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Life Pointers

I just thought of putting here few pointers which I intuitively trust and is the core of my spiritual belief system. As with any beliefs, you can totally disagree with what is being mentioned below. If you know me; you already know how imperfect I am. For those who do not know me; do not have any high opinion about me based on my spiritual beliefs or writings. You are definitely bound to be disappointed.

1) “Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.”- Albert Einstein

2) “Once you realize that all happens by itself, call it destiny, or the will of God, or mere accident, you remain as witness only, understanding and enjoying, but not perturbed. You are only responsible for what you can change. All you can change is only your attitude. There lies your responsibility.”- Nisargadatta

3)  “Whatever this body is to do and whatever experiences it is to pass through was already decided when it came into existence. This is not to be taught to all. Even if we tell them, it will lead to endless discussion.”- Ramana

4)   “If the moon, in the act of completing its eternal way around the earth, were gifted with self-consciousness, it would feel thoroughly convinced that it was traveling its way of its own accord on the strength of a resolution taken once and for all.  So would a Being, endowed with higher insight and more perfect intelligence, watching man and his doings, smile about man’s illusion that he was acting according to his own free will.”- Albert Einstein

5) “Whatever is happening is bound to happen. There is a series of events; a scenario is written down. So according to the scenario, things happen. There is no volition as far as an individual is concerned; things happen on their own. When that is seen, there is already a certain peace of mind.”- Nisargadatta

6)  “Whatever is destined not to happen will not happen, try as you may. Whatever is destined to happen will happen, do what you may to prevent it. This is certain. The best course therefore is to remain silent.”- Ramana

7)  “I do not believe in freedom of will. Schopenhauer’s words, ‘Man can indeed do what he wants, but he cannot want what he wants’, accompany me in all life situations and console me in my dealings with people, even those that are really painful to me. This recognition of the unfreedom of the will protects me from taking myself and my fellow men too seriously as acting and judging individuals and losing good humour.” – Albert Einstein

8)  “In reality things are done to you, not by you. Your desire just happens to you along with its fulfillment or non-fulfillment. You can change neither. You may believe that you exert yourself, strive and struggle. Again, it all merely happens, including the fruits of the work. Neither is by you and for you.”- Nisargadatta

9) “The human being lives on fictions. For example, the human being knows that the sun is stationery and that it is earth that is in movement but nonetheless in his daily life he accepts the fiction that sun rises and sets. So the understanding is that all this is an illusion and that you do not have free will, but in life you must act as if you have free will.”- Ramesh Balsekar

The only spiritual practice I do  is to keep the above pointers in mind and still act and function as if both myself and others are having freewill. It may sound paradoxical; but it works very well for me:-)

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