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Motivation And Humility
Gratitude, Motivation and Humility are some of the ingredients of success.
Take action. If you cannot do great things, try to do small things
great. You may not see any doors open now, but once you believe
totally and blindly in yourself and believe that you can do whatever
you decide, many doors will open for you. It doesn’t matter what
your background is,it doesn’t matter where you are coming from,
but the doors will not open until you get ready, and it is entirely up
to you. You are not defeated unless you let yourself be defeated.
To accomplish what we want, we need to know what we need to know and be the person we need to be; we are where we need
to be, where we have aimed our thoughts. Open your mind, be humble, otherwise you take the risk of staying where you are.
Until we become humble, in our stubborn mind, we cannot profit by the wisdom, experiences and thoughts of others; there is
always room for improvement.

Motivation is needed all the time we breathe and even more when we don’t trust in who we are and in what we do. Believe
in yourself! Unless you have confidence in yourself, you will not be able to accomplish anything but more unaccomplished
dreams and frustrations.

Blindly believe in you and in what you do and in what you can accomplish,even if you have the highest obstacle in front of
you. The only thing that stops you from crossing, climbing or going through that huge obstacle is what you think about yourself.

The size of your self-esteem, your essence and your confidence has to do directly with the image you have about you and
who you really are. Your essence energizes the movie, which plays in your mind, every time you have to cope with a task or face
a challenge.
Gratitude, responsibility, honesty and self-respect are things you must make
sacrifices for, because without them, you are nothing. So be respectful, responsible
and honest. Be confident, have trust and blindly believe in yourself. Stay motivated
and enthusiastic, with a burning desire to succeed. Be clear in life. Create a plan,
focus only on that plan and take uninterrupted action with passion, discipline and
patience. And above all, don’t worry about the results; definitively you will succeed
when all the pieces of the puzzle get in place.
Yes, you can. There is nothing impossible to the person who has a definite and clear
purpose. Every morning, every day, when you are in front of the mirror, talk to that special
person in front of you and tell him/her how good, smart, valuable, capable, intelligent and
loved he/she is.
Thoughts create or magnetize our personality and attitude. Dominating
thoughts will eventually reproduce themselves in outward physical actions and
gradually transform into physical realities. The thoughts we have, from the time we
wake up, will definitively determine our attitude, our day. We bring to our lives what
we think about most of the time, and where we guide or focus our mind, is where we
end up.

Starting in the morning, we make choices. We either decide to accept negative
thoughts and therefore spoil our moments and even our day, weeks or years, or we
decide to plant positive images in our mind and have days full of satisfaction,
happiness, prosperity, peace and all the beauties that life has for all of us.

Influence your thoughts so you will stimulate your action and you will gradually
become a self-reliant, confident and successful person. Until we die, we all need
motivation. Keep yourself motivated, create the habit of been motivated every day;
focus, breathe, smell, laugh, dream,  touch and hold motivation.
There are so many things for which we should be appreciative, for which we should have hope, be grateful,and therefore be
motivated. Talk to yourself as much you can. Imagine and feel yourself accomplishing all you want. Think about the things you
already have accomplished and also the accomplishments that have brought you confidence, satisfaction and happiness to
your life.
THE CALM
Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.


THE DIGNITY
Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture.


THE ABILITY
The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn't fall.


THE GRACE
People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.


THE ORDER
No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.


THE SACRIFICE
Fifty workers stayed back to pump seawater in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid?


THE TENDERNESS
Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.


THE TRAINING
The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that.


THE MEDIA
They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No silly reporters. Only calm reportage.


THE CONSCIENCE
When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly.
10 Things To Emulate From Japan
The mischevious mind
People have forgotten how to sleep naturally - they need candles, perfumes, oils, CDs, books and pills. They cannot
even sleep naturally. And I say, you are the biggest pauper living on the earth if you cannot even sleep naturally. How does it
matter how many billions you have in your bank accounts? How does it matter how comfortable you are in your opulent houses,
in your apartments, if you cannot even sleep naturally? A poor person, who can sleep naturally, is then richer than you!
People are more obsessed with outer attainments. They do not want to look into their own
mind. They are happy with these fake identities, fake reality, fake lifestyles and it is such a
mind-boggling thing even to listen to this, that what we are living is a fake life. Then people
get angry; they become very frustrated and sometimes they begin to hate me for saying
these words. I do not fear anyone, so I say it, because I have nothing to lose and nothing to
gain from anyone. I have to state what the truth is - I have to say that.
“Who am I?” should be the question to haunt you day and night. And
that can be a great transforming moment when we begin to address this
issue. We do not want to address this issue. That is the reason we have
all these consolations. We have things, we have people, we have club
memberships, we have spa memberships, and we have great
memberships of great places. And then we have some gurus and some
good books lying on our coffee table.
Thus, these conditionings are putting us down. So, in one way or another, until and unless we do not begin to face this reality
of ‘fakeness’, nothing is going to happen. We can live in our fools’ paradise for as long as we want. But some fortunate,
blessed ones, lucky ones get this final jolt on their heads. Then they begin to think, ‘What’s wrong?’ And the day, the moment
you begin to think about your mind, about your consciousness, about the level of your emotions, about the way you are living
your life – that is the turning point. From that point onwards, no one can hold you and you will just grow and grow and
grow…and finally reach the point where enlightenment happens. You do not grab enlightenment. You do not buy
enlightenment. It cannot be gifted to you. You need to evolve to reach that point.
Our mind is so mischievous, so smart and so intelligent. It has a great power and that is to create justification for
everything. We can justify anything, any situation; anything can be easily justified. And with this tool or with this
power of justification, we are happy even if we are sitting in a sewer, because we will justify that, “Who has lived in a
sewer? I have. Who can match me? Who can match me?”
Then we have another consolation - because I give good charity to the church or the synagogue or the temple or the ashram -
now I think that God is very happy with me, so nothing can go wrong. I have bought even the blessings of God. I have ensured my
entry into paradise and that the best suite will be given to me. Why should I worry? I have the best here, I will have the best there
too and that is what makes people happy. The question is: Are they really happy? Will they really remain happy?
They justify everything. If they are non-believers, they justify that. If they are believers, they justify that. If they meditate, they justify
that, and if they do not meditate they justify that too. If they are vegetarian, they justify that. If they eat steak, they justify that. If they
can sleep, they will justify that and if they cannot sleep, they will justify that too.Men and women are justifying animals!
Why am I Away From Bliss?
When you sing the glories of the Lord, or when you repeat a mantra, or do japa, do you feel the bliss in
your heart? Or when you say that the rock candy is sweet and whoever eats it, it is sweet for them, but if
someone does not find it sweet, then you will say that something must be wrong with that person’s taste
buds. You will never question the sweetness of the rock candy because it is undoubtedly sweet.
“Why can I not experience the ecstasy within?”

If God is bliss then you too should feel the same but your eyes are on the hands of the clock to see if it’s time to now
get up. Also whilst reading the scriptures you are wondering why it is taking so long to finish. The mind keeps on
wondering, the mind will not rest for a while. On the other hand, those who feel oneness with God, for them time
ceases to exist. When you sit to meditate you are just counting minutes and seconds passing by which means that
you are not meditating upon the timeless existence.
It is said by the mystics that if you walk one step towards God, He will walk thousand steps towards you.
Similarly if God is bliss and yet when we pray or get connected to His name, you too should be
experiencing immense joy, as it is proclaimed and is accepted by all scriptures, mystics and saints.
But this is not happening in your case, not even a shred of joy you experience and yet you never
question yourself – what is wrong with you?
Whenever a person meditates, or is trying to be one with the Lord and the Lord is pure bliss then definitely the time should fly.One who
tastes the divine love, one who is mesmerized with true love need not do anything else to experience tranquility.
It is very easy to go into deep silence after enlightenment. I believe many Masters have chosen to remain
silent and never speak about their attainment.

Enlightenment is not a toy and you are not a child to boast and show it off to others.

The one who knows will never say I know. And the one who says I know definitely does not know.

The glory of God is limitless. Language has its limitations. Through words we cannot explain the divinity or
the majesty of the divine. Who can sing, who can rightfully and appropriately praise God? Indeed no one can!
What is deeksha?
What is deeksha? When the mind of the disciple connects to the mind of the guru - that is deeksha. The disciple surrenders his mind to
the guru and the guru accepts. When the mind of the guru and the disciple become one, then we say that the disciple has been
initiated by the guru. They share an intimate, deep relationship. This alliance is at the level of the heart and thence whatever is within
the guru, will naturally start to pervade into the disciple.
Say, you want to listen to the FM station on your radio and you are
searching for it. You will be able to listen to the station only when you
are able to tune your radio to catch the particular wavelength, isn’t it?
If those particular wavelengths are not available, you will not be able
to listen to FM. Similarly, by staying in close proximity with the guru, if
the disciple’s mind gets tuned in on the guru’s wavelength, then the
guru need not say even a word, not a single word. In that situation the
nectar of knowledge will percolate into the disciple’s heart without any
need left for words – a wordless communication. And this is the
essence of deeksha.

Now, the one who has received this deeksha automatically receives all
its benefits, all the benediction. But the one to whom this event has
not yet occurred remains incomplete.
If you want to take refuge in a guru then you have to surrender your ego, you have to purify your
mind. Only then can the heart to heart bonding happen. You need to empty your heart of all worldly
desires and make a place for the Beloved to reside on the throne of your heart. If you don’t clear up
the clutter and make space for Him, where will He sit?
It entails then that if you want to connect to the guru, then connect in such a way that the guru enters
and becomes established in your mind. The love should be so vast, so deep that any physical
distance from the guru should then not matter at all, not a bit. If the minds become one, get unified,
then the concept of distance becomes meaningless. The inner meeting with the guru is such that
then the disciple no longer remains a disciple; the disciple then becomes the guru - they have
become so close that they have become one. Such should be the depth of your love for your guru.
Just receiving a guru-mantra is not deeksha. Deeksha happens when you
surrender your very self to the guru. Putting aside your ego, your intellect, your
mind, the day the heart connection happens; that will be the day one can say that
deeksha has taken place.

Only the one who has killed his ego can be born anew before his guru. If you
retain your old identity – meaning a dirty, impure mind, a mind full of attachments
and thoughts - and with that you go to the guru, then there can be no relationship
with the guru. It was not there earlier, nor can it happen in future. Whatever you
are, however your mind is in the present; that has to die; that identity of yours has
to die. The entire identity which is associated with the body has to be wiped out
and only then you get a new identity from the guru. This is when deeksha
happens.
Deeksha means to merge with the guru. The guru has merged with God, so what is the meaning of
deeksha? - to merge with God. Now who can merge with God? - Only the one whose mind is clean,
whose mind is pure.

There are so many personalities within you. One part of your mind says that I want to listen to satsang.
But the other part of the mind will contradict this by bringing up thoughts like, ‘No, you will incur a
monetary loss; attend to the business!’ The third part of the mind will say, ‘What will you get by going
there? The DVD will be out later – we’ll listen to it at home.’

And another part of your mind that has heard a few discourses says, ‘Everything has to be ultimately left
behind here, so why should I work myself  to death?’ Today the state of your mind is such that you think
one thing, you say something else, you do a third thing and you want to do a fourth thing. So you
yourself do not know what it is you want.
Within you, there are multiple minds, not just one mind and each mind has its own unique ego, its own identity. Each mind says –
‘Listen to me!’ At night, you sleep with this thought that in the morning I will wake up early. In the morning when the alarm rings and it is
time to wake up, another mind crops up. It says – ‘Just leave it, get up early tomorrow, now go back to sleep! You are enjoying such a
wonderful sleep.’ So your mind is scattered. This is called Multiple Personality Disorder.
Live your life by remaining thought-less, by emptying the mind of thoughts.Sounds can
come out of a flute only because the flute is empty. Sounds can emerge from a tabla
because under the goat-skin, there is absolutely nothing in the tabla; it is empty!
Contrast that with your mind – it is filled with so much garbage; how on earth can the
divine music emerge unless you empty your mind?

A mind that is so full of the pandemonium of thoughts, there is no place for knowledge to
enter; meaning, there is no place for the guru to enter either. So, if there is no place for
the guru, then how can there be any place for deeksha? Only the one who is not
hankering after food or drink, who has no interest in useless idle talking, who day and
night just wants to know the Unknowable – only such a person can be called a disciple
and he alone is eligible for deeksha.
Just receiving a mantra is not deeksha. Simply walking around with a locket of the guru’s photograph is not deeksha. Just hanging the
guru’s photograph in one’s house is not deeksha. Contributing some money once or twice a year does not mean one is a disciple.

To become a disciple is extremely difficult; very difficult indeed. To fall in love is not easy; to fulfill love’s obligation is not easy. To put
your life on the line is not easy. And in this deal, it is not that you can make offerings of wealth, or give up wealth, or give up clothes.
Here, you have to give up your heart. Here, you have to offer your head, meaning your ego. Only he or she can be a disciple whose
mind is pure, clean and untainted, without any sin and without any desire whatsoever.
GEMS
Did You Thank Allah for Your Eyesight?
A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up
a sign which said: "I am blind, please help." There were only a few coins in
the hat.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped
them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some
words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see
the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the
blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see
how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you
the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?"

The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different
way."

What he had written was: "Today is a beautiful day and I cannot see it."

Do you think the first sign and the second sign were saying the same
thing?
Of course both signs told people the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told
people they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

"It is He, Who has created for you (the sense of) hearing (ears), sight (eyes), and hearts (understanding).
Little thanks you give."
The words reflect one's inner self
Mahmud was a very pious man, but he was not very attractive looking. One day, he was walking along
the road, minding his own business, when a lady came up to him, and started calling him names and
abusing him. This lady kept saying all kinds of nasty things, and Mahmud just listened to her patiently.
Finally, when she was finished calling him names and abusing him, Mahmud just greeted her, smiled,
and said, "and a nice day to you," and continued on his way.

Why did Mahmud, the pious man, behave this way?

It is because he knew that everything the woman said was just a reflection of her own inner self.

If you use bad language, you are just making obvious to everybody how far away you really are
from Allah, since your words are in reality a reflection of your own inner self.