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Thursday, September 30, 2010

TRYST WITH SPIRITUALITY - "MANY LIVES...MANY MASTERS"

As I have always stated, I am not really a fan of reading books...The only book I have COMPLETELY read till now is AR Rahman's biography...I still have a few pages of "Wings of Fire" and more than half of "True Colors" (Adam Gilchrist's autobiography) remaining...:D..

I am in the process of making some big, tough decisions in life....and was progressing towards them with a very aggressive and intense attitude....with a fire in my belly......my uncle, an avid involver in spirituality, suggested that I read this book by Dr.Brian Weiss - "Many lives...many masters" before making such decisions....Earlier, I used to be one among the multitude of people who dismiss spirituality as some boring pile of nonsense...

However, quite like my new respect for astrology...I have now developed a respect for spirituality.....more specifically, for the kind of messages this spirituality&psychology-based book has conveyed ....

1. Never to HATE anyone/anything....and to develop a forgiving and compassionate attitude....
2. To be in peace and harmony with everyone and everything....
3. Whatever happens to you in this life...is because of your karma - it is happening to you because of some things you have done in your past lives...WHAT GOES AROUND TRULY COMES AROUND...
4. NOTHING GOES UN-NOTICED....Every single deed, good or bad...will be given its due reward/punishment....if not in this life, then in one of the subsequent lives....
5. ALL OF US ARE IMMORTAL....we take different forms in different lives....but OUR SOULS NEVER PERISH....

Debts get carried forward through lives....unfinished duties in this life give you a reason to reborn....

Anyway, the book is about a renown psychiatrist, Dr.Brian Weiss....and how an experience with one of his patients, Catherine.....transforms him completely....Catherine is quite like any other mentally affected person, quite paranoid....extremely phobic....sensitive and what not....
She is just not able to live peacefully as she fears too many things....So, she visits this guy....This guy uses the technique of hypnotic regression on her.......as it has been proven for a fact that people remember even the minutest of details ...when they are hypnotized, as they tend to use a part of their "subconscious" mind, which is not quite used when they are alert....This part is one of the remotest locations in the mind....and people tend to touch this under hypnosis....This tends to bring out fine recollections from their past.... with a high degree of precision....( I have a super-awesome memory...does this mean I am perpetually hypnotized? :D )

However, in Catherine's case....she was able to use that part of her subconscious mind, in which she was able to recollect the memories of at least 12-13 of her previous reincarnations ...spanning across millenia ...to a very high degree of precision.....She was also able to recollect memories of what had happened to her in between 2 lives...i.e. the "after-life"...i.e. the period between death and rebirth.....It was at this time interval....that "Master spirits" or Masters spoke to her....and she was able to communicating to the doctor, what the Masters were telling her...and all of these messages form the crux of the book ....Good, positive messages on how to live a good life filled with peace, harmony and love....as opposed to greed, hatred and contempt....

Catherine gets better and better with each session of hypnotic regression and eventually recovers beyond expectation....she becomes a very dynamic and attractive person....spreading an air of love and cheerfulness all over...As for the psychiatrist, the once logic-driven and completely scientific-brained guy has now begun to advocate the use of love and compassion as an effective tool towards curing patients...rather than just blindly prescribing medicines from the book.....That is simply a beautiful message, I feel ....LOVE definitely cures all.......Majority of the world's problems would SURELY be solved if people are given some love.....

Though the book does get a little repetitive, with every chapter speaking of Catherine recollecting some stories in some past life of hers.......most people might tend to think of the whole series of happenings as "BOGUS", "FAKED" etc.....well, MAY BE!!! ...POSSIBLE!! .....
BUT.....what is important is THE MESSAGE....given by the Masters in each chapter.....

Thanks to my uncle for recommending this book to me.....It certainly has had a good impact on me......I might probably no longer HATE people......If people have problems with me.....it is probably because of some wrongs I have done to them.....in the previous lives.....in Tamil terms - "thalai izhutthu".....You might see me being a little more compassionate and harmonious .....as opposed to the fighter-cock that I currently am.......that doesn't mean that if a snake comes to bite me, I will not try to kill it :P....Of course, I can't be a complete saadhu....at this point in my life.....

But it definitely makes sense ....not to have any bitterness towards anyone...as far as possible.....to forgive people as far as possible.....and to act compassionate as far as possible...because good deeds never go un-noticed......As my uncle rightly said, hatred only burns you down.....love lets you live happily.....

It certainly is time that I, a person who believes in "giving things back to people" learns to "let things go"....

I guess the happiest person on earth would be the one who is able to strike the right balance between spirituality and practicality......

Finally ....spirituality, though not the most mind-boggling thing....is DEFINITELY not nonsense.....At least, the messages it conveys are CERTAINLY worth reading and considering...

9 comments:

Abhiram said...

I see. Harry Potter odamma. Ivella jh@t beda... Actually I have also read this book. I liked his other regression stories too :)

Ashwin S Kumar said...

HEHE! :P Harry potter aa? YAAEEYY :P..

arre...but for the repeated hypnosis sessions....this book was actually quite good!

Rufus Michael G said...

Interesting :) Evrything :D

Ashwin S Kumar said...

@Rufus -

hehe...aam saer :P

Pavi said...

Cool :-) next you should read "An autobiography of a yogi by swami paramahamsa yogananda" its an awesome read :-)

Ashwin S Kumar said...

thanks :) yup....that's the next one on the list :)

peterson's bio said...

Glad to read your post; these books by brilliant minds and creative people halp us see life and its issues with different perspectives; keep up with the reading - i miss it so much. But leaving things to "karma" being the reason for things that happen to you now, and "wrongs that you might done in previous lives probably leading to people having problems with you in this life" ... seem like you can't control what happens to you in this life, and what changes you can bring about in others (this may seem a simplistic interpretation) .... if you have the passion to make a change in yourself and around you, you certainly can do it; it may not be easy, and it may not always be successful, but you would have tried. Passion could include some dislike, could be dislike for people, what they have done to you or to the society. I don't think you need to just forgive and get on, and let things go; you could use the dislike to do something positive and make a change; if you or others you care for are wronged, you certainly can give it back - not in hurtful words, give back a message that it is wrong and unacceptable, and do it nicely; get the meannes out in messages, methods and action, but try to make the positive change ....... my two bits.

Ashwin S Kumar said...

true ..:)...makes a lot of sense

Sankar P said...

I strongly believe in the Karma, even though practical evidence suggests me to do otherwise.

My Karma beliefs get diluted when I see politicians like Ramadoss, Sonia Gandhi etc. make a lot of profit, or when corrupt Government officers remain happy whereas honest ones (and their family members) have to fear for their lives or when dogs of war feast on common men (like in SL (search for killingfields video)) etc.

I realized that there is no god and that after-life is just BS, after seeing how screwed up the world is. It even went to the extent of ridiculing people who try to tell how being religious is good . A guy who inspired me a lot is George Carlin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RT6rL2UroE and also Periyaar, Annadurai, MK etc.

Now even after giving up all beliefs on God/religion, I still can't make up mind to ignore Karma. I still want to believe in Karma even though practical evidence seem to suggest otherwise, because it assures me that being honest and good will be rewarding in teh long term even though it leads to suffering or non-recognition in the present day :)