Blessed Blossoms ~ Dreamy Daffodils

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Associated with Neptune, coming into bloom in the joyful Spring Season in March, Daffodils are flowers of calm feelings, temperance, dreaminess, forgiveness and also excessive behaviors & delusions. Called Narcissus, these blossoms are useful for bring cheerfulness into life, for self-love, hope, inner peace and realizations to begin afresh.

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Generally found in yellow & white hues, daffodils are popular gardening flowers with many ancient folklores and mythological associations. The most famous one being of Narcissus (which is one of daffodils popular names & species) who was blessed by Greek Gods with youth & enchanting beauty. However, they forbade him to look into his own reflection. But one day, he met a nymph of the woods named Echo and was so drawn to her affections that he overpowered her very being and she disappeared into nothingness, becoming a faded ‘echo’. This made Goddess Nemesis very angry and she decided to lure Narcissus to a lake by a mountainside, where his sight fell upon his own reflection and he was mesmerized by his own beauty. He continued looking at himself melancholic-ally and this saddened the Gods as his vanity would bring him his death. So they turned him into a scented flower ‘narcissus’ whose drooping petals resemble his bent head staring at his reflection and the seeds in the centre tears of Echo’s unrequited love.

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Daffodils are vastly used in herbal magick and spiritual work.  Narcissism is a psychological term which implies extreme self-centredness and is named after the legend of Narcissus. It is a mental disorder where a person displays abnormal levels of self-love, vanity, apathy and even dis-regards the feelings of others because of one’s innate selfishness. However these blooms are good for helping someone in depression and for those with self-image issues as the fragrance and sight of daffodils induces self-love and joy for life. These blooms are associated with Neptune’s dreamy qualities and water element. Just like Neptune is known for its mysticism, occult and sleepy energies, daffodils too are used in spell-work for attracting these realms into one’s life. Keeping a bouquet of daffodils in the bedroom is said to enhance fertility while using them in a bridal bouquet or stepping on them is said to bring misfortune.

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Daffodils are also considered powerful narcotics, their bulbs have paralyzing properties which is why Roman soldiers carried these to die a painless death in the face of being caught by the enemy and being killed.  In Europe, daffodil extracts have proved useful in experiments to treat Alzheimer’s. Its essential oil can also cure colds and cough, when used under medical supervision. Avoid using these in beauty or wellness rituals as these cause severe irritations to the skin and may cause severe rashes. Though, daffodil’s sweet notes are widely used in perfumery.

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Daffodils remain an inspiration for many poets, storytellers and artists. One of William Wordsworth’s most famous lyrical works is “I wandered lonely as a cloud” which describes how the memory of a field of daffodils soothes his emotions and makes him smile. Such is the cheerful quality of daffodils that it instantly rejuvenates the mind, body, spirit.

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Daffodils flowers to keep around the house or at shrines during spring, for welcoming blessed beginnings at a housewarming, and even for igniting an old romance. The Chinese consider these flowers to be a sign of good fortune, the Japanese for cheerfulness, The Arabic as a cure for baldness, and The States consider it a symbol of hope for those suffering from Cancer. Getting more reflective, loving the self completely, forgiveness and renewal of energies are some of the inspiring qualities of the daffodils. The message of these blossoms is to be aware of the precious quality of the NOW, clarity of thought and bring more inner focus to achieve our soul’s true purpose.

Deesha Kriplani is a Freelance Writer & Editor with creative interests in spirituality, food & fashion. Connect with her on https://deeshakriplani.wordpress.com/ 

 

Focus Right on Success as Mars Goes Direct

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Mars the planet of initiative, ambition, passion and will power was retrograde since 17th April and goes direct again on 29 June 2016 bringing more focus and dynamism back where it belongs.

Retrograde of a planet is when it seems to be going reverse on its path as seen from earth. Symbolically retrogrades imply a reversal in the ‘effects’ of the planet for a temporary period until the planet goes direct again. Mars was retrograde in the zodiacs Libra and Scorpio and if you look at which houses these zodiacs represent in your Vedic birth-chart, you can get a quick idea of what areas of your life were impacted specifically during the period of Mars retrograde. Here are some general pointers that apply to all.

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GET CRACKING IN YOUR CAREER: Mars being an intense planet can be especially difficult in its retrograde time when it comes to career and ambition as its maximum positive effects are focused on these areas of life. Thanks to Mars direct, now you can see things progressing once again in the right way forward! Entrepreneurship and start-ups will see a boom. New projects can take off as planned and more excitement will brighten up your weekdays soon.

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FEAR-LESS:  Retrograde Mars might have symbolized fears blocking you from going ahead with making any major changes that were necessary. Well, fear no more for Mars direct makes you be bold and assertive once again, to take the risk where required and get things going on as per your will. You will see yourself as more courageous, not someone who keeps thinking but someone who does it right on.

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CREATE YOUR PATH: Mars retrograde might have blunted the daredevil streak in some of us for a while but now with it going direct, let your ships sail to newer shores where you might learn and transform the way you should. As long as you are careful to the right degree you can make your moves now whether in matters of money, friendship, love or travel. You may win or lose, yet at least you would have tried. Do not wait for roads to open, create your own path now!

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RELATIONSHIP CHANGES: Mars in relationships can often have a very strong effect, especially when it comes to getting rid of the negative or unwanted things in our life and making way for something better. Sometimes its energy can be too direct and straightforward with less room for diplomacy and niceness making relationships seem to suffer at times. Be careful of hurting, yet do what is right for the sake of your future!

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Swati Prakash is a spiritual author and can be followed on www.amazon.com/author/swatiprakash

Program Your Inner Mind to Manifest Your Intentions!

TODAY’S TIP: Its not just our conscious mind but our inner or subconscious mind that manifests the majority of our lives. To get better results with your intentions, you can program your inner mind to believe in your affirmative words in a number of ways. For example try printing these affirmations into your own set of ‘affirmation cards’ and place them under your pillow after reading them a few times before sleeping for the next 21 days. Check out the past articles for more positive affirmations to print and use!

The following four affirmations cover the four key areas of your life. Enjoy and share!

PROFESSIONAL

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WEALTH

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RELATIONSHIP

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WELLNESS

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  • Affirmations are positive statements spoken in the present tense as if you are experiencing them right now. So, think/say, ‘I am successful’ and not, ‘I want/desire success’.
  • Affirmations work best, when the words are internalized and repeated often, either mentally or aloud. E.g. instead of, ‘I’m not keeping well’, think/say, ‘I’m getting better and better’.
  • Affirmations can be said any point of time specially just before going to sleep or soon after waking up.
  • Affirmations cannot harm anyone and must respect free will and honor mutual consent. For example, focus on receiving love or work rather than focusing on a specific person or position.
  • Affirmations are always open-ended in terms of exactly when, where, how or through whom you hope to receive. Trust the universe to work out the details.
  • Affirmations ideally make you feel good and free of worries and that is why they work!

Enjoy an incredibly positive week!

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Positive News – Young Visionaries

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Shortly before he passed away, Isaac Newton said, ‘I don’t know what I may seem to the world, but as to myself, I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.’

 

Whilst his metaphor behooves the modesty of a great mind, young visionaries of today are leaving no stone unturned in seeking out projects well beyond their years.

 

Two 10-year olds recently won a competition to round up tons of space litter by aiming to recycle the soon-to-be-abandoned Hubble telescope.

 

A 9-year old girl who develops educational apps for kids was chosen to represent Apple as the youngest app developer at World Wide Developer’s Conference 2016.

 

Another 8-year old gaming developer wowed Microsoft’s CEO with his goal to mashup technology and environmental concerns through games that try to educate and entertain players all at once.

 

So, if age is but a number, why not look towards younger minds for a bit of inspiration?

 

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Bhaskar Dutta is a writer and IT specialist based in London.

Crystal Power to Energize, Protect and Heal

Who does not remember the crystal cave of Superman, his fortress of solitude where he learnt who he is, spoke to his otherworldly parents and received his amazing powers. Such a cave was discovered a thousand feet below earth in south Mexico with giant  crystals in the year 2000.

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We all have used quartz clocks and watches including our computers that regulate time using the precise frequency oscillations of the mineral. Yet the spiritual powers of crystals have been noted since ages across earth by those who meditate and feel the peace, power and positive energy in nature, especially in crystals.

The most popular spiritual application of natural stones and crystals is in the form of jewelry. Wearing crystal jewelry can be both fashionable and therapeutic at the same time. Whether a rare and precious diamond or a common rock quartz, you can experience healing and positive energy in merely keeping these stones close to you on a regular basis over a period of time. Contrary to the fears spread by Indian Vedic astrologers relating to the ‘adverse’ effects of stones if worn without their consultation, in truth stones only take away negative energy and bestow positive vibrations upon the bearers. The ‘adverse’ effect some people feel are actually part of their fears and blockages being released and healed.

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Not only does wearing these stones help in multiple ways, holding and meditating with crystals can bring great peace, clear the mind, reduce stress and pain, amplify positive thoughts and stimulate intuition.

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For instance gazing into a clear quartz crystal ball is something you would expect a clairvoyant to do when he or she is trying to see your future. This is because gazing into the clear surface of the stone, in combination with the meditative function of the natural crystal will help open the third-eye chakra or the psychic center in each person’s mind.

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Crystals with naturally pointed tips are believed to be helpful in directing the mental vibrations towards amplification. In other words you can manifest your wishes just like a magic wand that points and projects your dreams at your will.A variety of crystal points are used for a plethora of healing purposes, whether to find a soulmate or twin-flame, or to record memories, access past lives, or charge and energize other objects with an intention.

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Also contrary to the false beliefs spread by some astrologers and jewelers, if you notice any natural inclusions or minerals within your stones or crystals, they are most likely adding power to the stone, or giving it an additional energy. It does not actually reduce the spiritual value of the stone although jewelers would price clearer stones much higher. Crystals with natural rainbows, phantoms, fossils, angels or buddhas inside are not unheard of. A  metaphysical store is your best bet in finding natural crystals and stones of power.

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Another important thing of keep in mind is whether the stone is artificially cut and polished or natural and raw. While a jeweler would charge you more for brilliant cuts and shine in stones, for spiritual purposes, raw and natural rocks are often considered very positive as they directly ground and connect your with nature in its purest form. The natural shapes and colors of many stones can be truly beautiful and worth appreciating. Steer clear of artificially colored or laboratory made stones if you wish to access the healing of nature.

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You can also place stones of appropriate sizes in various areas of your home or office to improve feng-shui or energize your spaces. For instance a bowl of mixed tumbled stones, or large geodes, rocks and clusters or pyramids, obelisks or various structures made of these stones.

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Various minerals give natural stones an array of wonderful colors that can connect with each chakra and heal each chakra thereby creating positive effects in various areas of life.

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You can choose the stone that you need at any point of time, by either following your intuition and letting your heart decide what pulls you, or by following the simple code below

NOTE: Remember that the planetary and chakra correspondences of the stones are for knowing the basic power of the stone. Do not let astrological fears dominate you or prevent you from using healing crystals. It is not planets or stones that cause adverse effects in your life but your own blockages regarding those areas of your life that they represent, and which the stones are actually healing over time and in combination with your intention. Meditation and energy healing techniques will be the right ways to crystal magick.

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Black to dark brown stones: Cleanse away negative energy and protect from harm. Planet Ketu for liberation. Examples: Shungite, Tourmaline, Hematite, Black Onyx, Black Agate, Hawk’s eye, Tiger’s eye, Camel agate, leopard Jasper, Dalmitian Jasper

Brown to reddish-brown stones: Ground and energize root chakra to strengthen and nourish. Planet Rahu for energy. Examples: Garnet, Hessonite, brown to red Jasper, Smokey Quartz

Pink to orange stones: Stimulate creativity, sensuality and romance with the sacral chakra. Planet Mars for passion. Examples: Coral, Carnelian, Fire Opal, Fire agate, orange Chalcedony, orange Selenite, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz

Yellow to golden stones: Attract success, luck and prosperity through the solar chakra. Planet Sun for power. Examples: Citrine,  yellow Topaz, yellow Sapphire, Calcite, gold Pyrite, gold Lodestone

Green stones: Open heart chakra and encourage kindness, generosity and love. Planet Venus for compassion. Examples: green Jade, green Aventurine, Peridot, green Tourmaline, Amazonite, green Turquoise, green Aquamarine, green Flurite, Chrysocolla

Blue stones: Help in positive self expression through career and communication with throat chakra healing. Planet Mercury for mental expression. Examples: blue Topaz, blue Agate, blue Turquoise, blue Aquamarine

Indigo stones: Open the third eye and improve psychic and intuitive faculties as well as ability to concentrate and manifest. Planet Saturn for focus. Examples: Lapiz Lazuli, Sodalite, Blue Sapphire, Kyanite, Iolite, Tanzanite

Purple or violet stones: Connect with our crown chakra or spiritual center to help experience peace, awakening and self-realization. Planet Jupiter for wisdom. Examples: Amethyst, Lepidolite, Kunzite, purple Jasper, purple Flurite, Sugilite, Charoite

White to clear stones: Help in amplifying mental vibrations, clear the mind, soothe and calm, heal all chakras and project intentions. Planet Moon for wish fulfillment. Examples: Selenite, Clear Quartz, Pearl, Moonstone, Opal, Mother of pearl, Snow quartz, Optical Calcite

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Affirmation Magick: Being Peaceful and Content is the Key

TODAY’S TIP: The key to making affirmations work is to be content and at peace. When you say these affirmations believe that all these things are already yours and stop worrying about them any further – there, you have it now!

Here are four amazing affirmations, one for each key area of your life. Enjoy saying them several times daily all of this week or anytime you like, and share them with others to spread the light!

PROFESSIONAL

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WEALTH

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RELATIONSHIP

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WELLNESS

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  • Affirmations are positive statements spoken in the present tense as if you are experiencing them right now. So, think/say, ‘I am successful’ and not, ‘I want/desire success’.
  • Affirmations work best, when the words are internalized and repeated often, either mentally or aloud. E.g. instead of, ‘I’m not keeping well’, think/say, ‘I’m getting better and better’.
  • Affirmations can be said any point of time specially just before going to sleep or soon after waking up.
  • Affirmations cannot harm anyone and must respect free will and honor mutual consent. For example, focus on receiving love or work rather than focusing on a specific person or position.
  • Affirmations are always open-ended in terms of exactly when, where, how or through whom you hope to receive. Trust the universe to work out the details.
  • Affirmations ideally make you feel good and free of worries and that is why they work!

Enjoy an incredibly positive week!

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Five Ways to Heal the Inner Child

We were born as natural and honest as can be, yet adults around us, including our parents, teachers, and society, imprinted their beliefs upon our our minds both knowingly and unknowingly. We learnt many things that we now need to unlearn. We repressed our real self and became angry, unhappy adults as a result. The inner child still stayed within us… we carry it everywhere…its a part of our subconscious that still awaits healing.

Here are some tips to heal our inner child. Note that not only would you improve your relationship with yourself but also with your own children and with children around too once you practice these suggestions.

  1. Let Her Be: As adults we sometimes impose our rigid rules upon our children. We ask them to be polite, to focus on manners, to sit and listen, to obey orders, to dress to conform, to behave like adults…even if it is actually better for them to play, to explore,to be unruly and to express themselves authentically – to actually be child-like at that point. When we impose rigid rules all the time on kids, it indicates that our own inner child is being equally caged and constricted by us. We have started living a false life based on rules defined by society instead of following our heart. In truth we need to set ourselves free. Not all rules are ‘bad’ and we do need to guide our kids and our ‘inner child’ as responsible parents. Yet, to be overly focused on outer rules and norms is terrible and kills the inner-child’s need to learn through their own inner reasoning. Let our children Be, the way they are meant to be…to be kids and not little adults. And let our inner child Be too!kid-1241817_960_720.jpg
  2. Unconditional Love: When we are afraid of holding and cuddling our kids…and give them a bit of love only when they do something as per our conditions, it gives their subconscious mind a message that they are not really loved. True love is unconditional. Our children …just like animals…are naturally loving. They are here to remind us that we need to be unconditional and love ourselves truly. Do we really believe that we are worthy of our own love? Do we think we will be lovable if we are richer, more beautiful, more famous, more  successful….more of anything that the world makes us believe in? Do we seek happiness by following examples thrown at us from every media, advertising and marketing to become mere consumers …always looking for something new that will make us feel better about ourselves? Or are we supposed to look within and love our inner self which is beyond materialism? Give yourself a big divine hug. And your children too…just like that!mom-1006328_960_720
  3. Let Her Make Mistakes: How often do we scold our kids when they make a slip while trying to handle more than they could? Or, be overprotective so as to prevent them from learning through mistakes. Similarly…how often do we criticize ourselves when we are unable to meet anyone’s expectations? We feel the need to be perfect…to not err and fall…Yet, that is the way kids learn…by trying, failing and trying again. This is an important message kids give to all of us who are trying. Let there be no struggle in your trying. Do not let your inner adult scold you each time you fall or worry about falling. Keep doing your best joyfully without obsessing about what others are thinking. It is not about who is observing you or judging you. Its about being sincere and having fun in life – at the same time. Its possible!toy-1168894_960_720
  4. Follow Intuition not Rigid Routines: As children we are born with some natural gifts. Mother nature is our real mother who has always given us what we need. Our childhood instincts are to cry when we need feeding because it is necessary for our survival. We sleep when we want to and wake up when we feel like as a child instead of following the zonal clocks, because our inner time system is more important. We eat when we feel like and do not eat when we need not to eat…because that is the right thing to do. Yet as adults we forget to follow our own natural instincts. These instincts are in-fact aligned with our intuition guiding us from within. Something in us knows what we need at any point. As adults it is necessary to not become too artificial in our ‘routines’ and to remain spontaneous for the sake of our own health and happiness.  We fall ill and suffer whenever we go out of touch with our inner self. Our kids and our inner child need us to be intuitive now.sleep
  5. The World is a Reflection: Kids are playful and focused on having fun instead of worrying about the world. Yet, in the process of ‘growing them up’ we teach our kids to regard the world as fixed and central to our existence. We wrongly program our own inner child too…that life is full of challenges, problems are inevitable, the world is full of evil…we need to accept things ‘as they are’ and we need to compete and stay ahead of ‘others’ to get what we want. For our inner child, the world is just a playground…everything comes to the child magically…someone always gives them all they need…they attract what they want. Yet our adult self reduces them to nothing and makes the world more important. In truth the world is a reflection. magical kids.jpgA healthy inner-child would know that:
    • The world is not a ‘bad’ place full of problems and threats
    • People and things that we encounter are connected back to our mind
    • It’s not about what others think of you or expect of you
    • Mistakes are okay as long as we keep doing what we love
    • Love yourself and others, be authentic not opportunistic
    • The world is a playground and we are just experiencing it joyfully
    • The world is magickal – a mere reflection of the inner world
    • Be natural, be intuitive, be self guided, create your own rules with love
    • Enjoy! Life is wonderful!swatiprakash

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Positive News: Major Transformation in World Energy Systems

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Its victory to Green Power as predicted by the New Energy Outlook 2016 report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Transformation and decarbonisation of the world’s power systems is now on in full swing and by 2040, zero-emission energy sources such as wind and solar will account for over 60% of the 8.6TW of new power generating capacity added worldwide over the next 25 years.

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Electric cars will see a boom, accounting for 35% of new light-duty vehicle sales in 2040, a whopping 90 times the 2015 figure!

Seb Henbest, head of Europe, Middle East and Africa for BNEF, and lead author of NEO 2016, commented: “Some $7.8 trillion will be invested globally in renewables between 2016 and 2040, two thirds of the investment in all power generating capacity.”

All this and more could ensure we come in alignment with the United Nations 2°C climate target in good time!

Positive News. Always.

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Positive Story: How to Be Richer than a Zillionaire

Here is a story that could inspire you today…

Once there was a beggar who had no home, no car, not even sufficient food or education. He lived on whatever people could toss his way out of pity. He was tired of this struggle. He dreamed of being really rich, of having many millions one day..he spent a lot of time imagining himself to be rich and wealthy…And so with all the money he made begging, he also bought the lottery once a week to try his luck. And….one day he actually won the jackpot. He could not believe his luck, yes – he was a millionaire! It was all he had dreamed and imagined all the time… coming true finally. He bought a large house with a large car, the best designer clothes, went flying off to trips around the world, spent his days eating five star food and nights in drinking and partying in high profile clubs, living the high life..And then, within a few months he was back to having nothing. Yet he needed more…and more…to keep up his enormous appetite for all kinds of pleasures. He sold his house, went on rent again, until he had no money for even that, finally returning to where he began, homeless and poor, asking for money, benefits, charity…from others.

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Once again, he had no house, no car, not even sufficient food or education. He lived on whatever people could toss his way out of pity. He was tired of this struggle. Then, one day, he decided to meditate. He just sat there wherever he was and closed his eyes, breathing, till he felt calm and peaceful, till his thoughts had all gone. Meditation was free, required no conditions at all….it could be done anytime, anyplace, by anyone, in any situation….So he did it. First for a few minutes…then for half an hour a day, then for an hour…Slowly he did it for longer periods of time and more often, almost everyday…. Wow!  This was better than any food he had eaten….It was better than sex, better than drugs, better than drinking, gambling…infact this felt better than anything ever. He slowly conquered his hunger, his discomfort, his fears, his insecurities…he slowly conquered his pain and sorrow, his needs and wants…. He was light, free, blissful, peaceful…..and he did not even realize how many days had gone by…he did not even realize how many people had gathered around him. Some of the wealthiest people in the world came by just to be in his presence, just to take his inspiration, to learn and meditate with him. They were ready to offer him all their wealth in return of the secret of his infinite peace. Yet, all he did was meditate, without being distracted. And that is why he was richer than the richest person on earth! He had more to give than anyone ever, and needed nothing….he had everything! Others followed his example and found their own inner peace…slowly, bit by bit, the world began to heal.

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Normally people think charity is all about giving money, food and basic necessities to others. We imagine the world’s problems will be solved if money was distributed amongst all those who are poor. But would this really work? Would those who are poor become rich after receiving money? Or would they be poor again after a few days of spending the money up? In contrast, spirituality is something that TRULY makes us rich, really really rich! Because true wealth is not measured by how much money and property you own, or by how much financial charity you give to the world. True wealth is deep within you. Its a fountain of endless treasure that money can never buy. Material charity is at best a temporary relief until the person discovers this fountain of endless wealth within.

You might think that learning to make money, learning to work and earn, to invest wisely, to attract success, to build more and more wealth is an alternate answer to the problem of poverty. Sure it is…Yet, what would happen if the economy crashes, if markets fall, if there is famine, war or any other calamity? And…is learning how to make or attract money sufficient? Will it bring peace and happiness to all? More importantly, why are we here in this existence? Are we merely here in the world to learn how to survive and be materially successful? Perhaps not. We are all here in this world, not just to learn how to be  materially successful, but to learn how to find pure inner joy, which is infact our ONLY true and natural state. A person who finds this inner gold, or inner diamond is richer than the richest person in the entire universe!

It could be you!

Hope you enjoyed this story and felt inspired to be on the path that is true.

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