The Atma

I come from a family with salt in their veins (well on my dad’s side anyway, my mother’s I know nothing about). As far back as our family’s remembrance goes every branch of my one sided tree holds some sea faring adventure that could be brought to life around the dinner table: Stories of sunsets, storms and foreign lands, Stories of the brilliance of nature, the madness of man and the magical expanse of the ocean. It was soon to be no different for me.

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It was the eve of my journey and exactly one year since my dad died. I had just finished my university degree, a bachelor of marine science,which I had promised my dad I would complete. The first of the spring time northerly winds were just beginning to blow heralding the time for my departure. Continue reading →

Swallowed By The TV

I am staying at an elderly relative’s place. She keeps busy with crafts and Italian classes, cross word puzzles, and electronic jigsaws and patience games to exercise the brain and pass the time. She has an active social life, does tai chi and gardens, reads and goes to movies with friends. And watches TV. My next door neighbor, a still older woman, widowed, is visited regularly by her large and attentive family. She no longer is up to gardening, and her social circle has been more than decimated by the grim reaper. When she is alone at home, which is most of the time, she watches TV.

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I used to live in a block of flats on a surf beach on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. In the flat below us lived an old retired couple. From what they described, and as evidenced by their few mementos, they used to have a busy life, with hobbies such gardening, painting and sewing. The husband still would go for short walks along the waterfront, but his wife was semi crippled. Continue reading →

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Change

We experience it in the world around us, and in our own lives; the “ups” and “downs”, “goods” and “bads”. Sometimes we welcome it, though most times it comes unexpectedly and can be quite overwhelming.

But should we be affected by all this change, however stressful it may sometimes be? Should we let ourselves be taken around on an endless roller-coaster ride?

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Well of course not!

So how can we go about undisturbed by the circus of life?

The answer lies in the Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, an ancient Vedic scripture with the knowledge of our essence, purpose, and function.

There it states that we are not these material bodies which are ever-changing and growing, eventually dying, but in fact, we are the constant, eternal, individual spirit soul in the body. Just as we cover our bodies with different layers of clothes, we the spirit souls in these bodies, are covered by the mind, and the physical material body.

As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. The self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change.” – Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, text 13.

So knowing that we are not the body, that we are the constant person among all this change and movement, we can be more at ease. In the Vedic scriptures, there is a phrase to help us remember this: “Aham brahmasmi”, “I am spirit, not matter.” To know who you are in essence, position and function, please click here.

Whether things are going our way or not, we can always think back to this phrase and be at peace.

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