Power to with­draw

Asian Journal - - Sprituality / Research - By Brahma Ku­maris Van­cou­ver 3467 Mon­mouth Ave Van­cou­ver B.C More im­por­tant our phone: 604-436-4795 web­site: www.brah­maku­maris.org/canada

1. Power to With­draw

• Abil­ity to con­trol at­ten­tion in­side

• Protects us from be­ing in­flu­enced or con­trolled

• En­ables pause be­fore de­ci­sion mak­ing.

• Open-eye Med­i­ta­tion helps de­velop the

abil­ity to with­draw into peace.

• Leads to mas­ter of senses

• De­vel­ops con­trol­ling power

• En­ables time to re­flect

• Virtues: • In­tro­spec­tion

• Si­lence • De­tach­ment

• Con­cen­tra­tion • Color: Blue Ques­tions to ask one­self:

• Do I have any habits that have neg­a­tive im­pact on my daily in­ter­ac­tions?

• How have th­ese habits em­bed­ded them selves in me & be­come part of my per­son­al­ity? How can I start to shift, or dis­solve, th­ese bad habits? Many spir­i­tual paths ad­vo­cate a men­tal state called de­tach­ment, in which a per­son moves away from worldly con­cerns and be­comes an ob­server of life. This is con­sid­ered to be a means of reach­ing an in­ner goal, be­cause it frees you from dis­trac­tions and con­flict. Raj Yoga also teaches ‘de­tach­ment’, but the im­age used to ex­plain the con­cept is a Lo­tus flower. The main thing about a Lo­tus flower is that it has its root in the mud. It can­not grow with­out the mud and yet its pe­tals are pure. The Lo­tus flower doesn’t turn mud into any­thing, Mud is mud. Yet mud also has nu­tri­ents needed to aid the flower’s growth. It is the same for us. We are in a sit­u­a­tion that we don’t like – ‘in the mud’. And yet it is prob­a­bly the most se­cure po­si­tion there is if we could only rec­og­nize it, not dis­tort it, and let it ‘grow us’. De­tach­ment is free­dom from slants and bias of this kind. It means see­ing the whole pic­ture. Or again, we made a mess of some­thing, ex­posed our­selves to crit­i­cism: usu­ally up­set­ting un­til there is the abil­ity to be de­tached from the task at which we had failed, to stop pro­gress­ing it and just ap­pre­ci­ate its own in­her­ent value and rec­og­nize that it will get done any­way. De­tach­ment is to be free of time, and most im­por­tantly to be free of the dis­tort­ing per­spec­tive which places ‘I’ at the cen­ter of the uni­verse. De­tach­ment is a very great virtue. It brings emo­tional safety, re­al­ism and re­fresh­ment. It makes oth­ers feel free with you, free to come and go with­out a fuss. But the mo­ment you stop lov­ing life, then de­tach­ment be­comes im­pos­si­ble, be­cause you begin to hold on to things that help. De­tach­ment is best learnt from the supreme power, who sees ev­ery­thing but never stops lov­ing. It is best demon­strated by the Lo­tus flower which touches mud, touches rock bot­tom but never loses its beauty. Beauty means to keep grow­ing – al­ways.

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