Human Excellence Self Realisation


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How to bring out the excelence in us ?

The focus of this presentation is:

"Shaping and moulding our human response towards
purposeful and useful objectives in all the spheres
of human activity”

“To ignite the spark of Human Excellence present as latent in everyone, but could not unfortunately be kindled as patent due to some reason or other”

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Human Excellence Self Realisation

  1. 1. “ Human Excellence & Self Realisation” M Rajeswaran
  2. 2. <ul><li>“ Asatomaa sadgamaya </li></ul><ul><li>Tamasoma jyothir gamaya </li></ul><ul><li>Mrutyoma Amrutam gamaya” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ lead me from the unreal to real… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>from the dark to light… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>from death to immortality” </li></ul></ul></ul>2/33
  3. 3. Focus of this Presentation <ul><li>“ Shaping and moulding our human response towards </li></ul><ul><li>purposeful and useful objectives in all the spheres </li></ul><ul><li>of human activity” </li></ul><ul><li>“ To ignite the spark of Human Excellence present as latent in everyone, but could not unfortunately be kindled as patent due to some reason or other” </li></ul>3/33
  4. 4. Focus of this Presentation <ul><li>“ Man is not a mere bundle of cells but a wonderful community of human values like </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>wisdom </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>nobility </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>grace </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>compassion, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul>4/33
  5. 5. Focus of this Presentation <ul><li>He is not a physical mixture of various tissues and organs of the body but a compound of </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consciousness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>perception </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>discrimination </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>thought </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>insight </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>steadfastness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>acuteness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>volition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>control, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>This “Human Excellence” takes man towards “Self Realisation” </li></ul>5/33
  6. 6. Back Drop <ul><li>Engine / Machine is governed by thermodynamic laws </li></ul><ul><li>Man is governed by his Unique Characteristics like </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intelligence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moral & Ethical Values </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Art & Aesthetics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social obligation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decency & Discipline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience of joy and also distress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Struggle for equality & justice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quest for liberty / Liberation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Efforts for Adoption, Adjustments & Acclimatization </li></ul></ul>6/33
  7. 7. Back Drop <ul><li>Thus,processes responsible for his ‘Human Values’ are much more subtle than exploring in terms of his biology, physics & Chemistry </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding these values & uniqueness requires independent parameters. These values result from an autonomous faculty independent of his physical faculties </li></ul>7/33
  8. 8. Requirement <ul><li>Mind, emotion, intellect, imagination and ‘will power’ should be “turned off” from all external objects & “turned to” penetrate within the depths of our inner self by ourselves irresistibly, instinctively and automatically. </li></ul><ul><li>The above efforts then impel us to discover the ‘unknown’ & reveal the supreme truth or reality. </li></ul>8/33
  9. 9. 5 Human Values <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sathya </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dharma </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shanti </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Prema </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ahimsa </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>9/33
  10. 10. Thus Human Values comprise of <ul><li>Nobel rules of good conduct: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Justice </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fair play </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Charity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Compassion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>What is Misconduct? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evil </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Selfishness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Meanness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>violence </li></ul></ul></ul>10/33
  11. 11. Human Virtues <ul><li>They are higher than intellectual values </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual man is more honoured than a powerful / wealthy / influential man </li></ul><ul><li>(Thiruvalluvar has given these virtues in 33 ‘Athikarams’ (10 couplets each) as Domestic virtues ( þøÄÈÅ¢Âø) & Ascetic Virtues ( ÐÈÅÈÅ¢Âø ) </li></ul>11/33
  12. 12. <ul><li>Is it easy to obtain? </li></ul><ul><li>No. Not at all! </li></ul><ul><li>It is the result of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strict discipline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self denial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self sacrifice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice of austerity (sternness) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ascetism (ÐÈ×) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Renunciation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purification of the senses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Giving up all material attractions / temptations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Giving one self to spiritual goals </li></ul></ul>Human Virtues… 12/33
  13. 13. <ul><li>One should nourish moral values & sense of beauty. Both are inherent in man. It has to be brought out and felt in its vividness </li></ul><ul><li>It is the divine pleasure of imagination & creation </li></ul><ul><li>“ INDIVIDUAL SOUL RECHES THE COSMIC SOUL” </li></ul>13/33
  14. 14. <ul><li>Uniqueness of these values </li></ul><ul><li>Problems in measuring them </li></ul>14/33
  15. 15. Human Limitation <ul><li>We do not grasp, evaluate, estimate or discipline things which do not have dimensions. </li></ul><ul><li>Can we measure love, beauty, grace, nobility, wisdom, dignity or the opposite side – vanity, hypocrisy, hatred, cruelty etc.,? </li></ul>… It has to be brought out and felt in its vividness… 15/33
  16. 16. Nature of happiness <ul><li>If man thinks that his happiness is due to external causes & his possession, it is reasonable to conclude that his happiness must increase with the increase of possessions & diminish in proportion to their diminution </li></ul><ul><li>Is it so? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the real experience of man? </li></ul><ul><li>In deep sleep man is devoid of possessions including his own body. Instead of being unhappy he is quite happy. Everyone desires to sleep soundly. </li></ul><ul><li>The conclusion therefore is that happiness is inherent in man and is not due to external causes. </li></ul><ul><li>ONE MUST REALISE HIS SELF IN ORDER TO OPEN THE STORE OF UNALLOYED HAPPINESS </li></ul>16/33
  17. 17. Nature of happiness – An Explanation <ul><li>When there is contact of a desirable sort (or memory there off) and when there is freedom from undesirable contacts (or memory there off), we say there is happiness. </li></ul><ul><li>It is relative & better called as ‘pleasure’. But men want absolute & permanent happiness. This does not reside in objects, but in the Absolute. It is PEACE free from pain & pleasure – it is a neutral state. </li></ul><ul><li>This happiness / peace is our real nature, Perfect bliss is “Brahman” Perfect peace is of the ‘Self’. That alone exists & is conscious. </li></ul>17/33
  18. 18. The pure ‘I’ is the reality – The Absolute Existence – Consciousness – Bliss ºò º¢ò ¬Éó¾õ 18/33
  19. 19. <ul><li>“ O Absolute eternal One! Thou out Truth, knowledge – wisdom and infinity </li></ul><ul><li>Truth is absolute eternal one. Knowledge wisdom is absolute eternal one. Infinite is absolute eternal one.” </li></ul>19/33
  20. 20. <ul><li>Let’s now sing this Bhajan: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Satyam Gnanam Anandam Brahma </li></ul><ul><li>Satyam Gnanam Anandam Brahma </li></ul><ul><li>Satyam Gnanam Anandam Brahma </li></ul><ul><li>Satyam Brahma </li></ul><ul><li>Gnanam Brahma </li></ul><ul><li>Anandam Brahma </li></ul><ul><li>Satyam Gnanam Anandam Brahma” </li></ul>20/33
  21. 21. <ul><li>Three Attributes of Divinity </li></ul><ul><li>Sath, Chit & Ananda </li></ul><ul><li>We (sath) are intelligent (Chit) and blissful (Ananda) </li></ul><ul><li>Reality is Sath (existence) Chit (Know ability) Ananda (capable of contributing to the job of awe and wonder) </li></ul><ul><li>(They are ‘dormant’ but ‘dominant’ force) </li></ul>21/33
  22. 22. “ Human (individuality) Greatness” <ul><li>Giant - Electrons, Protons, sub-atomic </li></ul><ul><li>particles, living microbes </li></ul><ul><li>Tiny – Mountains, Rivers, Oceans, Stars, </li></ul><ul><li>Planets </li></ul><ul><li>“ But for his ‘Spiritual’ greatness man is insignificant in the total Universe!” </li></ul>22/33
  23. 23. Man is ‘Spiritual’ <ul><li>Human Spirit </li></ul><ul><li>Relates to purview of the soul / spirit – more abstract rather than the concrete body functions. </li></ul><ul><li>Body & Mind are inter-dependent. Soul has a different uniqueness / specific to our nature. </li></ul><ul><li>It exists without asking for food from body. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a constituent of the cosmic Universe. </li></ul>23/33
  24. 24. Man is ‘Spiritual’… <ul><li>Human Spirit… </li></ul><ul><li>It is hidden within the living matter </li></ul><ul><li>It is a most powerful entity. It was existing, in the past, now in the present & later in the future. </li></ul><ul><li>It is non-material, a sort of energy, force, power, capacity. It is self sustained. </li></ul><ul><li>It is beyond space & time, beyond dimensions of cosmic Universe </li></ul>24/33
  25. 25. Human Consciousness <ul><li>“ Mind” has to be studied from the standpoint of “consciousness” </li></ul><ul><li>Reasoning, logic, mental discipline, concentration, deep analysis would help the above. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Meditation” is the only way to understand this </li></ul><ul><li>A ‘thought less” status! </li></ul>25/33
  26. 26. Human revelation <ul><li>Self inspiration – knowing the unknown aspect of human being – knowing the Reality – transmission to a higher being. It is the vision of his self. </li></ul><ul><li>Man thus becomes his real self. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>His moral values, then dominate. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He imposes upon himself a new rule of conduct. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He rejects the bad and chooses the good. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He develops a sense of duty to the fellow beings. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He becomes a giver than a taker. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It impels him to choose the right from the wrong. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He develops strong will power. </li></ul></ul>26/33
  27. 27. Towards Self Realisation <ul><li>Watchfulness is the ‘working state’ </li></ul><ul><li>The ‘state’ should be one of sleepless steep! </li></ul><ul><li>If we go the way of our thoughts we will be carried away by them and we will find ourselves in an endless maze </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s Go back & back and trace the source of thoughts. In that way the thoughts will disappear and the self alone will remain. </li></ul><ul><li>Only upto a certain stage, our intellect can help in understanding this. We have to realise that the ‘SELF’ transcends the intellect – the latter must itself vanish to reach the self. </li></ul>27/33
  28. 28. Nature of perception Thus in the transcendental state identity with Brahman places the man in harmony with everything and there is nothing apart from ‘Self’ 28/33 <ul><li>mental body perceives the mental creations in their manifold forms & norms </li></ul><ul><li>Dream state (Swapna) </li></ul><ul><li>Identification with the body being lost, there are no perceptions </li></ul><ul><li>Deep dreamless sleep (sushupti) </li></ul><ul><li>Gross body perceives gross names & forms </li></ul><ul><li>Working state(jagrat) </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>¯ÈíÌÅÐ §À¡Öõ º¡ì¸¡(Î) ¯Èí¸¢ </li></ul><ul><li>ŢƢôÀÐ §À¡Öõ À¢ÈôÒ </li></ul><ul><li>¾¢ÕÅûÙÅ÷ </li></ul>Death is like slender deep And birth like waking from that sleep 29/33
  30. 30. Name, Sweet Name! <ul><li>It is not possible to achieve peace & happiness without chanting and reciting the sweet name of Lard Sai </li></ul><ul><li>It is not possible to gain bliss without worshipping Lord Hari </li></ul><ul><li>It is not possible to get liberation without love, devotion and detachment </li></ul><ul><li>It is not possible to attain ‘Nirvana’ or ‘Mukti’ (liberation) without worshipping Noble Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>It is not possible to attain Samadhi or Union with God without recitation of the name of Lord and Meditation </li></ul>30/33
  31. 31. Name, Sweet Name!… <ul><li>It is not possible to attain supreme knowledge without a desire to realise God </li></ul><ul><li>No act can be a good act, unless it is done with mercy and righteousness </li></ul><ul><li>There is nobody whom we can call our own except God </li></ul><ul><li>There is no Lord, except the supreme Lord of Lords Lord Sainath! </li></ul>31/33
  32. 32. Let’s sing this Bhajan now: <ul><li>“ Sai Bhajana Bina Sukha Shanti Nahee </li></ul><ul><li>Hari Nama Bina Ananda Nahee (2) </li></ul><ul><li>Prema Bhakthi Bina Vddhara Nahee </li></ul><ul><li>Guru seva Bina Nirvana Nahee </li></ul><ul><li>Sai Bhajana Bina Sukha Shanti Nahee </li></ul><ul><li>Japa Dhyana Bina Sanyoga Nahee </li></ul><ul><li>Prabha Darshan Bina Pragnana Nahee </li></ul><ul><li>Daya Dharma Bina Satkarna Nahee </li></ul><ul><li>Bhagwan Bina Koi Aona Nahee </li></ul><ul><li>Sai Nath Bina Paramatma Nahee </li></ul>32/33
  33. 33. Acknowledgement <ul><li>Dr. N P Rao on ‘Human Excellence’ </li></ul><ul><li>Bagwan Ramana Maharishi’s Teachings </li></ul><ul><li>Thiruvallurvar’s Thirukkural </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Bajanavali’ </li></ul>33/33