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Creeping up Slowly
September 07, 2015

It’s all very well to nod wisely and to say, Yes I realise that change is part of life. We all know it in theory but how many of us cultivate that awareness in practice? How many of us will practice that in the reality of our lives?

And how do you do that? Well one way is to complete a Needs Audit form periodically – say every three months and when you do, see what you said three months ago. Notice the changes over those three months and think to yourself what might have prompted those changes – good or bad, helpful or unhelpful. And then of course decide what you might choose to do about it.

I have a simple Needs Audit form – feel free to download here

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by Sophia Yasmeen

    First we have to forget our selfishness and not be engaged with our self-interest. Selfish people cannot feel the pain and anguish of others and are unable to feel any kind of sympathy when others suffer. We have to understand that self-interest is based on common interest. Selfishness, class-consciousness, community consciousness, etc., are all reactions of our egoistic mind. Therefore we have to be free from our ego and raise our mental faculties beyond all narrow boundaries and engage ourselves in active inspired work.

    When there are social or political conflicts, a non-violent approach can be practiced. Non-violent participants do not want to make their opponent suffer; instead they show that they are willing to suffer themselves in order to bring about change. One of the most famous leaders of a non-violent movement was Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), who opposed British imperial rule in India during the 20th century. Gandhi took the religious principle of ahimsa (doing no harm) and turned it into a non-violent tool for mass action. He used it to fight not only colonial rule but social evils such as racial discrimination and untouchability as well.

    Ahimsa is YOGA in our spiritual life. There is no duality in creation, but as long as man is obsessed with EGO there is duality and delusion. We see everywhere only name and form…that is ignorance. As long as we have ignorance, this duality exists, but by the light of wisdom ignorance disappears, and then we are able to realise that. Everything is the manifestation of the Divine Self. Whatever we see is a projection of SELF, which is a formless entity. As a conscious human being we have a feeling of what should be the path of non-violence.

    Someone may say after reading all these, that it’s nice to listen to, but completely impractical to apply in our daily life. Then my question to them will be: Is it practical to hate each other? to kill each other? to live always with fear and insecurity like an animal in the forest? Do we have any experience that by evil we can destroy other evils? On the other hand I can give many examples that by love and friendship we can turn evil into goodness. Then again, perhaps someone may say that this can be possible only for certain individuals, but will be impossible to follow on a nationwide or on an international basis. But I think that if it is not easy to march on the non-violent path, it is also not easy to have faith in violence. By believing in non-violence we at least have a hope to live without fear and with safety and happiness. But by violence we have to live like a moving dead body. Therefore we can try to use this principle. It may be risky, but not riskier than an atomic war.

    “Asato Ma Satgamaya, Tamaso Ma Jotirgamaya, Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya” (Upanishads) – "Take me from the temporal to the eternal, from darkness to Light, from death to Immortality.

Sophia is a beautiful writer and I am happily sharing her work in my Feelbetter Newsletter.

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