" Value based Living"


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The five human values Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Love and Non-Violence are inherent in human beings. We need to take the first step of believing this and then make efforts to bring these qualities out and use them . I am sure you will enjoy this presentation. Please put in your valuable comments and further thoughts. Many more such presentations are in pipe line !

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" Value based Living"

  1. 1. Living in accordance with the “Human Values”
  2. 2. “ Thoughts” <ul><li>Good Thoughts  Good Actions </li></ul><ul><li>Bad Thoughts  Bad Actions </li></ul><ul><li>Man is an embodiment of thoughts & aberrations </li></ul><ul><li>True spiritual practice – keeps them under control & maintain perfect balance </li></ul><ul><li>Where do these thoughts come from? </li></ul><ul><li>“ our intellect follows the lead of our activities. Thoughts arise in conformity with the attachment one develops and the results one anticipates from one’s actions” </li></ul>2/28
  3. 3. “ Thoughts” (contd…) <ul><li>Shift from thoughts concerning acquisition of material possessions & power to contemplating the glories of God will make all the difference </li></ul><ul><li>Three Monkeys: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shuts the eyes  Not to see bad ! (Right vision) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Closes the ears  Not to hear bad! (Right listening) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Closes the mouth  Not to speak evil! (Right speech) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Constitutes the very basis of life </li></ul><ul><li>Mind leads life, Sustains it & brings it to an end </li></ul><ul><li>(Cause of creation, sustenance & dissolution) </li></ul>3/28
  4. 4. “ Thoughts” (contd…) <ul><li>‘ Ruta’ </li></ul><ul><li>The truth about the ideas which generates in us, when imprinted on the heart is called ‘Ruta’ </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Truth’ </li></ul><ul><li>The utterance with our mouth of the idea that has been imprinted on our heart is called ‘Truth’ </li></ul><ul><li>Man’s </li></ul>Thoughts & Desires determined by his character & conduct 4/28
  5. 5. “ Thoughts” (contd…) <ul><li>‘ Right Conduct’ </li></ul><ul><li>Putting the words that have been uttered with our mouth into practice is called ‘Right Conduct’ </li></ul><ul><li>i.e an inseparable association between: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The idea that has arisen in the heart </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The word that we have spoken with our mouth and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The action that we have undertaken with our body! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>‘ Power of Thoughts’ </li></ul><ul><li>Travels from one person to another </li></ul><ul><li>(Thinking ill of others, will harm the other person – but </li></ul><ul><li>ten times more harm will come back!) </li></ul>5/28
  6. 6. “ Thoughts” (contd…) <ul><li>Good Fortune related to Thoughts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sowing the seeds of thoughts – one reaps the fruit – Karma (Deed) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sowing the seeds of Karma – ‘Abhyaasa’ – (Practice) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From ‘practice’ – one reaps the fruits of ‘Character’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From ‘Character’ – one reaps the fruit of good fortune </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ What is contained in the heart as a clean thought and as supreme consciousness is itself GOD and we need not look for HIM elsewhere. </li></ul></ul>6/28
  7. 7. “ Words” <ul><li>“ Words” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everything in the world has a value but the value of the spoken words cannot be easily measured. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One’s speech should be sweet, wholesome & pleasing to others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When a word of ananda (bliss) is spoken to a person sunk in despair, it charges him with elephantine strength </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When a word of despair is spoken to a person extremely strong and happy, he slumps on the ground overcome by sorrow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Words can, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Confer strength – they can drain it off! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gain friends – they can turn them into enemies! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Elevate or lower the individual! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Silence is a spiritual discipline” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Limiting talk to the absolute minimum and using it only for promotng joy and harmony will greatly benefit all” </li></ul></ul>7/28
  8. 8. “ Deed” <ul><li>Rise & fall of a man are both the consequences of his own deeds. </li></ul><ul><li>Man can escape grief or joy by cultivating the attitude of a witness, not involved in the activities he has to do </li></ul><ul><li>In every deed or act, God is present as the invisible motivator </li></ul><ul><li>God cares more for the motive behind the deed the ideal that prompts the effort </li></ul>8/28
  9. 9. “ sat Sanga” <ul><li>Harmonizing thoughts, words and deeds is true ‘Sat Sanga’. ‘Sat Sanga’ means experiencing unity. It is not just joining the company of spiritual aspirants </li></ul>9/28
  10. 10. Truth (‘Sathya’) (contd…) <ul><li>Inner significance of the word ‘SATHYA’ </li></ul><ul><li>Sath …… ya……..m </li></ul><ul><li>- Sath …..…connote LIFE </li></ul><ul><li>- Ya …….…connote FOOD </li></ul><ul><li>- M ……… connote SUN </li></ul><ul><li>Sun gives sunlight and causes rain fall which helps the growth of crops that provide us food </li></ul><ul><li>Swami says “creation emerges from truth and mergers into truth. </li></ul>10/28
  11. 11. Truth (‘Sathya’) (contd…) <ul><li>Truth is bliss! </li></ul><ul><li>Truth is wisdom & wisdom is truth </li></ul><ul><li>Divinity can be manifested only by observing sathya! </li></ul><ul><li>Truth is not merely telling the facts about what we see, hear or know. These are temporal truths </li></ul><ul><li>In its full sense truth can be applied only to what comes out of your heart in its pure form as the voice of conscience </li></ul><ul><li>It is easier to speak the truth while it needs a lot of cleverness to tell an untruth and sustain it </li></ul>11/28
  12. 12. “ Truth” (Sathya) (contd…) <ul><li>“ Spiritual essence of Human Values” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Truth is recognising the unchanging, essential nature of Divinity in oneself and in all creation” </li></ul><ul><li>How expressed? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Honesty </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intuition </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discrimination </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Integrity </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Objectivity </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>… ... and more </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>12/28
  13. 13. Righteousness (‘Dharma’) <ul><li>Two kinds of ‘Dharma’ </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Pravirthi’ (outward path) </li></ul><ul><li>- relates to worldly activities </li></ul><ul><li>- prescribes qualities required for leading life in the mundane world </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Nivirthi (Inward path) </li></ul><ul><li>- teaches knowledge of self </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Pravirthi - how task should be performed </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Nivirthi - in what state of mind the work should be done </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Dharma is the moral path’ </li></ul>13/28
  14. 14. Righteousness (‘Dharma’) (contd…) 14/28 <ul><li>Justice </li></ul><ul><li>Sense control </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of humor </li></ul><ul><li>Love </li></ul><ul><li>Dignity </li></ul><ul><li>Goodness </li></ul><ul><li>Meditation </li></ul><ul><li>Sympathy </li></ul><ul><li>Non-violance </li></ul><ul><li>Holiness </li></ul><ul><li>Peace </li></ul><ul><li>Truth </li></ul><ul><li>Fortitude </li></ul>Attributes Characteristics
  15. 15. Righteousness (‘Dharma’) (contd…) <ul><li>Every substance has its Dharma (inherent quality) </li></ul><ul><li>Eg: Quality of burning - Fire </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of ice - Coldness </li></ul><ul><li>Likewise man has a Dharma. ie. To perform all actions with purity in </li></ul><ul><li>thought, word & deed </li></ul><ul><li>“ What we do depends on what we are, </li></ul><ul><li>What we are depends on what we do!” </li></ul><ul><li>Sensual life is Adharma </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual life is Dharma </li></ul>15/28
  16. 16. Righteousness (‘Dharma’) (contd…) <ul><li>“ Righteousness is living in accord with the Divinity in oneself and all creation” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How expressed? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Conscience </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Morality </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discipline </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Healthy living </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Responsibility </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Trust </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>and more…… </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>16/28
  17. 17. Peace (‘Shanti’) <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Peace of Body </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Peace of mind </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Peace of the soul! </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Shanti ….. Shanti …. Shanti </li></ul><ul><li>May we enjoy peace for the BODY </li></ul><ul><li>May we enjoy peace for the MIND </li></ul><ul><li>May we enjoy peace for the SOUL </li></ul><ul><li>We are embodiment of peace. We should not crave for transitory peace in </li></ul><ul><li>the external world </li></ul><ul><li>Peace is another name for the steadiness of mind </li></ul><ul><li>Shanti means “the giving up of activities of the senses” </li></ul>17/28
  18. 18. Peace (‘Shanti’) (contd…) <ul><ul><ul><li>“ Peace is dwelling in the oneness of Divinity in oneself </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>and all creation” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How expressed? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Faith </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contentment </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Patience </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>18/28
  19. 19. Non-violence (‘Ahimsa’) <ul><ul><ul><li>“ The meaning of Ahimsa is that either in thought, word or </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>deed you should not cause harm to anybody </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>First, refrain from causing harm to yourself </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(Excessive eating does violence to body) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tolerance, fortitude, equanimity help to be steady in non- </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>violence </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Similarly, speaking too much, working too much, harping on </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>mistakes of others are all acts of violence </li></ul></ul></ul>19/28
  20. 20. “ Non-violence” (Ahimsa) (contd…) <ul><ul><ul><li>“ Non-violence is regarding and treating every one and everything is creation as Divinity ” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How expressed? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ethics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Harmony </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tolerance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Broad mindedness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Courage </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fairness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>and more ….. </li></ul></ul></ul>20/28
  21. 21. “ Love” (Prema) <ul><ul><ul><li>True and eternal love originates from the heart. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The best way to love God is to ‘love all and serve all’. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Strengthen day with love, spend the day with love, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fill the day with love and end the day with love.’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Love in action is Righeteous </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Love in speech is Truth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Love in thought is Peace </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Love in understanding is non-violence </li></ul></ul></ul>21/28
  22. 22. Love (‘Prema’) “Real test for Love” (contd…) <ul><ul><ul><li>Spirit of sacrifice </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Its Intensity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Originates from heart / from the source within us </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No giving up under any circumstances </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not limited to ones own family and material objects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It should be a natural feeling – we can’t create it in an </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>artificial way! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It has no reason and not bound by any rule </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It does not expect anything in return </li></ul></ul></ul>22/28
  23. 23. “ Love” (Prema) (contd…) <ul><ul><ul><li>“ Love is experiencing the bliss of Divinity in oneself and all creation” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How expressed: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Friendship </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Compassion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Empathy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Devotion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kindness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Forgiveness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>and more….. </li></ul></ul></ul>23/28
  24. 24. <ul><ul><ul><li>“ O Supremest Noble Teacher Lord Sai ” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Guide us along the path of Truth, Righteousness, Bliss </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>and Love. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Thou out the embodiment of Truth, Righteousness, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bliss and Love and these four are the secret meaning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>of successful life” </li></ul></ul></ul>The ‘Bhajan’ says 24/28
  25. 25. Let’s now sing this “Bhajan” <ul><ul><ul><li>“ Guru Dev, Guru Dev, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Guru Dev, Guru Dev </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Satya Dharma Shanti Prema Subji Deejo </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Satya Dharma Shanti Prema Swarupa Aap Hai </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Satya Dharma Shanti Prema Jeevan Ka marma Hai’ </li></ul></ul></ul>25/28
  26. 26. Let’s now pray the supreme Lord who is above everything! <ul><ul><ul><li>HE is above all Regions, He is Ramayan, He is Geeta, He is Veda, he is puranas, He is everything </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HE is above names and forms </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HIS name is a greaat ocean! </li></ul></ul></ul>26/28
  27. 27. Let’s now sing a Bhajan & enjoy the bliss! <ul><ul><ul><li>Ram, Rahimko bhajane vale – There poojari baba, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Te-re naam Ek sahara ……………………………. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>……………………………………………… .” </li></ul></ul></ul>27/28
  28. 28. Acknowledgements <ul><ul><ul><li>Sri Satya Sai Baba’s Teachings (Compendium) </li></ul></ul></ul>28/28