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Self-development is the only answer.

Despite having more comforts than the generations before us, we seem to have less happiness and peace than our predecessors. Living a fulfilled life sometimes sounds like an unobtainable myth. Self-development is the only answer.

Self-development is not a new concept and can be found in the relics of every religion on earth. Today I will attempt to combine ancient wisdom with modern relevance to give you some pertinent advice on how to live a more fulfilled life.

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Righteous Conduct

Because we do not live on this earth alone it is important that we have a code of honour, dignity and respect towards ourselves, our fellow human beings, and all other living beings. It is the basis of individual progress and social welfare. Righteous conduct develops character.

  • Material Wealth

Material wealth is a basic human necessity. Without material security we cannot keep our body and soul satisfied. One cannot have thoughts of emotional and spiritual growth if his material needs are not fulfilled.

  • Satisfaction of legitimate desires

Desires when unrestrained lead to disintegration of the body and mind, yet when suppressed , create an unhealthy state of body and mind, making life drab. What then is legitimate desire? Pursuit of wealth and enjoyment, unless guided by righteous conduct, can make a person greedy and selfish.

  • Freedom of Spirit

The quest for freedom is what distinguishes a human being from other creatures. Freedom is the ultimate goal of life. A man lives a fulfilled life when he discovers that his soul is the soul of all living beings and things, and that his happiness and peace depends on the happiness of all.

Self-development is an inner maturity which comes during the course of time and with experience. No one can give these experiences to us, they come to a person who is ready to face life’s challenges. Self-development is a life-long process, it is learning from the successes of others as well as from their mistakes. An old proverb says “Learn from others mistakes, because you cannot live long enough to make all the mistakes” .

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EASTER

Easter, although it comes around once a year

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I am a practising Hindu, and after having practised the Catholic faith for approximately 9 years, I understand and appreciate the Passion of Christ. Easter, although it comes around once a year, should be a reminder to all Christians to acknowledge and appreciate the sacrifices and suffering that Jesus Christ went through for his children. The reason for his crucifixion was so that all Christians should be absolved of their sins.

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“Forgive me father for I have sinned” should not be taken lightly, and although a kind and loving father forgives his children, we should not act like insolent teenagers taking advantage of the kind nature of God. Anybody that has observed Lent, Good Friday and Palm Sunday should do so with a heart filled with compassion. With a heavy heart as you relive and repeat the steps taken by Jesus Christ you should feel what He felt, crown of thorns, wooden cross upon his shoulders, bare footed across many miles and then nailed upon the very same cross for the salvation of you, his children. Many of us would not even make such sacrifices for our own parents or children, and yet He made it for you. Be grateful for his graces and appreciate what was done for you.

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Behave like the ideal child and make your father proud of you. Love all, be kind to all, hurt none with your words or the sword for this is what Jesus Christ died for. Sin no more against friend or foe. Remember all the “Our Father’s” or “Hail Mary’s” that you’ve repeated over the years and make a decision this Easter to sin no more.

Amen

GRATITUDE

GRATITUDE

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As the Law of the Universe prescribes, what you focus on expands. Whether you focus on lack or abundance, what you put out into the Universe is what you will get back. This is how it was for thousands of years and this is how it shall forever be.

If what you focus on expands, isn’t it a good idea to focus on things that you want instead of focusing on things that you do not want. If you are grateful for what you now have you shall be blessed with more in the future. If you focus on your lack now, less shall be given to you, or even worse, that which you have will be taken from you.

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If we look at life in that light we will be thanking everyone that does even a little thing for us. Each day upon waking, if you are grateful for your good health, you shall be blessed with even greater health. Each day when you go to work, be grateful for your job, and you shall be blessed with better opportunities. When you are grateful for the money that you’ve earned you will be blessed with more even a thousand fold.If you are grateful for the people in your life, you will be blessed with many many years with them.

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Thanking people whenever you get an opportunity, brightens the day of two people, when you give a smile or a thank you, it is more rewarding to be the giver, then your soul will smile and the Universe will shower you eternal smiles. Expect nothing, do not hold out barter,and nothing will be expected of you. Give with your heart and only good things will be bestowed upon you. Gratitude begets plentitude, that is the law of life and that should be the attitude of your life.

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WHAT IS KARMA?

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The word karma has its origin in Hinduism, and a loose literal translation would mean ones deeds and the effect such deeds yield. It is often misconstrued that karma only means punishment for past misdeeds, however this is not true. A good and merciful God also rewards the good actions of a good man.

Although this is a concept that had its origin in Hinduism, it does not belong exclusively to the Hindu’s. I have found this concept in the Bible as well “ As you sow, so shall you reap”, and its meaning- you will be rewarded or punished as per your actions. If we understand and accept all that is found in the Bible and the Vedas, as spiritual beings, why are we still struggling to rise above everyday challenges.

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Right living is simple as explained in our great books, it is the interpreters who have complicated it by over analysing and defaming the original message. The original meaning is that we should act in a way that is pleasing to God in order to get the rewards that we deserve as we can see from various religions.

Krishna–“Fixing your heart on Me, you will overcome every difficulty by My grace; but if from self-conceit you do not listen to Me, you shall perish utterly.”

Mohammed–“If you rely upon God as He ought to be relied upon, He will provide you as He provides the birds: they go out empty and hungry in the morning and come back big-bellied at eventide.”

Native American–“All things give thanks to You, O Wakan-Tanka, who are merciful, and who help us all. We ask all this of You because we know that You are the only One, and that You have power over all things!”

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All religions believe that we receive our rewards and punishment either in this life or in death. However Hinduism, because of its belief in rebirth believe that if we do not receive our benefits and punishment in this life, same can and will be meted out to us in our next life.

This theory to me, as a Hindu makes sense, how else do you explain the difference between the place, family, society and circumstances in which people are born. It is said in the vedas that our previous life determines this life and what we do in this life determines the circumstances of our next life.

Karma is the intertwined knot that has no beginning and no end, this symbolizes the interlinking of cause and effect, if you desire only positive results act only in a positive manner.

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LOOKING FOR MEANING

Our interpretation of events are based solely upon our personal perspective and opinion. We are sometimes biased about certain events due to the incorrect perspective we have taken in interpreting such a situation.

As the only life force that can think and reason shouldn’t we be using this “power” in a more effective way? I truly believe that nothing happens in our life by pure co-incidence or luck. Everything, from the birth of a baby to going through a divorce happens by design. If, instead of mourning certain events, we look for the meaning behind it, we are sure to come out of any situation stronger.

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There will be situations in your life that may seem beyond your control, like losing a job for example, but many who have gone through this will tell you in retrospect it was the best thing that could have happened to them, and there will still be others who tell you it was the worst thing that happened in their lives. What sets these two groups of people apart despite facing similar situations?

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It is their perspective or interpretation of the situation that either strengthens you or destroys you. Perspective around a situation normally comes from our past experiences, upbringing or social situation but mostly from whether you have a positive or negative mind-set. Past experiences, upbringing and social situations are all external factors that should have very little baring on how we choose to think and live our lives. I am not denying the fact that society matters or that your past is important. All I am saying is that you should not let those external factors determine where you are going.

Once you realise that there is meaning behind everything, you will start looking for the positive in every situation. Initially it is difficult, especially if you are or was a pessimist, but once you realise that it does not help your current situation to mope around or stress about the events in your life, it will become easier to look for the meaning behind everything.

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A negative mind does not bear positive fruit, this is what you need to realise when working through a difficult situation. Once you manage to clear your mind of all negativity then only will you awaken to the maxim that anything is possible.

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THE IDEA OF FAITH

Suyan Budhoo - Life Coach at DurbanThe idea of faith is often associated with belief or trust in a deity, doctrines or teachings of religion. Faith can be a synonym for hope, which is not necessarily based on proof.

The word faith as it appears in Wikipedia does not bear any connotation to man’s belief in himself. Faith in one’s self should be the first lesson we learn when we begin school, and yet for some strange reason that is never taught in any curriculum.

Business Coach JohannesburgA basic skill like confidence and an enquiring mind is left out of the curriculum completely and yet we demand from our children excellence and astuteness.How unfair we are in our expectations when we do not take the time to instil in our children the very thing that we demand from them.

Faith in God is necessary, however man should not be afraid to question certain rituals and rites that he is required to perform. We are after all living in a technological age where google is allegedly a better parent than real mothers and fathers.There are still some things better learnt through experience and love rather than a laptop or iphone and faith is one such topic.

Personal Executive CoachThe Old religions have taught religion through instilling fear in children. It was said that some ill fete will befall the person that did not comply with certain codes and who did not conduct themselves in a certain way. We should therefore encourage healthy discourse between children and adults when it comes to religion or faith. If we want religion to survive with and through technology we need to be flexible in our approach. A rigid religion with no explanations will suffer to survive this rapid changing world.

The new religion to have faith in ourselves is what appeals to the young masses of today. How can we know the world if we don’t know ourselves? This is what the major religions need to align their teachings with. Faith in one’s self, God and community is what will bring our world closer to peace and further away from hate crimes and war.

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