Inspiring Thoughts.

More of Sensei’s insights from Discussions on Youth (Vol.1):

“Truly respect worthy are those who base their lives on the truth – on the true reality of things.”

“Never give up. If you persevere in your efforts without giving up, someone will definitely support and protect you.”

“It is crucial that you be courageous and live proudly, believing in yourself. Those who betray you or bully others are the ones making bad causes, they are truly to be pitied.”

“The fact is only someone who has experienced pain and hardships can empathize with others and treat them with kindness. It’s essential therefore that you become strong.”

“The only way to make good friends is for you to become a good friend yourself. Good people gather around other good people.”

A Day to Life Post – 8

‘What do you do the whole day?’ is the question which doesn’t irritate me anymore. Everyone I talk to wants to know what is that I do the whole day. Just like few days back I was asked the same question by a friend of mine and all I told him a lot of things which keeps me occupied. So that’s when I thought of writing it down and making my new post.

I am in middle of a career change, which for few people is amusing and this gives them a chance to question me again, ‘Why now?’ . To be honest in my head I always go ‘Why not now’ but somehow stop myself. November 2012 is when I decided to take this decision which will make me happy. All these years I kept doing what other’s wanted me to do, but I figured if I do not do something for myself now then when. Obviously not when I am old, that time I would love to take a back seat and enjoy my old age with my future partner. I am sure we all want to do the same. Right now I have the opportunity to choose a career which I like and instead of losing it I want to grab it. I am excited about making a career in advertising and plan to become a copy writer once into the advertising world. Since November 2012 have applied to alot of agencies, gone for interviews, following up with the agencies by calling them everyday without giving up, just like mentioned in my tagline ‘Never give up’. I believe in not to give up till my last breath it could be for anything, professionally or personally. I never give up so easily and if I do then it becomes hard for me to convince my own self to start all over again. I get my willpower from my dad.

Who ever said, ‘Finding a job is a full time job in itself’, trust me was so damn right. I feel the brunt. My earlier jobs were very easy for me to get, did not struggle so much. Now times have changed and there’s a lot of competition and companies are looking for the right candidate. In these 3 months I have been disappointed many a times, frustrated and have even isolated myself sometimes by keeping my mobile phone off so don’t talk to anyone not even my family members. At the same time I welcomed every single day like a new day in my life with a smile. It has taught me a lot about myself as a person. I have always been a hyperactive by nature but this time has taught me to be bit more patient with life. I do not regret anything anymore.

Apart from this, I am even trying to change myself, be a better person for myself and trying to attain wisdom. I am grateful to my BFF for introducing me to Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism. It has helped me a lot in these 3 months by chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo every morning and evening. It is said that the rest of your day depends on your morning daimoku (chanting). I see to it that my morning daimoku’s are as vibrant as possible. There’s no time limit for chanting, a person can chant for may be 2 hours in day which is divided into an hour of chanting morning and evening each. I now slowly have reached to 40 minutes of chanting in a day i.e. 20 minutes morning and evening each. My target is to reach 90 minutes before this year ends and I think I am doing a pretty good job. There have been times when I am feeling extremely low, thought s don’t seem to stay in control, frustrated, etc. that time 10 minutes of daimoku calms me down. The law is based on faith, study and practice. You need to have faith once you start chanting, study is about the law through various books written by Sensei helping us in understanding the law better. Practice is talking about it, attending monthly meetings, taking part in the activities and so on.

Then there’s my blog, a perfect place to meet all you wonderful people from all around the world. I like to read and write, so this blog was the perfect idea. Reading others posts, all your experiences teaches me so much as a person. It’s become a part of my life now. There are times when I find myself thinking about my new post. Thank you all !

In between all this I even manage to remove time for my meditating and little bit of yoga. Couple of minutes meditating clears my head. The whole day goes by in all this. I love driving, evenings are the best time to drive around. Nowadays the conversations at my place are all relating to my brother’s wedding. Thankfully the guests list and song list is complete. So many other preparations are still pending.

I have also been asked ‘why do I always keep on smiling and laughing in between conversations’, well my answer again ‘why not’ ? I like to smile and believe in smiling no matter how tough the situation gets, life shows and slaps you every time, but I believe in smiling in such situations even. It’s not immature, according to me complaining about it won’t help you in anyway, keep a smile so even God can see how strong you are and you won’t fall down no matter what He throws at you. If you try to take the smile out of me then I won’t be myself, that’s changing me and I would only change for myself, for a better me.

4 months back I was told to lead by examples and not by words, that’s exactly what I am doing, leading by setting high examples for myself and it’s worth all the effort.

Simple Thoughts.

I am reading a book called Discussions on Youth – Volume 1 and it’s written by the President of Soka Gakkai International, Sensei Daisaku Ikeda. In this book Sensei is addressing the youth. Thought of sharing a few of Sensei’s insights :

“Life is about scaling one mountain then facing the next one, followed by the one after that. One who preserves and finally succeeds in conquering the highest mountain is a victor in life. On the other hand one who avoids such challenges and takes the easy route – descending into the valleys, for instance – will end in defeat”

“It’s not important how you compare to other’s, but how you compare to who you were yesterday. If you see that you have advanced even one step, then you have achieved a victory.”

“View all hardships you experience as the material that will enable you to develop a big heart and become a person of depth and substance.”

“There is no treasure more precious than life itself. Do not destroy or harm that treasure by giving way to feelings of despair.”

“If you abandon what you have to do, you are the one who loses out. Therefore, you must never give up.”

“Each time you fall down, just get back up. If you can pick yourself up, you can move forward.”

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.

A Simple Thought – 2

Ego, causes of all problems in which one runs without any direction.

Ego, reason for the failure of relationships.

Ego, reason for self destruction.

Ego, an over inflated belief about who you are, which always seem to pop like a balloon.

Ego, reason of keeping you away from the real you.

Ego, a devil.

Destroy the ego, before the ego destroys you.

A Day to Life Post – 7.

Valentine’s Day ! Why do we need just one day to celebrate and express Love? Why can’t we express it everyday ? Some people do but there are some who just conveniently forget their loved one’s.

What is love ? For me loving someone unconditionally is love, where you won’t let your ego come in the way of love, where you will never want to hurt the person whom you love in anyway, where you will do anything just to see a smile on the face of that person, where you are just true to that person, where you plan your whole life according to that person, where you go out of your way to show that you really care. Love has many meanings. It can’t be explained but can be expressed. So why do we need just one day, why can’t we express it every single day. We have people around us those who really care about us, maybe our families, spouse/would be, siblings, but we take all of them for granted every single day, mistreat them, hurt them in some way, disrespect them or won’t even consider their presence. Why not express love towards them every day. Our ego’s become way bigger than them. Everyone is looking for love, knowingly or unknowingly. At the end of the day all we want to do is be close to someone, everyone wants someone’s attention and acceptance. If you want to be loved and cared then even your near and dear one’s want the same.

Love can be expressed by small gestures. Money will buy temporary happiness, but money can’t buy you true love. A true love is rare to find, everyone is not lucky to find the right soul mate and yet some are foolish by not knowing their value when they have found one.

We should love someone for our entire lifetime not for just one day, that would be true love.

A Day to Life Post – 6.

I am a Bodhisattva in training and have been practicing Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism for over 2 months now. In 13th Century Japan, after extensive study of various Buddhist Sutras, Nichiren Daishonin concluded that the Lotus Sutra is the ultimate teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha (also known as Gautama Buddha). We in the practice chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo everyday. Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo is the law that permeates all life and the universe. It simply means that I devote my life to the Mystic Law of course and effect. Nichiren Daishonin regarded Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo as the Mystic Law, the natural principle governing the workings of life in the universe, the law to which all Buddhas are enlightened and the true aspect of our own life.

Once into the practice, we chant everyday and anytime of the day, which is a consistent practice. Apart from that we have monthly meetings, in which all the members come together of a particular area and chant and study more about the law, helping one another to understand the law better. The meetings are very interactive, if someone is facing a problem or has a question then our leaders and senior most members are willingly there to answer or help us out. We all encourage one another, pray and chant for one another’s happiness. We all have difficult situations to deal with in life, we all differ in personalities, habits and behaviors but during meetings we all have one common mind set and this is to propagate the law. I am the newest member in my group and still have to study a lot regarding the same. All the members are a part of an association called Soka Gakkai International (SGI) which has more than 12 million members present in 192 countries and territories worldwide. 

In one of our meetings recently while we were having our study, we came on talking about the karma which at some point in our life we all start believing in it. Karma is the accumulation of effects from good and bad causes that we bring with us from our former lives, as well as from the good and bad causes we have made in this lifetime. It shapes both our present and future. There was a time when I wouldnt believe in it much the way I do now after the practice. The best example that was given, many of us never think before hurting someone, could be in anyway either by words or in actions, we just hurt people. But does one think that by doing so he/she is collecting bad karma. No. When a person is hurt, that person has faced whatever bad karma she/he had carried. But the person who managed to hurt the other person is collecting bad karma and has to face it at some point of time in his/her life, it could come through any means. I now believe in one thing, no one can escape karma, no matter how fast you try to run. One has to confront it, if not in this lifetime then maybe next lifetime in some form or other. 

There are many things which slowly and steadily are becoming clear to me. Chanting will help me on my worst days by giving me strength to face them because after all I am human and won’t be spared by people, no one is.

I met one of my senior leader once, she asked me ‘Why will you practice once you have achieved what you came for, after that what ?’, something like that kind of question. All i said was ‘ I will chant for my family, friends, fellow member’s happiness’. But somewhere I knew this wasn’t the right answer. She gave me the answer ‘It’s wisdom.’ I had the answer in back of my mind but just didn’t say it aloud and didn’t know how to put it in words. On my way back home I thought about it again and again, that’s when I knew that yes its wisdom. Such a simple thing but not many of us are actually practicing it. We all somewhere lack wisdom, which can be achieved by changing yourself and in our practice to bring a change in yourself is called Human Revolution. When we change ourself and are happy automatically our surrounding will be the same, happy.

I would try and want to be wise and bring a change in me only for myself which will help me be a better person than what I was yesterday. It’s a daily fight and challenge. Nothing happens over night and for me nothing seems impossible. 🙂