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  • 1. The Power of Habits For Tolani Maritime Institute Knowledge Skill Attitude Being a slave to a bad habit or a servant of a good habit – the choice is yours. - Fred Van Amburg We make our habits… And Habits make us...Seminar Presenter : Radheshyam das, M.Tech., IIT, PowaiDirector, Vedic Oasis for Inspiration, Culture and Education (VOICE)
  • 2. Vedic Oasis for Inspiration, Culture and Education)• a cultural and educational group• trains college youth, corporates and children in principle-centered living and leadership through Drama, Music, seminars etc.• has a faculty of 120 engineers and doctors• offers several systematic seminars on topics such as Time Management, Positive Thinking etc and courses on Personality development, Character build up, Team playing, Public speaking, Group discussions etc• sends Mentors all over India and overseas to many top ranking institutes like IIT Kharagpur, IT BHU Varanasi, NIT Jamshedpur, NIT Warangal, NIT Suratkal etc• has over 20 branches connected to many of the leading educational institutes and companies.
  • 3. Seminar Presenter : Radheshyam das• President of the Pune branch of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna CONsciousness) that has over 600 centres worldwide• Director of Vedic Oasis for Inspiration, Culture & Education (VOICE)• Holds an M.Tech from IIT-Bombay• has been a top ranker during his DME, BE.Mech Engg and M.Tech.• worked with CECRI, THERMAX and MATHER AND PLATT• has been a Junior Research Fellow and Senior Design Executive.• youth counselor and Corporate Advisor• has compiled many pocket books on topics relevant to corporate circle like ‘Art of Mind control’ ‘Practical tips to Mind control’ ‘Stress Management’• has authored a series of 5 books ‘Spirituality for the Modern Youth’• offers seminars on Stress Management, Proactive Leadership, Time Management etc in companies and colleges like ISQUAREIT• ISKCON conferred upon him the ‘Global Excellency Award’ for the year 2004 for his valuable contribution to youth preaching.
  • 4. 1. What are Habits? How are Habits Addictive? What are the effects of Bad habits?2. Why bad habits are bad, although they feel good?3. Understanding the Conscious & Subconscious Mind4. How to say ‘NO’ to Bad Habits5. Power of Good Habits6. A simple Meditation technique to conquer bad habits
  • 5. 1. What are Habits?Definition (Oxforddictionary)1. Practice that is hard to give up2. Mental Attitude Examples : Bag stealing thief in the Pilgrimage Cliptomenia of a King of England Dog’s tail
  • 7. b it s a r e A d d ic t iv eHA IT B
  • 8. Habits are first cobwebs…….then cables – Spanish Proverb
  • 9. Effects of HabitHabits affect one’s destiny:- Sow a ... Reap an action thought action Sow an ...Reap a habitSow a habit ...Reap a character Sow a …Reap a destiny character
  • 10. Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldnt spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem(Dr. Spocks son committed suicide). And we said OK.
  • 11. Then someone said, lets let our daughtershave abortions if they want,and they wont even have to tell their parents. And we said OK.
  • 12. Then some wise school board member said, since boys will be boys and theyre going to do it anyway, lets give our sons all the condoms they want so they can have all the fun they desire, andwe wont have to tell their parents they got them at school. And we said OK.
  • 13. Then some of our top elected officials said it doesnt matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs. Agreeing with them, we said it doesnt matter to me what anyone, including the President, does in private as long as I have a job and the economy is good.
  • 14. Then someone said lets print magazines with pictures of nude women and call it wholesome, down-to-earth appreciation forthe beauty of the female body.And we said OK.
  • 15. Then the entertainment industry said,lets make TV shows and movies that promote profanity, violence, and illicit sex. Lets record music that encourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide, and satanic themes.And we said its just entertainment, it has no adverse effect,nobody takes it seriously anyway, so go right ahead.
  • 16. Now were asking ourselves why our children have no conscience,why they dont know right from wrong, and why it doesnt bother them to killstrangers, their classmates and themselves.
  • 17. 2. Why bad habits are bad, though they feel good?No illicit sexBy indulging in illicit sex,one loses…….• Purity,• Wisdom,• Peace of mind,• Self confidence,• Cleanliness,• Concentration,• Determination• Vichara shakti (power of enquiry),• Dharana shakti (power to grasp),• Viveka (discrimination power),and many other similar subtle qualities.
  • 18. Danger of Illicit Sex We are very sorry to inform• Dangers of Blue film watching that one of our students has poured kerosine over his body and burned himself alive, due• A pleasurable romantic affair to…….. turns into a painful fearsome nightmare
  • 19. Why bad habits are bad? No Meat-EatingWhen the animals are slaughtered, their mindsare filled with Negative emotions of Fear andViolence leading to Adrenaline secretion. Whenwe eat their meat, our minds become filled withsimilar Negative emotions.
  • 20. Why bad habits are bad? No Intoxication Drugs initially give a feeling of elation, but soon make one glide down to depression. By consuming intoxicants, your mind is not your own anymore.
  • 21. Why bad habits are bad? No Intoxication It gives immediate flickering gratification without caring for the most dangerous consequences. (sometimes even death)
  • 22. Why bad habits are bad? No GamblingGambling leads to……..6. Daydreaming stripping us of the mental energy to utilize present opportunities.2. Becoming Greedy to accumulate money. One may beg, borrow, steal or even go to the extent of murder.
  • 23. Refrain from Agents harmful toyour body, mind and wellbeingNon - Veg. Intoxication Gambling Illicit Sex Meat Alcohol Horse Race Extramarital Sex Stock Market Fish Drugs Speculation Obscene Films Sea Food Tobacco Casino Vulgar talks Eggs Paan/Masala Lotteries Quick Buck Tea/Coffee Business
  • 24. 4. Understanding theConscious and Subconscious Mind MIND Happy or Miserable? YOU ! Calm or Positive or Agitated? MIND Negative? Active or Friend or Lazy? Enemy?
  • 25. ACTIVITY• Guess the emotions?•Where are the emotions situated?
  • 26. Fear
  • 27. Disgust
  • 28. Surprise
  • 29. Happiness
  • 30. Bhagavad-gita is appreciated by :Scientists like Einstein and Openheimer who quoted from BG 11th chap when first atom bomb was droppedPhilosophers like Henry David ThoreauPoliticians like Dr.Radhakrishnan, Gandhi, Abdul KalamReligionists like Shankara, Ramanuja, MadvaProfessors like Dr.J.Stillson JudahTheologians like Thomas Merton
  • 31. Extraordinary personalities reflect on the Gita Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, when I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to the Gita and I find myself smiling amidst overwhelming sorrow. Those who meditate on the Gita will derive fresh meanings and joy from it everyday.
  • 32. Extraordinary personalities reflect on the GitaAlbert Einstein(1879 – 1955) When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe, everything else seems so superfluous.
  • 33. What is the difference between a living body and a dead body? Lord Krishna taught Arjuna : “You are not the body; you are a spirit soul.”
  • 34. Is Matter Cons cious ?Does it have D E S I R E S ?Does it possessF E E L IN G S ?
  • 35. Material View PointWe are bodies made up of matterWe are no more than a chemical bundle.Everything is finished at the time of death.
  • 36. Spiritual View Point We are not the material body of flesh and bones. We are spirit soul, encaged in the material body.We do not die when material body stops to function.
  • 37. What is the difference between a living body and a dead body? T H E U N S E E N D R IV E R O F T H E B O D IL Y C A R MOUTH TO S PE A K HORN TO S OUND E YE S TO S E E HE A DLIG HTS TO S E E HE A RT TO PUMP B LOOD RA DIA TOR TO S UPPLY WA TE R HA NDS & LE G S TO MOVE FOUR WHE E LS TO MOVE The Car cannot budge one inch without the driver; The body is termed dead without the presence of driver, the soul.
  • 38. What is the difference between a living body and a dead body? Just as the bird is trapped in the cage, the soul is trapped in the body made up of five elements – earth, water, fire, Air, ether. Not knowing their real identity as the soul, the people spend all their life in polishing the cage – pampering the body, without feeding the soul. Can you say how?
  • 39. What is the difference between a living body and a dead body? Every living body -- be it human, animal, bird, tree, reptile or any other living body – undergoes six changes – 1. birth 2.growth 3.maintenance 4.production of by-products 5.dwindling 6.death.
  • 40. The soul is covered by gross and subtle coveringsGross body : Earth, Water, Subtle body : Fire, Mind Air Intelligence Ether False Ego S oul : Eternity Knowledge Bliss
  • 41. LordSri Krishnainstructs …
  • 42. Even in the current life ‘you’, the soul is reincarnating from childhood body to boyhood the embodied “As to youth to old age. soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at Bhagavad - .” 2.13 death gétä
  • 43. What happens to us at Death? The soul leaves the gross body behind and is taken to another womb based on the quality of desires stored in his subtle body at the time of death. “As a person puts on new dresses, giving up old ones, thesoul similarly accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.” [BG 2.22]
  • 44. M e c h a n is m O f T h e M in d THE SENSESIntelligence EYESThe Decision Maker NOSE Mind TONGUE Storehouse Of Habits, EARS Unfulfilled Desires, Previous Experiences SKIN
  • 46. MENTAL DIALOGUES Eg. SMOKING HABIT MIND “FEELS”  INTELLIGENCE “THINKS” But that’s a bad habit, not good- I’m an Engineer; for you. Your parents won’t like I should know how to to see you doing this. You may become addicted to it. hold a cigar at least. Don’t get into wrong track. But you fool, why do you hurtI think its fun; everyone yourself by this bad habit, that is doing it anyway. - wastes your money, I should experience - ruins your good health and what’s life at least once. - may cause you cancer in the future.
  • 47. MENTAL DIALOGUESIF MIND STRONGER – MIND WINS – You succumb to Bad HabitIF INTELLIGENCE STRONGER – You can Resist the Temptation
  • 48. ACTIVITY• Can you see how difference howthe “MIND FEELS” andthe “INTELLIGENCE THINKS”?•Whose side will you take?
  • 49. Your choice will mould your FutureLife is made of choicesChoices decide our futureHabits activate choices
  • 50. H a b it s in r e la t io n w it h C o n s c io u s & S u b c o n s c io u s m in d MIND CONSCIOUS SUBCONSCIOUS ABILITY TO SIMPLY ACCEPTS THINK, ACCEPT AND REJECT DRIVER AUTOMOBILE
  • 51. Where do we get our scripts from?• The kind of BOOKS we read• The kind of MOVIES we see• The kind of MUSIC we listen• The kind of FRIENDS we keep
  • 52. GIGO principle• Garbage IN – Garbage OUT• Positivity IN – Positivity OUT• Negativity IN – Negativity OUT• Good IN – Good OUT!
  • 54. Handbook of Religion and Health Oxford University Press,Harold G. Koenig (MD),Michael E. McCullough (PhD) andDavid B. Larson (MD)reviewed more than 2000published experiments thattested the relationship betweenreligion andeverything from blood pressure,heart disease, cancer and stroke todepression, suicide, psychoticdisorders and marital problems.
  • 55. Handbook of Religion and Health Oxford University Press,People who attended a spiritualprogram at least once a week livedaverage seven years longer thanthose who dont attend at all.
  • 56. Handbook of Religion and Health Oxford University Press,Religious youth showedsignificantly lower levels of drugand alcohol abuse, premature sexualinvolvement, criminal delinquencyand suicidal tendencies than theirnonreligious counterparts
  • 57. Handbook of Religion and Health Oxford University Press,Elderly people with deep,personal religious faith have astronger sense of well-beingand life satisfaction than theirless religious peers.
  • 58. Handbook of Religion and Health Oxford University Press,Koening’s Conclusion: "A high SQ faithfulness toGod appears to benefit people of all means,educational levels and ages."
  • 59. Robert Arkin (Psychologist)Ohio State University explains: “The cycle of materialistic pursuits is disappointing and exhausting in the long run and can make people perpetually unhappy.”
  • 60. Patrick Glynn, George WashingtonUniversity in his book God: TheEvidence “Religious believers are found to be less prone to suicide, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, divorce, stress and depression. ”
  • 61. Patrick Glynn, George WashingtonUniversity in his book God: TheEvidence “Religious believers are found to have greater marital and sexual satisfaction and overall happiness and psychological well- being. ”
  • 62. Patrick Glynn, George WashingtonUniversity in his book God: TheEvidence “Thus statistics show that it is difficult to find a more consistent correlative of mental health, or a better insurance against self- destructive behaviors, than a strong religious faith.”
  • 63. Harvard Medical School associateprofessor of medicine Herbert Benson “Contemporary medical research is showing that the human mind and body are ‘wired for God’”. A Time cover story puts it even more explicit terms. When it comes to health, "the faithful actually have God on their side."
  • 64. Time magazine cover story When it comes to health, "the faithful actually have God on their side."
  • 65. “F or re ligion, G od is at th e b e ginning; for s cie nce , G od is at th e e nd .” -
  • 66. SUSTAIN AND ABSTAIN METHOD (SSS) - STARVE BAD HABITS abstain from BAD people and BAD objects. - SUPPLEMENT GOOD HABITS sustain with GOOD association and GOOD objects sustain through introspection and self correction - STAY AWAY from tempting environment and association.
  • 67. Break Bad Form Good Habits HabitsDesire Mind ControlDiscrimination Sharpen IntelligenceDetermination Eagerness,Dependence Association practice Prayer andDe-addiction Replace
  • 68. How to say ‘NO’ to Bad Habits? Bulletproof Armor Comes from SELF CHANGE
  • 69. Putting on the Armor ngeCha gs!3Thin
  • 70. H o w t o C h a n g e Yo u r A t t it u d e B y . . . A c c e p t in g R e s p o n s ib ilit y I am r e s p o n s ib le . . . . . f o r t h e h a b it s I’ v eATTITUDE p ic k e d u p …f o r t h e c a r e l e s s in d u lg e n c e …f o r p i c k i n g u p w r o n g E c ompa ny ATTITUD
  • 71. H o w t o C h a n g e Yo u r T h in k in g THINKING Changes come from observing logically in every situation THINKING
  • 72. O b s e r v e Yo u r T h in k in g to o k W e o do ha t s u is h d e to c a f nre th th fu I tI is s e le e ! ?H o w d id I Nm w I w i l l og e t in t o g iv e u p b a dt h is Ic w m p a n y … oh a b it ? is it ill it w i re p b co th la a in mp go ce h r an od is t a g y h c T e i n n n e in i n n so d t h e g p o e THINKING b t e
  • 73. M a n a g e Yo u r S e l f - Ta l k If you think you Can, or you think you Can’t… YOU’RE RIGHT! Henry FordI will not smoke or Oh! I will be sucked drink anymore… into the party of my friends and will be forced to smoke and drink! THINKING
  • 74. H o w t o C h a n g e Yo u r B e h a v io r ? BEHAVIOR Changes take…. 1.True assessment, 2.Determination & 3.Discipline BEHAVIOR
  • 75. C h o o s e Yo u r B e h a v io r REACTIVE Stimulus Response RESPONSIBLE My MyStimulus C hoi Res po c e ns eBEHAVIOR
  • 76. S t e p s To w a r dC h a n g in g B e h a v io r The New YOU!BEHAVIOR 4. Unconscious Competence 3. Conscience Competence 2. Conscience Incompetence 1. Unconscious Incompetence
  • 77. 5. Power of Good HabitsMind Control through Mantra MeditationSharpen Intelligence through Wisdom literaturelike Bhagavad gitaEagerness & AssociationPrayer and practiceReplace bad habits by good ones
  • 78. Through Mantra Meditation M A N + TR A M IN D E L IV E Hare Krishna RHare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
  • 79. Doctor’s Advice forStress Reduction and Positive ThinkingAccording to Dr.Herbert Benson,the Relaxation Response by atechnique based onWestern relaxation methods,Eastern meditative practices andcertain type of Prayers consisting ofFour basic elements :1) a quiet environment2) a comfortable position3) the repetition of a prayer, Chanting4) a passive attitude free from thoughts
  • 80. D o c t o r ’ s A d v ic e f o r S t r e s s R e d u c t io n a n d P o s it iv e T h in k in gIn his doctorate thesis on‘Effects of the Hare Krishna mahamantra on Stress, Depressionand the three gunas’ Dr.David Brian Wolf mentions thatby chanting Hare Krishna mantra regularly,persons who habitually think depressing thoughtssuch as, “I am worthless”train themselves to replace these thoughts with thoughtsthat are rewarding and supportive of self-esteem.
  • 81. Mantra Meditation ChantHare Krishna Hare KrishnaKrishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
  • 82. What do the majorreligions say about chanting the holy names of Lord?
  • 83. Christianity Christ glorified the Lord’s holy name by saying “Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name”
  • 84. Sikhism Guru Nanak prayed “In the ambrosial hours of the morning I meditate on the grace of the true name”
  • 85. Islam Muslims repeatedly chant the sacred name of God - “Allah”
  • 86. Buddhism Buddhists also practice repetition of the name of Lord Buddha (namu amida butsu)
  • 87. Sanätana dharma It also recommends repetition of the holy names of the Lord, in form of Mantras RAM RAM RAM OM NAMO BHAGAVATE VASUDEVAYA HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE
  • 88. N.D. Desai“Ive been chanting Hare Krishna for Leading Indian Industrialist many years, and Ive never found (Apar Limited, GE Apar anything more Lighting, CEMA Tubes, pleasurable. Apar Infotech)
  • 89. “By starting tochant Hare Krishna, Vicki Overton I feel tremendous leading European Model happiness.”
  • 90. “Chanting HareKrishna has helped Hrishikeshme face all the ups Mafatlal and downs in my CEO - Mafatlal life with a great Fabrics confidence and peace of mind.”
  • 91. “Chanting Hare Krishna has Albert Brush made a Ford tremendousOwner - Ford Motors impact in my life.”
  • 92. Hippies became Happies through Mantra meditation
  • 93. Hyperactive zone 18 Brain Wave Frequency (cycles/sec) Active zone 13 Mantra Meditator in Alpha zone Relaxed Alert zone 8 Drowziness zone 3 Sleepy zoneMantra Meditation leads to a Relaxed state of Mind with Alertness
  • 94. PLEASANT MOOD“If I start my day on a spiritual Stephen Farmernote by chanting Health food store Hare Krishna, I owner can make it through the day in a pleasant mood.”
  • 95. OPENS THE EYES OF WISDOM “Chanting has eyes toopened Grace Acquistapace things I never noticed. Its like Housewifebeautiful music – a very peaceful feeling, very satisfying.”
  • 96. STRESS RELIEF “When I am stressed out, I chant. It’s one thing Bleier Paul which charges myPrinting Executive batteries. Itclears my mind and brings meback in focus.”
  • 97. MENTAL STABILITY “When I’m Mrs. Sally nervous I find Raleigh chanting very Merchandisercalming. I don’tget shaken up at little things.”
  • 98. POSITIVE THINKING “My outlooktowards life is lot more brighter, Bruce Klienberg after starting to associate with Army Officer Hare Krishna devotees and chanting the mahä-mantra.”
  • 99. DEVELOPMENT OF “I’ve noticed MATURITY that as chanters progress from Dr. Donald R. one level to Tuck deeper level, they become Associate Professor, Western Kentucky more realistic, University more tolerant and more energetic.”
  • 100. “Chanting Hare Krishna has Albert Brush made a Ford tremendousOwner - Ford Motors impact in my life.”
  • 101. N.D. Desai“Ive been chanting Hare Krishna for Leading Indian Industrialist many years, and Ive never found (Apar Limited, GE Apar anything more Lighting, CEMA Tubes, pleasurable. Apar Infotech)
  • 102. “Chanting HareKrishna has helped Hrishikeshme face all the ups Mafatlal and downs in my CEO - Mafatlal life with a great Fabrics confidence and peace of mind.”
  • 103. “By starting tochant Hare Krishna, Vicki Overton I feel tremendous leading European Model happiness.”
  • 104. Sharpen Intelligence through Wisdom literature
  • 105. Power of Prayers PRAYERS go up Blessings Come down “ O Lord, give me the courage to change the things which can and ought to be changed,the serenity to accept the things which cannot be changed, and the wisdom to know the difference ”
  • 106. Make truth and love as thefoundation of life The world we live in is simply a drama stage. We originally belong to the spiritual world. Remember this fact and be aware that we’ve to reap the fruits for every action. Give up bad habits and prepare yourself to return back to your original home – the spiritual world.
  • 107. Thank You Very Much... May God bless you to become free from all vices and imbibe all virtues and bringforth unending Bliss !