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The 16 Dreams of King Kawsala – Buddha Predictions

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The 16 Dreams of King Brahmadda  && Buddha Predicted the Brain Drain

Myanmar version here – 16 Dreams of King Kaw Tha La

Once upon a time there was a king called Kawsala who was ruling in Benares, in northern India. One night he had 16 frightening nightmare dreams. He awoke in the morning in a cold sweat, with his heart thumping loudly in his chest. The 16 dreams had scared him to death. He was sure they meant that something terrible was about to happen.

King Kawsala knelt down before the holy man and then sat next to him. He asked, “Your reverence, can you tell me the meanings of my 16 dreams?””Of course I can,” said the forest monk. “Tell them to me, beginning with the first eight.”

The king replied, ‘These were the first eight dreams:

roaring bulls with no fight, midget trees bearing fruit, cows sucking milk from calves, calves pulling carts with bulls trailing behind, a horse eating with two mouths, a jackal urinating in a golden bowl, a she-jackal eating a rope maker’s rope, one overflowing pot with all the rest empty.” 

‘Tell me more about your first dream,” said the monk.

“Your reverence, I saw four pure black bulls who came from the four directions to fight in the palace courtyard. People came from miles around to see the bulls fight. But they only pretended to fight, roared at each other, and went back where they came from.”

“Oh king,” said the holy man, “this dream tells of things that will not happen in your lifetime or in mine. In the far-off future, kings will be unwholesome and stingy. The people too will be unwholesome. Goodness will be decreasing while evil increases. The seasons will be out of whack, with sunstroke on winter days and snow storms on summer days. The skies will be dry, with poor clouds and little water. Harvests will be small and people will starve. Then dark clouds will come from the four directions, but even after much thunder and lightning, they will depart without letting rain fall – just like the roaring bulls who leave without fighting.

“But have no fear, there will be no harm to the people of today.

Now tell me your second dream.”

“Your reverence. I had a dream where tiny midget plants grew no more than one foot tall, and then flowered and gave fruit.”

“Oh king,” said the holy man, the soil will be poor for growing crops, and humans will live short lives. The young will have strong desires, and even young girls will have babies – just like midget trees bearing fruit.

“But this will not happen until the distant future when the world is declining. What was your third dream, oh king?”

“Your reverence. I saw cows sucking milk from their own calves. born the same day,” said the king, shuddering with fear.

“Be calm,” said the monk, “this too will not happen in our lifetimes. But someday people will no longer respect their mothers, fathers, mothers-in-law and fathers-in-law. People will give everything to their own children, taking over the savings of their elder parents and in-laws. Then, by whim alone, they may or may not feed and clothe their elders. So the elderly will be at the mercy of their own children – just like cows sucking milk from their day-old calves.

“But clearly it is not like that today, oh king, so you have nothing to fear. Now tell me your fourth dream.”

Somewhat relieved, the king continued, “Your reverence, I dreamed I saw big strong full-grown bulls following behind bullock carts. They were being pulled by frail awkward calves. The calves stopped and stood still, unable to pull the heavily loaded carts. Caravans could no longer travel and goods could not be taken to market.”

“There will be a time,” said the holy man, “when unwholesome stingy kings will no longer respect wise experienced judges. Instead they will appoint young foolish judges, granting them the highest privileges. But they will not be able to make difficult decisions. They will become judges in name only, doing no real work – just like the calves who can’t pull the carts. Meanwhile, the older wiser ones will offer no help, thinking it is no longer their concern – just like the bulls trailing behind.

“Again you have nothing to fear, oh king, from those far-off times when all the nations will be poorly run by the young and foolish.

What was your fifth dream?”

“Your reverence, my fifth dream was very strange indeed. I saw a horse eating with two mouths, one on each side of his head!” Again the king trembled as he spoke.

The forest monk said, “This will happen in another far-off future time, when unwholesome foolish kings appoint unwholesome greedy judges. Not caring in the least about right and wrong, they will take bribes from both sides in the same case – just like a horse eating greedily with two mouths.

“Now tell me your sixth dream.”

“Your reverence, I dreamed I saw a golden plate worth a hundred thousand pieces of money. People were holding it and coaxing an old skinny jackal to urinate in it. And that’s just what he did!” said the king, making a face.

“Oh king, this too will come to pass in a far-off time when the kings will be outsiders, not born in the ruling families of the countries they rule. So they will not trust the experienced ministers from the native noble class. They will replace them with low class ministers they can control more easily. Meanwhile the old nobles will depend on the new ruling class. So they will offer their high class daughters in marriage to the low class ministers – just like golden bowls urinated in by jackals.

“But this will not happen in your time, oh king. What was your seventh dream?” 

“Your reverence, I dreamed I saw a man making a rope and letting it pile up under his chair. There a hungry female jackal was eating the rope as it fell, without the man knowing it.”

“There will come a time,” said the monk, “when women’s cravings will increase. They will desire men, strong liquor, jewelry and all sorts of useless possessions. They will spend a lot of time window shopping. Paying more attention to their lovers than to their husbands. they will ignore even the most important household activities. And they will waste all the money earned by their husbands – just like the jackal devouring the rope that is produced by the rope maker.

“But as you can see, oh king, these times are not upon us. Tell me about your eighth dream.”

“Your reverence,” said the king, “I saw one big pot full of water, and many small empty pots, in front of the palace gate. All the warriors, priests, merchants and farmers were bringing water from all directions. But they were pouring it only into the big pot. That one was overflowing and wasting the water, while all the little pots remained empty!” Again the king shook in fear as he spoke.

“Have no fear, oh king,” said the holy man. “Way off in the future the world will be declining. The land will be less fertile, so crops will be harder to grow. The richest will have no more than 100,000 pieces of money – there will be no more millionaires! Even the kings will be poor and stingy.

“The kings and the wealthy will make all the rest work for them only. The poor will be forced to bring all their products, grains, vegetables and fruits to the warehouses of the rich and powerful. And the barns of the hard working poor will remain empty – it will be like the big pot filled to overflowing, with all the little ones empty.

“So now you know the meanings of your first eight dreams. They have foretold:

thunderclouds with no rain, young girls having babies, the elderly at the mercy of their children, young foolish judges with no help from the wise, greedy judges taking bribes from both sides, low class ministers with high class wives, wives wasting the earnings of their husbands, the rich taking from the poor leaving them nothing.

“So your mind may be at peace, oh king, regarding these first eight dreams. Clearly such times are not upon us, and these dangers are not to be feared in the present day.”

The Frightening Sound of ‘Munch, Munch, Munch’. (Chap. 3.)

“Indeed,” said King Kawsala to the humble forest monk, “you have set my mind to rest concerning my first eight dreams. But my last eight dreams are even more frightening. I must do something to prevent the doom they predict.” Again the king began shaking uncontrollably with fear and panic.

“Calm down,” said the holy man, “and tell me these dreams also, that I may relieve your distress.”

The king replied, ‘These were my last eight dreams, the ninth to the 16th: a pond that’s muddy in the middle and clear by the shore, rice cooking unevenly in a pot, fine sandalwood traded for spoiled buttermilk, empty pumpkins sinking in water, solid rocks floating on water. giant snakes gobbled up by tiny she-frogs, royal golden swans waiting on a bad village crow, the frightening sound of ‘munch, munch, munch’.” 

“Please tell me the details of your ninth dream,” said the monk.

“Your reverence, I dreamed I saw a pond which was deep in the middle and shallow by the shore. It was filled with all five kinds of lotuses, and there were all kinds of animals – two-footed and four-footed – drinking near the shore. And yet the water remained clear by the shore, and got muddy only in the middle. How could this be? What does this mean?”

“Oh king,” said the forest monk, “in the distant future there will be only unwholesome kings. They will rule based on their will power, along with their anger and fear. They will not care at all about wholesomeness and justice. They will be much more interested in becoming rich from all kinds of bribes, than in the well-being of the citizens. No longer will rulers have patience, loving-kindness and compassion towards the people they rule. Instead they will be rough and cruel, crushing the people to squeeze the last penny from them in taxes – just as the sweet juice is squeezed from sugar cane.

“Therefore the citizens, unable to pay the taxes and bribes, will flee to the borderlands. Soon there will be less people living in the corrupt central capitals, and the borderlands will be heavily populated by the humble

just like the pond that is muddy in the middle and clear by the shore.

“But obviously there is nothing in this for you to fear, oh good and wholesome king. What was your tenth dream?”

“Your reverence, I dreamed I saw rice cooking unevenly in a pot. Some was overcooked, some well-cooked. and some still raw.”

“Don’t worry about this either,” said the holy man. “This dream foretells a time when all will be unwholesome, not like today! Kings will be unwholesome, and so will officials and ministers, priests and homemakers, city and country folks. Amazing as it may seem, this dream indicates a time when holy men will be unwholesome too! In addition. even the gods, tree spirits and fairies will be unwholesome and wicked!

“The winds will change quickly, sometimes blowing too hard and sometimes not at all. These winds will shake the heavenly homes of the sky gods. Therefore, in some places rains will cause floods, it will rain just right in some areas, and there will be terrible droughts in other places. It will be like rice in the cooking pot – some overcooked, some well-cooked, and some raw.

“Now tell me your 11th dream, oh king.”

“Your reverence, I dreamed I saw the finest sandalwood, worth 100,000 pieces of money, being traded for spoiled buttermilk. What is the meaning of this?”

“This too indicates a far-off future time, when knowledge of Truth is disappearing. There will be many greedy shameless preachers who distort the Four Necessities: food, clothing, shelter and medicine. They will make these into luxuries, far richer than they really need.

“They will teach the worthlessness of luxuries and the unwholesomeness of greed, by preaching the Truth of nonattachment. But in return for preaching, they will require money and luxuries. So they will cause an increase in craving, rather than showing the way towards Liberation from craving. They will preach Truth only so they can obtain worthless things – just like priceless sandalwood traded for spoiled buttermilk.

“Now let me hear your 12th dream.”

“Your reverence, I saw, in a dream, empty pumpkins sinking to the bottom of the water.”

“Oh king, this foretells a distant future when the world will be upside down. So once again, you have nothing to fear in this life. Unwholesome kings will grant high positions to the low class rather than the high class. The low class will quickly become rich and the high class poor. In all departments and functions, the ignorant words of the uneducated low class officials will be greatly respected – just like empty pumpkins sinking to the depths of the water.

“Even among the religious, humble wholesome monks will lose respect, while the unwholesome teachings of shameless monks will be followed and adored -just like empty pumpkins sinking to the bottom.

‘What was your 13th dream?”

“Your reverence, I dreamed I saw solid rocks floating on top of the water. How strange this seems. What does it mean, wise one?”

‘This too indicates the future era when the world will be upside down. In all departments and functions, the wise words of the well-educated nobles will be ignored, due to their birth alone.

“Likewise among the religious, the words of Truth spoken by humble wholesome monks will be ignored

just like solid rocks floating away on the surface of the water.

“What was your 14th dream?”

“Your reverence, it was a frightening dream in which I saw tiny female frogs chasing big long black snakes. When they caught up to them they cut them and broke them in pieces like water lily stumps, and then gobbled them up!”

“There is nothing for you to fear in this dream either, oh king. This represents a future time when the world will be declining. The wholesomeness in people’s natures will decrease. Desires will increase in their minds until they are enslaved by their cravings. Because of this, men will be under the orders of their youngest prettiest wives. The servants, bulls, buffaloes and all other household wealth will be managed by the youngest wives – due to the uncontrolled desires of their husbands.

“These wives will treat their husbands like slaves. keeping them under their thumbs. If the men ask about family affairs, their wives will say, ‘There’s no need for you to ask. Everything in my home belongs to me, not you!’ It will be like big long snakes gobbled up by tiny she-frogs.

“Now tell me your 15th dream.”

“Your reverence, I saw a crow, the kind that lives near villages. I knew he was filled with the ‘Ten Bad Qualities’. He was being followed and served by golden swans. the kind seen as kings by other birds.”

“This too indicates a distant time when all kings will be weaklings. They will be no good at riding elephants or horses, or fighting battles. So you can easily see there is nothing for you to fear, mighty king.

“Those weakling kings will be so afraid of being overthrown that they will be afraid to give powerful positions to worthy well-educated nobles. Instead they will appoint foot servants, bath attendants, barbers and so forth. And the nobles will have to become the lowest servants of the untrained new officials – just like royal golden swans waiting on a bad village crow.

“At last we have reached your 16th dream, oh king. Describe it to me.?’

“Your reverence, I will tell you my last dream, the only one that still frightens me. Ordinarily, leopards chase and eat goats. But in my 16th dream, I saw goats chasing leopards! And when they caught them they ate them up, making the sound, ‘munch, munch, munch!’ All the other animals who heard this frightening sound and saw the meat-eating goats approaching, ran and hid in the forest. The memory of this dream still frightens me, holy one.”

“Alas, even this dream applies only to the far-off time when the world will be ruled by unwholesome kings.

The lowly, who are unaccustomed to power, will become closest to the kings. They will gain power while the nobles become poor and unknown.

“In the law courts, the newcomers will confiscate the inherited wealth from the nobles – all their lands, homes and possessions. And when the nobles go to the courts to protest, they will be told, ‘How dare you argue with us! You do not understand the situation you are in. We will tell the king and have your hands and feet cut off!’ The nobles will run away and hide in fear.

‘likewise, bad monks will injure good monks as much as they please. With no one to support and defend them, the good monks will leave the cities and villages. They will live in the jungle in fear of the bad monks. It will be like all those who hear the sound of ‘munch. munch, munch’, and live in fear of meat-eating goats.

“Oh king, now you know the meanings of all 16 dreams. The last eight have foretold:

overtaxed people fleeing to the borderlands, an unwholesome world with uneven rains, Truth being taught by preachers greedy for money, ignorant and unwholesome words gaining respect, wise words and Truth losing respect, husbands enslaved by desires for their youngest wives, educated nobles in the service of untrained newcomers, noble and good living in fear of powerful and bad.”

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Wisdom 2.0 Highlights Five

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In a study of 1,848 adults conducted by the American Psychological Association, during one month nearly half of all respondents (943 percent) overate or ate unhealthy foods, and more than one-third (36 percent) skipped a meal because of stress.

I don’t know the exact reasons, but in times of frustration and difficulty, we often think eating will help the situation. Can’t figure out a coding issue on a Web site glitch… report not coming together… manager angry at us for making a mistake… if we just eat, the issue will be solved. Of course, eating a healthy meal my be beneficial in such moments, but when our eating arises from frustration or compulsion, it rarely helps and ,often hinders, the situation. In fact, eating is probably one of the most difficult areas with which to bring consciousness.

Most of us know quite well how to eat unconsciously: eat as fast as you can, doing as many other things as you can, in as noisy and hectic an environment as you can find. That’s easy. In this daily practice, we do just the opposite: we eat slowly, don’t do other things at that time, and eat the most peaceful environment we can find.

If we pay attention, our relationship to eating is often less about nourishing our body or how the food tastes and more about satisfying our desire system. You may notice that even before you have chewed and swallowed one mouthful, you already crave the next bite: even though the desired next amount is exactly the same as the one in your mouth.. I notice this with my favorite snack, cashews. As soon as i put three of them in my mouth, I start craving the next three I see in the bowl, even though i have yet to enjoy the ones in my mouth. Oddly, i want what i already have!! In such times, what we crave is not the food, but the satisfaction of getting what we want, of having our desires filled. Ironically, however, our desire is rarely filled because the moment of satisfaction is so fleeting. It exists only at the time when our desire for food is satiated by putting it in our mouth. That’s it. Once it is there and before we have chewed and tasted it, the desire for more arises.

Here is my take on it. I am a very health conscious person. And i religiously swim and go to gym every weekday. Plus whenever i am about to eat, i choose the meal very consciously not only by ingredients but also the amount. For example, i won’t drink a large amount of water within 30 minutes of every meal. My counter force is quite clear, if you have spent more than one hour a day work out, there is no reason, you cannot control your meal consciously. Guess what, whenever i have that counter force, the only strong enemy to me is not the food i like but the desire to eat that food unconsciously.

People, says, you are not happy because you don’t eat the food you want to eat because of your one hour pain you sacrifice in your work out routine. So what’s the point of having double pain?

Here is the answer. If you follow my Wisdom 2.0 Highlights closely , there are 2 pains, the one which is familiar and used to us , in this case, not doing work out and not eating consciously , meaning , eating whatever you like, to me it is really a double pain. The other way is getting out of comfort zone, doing work out and eating consciously, less pain i presume , compared to the former one.

Again, the end of this duality is to bring consciousness to the act, in this case, eating consciously.
We pay attention not only before eating, but also while eating and after eating. Any kind of counter forces will arise but make sure to register them and do not force to deny them because they are bad or good, forget all your judgmental conflicts and enjoy the moment.

Here is to fuel your thought. Remember, Buddhist way is the middle way. Let me ask you how do you know it is middle. Quite obvious right? You need to know two extreme ends first , then you know the middle. Well here it is. You already have your two extremes in this story. All you have to do is find the middle way.

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Wisdom 2.0 Highlights Four

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Because the outer responds to the inner, sometimes the best way to address the external is to align the internal.

Consider the person in the following story:

A young woman once walked into an Internet cafe and saw a man with gray hair and a wrinkled face sitting hunched over at a table, actively engaged wit his computer. He was typing fast and moving his mouse around with great speed.

Wow, she thought, that old man seems quite skilled at computers sitting at a table behind him, she noticed he was playing World of War craft and doing very well. A few minutes later, the man took off his headset and went to pick up a cup of coffee. On his return, the woman said, “I was watching you, and i noticed you’re quite skilled with computers. What’s your secret?”

“Ah,” said the man, as he slowly lowered himself into his chair, his bones creaking as he did, “I play twelve hours a day, almost never go outside, survive on Doritos and Twinkies, and down a cup of coffee every hour”.

“Impressive,” said the woman. “And you have managed to live to a ripe old age while being so tech savvy. If you don’t mind my asking, just how old are you?”

“I’m twenty-eight,” the man replied.

Hilarious, right, at least that’s what I am thinking. It does have a point though: our actions have consequences. In telling it, my intention is not to lay judgment on the choices people make. The man in the story may be living a very conscious life or he may be living largely unconsciously. Either way, these are his choices. However, for those of us who seek to live consciously and with less stress, it helps to align the internal and external, to see if our external actions do justice to what internally matters to us.

For example, if someone says, “My health and well-being are important to me,” and she lives like the man in the story, there is little alignment. And if she says, “Eating sweets and playing online games are all that matter to me,” and lives that life, her actions have integrity. Other people may agree or disagree with her choices, but the actions are aligned with what matters to her.

So, what matters to us? here is the another story.

A techie guy was walking down the street in a rare break from his computer and noticed a frog on the ground.
“If you kiss me,” the frog called out to him, “I will turn into a princess and stay with you forever.”
The techie picked up the frog, smiled at it , and put it in his pocket.
A few minutes later, the frog spoke again. “Didn’t you hear me? I said that if you just kiss me, I will be yours. In fact, I will be completely devoted to you and be the best sexual partner you can ever imagine. I will satisfy your every desire.”
The techie looked down at the frog again and kept walking.
Finally, in desperation the frog asked, “What’s the matter? I am offering you so much devotion, so much love, and so much sex. All you have to do is kiss me.”
The techie responded, “Listen, I am a techie. I spend all my time on the computer. I don’t have time for sex or a girlfriend, but having a talking frog… that’s cool.”

So , What really does matter to us? If we live like the man in the cafe, aging faster and surviving on Twinkies and Doritos, the central question is, is this aligned with what matters to us? If it is, fine. If not, then some adjustment is needed. We can make such changes not because one way is bad and another way is good, but because one way is more aligned with what truly matters to us.

As this adjustment takes place, as we better understand, clarify and give attention to the internal, we often experience a shift in the external. How many times, for example, have you greatly desired something and not been able to get it, but the moment you let go of it, the moment you released the desire, it came to you? Through an internal shift, the external responded. Or after months looking for work and finding nothing, the day you became very clear on exactly what kind of job would be best for you, it appeared. Of course, even with such an alignment, struggle and challenges still arise, but we can handle them better since we have deeper integrity and stability to your life.

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Wisdom 2.0 Highlights Three

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Consider the following:

You wake up and before your foot touches the floor on the way to the bathroom, you are hit with the list of tasks you need to complete: the report to your manager that you must review and send off, the e-mail from a colleague that has been in your inbox for the last week and needs a reply, the call to the irate customer that you have been avoiding but know you can’t much longer, and the social network you have not checked for days and has numerous messages awaiting your reply.

The list weighs on you as you attend to your morning activities. As a result, you shower quickly, down a strong cup of coffee, gobble up a pastry, and head out the door, hoping to start work early so you can get a jump start on this every-increasing list.

I should have done these things last week, you think to yourself as you commute to work. How could i have fallen so behind? As such, you arrive at your destination agitated and scattered, beginning your short walk to your office.

If you are not aware, this pattern can stay with us throughout the day. How, we might ask, do we attend to our to-do list but not carry the weight and stress of it? To answer this, we need to know following teaching by the Zen master, the art of just doing.

A renowned martial artist once went to visit a Zen master. The martial artist had spent years mastering his skills such that he was the toughest samurai in the land. He was an amazing swordsman and legendary for his ability to fight numerous attackers.

When he met the Zen master, the samurai talked about all the powers he had developed in this life how he could defeat a hundred man in battle, jump on buildings, and perform other extraordinary feats. He then looked at the master and said, “I have told you all the powers I have gained. You are well-known as a great master, but what can you do? What powers do you possess?”

The Zen master took a deep breath, and then responded, “I only have one power: When i walk, i just walk. When I eat, I just eat. When I talk, I just talk.”

You may think, What kind of power is that? That doesn’t sound so hard to me.
Let’s pick up when we left it, you were about to go to work and what we have is before arriving to office, we are burdened with all our to-do lists. One way is to carry the weight of your to-do list; the second is to drop it like the Zen master and just do it.

Think about it and here is to fuel your thoughts.

“It’s no accident that things are more likely to go your way when you stop worrying about whether you’re going to win or lose and focus your full attention on what is happening right this moment.”

The power of just doing may not seem like much, but we can compare it to the headlights on a car at night. We could think, They only let you see fifteen yards in front of us. That is not a lot. How much help can they be? However, with only that amount of visibility, we can travel across the entire country. All we really need to see is what’s directly in front of us. This may also be true in our larger life: we can do more not by focusing on what is two hundred miles ahead, on what we need to accomplish later today or next week, but on what is in the next fifteen yards, on the task at hand.

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Wisdom 2.0 Highlights Two

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One evening Nasruddin was looking through the grass in his backyard. A neighbor came by and asked, “What are you looking for?”
“I am trying to find my keys,” Nasruddin responded.
“Oh, let me help,” offered the neighbor, and the two men spent the next hour combing every inch of the backyard. Finally, the neighbor concluded, “We have looked in every possible spot back here. Are you sure you lost your keys in the backyard?”

“Oh, no,” replied Nasruddin, “I am most certain that I dropped them while in my front yard.”
“Then why on earth did we just spend the last hour looking in your backyard?” replied the neighbor in exasperation.
“Well, that is easy. You see, the light is better in the backyard so it is easier to look back here.”

You will probably don’t understand this story with feeling , what an idiot .
But we are not much different with Nasruddin. We know what helps us to live with less stress but we always fail to act.

For example, “You know if you spend more than eight straight hours on the computer you get a headache, yet you still do it” Or “You know that trying to send a text message while driving your car is dangerous, so why are you doing it?” Our response is much like that of the man in the story. We are simply doing what is easy and familiar.

We are not letting ourselves feel that impact because “the light is better in the backyard”.

However, when we let awareness guide us, we are less motivated by the thought, This is not good, not familiar, I should not do this. Instead, we feel the “not goodness.” Who knows? It could be that in this deepening of awareness, we discover that a particular pattern is not so painful, or that that pain we receive is worth the pleasure it also provides. Or it could be that through this deeper knowledge we feel the pain more completely, and a desire to suffer less arises in us such that the old pattern is no longer desirable.

We simply do not want to hold the burning ember any longer. In this approach our entire system makes the shift, not just our mind.

We could say there are two kinds of pain. One is the pain of continuing an unskillful or stressful pattern; for example, of reacting by yelling back at the person who upset us. Another is the pain we experience when we no longer repeat a particular patter. We felt this pain, for example, in not yelling back in anger after we have done so the last hundred times. The former we could say is the pain that leads to more pain, while the latter is the pain that leads to less.

In this story, we look where the light is not good and feel the unpleasantness that can lead to more pleasant change in the end by changing through awareness.

Always bring awareness to every state. If you find yourself habitually snacking on potato chips while you work and do not want to do so as much due to weight problem, bring awareness to the act. Often we experience a duality at such times, with one force saying, “I want to snack all day long. It feels so good.” At the same time, a counterfoce says, “You should not be snacking all day long. It’s not good for your health.” We then snack, but feel guilty as we do, and by doing so not only do we enjoy the food less but we add more stress to our lives since we eat with guilt. One way to end the duality is to bring consciousness to the act, in this case snacking.

We pay attention to the process with curiosity instead of judgment noticing the desire for the snack , the reaching to get it, the putting it in our mouth, and the swallowing. We snack consciously.

As you bring consciousness to a pattern , see if another action wants to emerge, if it is time for it to change. It is fine if it does and fine it does not. Notice the tendency to label it as good or bad and instead focus on your direct experience.

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Wisdom 2.0 Highlights One

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Some year ago, a student was sitting with his teacher when the teacher received a much anticipated letter from an old friend. Knowing his teacher had been waiting a long time for the letter and must have been very eager to read its contents, the student started to excuse himself.

“Stop,” the teacher boomed. “Please stay. I will open the letter later.”
“Don’t you want to open the letter now?” the student inquired, surprised. “I know how long you’ve waited for this letter and news form your friend is right there in the envelope.”

“Yes,” said the teacher, “I have waited long, but I cannot open the letter until I have conquered the haste i felt. Once that has run its course, I will open it.”

Here is my take on it, in a busy world, multitasking is a must, and how you handle and prioritize things, projects does really matter a lot. But have you ever prioritize your consciousness? Driven by haste, we unconsciously switch channel , email, cell phone etc. and jump from doing one report to other. Do you think how much of our mind can juggle at one time consciously? The answer is only one. So do prioritize your consciousness skillfully as we shift from one action to anther.

One at a time my friend, one at a time.

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Wisdom 2.0 Highlights

Category : Wisdom 2.0

It has been very long long time, that I haven’t updated my Universe. Well, here I am.

During the past few years, I clung more into spiritual reading , learning and development of inner peace. Wonder why? Before I give you the answer, here is the fact, like it or not, in this era of technology, people emphasize more on externalization , for example, frequent upgrade of mobile phones, ipad, touchpad, various app and software version we use day to day, and not to mention, follow up of latest technology like Cloud Computing, Social Media Services Facebook, Twitter, User Generated Crowd Sourcing services Reddit, Digg, Youtube, the list is never ending.

However, We tend to put little effort on internalization, defined by as,”To take in and make an integral part of one’s attitudes or beliefs”. So, what have you done to improve your integral part of attitudes , beliefs , last but not least, awareness.

I am not going to discuss about religion here, and regardless, of any religion you are in, I bet you this book will suit you and play along with you as soon as you grab it especially if you are a busy IT bee , just like me. Yes right this is it, Wisdom 2.0, one of my life changing books. This book is truly a master piece of how to bridge your internal to external with relaxed and calm state of mind. Who else don’t want to be working on thousands of projects with relaxed and calm state of mind? The answer is will you choose to fail a project with calm and relaxed state of mind or stressed and depressed state of mind. The choice is all yours.

I will be sharing all the examples mentioned in this book One by One with my inference not only targeting for sharing, but also targeting to myself as a true reminder and daily dose of my mental state.

Enjoy and Be Cool!