IVY Swadhyay - March 2018 - Simple Living: High thinking

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“Gratitude is the attitude that takes us to our altitude” said Brahmnisht Minalben. “This whole year is an auspicious celebration for all of us. Gratitude is one feeling that should constantly reside in our hearts.  Gratitude towards the enlightened souls, Param Krupalu Dev and Lord Mahavir. The more you contemplate on their virtues and imbibe them, the more evolved, tolerant and soft-spoken people we become. Negative thoughts can emerge easily and take the charge of situation. However, it becomes our responsibility to stall old habits and replace the negative with positive. Accept the real truth, instead of insisting only your own beliefs to be true. Be open to broader thinking, adapt and practice simple living.”

This is possible by practicing the 3 C’s of inner transformation:

  • Concentration: Do one thing at a time with complete attention even if it is as trivial as tying a shoe lace. Refrain from multi-tasking.

  • Commitment: Be purposeful, respectful and dutiful towards the task at hand. Practice mind-body harmony and stay committed to the task.

  • Courage: Courage is a decision, whereas fear is a reaction. Fears that aren’t faced, can become our limitations. Have faith in the Trinity. Pray to the Lord regularly. He is not going to solve all our problems but He surely strengthens us to face our issues bravely.

On the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, Minalben asked the young mumukshus to observe and practice few guidelines from Lord Mahavir’s teachings:

  • Do not disrespect your parents – Show reverence

  • Don’t not be egoistic about your abilities – Be humble

  • Do not counter-react– Be tolerant

  • Don’t be dejected by failure – Be grateful

  • Refrain from favouritism. Never take sides – Be equanimous

Reading Page 8 from ‘The pinnacle of Spirituality’: about Shrimad’s early school days’ sheds light on his courage and intelligence.  It is impossible for a diamond not to shine.

While Minalben laid the foundation, set the pace and built the momentum that would lead us to ‘simple living and high thinking’, Brahmnisht Vikrambhai highlighted the more intricate layers of devotion, dedication and development that complemented the guidelines of how one can be more virtuous.

Starting with the Bhajan ‘Ek janamyo raaj dularo…duniya no taran haaro…’ as a tribute to not only Lord Mahavir but also on the festive year of Pujya Bhaishree’s 75th birth anniversary, Vikrambhai spoke about the magical spells which are created by Lord’s divinity. Faith in the Trinity has the power to transform ‘a nar into narayan’.

Singing ‘khwaja mere khwaja’ Vikrambhai drew attention to how praying to the Lord and applauding his virtues would bring peace, patience and goodness within. Once you have studied a virtue really well, it is splendid to watch it percolate in all walks of our life. It is then we shall be able to accept ourselves, appreciate the uniqueness of others and learn to live in harmony and freedom.

When we speak of Pujya Bhaishree’s virtues, say meticulousness, we also speak of what meticulousness is not. Pujya Bhaishree is meticulous but not rigid. He is perfect in his ways and yet amazingly adapts to the circumstances. He is disciplined and has his principals but not at the cost of being disrespectful or creating hassle for others. We must train our mind to see this refined definition of his virtues and contemplate on them to realize - ‘How can I imbibe these virtues in my life?’.

Thus, this swadhyay urges us to think higher, accept vastness and rejoice wholeness.