That unpredictability deep within

“Sometimes I act out so loud, weird, and in an unpredictable way, that I really don’t know who is acting from within.” Do you also feel same, sometimes? Then, you could go on reading further. This article might help you to find reason behind all such dilemmas.

‘Know thyself’ is the philosophy that has shaken the root of all existential and cosmic science. Through deeper understanding of self, one could know the bigger secrets of cosmos. It sounds so simple that all theories and knowledge accumulation fails before this fact. So well, do we know self?

To understand ‘self’ better, it’s most important to know the cause of self. The cause of self or actual source of its appearance is based on what you feed to it. It goes same like ‘you are what you feed yourself’. A man staring at mobile screen 24/7 is most likely to forget his marriage anniversary as his most attention is taken by that mini screen. Even if he gets reminder set in his phone, then also he could not do anything about anniversary, as his attention was still rooted to screen. This is the saddest reality. We believe that things will be better for us as we desire. But our desire is ever changing. As we expect one desire to be met, hundred other desires are already queued up. So, the man may know that his anniversary is today, and then he might also know that he has to finish office task, drop an urgent mail, watch his favorite episode, win a game challenge, and so on.  

In a day, we send thousands of signals to brain through the act of multiple activity in our day-to-day life. In all this, sometimes we put love, commands, respect, hate, anger, frustration, compassion, confessions, and so forth.  For this reason, there are times when we don’t know how to react, and then the brain processes the latest reaction to that particular situation. And yes, in a situation when a lady doesn’t know how to react to a marriage proposal from his colleague, she may shout at it, because her day was spoilt. Or she may accept the proposal because she carries the same feelings for him.  

So, feeding right food to self is very important. You feed anger and it reveals your angriness. You feed compassion and it reveals your kindness. You feed doubt and it reveals suspicious character, you feed knowledge and it reveals wisdom, and so on.

Therefore, that unpredictability is not really what you are not thinking or what you are not aware of. That unpredictability is the element you release into your inner being, sometimes knowingly and sometimes unknowingly. The unpredictability is the reaction to your unintended action. It is the outcome for which you have never purposefully written exams. It is the amalgamation of your old thoughts to put out to a new situation.

Your thought is your food. Pay attention the next time you bring some kind of thought into your mind and watch how it gets processed and emerges spontaneously in a new and unfamiliar situation. A young boy was leaving home for school when he overheard the word “characterless” from his parents’ quarrel, in which his mother was saying the same thing to his father. When he was asked to describe his father at school, he began by saying all the positive things he knew about him, such as handsome, supportive, and courageous, before finally spitting out the new word “characterless,” much to the dismay of his teachers and the amusement of his classmates.        

That unpredictability within us is not coming out of nowhere, perhaps it’s our own invention or selection. So, be careful in feeding your thoughts, as it soon becomes action, and then reaction, and then humiliation, negation, tension, and suffocation.

Does compassion bring peace?

Compassion is a necessity, not a luxury.

Dalai Lama

During this time of world crisis, every great person advise is to show compassion towards others. Compassion should be reflected in ourselves, other humans, animals, and different beings. Compassion is the tool to decrease the consequences of ongoing suffering. It is a relief from the threats of the corona, war, and personal crisis. How compassion could eliminate suffering? And the ways to bring peace are discussed further in this article

The qualities of compassion are- patience, wisdom, kindness, perseverance, warmth, and altruism. A single word of compassion contains all the positive qualities of being perfect in nature. There are lots of benefits of compassion. It cannot harm others by any terms of mental, physical, and psychological disturbances. Compassion generates the positive vibes for the cause of well beings of others.

Compassion is co-suffering. If a person is suffering around, then you don’t derive pleasure. But, you go forward and help the person to come out of it. The quality of compassion also requires being proactive in nature for the cause of others. It is the way to express yourself in terms of achieving the wellness of others.

Compassion is empathy for others. When compassion intakes the troubles of others as your own, then it could definitely help to bring peace. Sadly, Compassion can’t prevent war from happening. But, it also doesn’t trigger people to get into a war. A compassionate mind always cares for others before taking any major decisions. Compassion could keep alive the rationality in human beings. Nowadays man is unintentionally forming irrational decisions that are bringing troubles. By choosing our values, we choose our terms of life. This naturally brings peace all around which motivates us to continue our practice of compassion.

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them at least don’t hurt them.

Dalai Lama

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Ideas of Ancient Indian Philosophy

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam means ‘All Earth is one family’. This idea of philosophy has been utilized during various times of political and social engagement with the world. In recent, this idea is put forward by Prime minister Shri Narendra Modi to build international harmony during the world peace conference. The idea is functional as the solution to community feud, false status pride, negative approach towards others, non-understanding, acquiring resources more than need, disturbing natural orders, and non-following of universal law. This idea also brings a new dimension to humanity. Nowadays, people are losing their ancient values because of multiple side-effects of modernity. Philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ helps to preserve the other important notions of caring for all, helping others, self-guarding truth, acting non-violence, avoiding false claims and disregarding compassion. The essence of unity could be found in the idea of ‘vasudhaiva kutumbakam’. The oneness with all may encourage us to conquer the limitations within and proceed towards freedom. The other important ideas supporting the concepts of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ are respectively explored here-

  1. Following Interdependence nature
    Interdependence is being dependent on one other for living. It is important to understand that we all need others for our sustenance. Independently, we can’t survive on this planet. From basic to advance needs, we need tolerance & cooperation from all.
  2. Cooperation in Religious & cultural beliefs of others
    Some beliefs are very personal and sensitive for a community. We must consider other’s religious beliefs respectfully and not interfere with their living patterns. We have the right to resist, if and only if, such beliefs are disturbing the practice of our faith.
  3. Realizing the meaning of existence
    Existence doesn’t mean just surviving, it is more than that. Existence is a pattern of living by following our beliefs, faith, knowledge, attitude, and skills. Realizing existence means knowing self. Having a proper and complete knowledge of self would make our existence meaningful.
  4. Following system of commune living
    Commune means living together by sharing the resources and materials of requirements. This system is important to eradicate the goals of human to acquire material possession. It is not so important to have a material possession, but we must continue the process of spiritual development.
  5. Showing compassion towards others.
    Compassion means sympathy with others problem and a desire to alleviate it. When we show compassion, the kindness emerge by itself and an overall feeling of wellness is generated.
  6. Ensuring collectivism
    Collectivism is important for the community. It stresses on the belief that all the production and distribution belongs to group or community rather individual being. This concept is important because generally people with power are seeking individualistic control on the processes of this world.
  7. Instrument to peace & harmony
    The entire philosophy of ‘all world is family’ is based on the universal peace, harmony and brotherhood. This concept is pure and seeks only the happiness of all being. It doesn’t have any underlying desires of selfishness. World harmony matters to each being of this planet, and an idea which indicates the same is vasudhaiva kutumbakam.
  8. Bringing change in the existing pattern of humanity
    Humanity is diverting from the goals of peace, tolerance, acceptance, belonging, and welfare. The existing pattern seeks only power, money, contact-reference, self-benefits, and success. This is necessary to be changed because all this has no contribution to the real and concrete progress of society.
  9. Sharing and caring
    The more we show the spirit of sharing resources, knowledge, or ideas with others, the more likely we are willing to show genuine feelings of kindness and companionship. Sharing and caring always go hand in hand. It works for all the communities, caste, and creed. The union between opposite groups could be generated by such a simple concept of share & care.
  10. Being responsible for every life
    Each and every life matters on this planet. We can’t neglect the life of lower conscious beings. It may not contribute as much as humans could, but without them, the complete life cycle could fail. Killing other animals unnecessarily or making others devoid of basic resources like food, shelter, water is a wrong doing which humans have been conducting since long. This has affected the prevailing environmental conditions and consequences could also be observed in the form of climate change or soil erosion.

Philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ is meaningful because it makes us to preserve the important cultures. With regular practice of such an amazing philosophy, we could see our world turning in a happier and friendly place. Our pride is enhanced and the sentiments of others are secured.

From Sensations to Compassions; redefining Values in us.

Dalai Lama: “Compassion is a necessity and not a Luxury.”

Here we are going to discover the origination and advancement of ‘compassion’ from a simple ‘sensations’. We need to know the importance of ‘compassion’ in our life, so as to adopt it as one of the important values from the humanistic perspectives. The fruit of happiness could ever be obtained when one involves in a self-transforming process by adopting ‘compassion’ in lives.

Knowing sensations

Sensations are mainly called as a physical feeling with reference to an object or a body. It is a kind of biological process where our sensory receptors receive stimulus from other object or body and in return passes meaningful responses to it. The sensory receptors in us are-
Visual( mostly related to vision)
Auditory(mostly related to sounds)
Gustatory( taste receptors & taste buds)
Olfactory(related to smell)
Somatosensory receptors(related to one’s skin or within one’s body).

“A touch of a person could tell a lot of him.”- feminists.

We generally sense an object or a body and initiate further communications/relations with respect to a stimulus we are receiving. The positive stimulus generates, most probably a positive response and a negative stimulus generate most probably a negative response.

Our sense organs receive stimuli and pass it to brains for further detections and verifications. After our brain completely verifies a signal, the response of familiarity or anonymity with respect to a particular stimulus is discovered.

The familiar stimulus is communicated further and the unfamiliar one is neglected.

To know further on how a stimulus could be converted to either friendly or hostile responses, let’s understand completely the meaning of compassion.

Etymologically, compassion could be called as a sympathy, understanding, a feeling of co-suffering or empathizing with others.

Co-suffering

When you see something distressing, you feel bad. You feel pity for the sufferer. You feel that this shouldn’t be happening to a sufferer as it is difficult to handle(like an accident). We feel sympathy for the victims of floods, famine, terrorism and illegal immigration. We feel that this bad thing shouldn’t be happening to anyone.

When we aren’t familiar with the victims, we feel a less amount of pain in other sufferings. But, what if victims are from some of us? Then, we feel a huge loss, we feel something of us is badly affected by damages.

Therefore, the degree of sufferings to a loss depends on our feelings of sensations or attachments to a particular person or situations. We suffer more when our own parts are damaged. We suffer more when someone just like us got hurt or suffered from a troubled situation. Thus, we feel the pain and show compassion when we are a co-sufferer.

Conclusively, it’s important to feel as a co-sufferer in others sufferings.

Identification

In a sensation, we always expect a feeling of identifications. We always feel distressed to other person sufferings. It occurs when we are somewhat related or attached to it. We seek a sense of identifications. The loss occurred in our own family may give us more pain as compared to the loss occurred in someone else’s family.

But, we should understand that the family, community, society, castes, are just a word to seek identification. It is a kind of categorizations of the same aspects of humanism. Everything such as family, the community comes under humanism. Instead of treating other communities different from our own, we should treat it as the same. It is because all this thing is just a product of humanism.

We should understand the truth that family, society, community are created for the proper nourishment and developments of an individual. It was not created to bifurcate all of us. When we are developing the feeling of proper identification with each one of us, we are more likely to generate a feeling of compassion towards others.

Connecting with sameness

Once we start connecting with others on beliefs of sameness, we may start feeling serious for the relations we get into. In brief, we should start understanding the sufferer’s troubles. We should have the abilities to picture self with the same problem. Once we realize that the problems are often the same but the objects are different, then we start empathising with every problem of human beings. We would start believing that the problems which are faced by such & such person today could be faced by us tomorrow.

In short, we should be empathizing with others problems and really play a supportive role in other bad circumstances.

Responding well

When we very well understand others problems and situations, we should not delay in empathizing with the problems of others. We should be very well showing the patience and wisdom, the kindness and mercy, the perseverance & love, the warmth & resolve, the all rounding compassion, care and affections.

This is the ultimate duty of humanity. The switching from sensation to compassion doesn’t require many efforts but ultimately give happiness in any kinds of relations. The theory of compassion is taught in almost every religion of humanity- the Hindus, Islams, Judaist, Sikhs, and Christianity.

In Hindu Philosophy, the words related to compassion are daya, karuna, kripa, anukrosha, the concepts of all being as part of self, the concepts of Brahman as one, may guide an individual to choose the value of compassion in respect to all beings by considering ‘them’ as part of ‘us’ and ‘ourselves’ as a part of ‘whole’.

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