अंतर्मन की यात्रा

प्रश्न हीं प्रश्न है, उत्तर चाहिए .

अपने अंतर्मन …अपने अंदर ….

की यात्रा कैसे करें ?

भूत-भविष्य-वर्तमान में उलझे

दिल को कैसे समझाएँ ?

दुनियवी मोह-माया में भटकते

मन को कैसे वापस लाएँ ?

बादलों के पार सितारों के

पास से आवाज़ आई –

शांत …मौन ….बस मौन हो जाओ.

सुनो ध्यान से , अपने अंतरात्मा की आवाज़.

वह आवाज़ जो सिर्फ़ तुम सुन सकते हो .

वह राह दिखाएगी.

Being a woman is priceless !!!

● changes her name

● changes her home

● leaves her family

● moves in with you

● builds a home with you

● gets pregnant for you

● pregnancy changes her body

● she gets fat

● almost gives up in the labour room due to the unbearable pain of child birth

● even the kids she delivers bear your name

Till the day she dies… everything she does… cooking, cleaning your house, taking care of your parents, bringing up your children, earning, advising you, ensuring you can be relaxed, maintaining all family relations, everything that benefit you….. sometimes at the cost of her own health, hobbies and beauty.

Happy women’s week!

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The Silent Retreat

Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks. They began with enthusiasm and no one said a word the whole day. By nightfall of the first day, the candle began to flicker and then went out.

The first monk blurted out, “Oh, no! The candle is out.”

The second monk said, “Hey! We are not supposed to speak!”

The third monk said in an irritated voice, “What is this? Why did you two break the silence?”

The fourth monk smiled and said, “Wow! I’m the only one who hasn’t spoken.”

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Reflections:

Each monk broke the silence for a different reason, each of which is a common stumbling block in our inner journey: *distraction, judgement, anger and pride.*

The first monk got distracted by one aspect of his *experience* (the candle) and forgot what was more important – the practice of witnessing without reacting.

The second monk was more worried about others following the rules than in actually practicing himself. He was quick to judge without noticing that he himself was *guilty of what he was criticizing.*

The third monk let his *anger* towards the first two monks affect him. The singular burst of anger ruined the effort of the day.

*The fourth monk lost his way because of pride. He was convinced he was superior to the others, proving his ignorance.*

Why did the fourth monk speak at all? He could have simply maintained his silence and he would have been successful in his endeavor. But if he had, chances are, the other three might have continued to argue and not even noticed his silence. Some people are like this. Their motto is “If I’m doing something good, but no one notices, I might as well not be doing it at all.” They believe that the reward is not in the effort, but in the recognition.

There is a beautiful quote, *”It is the provence of knowledge to speak; it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.”* As we learn to truly listen, witness and observe without impulsively reacting with distraction, judgement, anger and pride, then we understand the true meaning of silence…

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