July 19, 2016

Awaken The Guru Within Us

It's Guru Purnima today - a day when we express our gratitude to our academic as well as spiritual teachers (guru's).

But we all forget that there's also one guru within us which is always ready to help us and guide us. He knows all our faults and weaknesses which even our academic or spiritual guru's might not be knowing.

The word Guru is derived from two Sanskrit words: gu means darkness or ignorance and ru means the remover of darkness. Hence a guru is one who enlightens us.

The guru I'm pointing to is our inner voice - the one which resides within us.

We are so busy in the outer world that we have forgotten to listen his voice. And, in turn, we are misguided, or feel shallowness in our lives.

As per our Indian tradition we always bow down to, pay respect and obey to our guru's preaching, we also need to pay attention to the preaching of our own guru - the guru within us.

Listening to our own guru promotes self-development and maintains our inner peace.

What we need is to contact our real self and bring out the real transformation in our life.

So, we'll should (including me) start listening more to our inner guru and obey his preaching to transform our life.

Here are a few tips that I've found useful which helps in communicating with our inner-self:
  1. Practice solitude: Only if you're alone, you'll be able to communicate with your self. It is important to get away from all the noise and clutter of our life. Go to a quiet place like a garden, library, temple, etc. where no one can disturb you and start introspecting.
  2. Switch off your mobile: These days we are most disturbed with this communicating device. It plays havoc with our inner communication. Tip: Disconnect to Connect
  3. Write out: Writing out your problems clears your mind which in turn helps in getting more inputs and solutions from our inner-self.
  4. Meditate: Meditation helps in calming down our senses. Hence we can concentrate more and hence it opens our mind for suggestions.
Happy Guru Purnima.

July 15, 2016

Learning is Life Long

I'd had a training session at my office for 5 days. One thing I noticed that the trainer everyday emphasized on one thing: Learning.

He'd make us learn different topics by exercises and workshops and after each training he'd make us learn a few things by describing on what we did right and what we did wrong.

I liked his approach of making us learn valuable topics.

The thing that caught my mind was his emphasis on learning - learning everyday. He used this term frequently and was quite positive on the results.

I'd like to quote Leonardo da Vinci:
Learning never exhausts the mind.
Sometime back I was afraid of learning as I need to change gears for learning. But now I'm charged and open to learning.

July 9, 2016

Waking Up To A Pleasant Morning

My alarm buzzed on my iPhone. And I made it snooze immediately. It rang again after a few minutes.

After shutting off the alarm, while still lying on the bed with eyes closed, I realized that each time the alarm rings it gives a panic thought like “I’d be late for office”, “I won’t have time for breakfast”, etc.

On further introspection, I found that such panic thoughts are not good for a beautiful morning. It creates a negative mindset right from the time we get up. And it has a spiraling effect for the whole day.

Instead, our mornings should be pleasant and without any kind of fear, stress, or negative vibes.

Now the question is – How to make the morning pleasant?

So to make my mornings pleasant, I need to do something that elates me, something that calms my mind or excites my mind instead of sending it into the panic or stress mode.

One thing that I really like is listening to music or reading. Reading something positive - maybe some self-help books and not the newspapers filled with negativity.

Or maybe just stand out in the balcony and feel the fresh air.

Or maybe get some exercise or do yoga.

The point is that I need to refrain myself from checking my phone for Whatsapp Messages or for Email because it is not at all a good way to start your morning.

One more thing for making my mornings pleasant is to get up a little earlier. Because the panic mode starts as soon as you think you'll be late. So to avoid this, I'll get up early by half-an-hour to start with.

Whatever I do, I’d try to make my mood better and positive to take on the day.

Let’s see how it turns out tomorrow.

June 23, 2016

First Step Towards Self-Development


Off lately I’ve been constantly thinking and reading about self-development. A topic that I’d read for years while in school and college, but then I totally forgot about it.

A few blogs that I read, my own life, and the random thoughts that strike my mind enforced me to think about my own development.

I observed that I was so engrossed in the outer world. I had forgotten to talk to myself. To think about me.

These days we all are so busy with our mobile phones and the “notification world”, be it email, blogs, twitter, facebook, Instagram, etc., that we’ve totally forgotten our own world. A world where we can be alone and at peace.

Mobile phones have distracted human beings a lot. I can’t comment on all of them, to what extent they are distracted, and whether everyone feels the same or not.

We are constantly distracted by notifications. This constant supply of information in the form of Social Media, News, Blogs or Whatsapp is continuously depleting our concentration.

Our mind shuffles from one thing to another.

For example, while I’m writing this my mind at the background is working in listening mode, as if it is a Web Server waiting for a client’s request. It is constantly thinking of notification which might arrive, either on my mobile or on my email client or through phone call.

With this explosion of internet amongst the masses, we are constantly consuming information in titbits. But most of this information is all clutter. We’re reading stuff that is not at all important to us. And it clogs our mind, depleting our mental energy to think and analyse.

What we require is “Focus”.

Tip: Stay Focused with this little Google Chrome Extension

Focus on the task at hand without letting our minds waiver here and there.

And the only way is to keep our mobile phones on silent mode or better switch it off.

Coming to the point of self-development, my above observations have led me to delete Facebook App from my iPhone. It’s being almost a week that I’ve deleted and am quite happy.

Now I read books on the Kindle App or Questions and Answers on Quora.

No more updating statuses or no more reading the stuff that is not at all important for me. I don’t care who is watching which movie, who is with whom and who is feeling what.

All I care is about me and my thoughts.

I am quite happy by just deleting one app.

One more thing that I’ve done is Silent all the Whatsapp Groups.

Now, my next experiment is to turn off the Internet on my mobile phone while I’m working. Or better, put my phone in Silent mode.

This is my first step towards self-development.

June 7, 2016

The Romance of Exploring Features in Mobile Phones is Vanishing

With the recent advances in mobile technology and the availability of cheaper smart phone have resulted in diminishing the charm of buying a new phone.

Today, Android smartphones are available in price range of INR 5k-50k. The only variant in these phones, for a layman, is just the hardware part. The software remains the same, except for a few updates in the version.

So the charm of exploring new features that we had in older days is slowly vanishing. These days phones are just like plug-and-play devices. You remove the Sim Card from the old device and insert it into the new. Rest everything is backed-up online.

There is no doubt that new innovations are constantly incorporated in the software as well as the hardware, but for the layman, the phone have become just a device for their daily needs, minus the romance of buying a new phone.

P.S.: This thought came to my mind after buying Xiomi Redmi Note 3 for Kiran. She just started using it without any kind of delay or reading the manual.