Some awesome Truths!

Source: Collective Evolution | by MARK DENICOLA

No matter how much we believe we have our “shit” together, life carries many harsh truths, and no matter how much we may wish to run away from them, it is only through accepting them that we can take full responsibility for our lives.

You may be aware of some of these already, but for the rest, I’m willing to be the blunt bastard that tells them to you. You may hate me today, but you’ll thank me tomorrow.

For the record, this isn’t meant to be a pessimistic rant about how tough life is. It’s meant to motivate you to take action armed with this knowledge.

Here are 8 brutally honest truths you need to hear if you want to get your shit together in both video and written form:

1. You’re Going to Regret How Much Time You Spend on Social Media

Social media is amazing, and I’m as addicted to it as you are. But social media is also making us all more disconnected than we’ve ever been before through the illusion of increased connection. Yes, we are able to communicate with thousands of people with ease, but with what depth?

Social media is robbing way too many of us of real connection and real life experiences. Rather than looking at the world as we walk somewhere or ride public transit, we regress to what the digital world has to offer. If our addiction level stays the same, things could become really scary, and this doesn’t even take into account the potential repercussions of so much exposure to technology.

2. Your Reactions Are the Problem

Yes, shit happens. And quite often that shit really sucks to have to go through or deal with. But regardless of how challenging something is, it’s always our reaction to it that will dictate how much it is going to impact our lives.

You decide how much, and for how long, getting cut off on the highway is going to piss you off, and you decide how much someone’s poor opinion of you is going to make you shell up in insecurity. Let your natural reactions happen, but then consciously choose how long you want to let them impact everything else.

3. The Riskiest Thing You Can Do Is Avoid Risks

Whether or not you consider yourself a risk-seeker, there is nothing more risky than complacency. I’m not suggesting that you cannot get to a point where you are truly happy with your life and therefore simply want to sustain that lifestyle, but I’m suggesting that never taking any risks is about as dangerous as it gets.

Stop playing small if you know you want to play big, and stop telling yourself “this is good enough” if you know deep down you would love to do, create, and have so much more. The cost of taking that risk is your long-term happiness.

4. You Should Always Have Enough Money for What Matters

“I would love to attend that seminar or buy that course that can change my life, but money is too tight right now.” As true as that may be, you should always have more than enough to do the things that really matter.

The biggest obstacle is the way we instead spend it on the things that don’t. We don’t process buying a $7 premium coffee daily as an investment in nothing, but we do overthink and see spending a couple hundred dollars on something life-changing as too much. I’m not suggesting we start spending recklessly, or never treat ourselves, but rather that we do reassess how we currently spend our money.

5. People Are Going to Hate You No Matter What You Do

You can try and people please your entire life, but no matter what, some people are always going to dislike you. So rather than wasting your time trying to match what you think is the most acceptable, spend that time accepting exactly who you are.

6. Blaming Only Makes You Weaker

In the moment, to unjustly direct blame towards a circumstance or other person may seem relieving, but in the long term it really takes its toll. The less you take responsibility for your actions and decision making, the weaker you become mentally.

Taking responsibility may come with some immediate repercussions, but over time, it builds a life founded on honesty, and it strengthens your ability to tackle challenges when they do arise.

7. People Don’t Think of You as Much as You Think They Do

From our perspective, the whole world revolves around us, but there are 7 billion people who see it the same way. While we are not all inherently selfish or self-obsessed, we are all far more concerned with how we are perceived by others than how we perceive them.

So once again, embrace your true self and find peace in knowing that people are too concerned with themselves to give you as much as attention as you think they are.

8. Not Even the Perfect Relationship Is Going to Complete You

I have close friends whose long-term romantic relationships I not only admire, but also hope to one day experience. But even they, who seem to have found “the one,” recognize that true happiness comes from within and can never be filled in by another.

Relationships are an extension of our happiness and not the basis of it, so focus on strengthening the one with yourself and all of the others will follow accordingly.

Beautiful discourse by Swami Mukundananda on the Vedic teachings on Free Will & Agency.

JUN 26, 2011

When God is the actual Doer, why are the souls subjected to the results of their karmas?
I added this discourse by Swami Mukundananda here because of its sheer explanatory excellence in illuminating the Vaishnava Vedantic principles of Agency & Free Will.

Question asked by a devotee: When God is the actual Doer, why are the souls subjected to the results of their karmas?  

Answer by Swamiji:  Many people diminish the need for self-effort in their minds by saying, “Nothing is in our hands.  God is seated within us.  He is the doer of all our actions, and we act as He inspires us.”  However, this philosophy is not really true, as the following points will illustrate: 
If God were the doer of all our actions, we would never have committed any mistakes.  All of our works would have been perfect, since God can never make a blunder.  The fact that we make innumerable mistakes implies that we are performing actions with our own free will.  If God were the doer of our actions, we would not have to bear the karmic reactions.  Why would we suffer for works that God did through us?  He would either bear the karmic reactions on His own, or forgive Himself.  But there is the Law of Karma, “As you do, so you shall reap.”  This implies that we ourselves are responsible for what we do. God is impartial towards all souls and perfectly just.  If He was the doer of our actions, He would either have made everyone do good works and become Saints; or He would have made everyone do bad works and become demons.  But there is so much of variety in the world.  One is a Saint, like Prahlad, while the other is a demon, like Hiranyakashipu.  This variety implies that we have the freedom to choose our own actions, and we are responsible for them, not God.   If God were the inspirer of our actions, there would have be no need for Him to reveal the Vedas or any other scriptures.  There would be no need for Him to explain to us the path to perfection.  He would simply have to say two sentences: “O souls, I am the doer of everything.  So you do not have to understand what proper and improper action is.” 

It is true that God is seated within us, and He gives us the power to act.  However, what we do with that power is decided by our own free will.  This is just as the powerhouse supplies electricity to your house.  If it did not give the power, you would not have been able to use any electric appliances in your home.  However, once you do have that power, what you do with it, is your own choice.  You could operate the fan, light the lamp, or heat/cool the house, as you wish.  

Similarly, God gives our eyes the power to see.  If He did not give us this power, we would not have been able to see anything.  But once we do have this power, what we see is in our own hands.  You could go to the temple and see the Deities, or you could see dirty pictures on theinternet.  God is merely giving you the power to see.  What you decide to see is your own choice decided by your free will.  Hence, we must not blame God for our mistakes.  If we do something wrong, we should take responsibility for the error and strive to correct it.

Swami Mukunananda

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Which is more dangerous, climate change or Islam?

The liberal media & their co-conspirators in academia keep bombarding us with climate change propoganda as though this phenomenon has never before happened in the planet’s 4 billion year history! In fact, climate stability has been the exception rather than the norm in the natural history of this planet. So, what are they trying to accomplish by doing this?

The devious left wants the developing world to be denied the benefits of Grid distributed electricity & the consequent industrialization that would result! This would serve a number of their goals. Firstly, it would keep the developing world economically poor & politically unstable in order to better exploit their resources & be susceptible to externally funded forces of social and cultural destruction and disruption. Secondly, it would also enable Africa & the Muslim world to continue to be a net source of unskilled & illegal immigration into North America & Western Europe in order to benefit the super rich with cheap labour & hasten the process of cultural breakdown & replacement among the lower economical segments of society.

Therefore, it’s imperative for them to convince us that the greatest enemy we face is the chimera of climate change & not the reality of Islamic extremists in our midst and often right next door. Constantly, we are told that only a *small* fragment of Muslims are dangerous because they’ve been somehow brainwashed into an ideology that’s foreign to their religion. I’ve even heard the BBC & Indian MSM compare demonic groups like ISIS & Al Qaeda with homegrown activists like the VHP & RSS! The comparison in the case of the RSS is so ludicrous that it’s malicious intent is quite apparent!

Unfortunately, large segments of our media drugged societies believe this balderdash that’s constantly being drummed into into their pathetic, unthinking brains! We need to find ways to reverse this barrage of mind numbing Voodoo zombiefication that the media spews out if we’re going to be able to save the very souls of our ailing societies!

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How can we have a Hindu Rashtra when we don’t even precisely define what Hinduism is!

It is a matter of intense frustration for me when Hindus routinely define Non-Hindu & Anti-Hindu religions to be Hindu. Admittedly, this perversion of Dharma was first promulgated by Nehru & his Hinduphobic lackeys in an insidious attempt to dilute the purity & power of Sanatana Dharma!

It is not at all uncommon to see Hindus on various social media platforms defending Non-Hindu religions like Buddhism & Sikhism and diluting their own faiths in the process. No Buddhist or Sikh would agree that they are Hindus! These religions contain teachings that are in fundamental contradiction to Vedic teachings & their committed followers are fully and correctly cognizant of this fact. One often sees this ridiculous stance even parroted by Hindu Nationalists.

Buddhism is a religion that died out in India some 600 years ago or thereabouts. It thrives in various Asian countries in forms that would be utterly unrecognizable to the Ancient Buddhists of India. The teachings of Buddhism moreover, have evolved after the Buddha’s passing in ways that would be inimical to his original teachings as well as to Vedic Dharma! Buddhism as practiced today is a Soulless & Godless religion that is also intensely Anti-Hindu! This can easily be seen in a casual perusal of Buddhist literature that deals in interfaith issues. Moreover, in India, Buddhism is often used as a political ideology that is positioned to attack Hinduism & India’s unity! Vedic Acharyas like Shankaracharya, Ramanujacharya & even the Patanjala school have dedicated reams of literature dedicated to refuting the conclusions of this false Dharma! It would be a matter of intense disappointment to our spiritual ancestors to know that we’re not able to distinguish True Dharma from Falsehoods. The fact that we must recognize is that Buddhism as it exists today is most emphatically neither Hindu nor even Indian!

Sikhism is another religion that is considered to be Hindu in today’s India. Nevermind that the Sikh religion itself considers itself to be a mixture of Hinduism & Islam. The Guru Granth Sahib itself is a mixture of the writings of Hindu Saints & Muslim ideologues. The teachings of Sikhism moreover forbid the principle of Deity worship and adopt the Abrahamic dogma of conceiving the Supreme being as an amorphous entity. Moreover, recent political events have ensured that Sikhs consider themselves far closer to Islam theologically & politically than to Hinduism. The most interesting issue here is that Hindus feel obliged to appease a community that is thoroughly inimical to it & is less than 2% of the total population of India. This indicates an extremely low level of cultural self confidence among Hindus.

A viable Hindu Rashtra must be based on the Eternal principles that underpin Sanatana Dharma and not on mere nationalistic values. This requires us to go against acquired conditioning and be willing to acknowledge differences between religions and not attempt to reduce everything to a meaningless & impotent unity. The enthusiastic study of the Vedic Scriptures in conjunction with their authentic commentaries will be a good start to this end though a program of sharing what one has learned by teaching it to others is equally important.


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