Awaken to Many Realities

Awaken to many Realities – by Guruji Krishnananda
MantrasWe have to awaken to many Truths, many Realities. We have to awaken from ignorance. Sometimes people say that in Hinduism there are so many gods. All these gods do exist. Lord Mahavishnu is in-charge of Life and Life Forces. Lord Shiva is in-charge of the forces of destruction. Lord Brahma is in-charge of creation. And hordes of gods assist these processes.
All gods/deities are manifestations from a single God. There is one God. And here, on this earth, we can imagine Him to be Light. And from that Light all these emanations, all these manifestations came forth. God is energy. God is Light. And God is omnipresent. Everyone has to awaken to the Truth that there is only one God and all others are manifestations.
People have to awaken to the reality that the idols represent gods or deities. A god or deity is energy. The idol carries these energies. Idols are to be worshipped, no doubt, but they themselves are not the deity. Usually, the field of energy is under the ground, beneath the idol. Only a small quantity of energy is present in the idol.
Once we tried to worship Lord Shiva in Nandi Hills. We were told the energies are so huge that the entire hill carries those energies. So, the energies are under the ground and they are the deity, not just the idol.
We have to awaken to the fact that we have to go beyond ritualistic worship or Pooja. Poojas are good, but again we have to go beyond. While performing Pooja we consciously remain distant and distinct from God. When I worship and He gets worshipped, there is duality; there is distance. We have to go beyond this. There are still higher ways of Poojas and worship.
Pooja is a form of expression of our Love and respect. In Meditation, the expression reaches its maximum. We surrender to Him. We merge with Him. That is the highest form of expression of Love.
We are aware of Papa and Punya (merits and demerits). But Punya does not take us to Mukti. A good deed or Karma will give us a good effect, that’s all. Punyas take us only to heaven, not to Mukti. This does not mean that we should not do good deeds but we must know and clearly realize that putting a huge amount in a hundi (donation box) does not help us in attaining Mukti. These are simple Truths. They do not need any explanation.
We cannot appease gods by Shanti Homas or Mantras. Gods do not accept bribes and keep quiet. Most importantly, God is not pleased when we suffer. Some people pierce their tongues and cheeks with needles, etc. Those who do such acts think that God is pleased. God will never appreciate such things. You do not have to suffer. You do not have to even fast to please Him. God is not pleased by these ways.
We must awaken to the reality that God is everywhere, in and around. All that is required is a connection from our pure heart. We have to awaken to this reality. Accept this and begin living accordingly. Interact with God who is everywhere.
(Source – From Book – Guruji Speaks Volume 5)

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9/11, Katrina and Black Swan Events

The old is dying and the new has not yet been born. In between a lot of morbid symptoms arise.
The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned.
Antonio Gramsci, Italian 1891-1937

I believe the most challenging and daunting task for leadership today (in whatever arena) is to create a vivid and compelling vision of the future based upon evolving realities and not worn-out platitudes; build a symphony of voices to enroll others in that vision; and then establish the initiatives to live into that vision. Perhaps at its very core is ‘consciousness raising.’

Black Swan EventsDavid Houle, author of Age Shift, is a well respected futurist who in his blog post today had the following observations.

I do think humanity has entered perhaps the most exciting, disruptive, transformative time in our history. Across the spectrum of technology, intelligence, medicine and education we stand ready to create entirely new ways of doing things and living than those we accept from the 20th century as “reality”.  The only area I see being problematic in the next 10 years is the old economic banking system that came into being in the last century.

9/11 was truly a black swan event that altered the world. It shaped the arc of history in this century. We are still in a war that was started that day.

Katrina happened in 2005 and it is clear that New Orleans is no longer the city it used to be.  The population is down by 25% and it has become a tourist echo of its legendary past.

We live in times when the old economic models, political systems and social structures are being challenged across the board.  The “old” seems dysfunctional but the “new”, while showing itself, is not yet ready to replace the “old”.  We are entering a period of creative destruction unparalleled in history.  This is what leads me to sense a fragility in the global economy and the U.S. economy.  We celebrate on the metrics of the old as they lose accuracy and validity.

Black swan events can also help accelerate the rise of new ways of doing things, of new ways of thinking that get propelled forward to replace the old that is breaking or at least creaking under the stress.
As I have written before, the next 20 years will be more transformative than any 50 year period in history.  The outcome, the new realities of the late 2030s may well be glorious, but the road there will be full of disruption and change.  That can clearly be seen.
Black swan events cannot.
Read more . . .

Workplace Hidden Opportunities is committed to helping navigate those passageways.

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Jefferson and Adams

Jefferson and AdamsOn this day in 1813, former President Thomas Jefferson writes former President John Adams to let him know that their mutual friend, Dr. Benjamin Rush, has died.

Rush’s passing caused Jefferson to meditate upon the departure of the Revolutionary generation. He wrote, We too must go; and that ere long. I believe we are under half a dozen at present; I mean the signers of the Declaration.

Although Jefferson and Adams were bitter political enemies by the time of the presidential election of 1800, in which Jefferson narrowly defeated Adams, the two leading intellectuals and politicians of Virginia and Massachusetts had been allies and confidants during the heady, revolutionary days of the late 1770s. Following 12 years of bitter silence caused by their disagreement over the role of the new federal government, the two old friends managed to reestablish the discourse of their younger years spent in Philadelphia, where they both served in the Continental Congress, and Paris, where they served together as ambassadors to France. In 1812, Benjamin Rush, a Patriot and physician from Philadelphia, initiated a renewed correspondence and reconciliation between his two friends and ex-presidents. The correspondence continued until Adams and Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence that all three friends had signed in 1776.

Rush and Jefferson had also had their differences. Where Adams and Jefferson had disagreed over politics, Rush and Jefferson had been forced to cease their conversations about religion when they reached an impasse. Although Rush believed in universal salvation and was friendly with Universalist Judith Sargent Murray and Unitarian Joseph Priestly, he accepted Jesus as his savior. Jefferson, a deist, would never see Jesus as anything but a man.

Source: This Day in History

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Despertar a Sí

Awakeniing to YesDespertar a Sí

Despertar a sí
El amor de Dios
La luz de Cristo
La guía divina del Espíritu Santo

Allí seré luz

Escuchando si
Eterno como un hijo de Dios
Temporal como punto de luz humano en el tapiz del universo

Bendito y bendición
Voy a escuchar en una actitud de gratitud.

Pensando en sí
La mente nunca duerme
Siempre conectado, siempre está transmitiendo y recibiendo

¿Como sabemos?
La conciencia resuena desde dentro.

Comportarse con sí
Iniciar y reaccionar son los asuntos cotidianos de la vida
Bondad, respeto, perdón

Las prácticas fundamentales.

Descansando en sí
Ahora me acuesto a dormir
Rezo querido Señor mi alma para mantener
Pero si muero antes de despertarme
Yo rezo, querido Señor, mi alma la tomarás.


David Mills
22 de febrero de 2017

English translation

Awakening to Yes

Awakening to yes
The love of God
The light of Christ
The divine guidance of the Holy Spirit
I will there be light.

Listening for yes
Eternal as a child of God
Temporal as a human point of light in the tapestry of the universe
Blessed and blessing
I will listen in an attitude of gratitude.

Thinking in yes
Mind never sleeps
Ever-connected it is always transmitting and receiving
How do we know?
Awareness resonates from within.

Behaving with yes
Initiating and reacting are the daily affairs of life
Kindness, respect, forgiveness
The fundamental practices.

Resting in yes
Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray dear Lord my soul to keep
But if I die before I wake
I prayer dear Lord my soul you’ll take.

David Mills
February 22, 2017

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Social and Personal Milestones

Star Wars Opens 1977On this day in 1977, Memorial Day weekend opens with an intergalactic bang as the first of George Lucas’ blockbuster Star Wars movies hits American theaters.

The incredible success of Star Wars–it received seven Oscars, and earned $461 million in U.S. ticket sales and a gross of close to $800 million worldwide–began with an extensive, coordinated marketing push by Lucas and his studio, 20th Century Fox, months before the movie’s release date. “It wasn’t like a movie opening,” actress Carrie Fisher, who played rebel leader Princess Leia, later told Time magazine. “It was like an earthquake.” Beginning with–in Fisher’s words–“a new order of geeks, enthusiastic young people with sleeping bags,” the anticipation of a revolutionary movie-watching experience spread like wildfire, causing long lines in front of movie theaters across the country and around the world.

With its groundbreaking special effects, Star Wars leaped off screens and immersed audiences in “a galaxy far, far away.” By now everyone knows the story, which followed the baby-faced Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) as he enlisted a team of allies–including hunky Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and the robots C3PO and R2D2–on his mission to rescue the kidnapped Princess Leia from an Evil Empire governed by Darth Vader. The film made all three of its lead actors overnight stars, turning Fisher into an object of adoration for millions of young male fans and launching Ford’s now-legendary career as an action-hero heartthrob.

Star Wars was soon a bona-fide pop culture phenomenon. Over the years it has spawned five more feature films, five TV series and an entire industry’s worth of comic books, toys, video games and other products. Two big-screen sequels, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and The Return of the Jedi (1983), featured much of the original cast and enjoyed the same success–both critical and commercial–as the first film. In 1999, Lucas stretched back in time for the fourth installment, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, chronologically a prequel to the original movie. Two other prequels, Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005) followed.

The latter Star Wars movies featured a new cast–including Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen–and have generally failed to earn the same amount of critical praise as the first three films. They continue to score at the box office, however, with Revenge of the Sith becoming the top-grossing film of 2005 in the United States and the second worldwide.

Source: This Day in History

Chris Clark WTVF Channel 5 1978Personal Note: One year later at the same approximate time David Mills opened the doors of Mills and Company, a real estate enterprise, at 2112 Blair Boulevard in Nashville, Tennessee. He was thirty years old. After his career launch in September 1968 at the First American National Bank he began his real estate and construction career in 1974 with a brief stint at Mid-State Aluminum as President, then with A.J. Smith Lumber Company filling product orders, project manager at John Coleman Hayes & Associates developing Crockett Springs National Golf and Country Club and finally as project manager for The Pollack Company, Nashville’s first developer of condominiums. On February 27, 2018 he moved to Morelia, Mexico to broaden his global perspective and advance the development of Workplace Hidden Opportunities network and complete a book by the same title.

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Michael Shear introductions to the Nashville Transit issue.

NTP MapMany of you will understand how the Nashville Transit issue relates to my current project Workplace Hidden Opportunities. A quick look at the About Page will introduce that perspective.

Shaping the Future of Insurance by Rudy De Waele provides a unique and important perspective on transportation and its attendant impacts in addition to a compelling demonstration of the fact that the future of technology is NOW. I believe this presentation provides an important framework for those wanting to make a meaningful contribution to Nashville’s current and future vibrance. At this pivotal point new ecosystems requires new thinking.

Jesse Berst is Chairman at Smart Cities Council in Battle Ground, Washington and if he and his cohorts have not been involved in the Nashville discussion it seems like it would be wise.

I have only tagged a small number who have contributed to the Nashville Transit Debate and are engaged in moving the initiative forward. These individuals were on both sides of the recent referendum which was defeated.

Let me now introduced Michael Shear who can introduce his own studied perspective to the group.

The following individuals are connections of mine on Facebook with the exception of Stephen Bland who I am connected with on LinkedIn. David Condra, Turney Stevens, Diane Ferrell Neal, Michael Burcham, and Randy Rayburn. Certainly there are numerous others but I think these can invigorate the creativity.

I hope these introduction and insights will be fruitful to each of you and the future of Nashville and surrounds.

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Un Rompecabezas

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Thomas Edison

Puzzle PiecesOne of the beautiful things about being in a foreign country and learning a new language is that you can’t avoid having the refraction of your prism altered. This morning’s ‘word of the day’ and one of its examples from my SpanishDict cast such a light – un rompecabezas meaning a puzzle. The example, Me tardé horas en armar un rompecabezas al que le faltaba una pieza, translates, ‘I spent hours putting together a jigsaw puzzle that was missing a piece.’ Two unintentional things happened in the moment. I was struck by the poetic nature of the word and how it seemed to reflect something not quite put together. But then it was the example that wouldn’t let go – the fact of all that time and effort to discover a piece was missing.

Pillars of Creation NASAPutting the pieces of a puzzle together is a lot like connecting the dots in a creative exercise. There are clues to what is there to be worked with but never the knowledge that there might be a missing piece. It brings to mind one of my favorite adages, we can’t see what we can’t see. That applies to both things that might be obvious to other and things that are absent from the known landscape. The challenge for the creator is that the missing piece, or pieces, may not be apparent until the puzzle is well advanced in its construction. The mark of the artistic genius is that it’s all about dealing with the missing piece.

I would propose that in the universe there are no missing pieces – only those yet to be discovered or created.

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