our society, people sometimes make mistakes, but if they correct themselves, the world will be a better place to live for all of us, together.
17 Jul 19
TheCoverage

Temitope AlabiJuly 17, 2019 The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has petitioned President Buhari over the ongoing Big Brother Nigeria show. According to the body, they want the president to have the show shut down immediately. Via a press statement issued by MURIC’s Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, the Muslim group tagged the show  ‘immoral, dangerous and Bohemian.’ […]

17 Jul 19
Somewhere in America

Road Trip:  July 9th First stop of the day:  Antelope Canyon. It was an early morning reservation with Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tours.  You must make reservations for these tours. We made ours several months ago.  They do not accept payment at the time of the reservation, however, they hold your spot and guarantee admission, weather […]

17 Jul 19
Information Nigeria

The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has petitioned President Buhari over the ongoing Big Brother Nigeria show. According to the body, they want the president to have the show shut down immediately. Via a press statement issued by MURIC’s Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, the Muslim group tagged the show  ‘immoral, dangerous and Bohemian.’ The statement reads; […]

17 Jul 19
Diaspora Messenger News Media

When the rain started beating Former TV Anchor Esther Arunga: Esther Adongo Arunga was the quintessential newscaster and an inspiration to many budding journalists if her 2008 CHAT Award for best Teen TV Anchor/Presenter is anything to go by.

17 Jul 19
Help Feed A Child

How Celtic was In terms of iron Age The uk? The concept of classifying a period regarding prehistory as being the Iron Era was first announced in the nineteenth century, sometime later it was validated with the massively major discoveries within Hallstatt as well as La Tene. Subsequently, the very era appeared to be broken […]

17 Jul 19
Consciously, Europe

If you ever have the chance, go. La Sagrada Familia is a breathtaking site that enlivens your soul. Upon entering, I couldn’t help but be brought to tears by the beauty that lay before me. Truly, it has been a major highlight of our trip thus far. Antoni Gaudi designed the church along with many […]

17 Jul 19
Dr. Helpington

Prior to his blocking me on twitter I had a pretty interesting conversation with a guy called Aron Ra, who fancies himself an atheist philosopher. I was interested to know more about why he makes a living off religion while preaching that it is evil. This is how the conversation went: DR. WILLIAM P. HELPINGTON: […]

17 Jul 19
Thrive Global
Climate change protests are rising throughout the world. Being part of the protests and thinking about the same, led me to seek a holistic view to the problem. Causes are many – macro factors like deforestation, vehicular pollution, rising plastic electronic and human waste, effects of non-vegetarian food, increasing carbon foot prints, uninhibited development leading to destruction of agricultural lands and forests etc.  The micro factors boils down to us humans. Human greed is rising and has become uncontrollable. But why is that so? We all have needs and business work on fulfilling those needs. We need entrepreneurship and jobs to fulfill those needs. Agreed we humans need money which buys resources to cater to our needs. But how much money constitutes as need is a big question? Further, defining need is also difficult as for each one of us the need might be different. A person giving jobs to people might have more need that those who are self-employed. Also how can one stop focusing on work when adage goes like ‘work is worship’ or an ‘empty mind is a devils workshop’.   The Principal of Opposites Each and everything in this world has an opposite. One is not greater or powerful than other. Each one is essential. Night and Day Force and Friction Life and Death Soft and hard Just like speaking and listening both are required and both are opposites. Spiritual pursuit requires quietness, solitude, looking inwards and social behavior involves company of people and dealing with them, both are opposites. At one point in time we could require each one of them. The same has been reiterated in our scriptures as Yin & Yang or Shiv & Shakti. Balance of Nature Nature works in balance. Resources are required by each one of us and for that finances are required. It would be impractical to say that it is not required. However it is not the only thing that we require. Bryan Dyson, erstwhile President and CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises once said “Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit – and you’re keeping all of these in the air…” All the five balls in our life are important. Work or career we all know is important as money is essential for survival. Entrepreneurship or a job gives us apart from money, creative satisfaction, social leverage and sense of esteem and achievement. This is good use of mind. Healthy body is a prerequisite for a happy life. Friends– Friends are essential as life can be really boring without friends.   In the five factors he mentioned, work, health and friends gets talked about a lot. Family another essential pillar of our life. Everyone swears by their families and knows that they are the relationships closest to us. However no one wants to delve further to ask- where does family come from? Where is a child nurtured? Where do we all start our journey from and where are we going to go back at the end of the day? When all the fancy designations do not remain where is it that you take shelter? Nobody wants to answer these questions as ‘Home’ does not fall in the productivity category as money is not an outcome there. Here the outcome is happiness.   ‘Home Maker’ is the most derogatory term of today. Nobody wants to be called a ‘homemaker’. However home is not specific to any gender. Either of the gender or in that spectrum of gender, everybody requires to come back home and everyone needs a family. Homemaker is not gender specific and onus of making a home is no longer with women only as all have career now. However, anyone who needs to get back home is a ‘homemaker’. Anyone who strives for his family or takes responsibility of care & nurture is a Homemaker.   The outcome of family is happiness and of work is money. Both are required. The issue is complex, as historically, large scale exploitation of women was done as they were not financially independent. Women were/are not the preferred sex as they were seen as liability as ‘homemaker’ was synonymous to ‘unproductive work’ as no money was output there. In all the progress through the ages, to make children productive and financially independent, many condescending and derogatory words were are used for a homemaker. Also, since in countries where labour is cheap it is related to ‘maid work’ hence there is utter disrespect for the work of a ‘homemaker’. Conditioning Conditioning is to train or accustom a person to behave in certain way. When some words are repeatedly said, we tend to believe them as true facts. Similarly when so many derogatory words have been used through ages for a ‘home maker’ we tend to believe them as facts. Children who are impressionable minds get the perception that home does not require any effort and is a waste of time. This is because it is called as ‘unproductive but essential work’. Unproductive means (check dictionary) useless, worthless, valueless, pointless etc. When something which is core to our existence has been said so many derogatory things do you ever think anybody would take responsibility of it thinking it as essential? The consequences of the same are worse as when children grow up and get married they come with the same perception. Now both the genders refuse to take any responsibilities at home as that is derogatory. As I listen to marriage counselors who are crying hoarse that making a home requires effort and time, it is apparent that perception of a home and homemaker is so bad that nobody wants to even acknowledge that it requires work. Soul– Soul refers to the spiritual aspect of our existence. Meditation is essential for survival. Why? Once a saint was asked by a businessman- “Why should I do meditation- It is a waste of time. I might as well put my mind in making more money. Saint- Ok. How much money do you require to run your life?  Person- I guess right now it’s – X amount. Saint- So when you have reached that X amount, then what? Person- Then I will work for a larger amount of 2X.  Saint- Then when you have reached to 2X then what. Person- Then I will work to get 3X. Saint- So when do you stop and say this is enough for me? Will your mind ever say – that’s enough. When you reach X, it will take you to 2X and then more. Mind never stops. As lord Buddha said ‘Rule your mind or it will rule you’. To control your mind meditation is very essential. The skewed Equation The equation has become skewed like this as people just talk about entrepreneurship and jobs. The balancing act was having equal perception of the opposite – i.e. home and meditation which leads to happiness. However the perception and respect for home and homemaker does not exist. Meditation is seen as a waste of time. Mind runs amok with money as the only focus. This leads to a skewed equation towards just financial aspect of our world. It is like the famous movie ‘Avatar’ where humans were ready to destroy a complete planet for money. Money itself is not an end, it is just a means to an end. The end is happiness and bliss. The equation is skewed like this-  Since creation of jobs, entrepreneurship requires resources where does that lead us to – an environmental catastrophe. What we see all around is balance of nature gone awry with focus just on one aspect of human life. To create a balance and stop environment degradation– it would require to create awareness in people about the micro reasons and simultaneously work on the macro reasons. Awareness and change needs to be done at macro level for afforestation, pollution control, waste management, vegetarian diet etc. Perception of home and homemaker and meditation needs to be raised at micro level. Life is a balancing act and both the opposites are necessary. Understanding that extreme of both ends does not work. Eventually we humans require both – happiness/ bliss and productivity.   Disclaimer – As the work of body, mind and soul coincides with the area of medicine, psychologists, psychoanalysts, spirituality etc. the author does not claim to know the intricacies of various sciences. The detailing of each aspect mentioned is large. The author is a risk management professional and a keen observer of human behavior, a fact finder and an avid reader who tries to understand various concepts in relation to how they affect every day human life.
17 Jul 19
The Tim Schwartz Blog

What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you? I have been thinking about that in the last week. I have been thinking about significant down times in my life – and wondering if they have been the worst things that have ever happened to me: I spent many seasons in my childhood […]

17 Jul 19
A Recovery Pilgrim

Real and effective fasting by a preacher [or anyone] is not fasting from food, but fasting from eloquence, from impressive diction, and from everything else that might hinder the gospel of God being presented. . . Anything that flatters me . . . will result in making me a traitor to Jesus. – Chambers We […]

17 Jul 19
JUSTIN AIGBEBEMHEN EHIKIOYA IYERE

JAMALIFE HELPERS GLOBAL is a WEALTH TRANSFER organization which is committed to improving lifestyles generally and empowering people with high quality business information, opportunity, intelligence, training in order to ensure your FINANCIAL FREEDOM, INDEPENDENCE, and WEALTH CREATION WEALTH CREATION has NOTHING to do with your Family background Age Physical appearance Spirituality Academics Certificates Ask big […]

17 Jul 19
Rephrase

I believe we get where we want to be in life through Inspired Action, not hard work.  I’ve been seeing a lot of messages from people lately about getting where you want to be in life only through hard work. While these messages are meant to be motivational, I find them to have the opposite […]